From “Discipleship and Discipline”, copyright March, 2005, by William H. Hicks:

“What is our responsibility as disciples of Christ?  What is the task assigned to us?  The Lord identified the task of every one of His disciples:  “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;” John 8: 31a.  Acceptance of responsibility is one of the dynamic attributes of discipleship which we will address later on; however, it is important at this point to identify our responsibility to our Lord.  This admonition from our Lord goes beyond turning us into libraries.

The term “abide”, as compared to the term “reside” means to actively dwell within, being alive, dynamic.  Thus, the Lord wants His word to be “alive” in His disciples, active towards fulfillment of a purpose.  What, then, is this purpose?  If we are not merely to know His words, how are we to know that His words are alive in us so we know that we have properly accepted the responsibility of a disciple?  In John 15: 8 the Lord is explicit as to how we manifest our discipleship:  “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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