by Frank Damazio

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Series: The Apprentice
Frank Damazio
Mark 3:13-14, Acts 4:13

We are all on a journey of becoming more like Christ and leading others to a relationship with Him. What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? In this series, we are going to explore the meaning of discipleship and the lifestyle of a disciple using the lens of apprenticeship.



Apprenticeship is a tradition with rich heritage and meaning. Apprentices are learners, followers - disciples. Apprenticeship gained prevalence in medieval times, when people were chosen to be apprenticed to a master craftsman of a specific trade. Parents would apprentice their children to a master at a young age. The apprentice would live with the master, being mentored, taught and shaped into craftsmen themselves. We, as followers of Christ, are to be Jesus' apprentices and to become replicas of Him.

Apprentices did not have ownership to anything they created while under the master. The master had rights to whatever the apprentice made. All of life was given to that master and to becoming like the master.

Famous apprentices and their masters:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mentored by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays (minister, educator, scholar, social activist)

Henry David Thoreau mentored by Ralph Waldo Emerson (authors)

Walter Cronkite mentored by Fred Birney (high school journalism teacher)

Luke Skywalker mentored by Obi-Wan Kenobi

Denzel Washington mentored by Sidney Poitier (actors)

Rosa Parks mentored by Alice White (principal, civil rights worker)

Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) by Bob Knight (college basketball coaches)

As apprentices of Jesus, our goal is to be able to share Christ in a genuine way with others and move them from being born again to knowing Christ and becoming apprentices of Christ themselves. This process is called apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship is more than attending church. Going to church ...

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