MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Discipleship Practiced

April 27th, 2018 Viewed 78 times

What we are doing today?

Lots of modern church practices do not work:

  • It doesn’t work by expecting the Pastor to do all the leading to Christ and discipling.
  • It doesn’t work by attending multiple church services and not growing.

It doesn’t work if people do not live out their faith.

A lot of Christian ministry is based on getting converts. In the 1900s, Evangelists seems more interested in getting people to walk the aisle to count them and their impact than to make disciples. A lot of modern evangelist training focuses heavily on methods of sharing the Gospel in hopes of seeing “people accept Jesus”. It emphasizes “fire insurance” over making disciples. Because of this, the person may not be aware of what they are “signing up” for.

“Discipleship” is often not much more than having someone go through a short book talking about the basics of the faith. It’s almost like initiation into a secret society or club with code words.After  this discipleship class, the new believer is thrown into the main Sunday School classes and Worship Services with people that have had years of training, but the mentoring (in some cases) stops.

How the Biblical Definition Differs

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Discipleship Modeled

April 26th, 2018 Viewed 142 times

What does Christian Discipleship look like?

The idea of having disciples or apprentices was not a new one to the time. In fact, our modern forms of education would look foreign and wrong to people who passed on their skills to primarily their children and a few other apprentices. It was very common for parents to teach their sons their trade, and then, if they wanted to learn another one, they would always have their primary trade to fall back upon.

If you were headed in a Spiritual direction, you would learn in Scriptures occurred at the feet of a rabbi. This is what Paul is referring to in Acts 22:3 that his heritage was who he grew up under. This is why it wasn’t unheard of to have Jesus choose disciples, for many learned Rabbis would have disciples that would learn what they knew to follow in their footsteps.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Discipleship Commanded

April 25th, 2018 Viewed 99 times, 1 so far today

The Great Commission

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

Let me set the stage for you. Jesus has dramatically risen from the dead and appeared to his disciples. After a few days spent explaining the Old Testament Scriptures to Him and appearing in different places, He’s about to ascend into Heaven where He will go about building a place for us (John 14:2), and He has some final words for those who have gathered. Those words are listed above– go and preach the gospel to every creature.

photo by: Chris Yarzab

Go and Make Disciples

April 24th, 2018 Viewed 97 times

If I were to take you on a tour of our home, upon entering the kitchen you would be sure to notice a colorful wall. From the ceiling to the molding that cuts the room in half is a list of chores that each child is assigned based on their potential ability.

Now, the first time that a child attempts to do a new chore—whether it’s making breakfast, doing the laundry, or washing the dishes—the result of their first effort is usually less than your standards. I mean, I’m still working on cleaning dishes as well as my wife!

It’s tempting to jump in and do it yourself, because you can not only get it done faster, but do it better as well. However, there’s a lot of truth to this quote from D.L. Moody:

It is better to train ten people than to do the work of ten people. But it is harder. – Moody

There is strength in numbers—be it a family or a church—but that power will only come about if we invest the time to train one another. I believe that this is the foundation of New Testament living, and yet it has somehow fallen by the wayside in modern program mindset, and it deserves another look.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.