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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 … 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

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.”

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 … 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 … 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: a personal commitment to be … 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

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