Discipleship Things We’ve Forgotten

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“Success is not the pastor or the staff executing all the ministry; it’s them equipping the saints to do the work of ministry.”

“If you seek to build a church, you rarely produce disciples…If you seek to make disciples, you always get the church.”

“Pray about God giving you 3-5 men you can invest your life in for the next 12 months, and challenge them at the end of 12 months to replicate the process. And you watch what God does.”

“Jesus restricted 90 percent of his time to 12 men. And out of the 12, he restricted a large portion of his time to three: James, John, and Peter.”

Listen or read the interview notes here:

http://churchleaders.com/podcast/302734-robby-gallaty-jewish-jesus-discipleship-things-weve-forgotten.html

I’m in detox

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After reading these two pages which were written back in 1987, I am pondering again yet another confirmation of how much I needed (still need) a detox… and full repair…


(From Danny Lehman’s book: “Bringin’ ‘Em Back Alive“)

Constant brainstorming meetings year, after year, over who (men / women) and what ‘methods’ of disciplemaking is right or effective, and then shelving everything we discussed, and coming up with little or no fruit, has sucked the life out of me…

I wanted to see change in the hearts of men, women, boys and girls, of entire families, a city, the world…

Arguing over a map and who is qualified to read the map (men only or women too?) will never get you on the journey. (Sometimes, you just gotta get in the boat and let the wind blow you to where the Spirit is leading. Control people hate this.  Let the Spirit speak and lead! Surrender. He is God.)

For now, I’m in a meadow with Jesus. He’s my detox guide as I heal from fatigue. He has rescued me from the storm.

Ps 23.

Resting.

Refreshing.

He has graciously delegated everything off of my plate to spend more time hearing His loving voice.

Quit the Program?

Why do we think we need a program?
(How to Live Life) Basic Christian Living 101:
Our minds are so programmed to be in a program…for everything. (Thank you Henry Ford for your assembly line model…) We go to an education program, we go to a fitness program, we go to a sports program… We go to a dance program…
So, when it comes to doing life together with others, why do we think we need a program?? Discipleship is not a program.
It’s a lifestyle.
It’s not the goal, it IS the way of living life.
When we live life too busy (often aiming for things that glorify us), we think we have to create a program for discipleship…. once a week…
Discipleship is doing life together.
We need each other.
Discipleship is doing life together, not having all the answers but finding them together, or even just asking the questions together…
Discipleship is sharing our brokenness together and walking towards Jesus together! It’s not BEING Jesus for another, Jesus is the point. We are not the point.
Turn on the discipleship lifestyle…
Grab a friend, grab a Bible, (yes, you can even grab a study guide with great questions), read it, share and listen, pray… all in the midst of crazy life that gets messy and broken… masks off, being real… because Jesus heals our brokenness.
There is not an eight-step program or perfect formula for making a disciple… (We think there must be, and then we think we are not qualified to disciple…)
Read the intro, watch the video… 🙂
First here’s the awesome description…
At IF:Gathering, we are all about making disciples who go and make disciples. In our next IF:Equip study, we provide a basic blueprint that helps women take practical steps towards building intentional relationships. We’re calling it WOVEN because discipleship isn’t a to-do list nor a program. We believe that it is a weaving together of individual’s lives and stories, just like we’re woven into this great redemption story. To help you get started, we present Jesus’ call to discipleship and a basic cycle of what discipleship looks like.
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What God Truly Calls Us To

“Constantly choosing to be busy may be an unconscious attempt to have value before the Lord. To deepen requires exactly the opposite! We must slow down, choosing to spend blocks of time with God in private. We need to let go of the value we place on service, availability and busyness and take up the value God places on quietness, trust and peace (rest). We need to be aware of being too needed in any work; we are not! God calls us not foremost to “accomplish,” but to a deep relationship with Himself. A deep friendship with us as persons is what He desires most.”

– Dr. Stanford