Medical personnel and fitness experts have determined that certain values are crucial to continuing health, or improving health (x number of steps per day, certain heart rate to burn fat/calories, certain number of hours of sleep per night, and so forth). The thinking is that if we track it, then we build better health habits and make better health choices. Why don't we do this with our faith?
The invitation to remember the pain only for the sake of remembering is not the purpose. The purpose is to remember the Lord’s faithfulness amidst the pain. His consistency. His love—before, during, and after. It is for healing. And hope. And redemption.
In today's article, pastor of discipleship Eric George shares 4 essential rhythms that make up part of their discipleship small groups at the Orchard church in Tupelo, MS. Read more about the significance of prayer, questions, missional-engagement, and teaching.
How does evangelism relate to discipleship? In today's Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Andrew C. Thompson explains that Christian evangelism goes beyond proclamation and should be understood as a rite of initiation and entering into the means of grace.
We're accustomed to hearing both about the mission and the identity of God's church; the empowerment for mission and for holiness by the Holy Spirit. What if both aspects are inseparable parts of Christian vocation? Chris Green suggests a way to think about Spirit baptism with biblical integrity and in a way that does justice to Christ's example.
This wraps up our series on Wesley's sermons for the time being. Listen in on Steve Martyn and Ken Collins as they host a series preaching through John Wesley's sermons, arranged topically according to the Order of Salvation. This week, enjoy "Self-Denial" (Luke 9:23). Check back every Sunday for a new sermon.
Finally, the question must be asked, “What is a disciple?” For those early Christians, being a disciple was really quite simple. It meant that they were becoming more and more like Christ in every single aspect of their lives. Read the final entry in Steve Bruns' series on discipleship.
It was here, in Holy Communion, that the Church saw fully and completely what the potential cost of discipleship entailed: death. And yet it was literal good news, because despite his death, Jesus Christ was currently present with them in this very act of Holy Communion. Read more from Steve Bruns' series on the early church and discipleship.
Today we tend to think of Scripture for discipleship primarily in terms of individual Bible Study, but in the early church—which had no complete Bible—Scripture use was much more multivalent. Read more from Steve Bruns as he continues his series on discipleship.
Whatever your primary discipleship environment is (Sunday school, small group, huddle, etc.), you need to begin to ask: What is your checklist? If you do not have one, how will you determine if your present environment is healthy and working to its God given capacity to further the kingdom of God?