Understanding the ‘How-to’ of Discipleship: Part 8 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship

Over the next three blogs (which will take us to 10) I want for us to explore the ‘How-to’ of discipleship. We have already talked about the necessity of the body of Christ for our continued sanctification; a church that faithfully preaches teaches and ministers the gospel. We have also understood that a disciple of Christ needs to develop relationships that are focused on sanctification; relationships that allow us to “grow in the grace anddiscipleship knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18) These last blogs will explore what is at the heart of true discipleship relationships; the things that are necessary for building a relationship that allows each person to grow maximally in their faith in Christ. At the heart of discipleship is a relationship in which one or more believers assist or invest in each other in order to grow to maturity in Christ. (cf. Ogden, Transforming Discipleship, ch 6)

(NOTE: I will conclude this blog with a word to Pastors and church leaders regarding how to foster these kinds of relationships in your church) Continue reading “Understanding the ‘How-to’ of Discipleship: Part 8 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship”

How to Help Others With the Gospel: Part 7 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship

Once again it has been far too long between blogs. Once again, I apologize to all of you who have been waiting.

Due to the distance between blogs as of late, let me summarize briefly where we have been. We have come to understand that when we believe in Christ for our salvation we have become his disciples. In fact, we have seen that disciple and Christian (if we are genuine believers) are really the same thing; a true follower of Christ is a disciple. A disciple is one who is intent on becoming Christ-like in everything; both in who they are and what they do. They seek to mortify sin in their lives and to live a life that is Spirit filled. We also saw that it is important for a disciple to be engaged with others in the discipleshipcontext of the local church. God does not intend for us to grow in our faith alone, in fact it is clear that this is not really possible. We also saw that there is a great barrier to growing in our relationship with Christ – sin. We understood that it is a pervasive problem for us that cannot be solved by anything we can do. The last blog examine the need for the gospel alone to reverse our sin problem. The gospel is easy enough to understand in four words – God, Sin, Christ, Response – but is so often neglected when we seek to be disciples of Christ or help others in their discipleship. The gospel is, as Tripp says, our only hope — “Hope is only to be found in Jesus Christ… In him, lasting, personal change is possible. Any other message encourages false hope.” Continue reading “How to Help Others With the Gospel: Part 7 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship”

Hearing God? – Seminar now on YouTube

What a weekend it was! I am so excited for the turnout we had and for what we were able to accomplish. I delivered about 60% of what I wanted but was ecstatic for the stuff I was able to share. I trust God will use it to correct what has become a popular, though misguided and unbiblical, belief and practice.

HEARING GOD

If you missed the seminar, want to watch it again or would like to share it again, you can find it on the Covenant Reformed Church YouTube channel. Follow the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-_qNaDVYEIYh6CbLFJ_ffg/featured

A BIG ‘Thank You!’ to all of our volunteers. Without you guys, we wouldn’t have been able to put on this event.

Soli Deo Gloria

The Gospel is the Center: Part 6 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship

It has been a while since I have written a blog in this series. I apologize. I have been working extensively on the “Hearing God?” seminar coming up on May 26-27 (more details to follow this week!). If you have forgotten where we have come from in this series let me refresh your memory.

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We have come to understand that when we believe in Christ for our salvation we have become his disciples. In fact, we have seen that disciple and Christian (if we are genuine believers) are really the same thing; a true follower of Christ is a disciple. A disciple is one who is intent on becoming Christ-like in everything; both in who they are and what they do. They seek to mortify sin in their lives and to live a life that is Spirit-filled. We also saw that it is important for a disciple to be engaged with others in the context of the local church. God does not intend for us to grow in our faith alone, in fact, it is clear that this is not really possible. We also saw that there is a great barrier to growing in our relationship with Christ – sin. We understood that it is a pervasive problem for us that cannot be solved by anything we can do. The last blog in the series ended thus,

If the problem is sin in the deepest parts of who we are, the solution cannot come from within us. It MUST come from outside of us. The solution to the problem of sin has always been and will always be the gospel.

It is to the gospel that we now turn. Continue reading “The Gospel is the Center: Part 6 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship”

“Hearing God?”

Does the Bible teach that God is “trying” to speak to each one of us apart from Scripture? (No)
In prayer, do we talk to God, then listen as God talks back to us? (No)
Does God promise to reveal to each of us his ‘will for our life’? (Sort of, but not really)

HEARING GOD

I am excited to be part of this event and to speak to issues that are rampant in our community. If you are in the area please come, and invite your friends, family, and co-workers as I address these, and related issues from the Scriptures.

Soli Deo Gloria

 

The Heart as the Focus: Part 5 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship

Remember Siegfried and Roy? For my younger readers, probably not. They were big cat trainers who played to sold-out shows in Las Vegas for many, many years. Their show involved various large animals, mostly big cats like lions and tigers. They performed various obedience tricks with these animals, but one particular stunt was the show-stopper; unfortunately, on one fateful night in 2003, it stopped the show for good. The big trick involved Roy putting his head discipleshipin the open mouth of their beloved and beautiful white tiger, Mantecore. It was supposed to be another show in a long line of shows, but this time, when Roy stuck his head in the gaping maw of the tiger, the crowd gasped, not in amazement but in horror. The 380 lb tiger bit down on Roy’s head and neck and dragged him away. Once freed from the animal, Roy was left critically injured, fighting for his life. Though he would survive the ordeal would end their decades-long run at the Mirage hotel. Continue reading “The Heart as the Focus: Part 5 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship”

The Problem of Sin: Part 4 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship

I hope that by now, three blogs into this series, you have come to an understanding of what a disciple is, why the church and fellow believers are absolutely necessary for discipleship and the many, many benefits of being a disciple Christ. My prayer is that you desire to leave superficial Christianity behind and embrace the call of God to true discipleship.discipleship

In the first post of this series we described a disciple thus,

A disciple is a person who is in an intimate relationship with God through continuous faith and repentance and who are brought are constantly living in the gospel. Disciples are people who believe the gospel, people who have turned from their sin to embrace the forgiveness of God, people who have had a transformed life so that they are motivated to obey what the Lord has commanded them. Continue reading “The Problem of Sin: Part 4 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship”

The Benefits of Discipleship: Part 3 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship

There are some very real, tangible benefits to being a disciple of Christ (this is primary), and to being part of a discipling relationship (this is secondary) that should motivate you to want to get involved in this type of relationship. Remember, we are talking here about a two-fold relationship:discipleship

  1. a personal commitment to be a disciple of Christ – this occurs individually.
  2. a commitment to be a disciple of Christ within a relationship with another believer(s) – this relationship strengthens our primary commitment to Christ and is a necessary part of being a disciple of Christ and a part of the church.

I will outline just a few benefits of discipleship here, but there are many, many more. They are taken from multiple sources, including Dallas Willard’s book, The Great Omission. Continue reading “The Benefits of Discipleship: Part 3 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship”

Discipleship… It Takes a Church: Part 2 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship

discipleshipChrist desires his followers to be disciples. Actually, that’s not entirely right. True followers of Christ ARE disciples. As we discovered in our last post there are not two categories of people who follow Christ – Christians, and disciples. There are only to be disciples. Somehow we have bought into the idea that we can be merely Christians, have public and private convictions that are Christian, without sacrificing what is needed to become disciples of Christ. In this usage of terms, the Christian is someone who assents to Christ and his work, assents to his need for salvation and may even live some parts of his life to that end. But the disciple, the kind of follower that Jesus truly desires, is someone who, as Dallas Willard states,
is intent upon becoming Christ-like and so dwelling in his “faith and practice,” systematically and progressively rearranges his affairs to that end.

Continue reading “Discipleship… It Takes a Church: Part 2 of a (probably) 10 part series on Discipleship”