MInTheGap

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

Every Member a Missionary

June 12th, 2018 Viewed 385 times

Discipleship is a direction, not a destination. What I mean by that is that if we are not moving closer to the Lord, then we are moving further from Him. There is no point where we can declare that we are mature or “mature enough.” There’s no concept of retirement in the Bible. Indeed, many of the Bible figures were working in the ministry well past the ages of our members, and Titus 2 specifically speaks to what older men and women should be doing.

To this end, being a disciple of Christ means that we must continue on our journey making other disciples. The mindset we must therefore foster is that it is everyone’s job to minister, everyone’s job to be a missionary, and everyone’s job to grow.

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Discipleship Modeled

April 26th, 2018 Viewed 541 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 528 times

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 563 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.

What Type of Church Do You Have?

April 18th, 2018 Viewed 556 times

What is a Believer Supposed to Do?

September 26th, 2016 Viewed 1515 times

Replicate himself…

I’m a simple guy so I look at it plainly. What is the church supposed to be and do? It seems like the Great Commission is the place to start:

“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)

Disciples of Christ are to make disciples (evangelism), baptize them into the church, and teach them to learn and apply the Bible. Then the cycle repeats itself: evangelism, baptism, training.

The Church Needs the Bible

MInTheGap

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