We learn the ways of Jesus by practicing them. Discipleship means joining God’s mission of reconciliation on earth, not just saving souls for the afterlife. We are meant to follow Jesus, follow his teaching, follow his example. Jesus drew people to him. We are not meant to keep our faith to ourselves and live individually. We are meant to create more followers, according to Vreeland, in his new book, By The Way: Getting Serious about Following Jesus.
“Often, the church in North America has transformed the gospel from a corporate, communal understanding to an individualistic, private faith,” writes Dr. Derwin Gray in the foreword. “The gospel becomes a story of how Jesus came to save me from the wrath of God and to help me reach heaven when I die, instead of a story of God in Christ rescuing, reconciling, and redeeming a people who exist for the glory and mission of God,”
In this webinar, Derek Vreeland and host Sean Palmer unpack how we begin to create pathways for discipleship to happen.
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Derek Vreeland is the discipleship pastor at Word of Life Church in Saint Joseph, Missouri, where he leads small groups and discipleship ministries and serves on the pastoral leadership team along with Brian and Peri Zahnd. Vreeland is a regular contributor at Missio Alliance, and his work has been published by Outreach. The author of several books, Vreeland has degrees from Missouri Western State University, Oral Roberts University, and Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jenni, have three sons.
Sean Palmer is Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, a writer, and sought-after speaker across the country. He, along with his wife, Rochelle, and their two daughters live in Houston, TX. Palmer is also a regular contributor at Missio Alliance.