The Process of Discipleship

“Jesus begins the process of discipleship by posing two core questions to his disciples:

‘Who do you perceive yourself to be?’
‘Who do you perceive God to be?’

These two questions lead to a double crisis in the lives of the disciples. We submit that this double crisis clears the field to lay the foundation for true discipleship as holistic dependence upon the triune God. Circumventing this double crisis leads to a false concept of discipleship, which most often deteriorates into pursuing a mere set of rules or disciplines.”

Note: ‘Crisis’ is in the sense of ‘to judge following serious consideration.’

Bayer, H. F. (2012). A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic between Christology and Authentic Discipleship. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing.

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About Hans F. Bayer

Professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary.

Born and raised in Germany, Professor Bayer came to Covenant Seminary in 1994 after teaching for ten years at the German Theological Seminary at Giessen, where he also planted and co-pastored a church.

With his expertise in critical scholarship and commitment to the authority and unity of the Scriptures, Dr. Bayer seeks to exemplify our pastor-scholar model. He hopes that his personal interest in world mission might add a multicultural dimension to each student’s world vision for the Gospel.

Dr. Bayer lectures and preaches regularly in the U.S.A. and throughout Europe. He has published English and German monographs, essays, and dictionary articles, primarily on the Gospels and the book of Acts. He contributed to the ESV Study Bible, as well as video-taped lectures on Acts for Third Millennium Ministries, and has recently published A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship, as well as a German commentary on the Gospel of Mark. He is currently working on a New Testament Introduction volume and The Watermarks of Christ: Contours of Peter’s Transformation in Mark, Acts, and His Epistles.

Dr. Bayer and his wife, Susan, have three children and two grandchildren.

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