Should you go to church? The answer isn’t what you think.
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I just read a great blog post about dealing with dissappointment in disciple making , and Craig brought up something really cool about Mark.
Think about this. Mark was such a poor disciple that he left Paul and Barnabus on his first missionary journey with them. Barnabus’ desire to take Mark with them again caused Paul and Barnabus to split up their work. Things aren’t looking so great for Mark right now.
Yet, God changes Mark and later not only will Paul say,”bring Mark because He is useful to me,”(2 Tim 4:10-14) but God will also use Mark to write one of the four Gospels of Jesus… the book of Mark.
You may be looking back on your life right now and find yourself unsatisfied with how you have lived for Jesus and with the fruit you have born. Don’t be discouraged and don’t give up. Surrender yourself fully to God and you will be amazed at the fruit He can bring in your life.
If you (and me) have failed in our walk we are in good company. Consider these names mentioned in the Bible: David, Peter, and Paul. Just a quick glance will show you all of these men had some major failing points in their lives, but that isn’t what we remember them for. We remember them for what God did through them in their lives. Warts and all, God still uses them and He will use you, too.
“Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.” -C.S. Lewis
Those parts of your life you do not surrender to your owner are the parts most vulnerable to attack from the enemy.
Do we know a lot about prayer, or do we pray a lot? Is prayer an afterthought, or does prayer define our spiritual walk?
Prayer is a discipline I know I need to grow in. What about you?
Referenced in the podcast:
Did you realize that if you have been following Jesus for more than two years you are no longer the same culture as your unbelieving neighbor? In fact, while we often think of cross-cultural disciple making as involving people from different countries, there are actually all kinds of different cultures everywhere… even in your hometown.
What are some of the key practices necessary to be able to successfully make disciples cross-culturally? In this podcast, we have put together 4 essential practices necessary for successful cross cultural disciple making.
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken
One of Jesus’ most famous commands is to “love our enemies.” Do we dare obey such an unusual command? Do we dare disobey it?
Today in America it is election day. So, in that vein, we’ll talk some about our political enemies, and how we can obey Jesus’ command to love our enemies.
In the podcast I mentioned several things by Carl Medearis. Below are some links you can use to watch some of his talks. I highly recommend the following.
You can also search his name on any podcast application and get to some great stories there as well.
Have you ever felt like you were the only one who cared about something, such as Disciple Making, in your church? Here are 4 tips for those of you who find yourself frustrated. Whether you are frustrated with your church, frustrated with the people you are discipling, or just frustrated with everything, these tips will help you evaluate what you need to do and help get you back on a productive track.
Is there a Biblical perspective on refugees? What would Jesus say about them? What should you and I do as followers of Jesus in regard to refugees?
On the podcast, I didn’t mention Matthew 25:31-46, but it is the next logical passage to consider after Matthew 2:13-18. Other passages we should consider as we weigh our response and perspectives on refugees are:
Meditate on Luke 6:27 if you think refugees are our enemies.
Meditate of Luke 10:26-37 if you think they are not our enemies, but they are from different countries so that changes our duty as followers of Jesus.
What other passages do you think are important? Let us know in the comments below.
Here are 7 questions I (James) like to ask when I am discipling someone. On the show, I talk a little more about the components of a meeting with people you are discipling, as well as fleshing out the importance of each of these questions.
- How have you been lately? How are you?
- How is your family?
- Have you had any difficulties or something that stressed you out since we last met?
- Alternate question: In what ways has Satan been trying to attack you this week? (I don’t use this one often because I want the focus to be on Jesus, not the enemy. However, sometimes its a great question to ask.)
- How has God been working in your life?
- How is your relationship with God?
- What is God teaching you through His Word?
- How is your prayer life?
Each of these questions are asked in the current context. (… this week? or …. since we last met?)
Also, if you need these in another language let us know and we’ll see if we have someone who can translate them.
What are other questions you like to use?
What do you do when you, or the person you are discipling needs healing? We all know that only God can bring real healing, but what can we do to water the seeds of healing that God has planted there?
In this episode, we are talking about counseling. Sometimes we give it, other times we need to receive it, and still other times a professional counselor can be very useful at helping bring emotional and spiritual healing.
To some people, getting counseling is like admitting they are weak or that there is something wrong with them. (Which is actually true for all of us.) It’s like there is a stigma with going to a professional counselor. The fact is, we all either have gone through or will go through difficult times, and so will the people we disciple. We may or may not need a professional counselor, but let’s weigh our options carefully and see what resources God provides. One of those resources might be professional Christian counselors.