Should we stop using the word Christian?

I'm not sure I want to be a Christian anymore?

In the New Testament, the word 'disciple' is used 269 times – Christian is only used 3 times. To be a Christian is easy – I just say yes to Jesus and I get to go to heaven on the basis of his death for me on the cross. To be a disciple – or better – an 'apprentice' means that I learn to live with Jesus today, eternal life starts now and affects every part of my life.

Heaven becomes a by-product of my life with Jesus now. Christian sounds like I've crossed the line, I've arrived. Apprentice implies openness to learning, to changing, to growing. Jesus is no longer just my Saviour and Lord – he is also my teacher – one who shows me the best way to live in the power and presence of God. Should we see ourselves as apprentices?

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