Standing on Three Legs

Pastor Ian introduces GBC’s theme for 2018 and explains why discipleship is like a three-legged stool.

I’ve been told that—because three points always establish a plane—a three-legged stool is always more stable than a four-legged chair, especially if one is sitting on an uneven surface. If this is true, then I suggest that in the uneven dips and bumps of the Christian life, discipleship is much like a three-legged stool. 

The traditional discipleship model stands on one leg: Bible study. The assumption is, the more we study the Bible the more we grow as Christian disciples. Though knowing and believing God’s word is essential to Christian growth, it is clear that Jesus believed there was more to discipleship than knowing His words. In Luke’s Gospel, He asks the question, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like…” (Luke 6:46-47).

This year our Bible-teaching ministry will explore the books of 1 Timothy, Deuteronomy,  Hosea, and 2 Peter as we seek to grow in our understanding of the implications of the three interdependent legs of the discipleship stool. These three legs can be summarised as: 

  1. Disciples are invited to believe Somebody. Not just to know His word, but to believe it to be absolutely reliable and worthy of our trust.
  2. Disciples are called to live with Somebody. Realising that discipleship does not take place in isolation, we are committed to living together with Christ. It is in community that disciples learn to love, and be loved. It is only in community that we can exercise the many ‘one another’ imperatives of Christian living.
  3. Disciples are called to obey Somebody. If His name is ‘Lord’ then all discipleship is based upon our obedience to His commands. It is in our obedience that we learn behaviours that provide evidence of the gospel at work in our lives and direct glory to God.

I look forward to an exciting journey together in 2018, and pray that you will consider whom God would have you invite to join us as we learn how to believe, belong and behave!


GBC's Men's Breakfast Ministry

You are invited to join us on Saturday, 6th January to discuss the exciting new launch of GBC's Men's Breakfast Ministry. Join us at 7:30 am for food, fellowship and to hear about the vision to begin practising the ministry of Proverbs 27:17.