“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).
Any discipleship not rooted in the word of Jesus–his life and teachings–is but our best effort to build a religion that looks like us; to settle for something that is innocuous, compatible, easy, upbeat.  To continue in his word, however, is the decision to abide, dwell; to make one’s home in the gospel.  True discipleship is the declaration that his word will be preeminent; that it will be centrally heard and honored.
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