Original Research - Special Collection: Festschrift for Prof Stephan Joubert

The transformative power embedded in Δεῦτε ὀπίσω μου and Ἀκολούθει μοι in Matthew as gospel embodiment in contemporary ecclesial discipleship

Roedolf Botha
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 4 | a6616 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i4.6616 | © 2021 Roedolf Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 March 2021 | Published: 02 September 2021

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Roedolf Botha, NG Gemeente Pretoria Oosterlig, Pretoria, South Africa


Are churches missing some key aspects of discipleship? Are churches missing a primary way in which Jesus ushered people into a journey of personal renewal? I think that it is clearly the case, and that the transformative power that ecclesial communities seek is to be found in Jesus’ invitations to follow. Jesus invited people in his day to ‘Follow Me’ (Δεῦτε ὀπίσω μου or Ἀκολούθει μοι).

Contribution: Implicit in these invitations are ideas like embodiment and movement, ideas that are vital in leading to deep and authentic personal as well as communal, transformation.


discipleship; personal transformation; fruitfulness; bodily movement; embodiment; ecclesial communities; communal transformation


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