The School of Disciples was established to support the promotion of the gospel by training Christian believers to be Christ-like and to live a victorious Christian life. It is unfortunate that, in spite of the exceptional increase in churchgoers over the last two decades, there has been a notable decline in Christian principles and values.
For example, power struggles, strife and conflicts within the church are occurring at unprecedented levels, and there has been a sharp rise in the rate of breakdown in marriage and family life.
Churches have never been more fragmented and morally corrupt. Instead of the Church changing the world, the world is changing the Church, concerning the use of money, attitudes about work and leisure, divorce and remarriage.
Increasingly amongst church goers, their lives reflect world culture and tradition, rather than Scripture.
The question is, what is responsible for this paradox?
The answer lies in discipleship; there is clearly a disconnect between belief and behaviour, this poses the greatest threat to Christianity in the 21st Century.
Church communities typically focus on making converts rather than making disciples. Consequently we have very many immature “converts”, but very few disciples in the church today. Jesus commanded us to make “disciples”, not just converts.
Matthew 28:19 is very explicit “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”. Whilst every disciple is a convert, not every convert is a Christian disciple.
A Christian disciple must strive to become more and more like his master, Jesus Christ. Hence He said, “If you abide in my Word, you are my disciples indeed”. When we abide in the Word of God, we live it (John 8:31). Our behaviour, values and lifestyles must align with the teachings of Christ.
Here at the Samuel Foundation, our discipleship training is based on Jesus’ model as the Master Disciple Maker:
Teaching biblical truths in a practical way.
Modelling a spiritual walk with the Lord.
Commitment to the spiritual growth and welfare of each student.
Small class sizes means students get individual attention.
Evangelist F. Aina