LIFE, THE UNIVERSE & EVERYTHING
You may recall that with the rise of “DIY” home improvement TV shows there came a sharp rise in the number of people turning up to hospitals with injuries they’d received as they tried to do some renovation or fixing work at home.
The DIY craze was also a DYI craze (do yourself injury). Things were rarely as simple and easy as the actor on TV made it out to be.
Being a disciple of Christ, however, is a simple, “DIY” thing; but Jesus warned it carries the risk of harm, especially from those who are opposed to him and his followers. Self-inflicted harm, however, is an avoidable risk, if we follow the Master’s directions. When we don’t—maybe working around his instructions, taking short-cuts or trying to “improve” upon them—we’ll do ourselves harm. So it’s vital we apprentices stick with the Master’s directions.
Being a disciple of Christ is reproducible. We know this because Jesus sent out his disciples to make other disciples by baptising them and teaching them to obey his commandments (Matt 28:18-20). That shows his disciples could make other disciples, and one command of Christ which those disciples were to teach the new disciples was that same command to “make disciples”. So discipleship continues to be reproducible perpetually. We don’t need Christ here on earth to personally make disciples of Christ. We can do it ourselves on his behalf ("in his name"), by following his instructions. It was passed on, and still is, by teaching and example.
This discipleship doesn’t require a Ph.D. It doesn’t even require that you be literate! Anyone can follow Christ, and any of them can congregate to serve him together. It requires that you believe the truth about Jesus, love him enough to surrender your life to him (which will mean keeping his commandments) and walk as he walked. (Read Acts 2:36-38; 8:35-39; John 14:15; 1 John 2:5-6; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:16-17.) It really is as simple as that, but that’s still a big challenge for naturally selfish people like you and me.
The purity and simplicity of Christ’s Way (2 Cor 11:3) means that we don’t have to “outsource” our discipleship to some “expert”. (That includes our collective discipleship, commonly known as “church”.) We can do it ourselves! But DIY doesn’t mean DIYOW (Do It Your Own Way). That has always been a fatal mistake, running counter to the very essence of discipleship—imitating Christ and keeping his commandments.
DIY doesn’t mean DIOYO (Do It On Your Own), either. “Apart from me you can do nothing,” Christ said in John 15. We must abide in him, and stick close to one another, bearing one another’s burdens and encouraging one another daily (Gal 6:2; Heb 3:13). So even if no one walks the path of the cross by your side, Doing It Yourself won’t mean doing it on your own. (More about that here.) There are others far and near who are following Christ’s New Testament way, and of course Christ himself is “with you always, even to the end of the age”.
If you are walking the New Testament way, this website is here is to assure you (much like Romans 11:2-5) that you are not alone. Yes, there are others doing the same. One of the blessings of the internet is that it puts disciples in touch with one another who may never have otherwise met.
However, if you are someone who realises that there is something tragically wrong with Churchianity today, and you’re searching for a better way — the New Testament way — this website is here to help you see that there is a better way, and there are people who are devoted to living according it. We’re not perfect, and we’re still trying to learn better what is pleasing to the Lord (Eph 5:10). And we ourselves are helped and encouraged when we find others who are “of the Way” (Acts 9:2).
It comes as a surprise to many, but it’s true:
Not only can this be done by ordinary people,
it is being done by ordinary people.
And you can "Do It Yourself".
is far above
is the everlasting way
is the way of peace & salvation
is therefore worth the effort to learn more accurately