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

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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Creating Space for God

“Discipline is the other side of discipleship. Discipleship without discipline is like waiting to run in the marathon without ever practicing. Discipline without discipleship is like always practicing for the marathon but never participating. It is important, however, to realize that discipline in the spiritual life is not the same as discipline in sports. Discipline in sports is the concentrated effort to master the body so that it can obey the mind better. Discipline in the spiritual life is the concentrated effort to create the space and time where God can become our master and where we can respond freely to God’s guidance.

Thus, discipline is the creation of boundaries that keep time and space open for God. Solitude requires discipline, worship requires discipline, caring for others requires discipline. They all ask us to set apart a time and a place where God’s gracious presence can be acknowledged and responded to.”

– Henri Nouwen

Lose Your Life

“Jesus’ secret to joy and life was simple: Die. …Against what all our instincts of self-preservation whisper to us every day, total surrender to Jesus is the safest investment we can make. Our only security is renunciation of all that this world holds secure. The safest and the hardest thing we can ever do. Jesus is not asking us to try harder. He is asking us to come and die and therefore live. He is not offering to make us nicer. He is offering to make us new.”

Read… Discipleship 101: Lose Your Life | The Resurgence.

Vibrant Churches: Discipleship Plan

Discipleship Plan: Research has demonstrated that churches identified as “vibrant” were far more likely to have a discipleship process that was communicated with clarity, a process where members could understand where they were and what step they needed to take next to continue along the path of spiritual development.

(Thom Rainer/Eric Geiger in Simple Church)

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How Jesus Spent Time With People « Alan Fadling: Notes from my Unhurried Journey

A mentor of mine, Chuck Miller, suggested the value of reflecting in the gospels on how Jesus spent time with people. So that’s what I’m going to do here. When and with whom is He one-on-one? In small groups? In larger groups?

Read… How Jesus Spent Time With People « Alan Fadling: Notes from my Unhurried Journey.