Devotee or Disciple? Which one am I?

MOVE Youth recently organised a webinar Devotee or Disciple? via zoom on Jan 22. The webinar’s main speaker was Fr Christopher Soosaipillai, the parish priest of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Setapak. Fr Chris shared on what it is to be a devotee and a disciple.

Jan 30, 2021

By Sabrina Smith
MOVE Youth recently organised a webinar Devotee or Disciple? via zoom on Jan 22. The webinar’s main speaker was Fr Christopher Soosaipillai, the parish priest of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Setapak. Fr Chris shared on what it is to be a devotee and a disciple. He continues to say that a devotee is one who hears the Word of God and goes away and does nothing about it while a disciple is one who hears the Word of God and applies it as in his or her life.

In Matthew 9:9, Jesus calls Matthew, a tax collector to follow Him. Immediately Matthew got up and followed Jesus. Do you think Matthew was a devotee or a disciple? Fr Chris went on to share a passage in Mark 3:1 - 6 where the Pharisees questioned Jesus about healing a man with a paralysed hand on a Sabbath. Jesus then heals the man and immediately the Pharisees left the synagogue. Do you think the Pharisees were devotees or disciples?

The session ended with Fr Chris saying that in the book of James it says ‘Faith without action is dead’. Fr Chris says that all of us are called to be disciples of Christ, though it may not be easy, but only God makes all things possible. It was indeed a spirit-filled session.

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