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Adult Spiritual Life

After his resurrection Jesus gathered his followers together one last time before he left this earth.  He gave them this charge (often called the great commission), “to make disciples of all nations.”   The word “disciple” elicits a variety of definitions.  In Jesus’ context , it referred to the Jewish concept in becoming like a particular rabbi/teacher that a person wanted to become like.   To become a Rabbi was the greatest vocation one could have.  So a “disciple” was a person who  would literally, follow in the footsteps of their rabbi often for years.  The Jewish blessing, “May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi, ” came from this concept.

Discipleship is following in the footsteps of Jesus so that his way of life becomes ours.  We aren’t called to wear sandals and walk around 1st century Palestine, but we are called to reflect his love, teachings and message of God’s redemption in our  21st century world.  Jesus reduces discipleship to a simple definition in John 13:34-35, “love one another as I have loved you, by this everyone will know that you are my disciples.”  At Atonement we are committed to helping each other grow in living out that love by being covered in the dust  of our rabbi – Jesus.