The Discipleship Network Interview: Jena Forehand

The Discipleship Network Interview: Jena Forehand
  • How would you define discipleship? 
Well, since being a disciple means being a student and learner, I would say that discipleship is two disciples learning together.

  • What is more important, what a disciple believes or their lifestyle? 
I think the answer is both. Jesus intended for what we say we believe to be communicated through our lives. The generations coming behind us are looking for us to stop proclaiming the love of Jesus and to start practicing the love of Jesus. So while it is important for a disicple to know what they believe and why, it is equally important that they communicate that belief in and through their lives.

  • What are the unique challenges of discipling students? 
Their skepticism, their cynicism, and their intellectualism.

  • Say something about:
    • Discipleship and worship ...I define worship as the bowing down of my head and the bending of my knee to God's authority over my life in every area of my life. As a disciple, I must keep myself focused on Jesus. The best way to do that is to worship Him through song, through words, through thought, and through actions. Worship is a lifestyle that keeps a disciple focused on the pathway of Christlikeness. 
  • Discipleship and fellowship ... Since a disciple is a learner, we must posture ourselves to be forever learning. This is best done in the company of others, from whom we can learn. While we can certainly learn much these days through a google search, how much more fulfilling when done in the context of relationship, as Jesus planned.
  • Discipleship and leadership ... Leading out in discipleship is three-fold: invite, invest, and imitate. Offer these three and all involved will find themselves walking into deeper waters of relationship with Jesus and taking others with them.
  • Discipleship and stewardship ...Jesus said it best when He told us to deny ourselves, take up our crosses daily and follow Him. A disciple understands that his life is no longer his own. He has been bought with a price. Therefore, he is a living sacrifice to be used of God; a stewardship of his total life: abilities, appearance, aptitude, attitude, and assets.
  • Discipleship and citizenship (responsibility to witness & missions) ...Jesus told us to go and make disciples of all nations. It is a command, and yet for me, it is a privilege. It is not a "I have to" but rather a "I GET to". I get to continue the work that Jesus began over 2,000 years ago. I can think of no greater calling. 
  • What scripture best communicates your perspective of discipleship? 2 Timothy 2:2, "You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others." It's disciples making disciples, who in turn make disciples. Reproducers.
Have a great day!
Living Deeper,
Jena Forehand @ Discipleship Network

Living Deeper Ministries
"women helping women walk with God"

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