IF quotes are from Amy Carmichael, who was a Protestant Christian missionary that served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many books about the missionary work there.
These studies are not meant to be outstanding or always provocative. Yes, I hope that some of the things you'll see here will prick your brain and your heart. I trust you will find, as I have, that being a disciple is a desire of the heart as much as a command to obey. Too many Christians have made the error of equating discipleship with salvation. They are not the same! And I'll gladly reinforce that Biblically throughout these studies.
Now, having just said that, let it also be understood that you received the LORD Jesus Christ as your Savior. He is not just "Jesus my Friend." Yes, by all means He is the best FRIEND you'll ever have, but becoming your Savior He also became your Lord too. Discipleship comes with salvation, but it does not replace salvation!
DISCIPLESHIP COMES WITH SALVATION, BUT DISCIPLESHIP DOESN'T REPLACE SALVATION!
And I'll also say some very disturbing, even controversial things along the way. Let me share a few more thoughts:
Can someone be a "disciple" of Jesus and still go to hell when they die? Think about that. My answer to that will come in these studies.
Can a person be a "disciple" of Jesus and still fail Him? I think you already know the answer, but think on that for a while.
What does discipleship mean? We'll get to that almost immediately, but it won't be just "one answer fits all" kind of thing. I think you'll find there's a lot of definitions people give about discipleship that will almost contradict other definitions. That's not too unusual considering the nature of discipleship teaching. There are a lot of opinions out there as to "What Really is Discipleship?"
Okay, that's enough for the moment.