The Way of Discipleship in Sacred Scripture

Joshua Burks
Joshua Burks
The Way of Discipleship in Sacred Scripture
                  “The Call of Saint Matthew”  Michelangelo Marisa da Caravaggio (1600)

Depicting the scene from Matthew 9:9, Caravaggio uses the contrast of light and darkness to embody the call that Jesus extends to Matthew to “follow me.” This artistic interpretation vividly displays Christ, the true light of the world, encountering the sinner in his darkness so that He may call him to walk in the way of His light as His disciple.

In his speech on January 22, 2004, Pope John Paul II reminded the faithful that “The need for authentic disciples of Jesus Christ remains as urgent as ever.” Recent emphasis on New Evangelization has created a context in which discipleship has become a popular topic. We hear about it in homilies, apostolates, books, articles, and elsewhere throughout Christianity. But what is discipleship? Who is called to be a disciple and what does that call entail?

In The Way of Discipleship in Sacred Scripture, we will seek answers to these questions by exploring the theme of discipleship in the Bible. We will begin by examining the earliest development of discipleship as we find it presented in the Old Testament. With our findings in view, we will then examine how the New Testament carries the theme forward to develop what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Throughout this study, we will consider how the Bible intends to influence us and shape our lives as readers who are being made into disciples of Jesus by our contemplation of the sacred text.

Required Texts:

  • Sacred Scripture, the Bible (preferably RSVCE 2nd edition)
  • The Imitation of Christ (Thomas à Kempis)
  • Instructor’s notes (provided and included in the registration cost)

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