discipleship - community - evangelism. three keys to real church growth.
pete wilson explains the process of Community Groups and why have been effective.
1. Notice the Unnoticed
2. Ask Powerful Questions
3. Don’t Do Ministry Alone
4. Send People Out
5. Delegate, But Don’t Disengage
a very practical article written by David Santistevan
but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
To follow Jesus Christ, who was betrayed, wept, bled, and died before he rose again, is to be a high risk of being taken where we had not intended to go.
A disciple, one who chooses to be a student and follower of Jesus, is not a “self made person” and is not on a personally designed journey… We choose to follow Jesus and then Jesus chooses where we will go. It’s that simple.
The saving truth is that we are not alone. There is One who leads us and goes with us… While we may not choose the place we go, we can choose to remain with the One who sends us and there find comfort, companionship, grace, peace and joy.
~Rueben Job, A Guide To Prayer for All Who Seek God, pg. 199-200
why do you call me Lord and you don’t do what I ask you to do? (Luke 6:46) Why would you call someone master and not listen to him?
are we truly willing and wanting to be disciples of Jesus? if so, let’s stop simply talking about it and move on to action.
“Jesus said to Simon Peter, “do you love me?” ~ John 21:15-17
Jesus knew that only love was strong enough to keep the disciples faithful in the days ahead. His repeated questions to Peter were meant to clarify for Peter what the real love of his life was. Only love is strong enough to keep us faithful, and the question to us from the One who loves us without condition or qualification is first of all about our love. For God knows what we know: Only love is strong enough to keep us faithful…and joyful. May our love for God continue to grow in the presence of God’s love for us.
~ Rueben Job (A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God, pg. 192)
are we making discipleship harder than it truly is?
discipleship is not something we do. it is not an added thing to be done.
discipleship happens when we become intentional about living it.
Discipleship is not this set of activities or classes that we need to take. God has actually built the world and everything we’re about and everyone you know is in the same rhythm and it’s perfectly set up for us to live this way.”
when we can live this way - discipleship becomes an art form. what a beautiful thing to live one’s art.