John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Believers or Followers

Jesus was Jewish. That doesn't sound like an earth-shattering, paradigm-moving statement, but it has tremendous implications that we would be foolish to avoid.

Jesus was a Jew, and his approach to life was Hebraic. He spends little time speculating on philosophical notions or theories. He doesn't talk much about abstract principles. He usually spoke in practical and relational terms.

One of the implications of this understanding of Jesus is that we must reconsider what Christians are called to. We tend to refer to Christians as "believers". The earliest Christians referred to themselves as "followers".

Sometimes Jesus called people to believe in him, but he meant something other than mental assent. When he said, "Believe in me" he meant "Follow me".

What's the difference between being "believers" and being "followers"?

What would change in our churches if we stopped calling people to simply "believe" and started challenging them to "follow"?