I’m stealing (and very slightly modifying) some thoughts from Dallas Willard here. It’s good stuff that needs to be said!
The common understanding of some words . . .
Discipleship – being serious about church involvement.
Grace – God’s forgiveness for our sins that takes away our guilt.
Kingdom of God – the church, heaven, or the perfect realm that will exist at the end of history.
Love – a feeling of desire for, or to act nicely toward, another.
Salvation – going to heaven, not hell, after death.
Some more accurate, more Biblical, richer definitions of those same words . . .
Discipleship – learning to live your life as Jesus would if he were you. An apprentice of Jesus.
Grace – God acting in our life to accomplish whatever we cannot do on our own.
Kingdom of God – the present range of God’s effective will, where what he wants done is done.
Love – to will the good of another and, as much as it is within our power, to act on that will.
Salvation – being caught up into the life that Jesus is living right now and on into forever.