ecilia Luck, a student at Southern Adventist University (SAU) in Collegedale, Tennessee, recently interviewed Doug Tilstra, associate professor of religion at SAU. They discussed his view of discipleship.
LUCK: How did the concept of discipleship originate?
TILSTRA: If we’re talking about Christian discipleship, obviously Jesus is the model. But I think we see it earlier than that in Numbers 8:23-26, in which God set up a system for the older priests to retire at age 50 and then mentor the younger priests. It’s really cool that God set up this mentoring program that is a type of discipleship.
In its purest form, however, I think of discipleship as sharing life with one another. It is the ... »