Are You Hitting the Target?

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Like a target, goals give any endeavor direction and meaning. So what kind of goals should a disciple-maker have? While this isn’t an exhaustive list, its a great starting point. Goal 1) For my disciple to become Christ-like.  To be Christ-like, a disciple must obey Christ’s teaching as summed up in the Great Commandment and Great Commission.  That’s what the … Read More

The Who & The What

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All of Jesus’ teachings are summed up in two passages of Scripture.  We call them the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. They are the “who” and the “what” of the disciple’s life. The Great Commandment teaches who I am in Christ (Love God & Love Others).  The Great Commission teaches what I am supposed to do through Christ (Make … Read More

Is Discipleship a Starting-Line or a Finish-Line?

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Some people think of planned discipleship as a finish line.  They think if they can just complete a discipleship program with someone, that will get the person across the spiritual finish line to a place where they are fully mature.  Nothing could be further from the truth. First, discipleship is not a program with a graduation ceremony.  Discipleship lasts for … Read More

5 Tips For Cultivating Discipleship In Your Church

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1) Pastors should identify the disciple-making that is already happening within their Church. Disciples are being made in every church -the only question is “disciples of what?” Although not all of the discipleship is intentional or profitable, the good news for pastors is that they do not have to create the momentum –it already exists. The challenge is to identify … Read More

I’m Not a Real Farmer, But I Play One in Ministry…

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I just had a fascinating conversation with my brother-in-law, Andy, about discipleship. Andy farms and knows all about tractors (especially a certain green brand). We were talking about how people respond better to teaching when someone has taken the time to work with them personally in their spiritual life. In the middle of the conversation, Andy said, “its just like … Read More

MJ, Discipleship & Missions -Part Three

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Recapping parts 1&2: God has created us in His image to reflect His glory. God’s glory is spread throughout the world when we are “fruitful and multiply.” Multiplying God’s Image around the world is the heart of the Great Commission: to make disciples of all nations. Nike makes use of vast resources to project Michael Jordan’s image around the world. … Read More

Planned & Unplanned Discipleship

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What does biblical discipleship look like? Is it found in a Sunday school class? Or perhaps in a worship service?  What about Bible study groups? While all of these may contain discipleship, discipleship is not necessarily contained in them. Discipleship could be divided into two main categories: planned and unplanned. Planned discipleship specifically calls aside persons for spiritual training. Both … Read More

MJ, Discipleship & Missions -Part Two

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God created us in His image to reflect His glory (see part 1). And His goal is to see His glory cover the earth as His image is spread to all nations. Habakuk 2:14 states, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” But how will this … Read More

MJ, Discipleship & Missions -Part One

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Michael Jordan drives baseline

You’ve seen the logo. No matter your age or interests, most likely you recognize the Michael “Air” Jordan logo. It is Nike’s goose that laid the golden egg. Created in 1985, it is officially known as the “Jumpman” logo. For years it exclusively branded a line of “Air Jordan” basketball shoes and apparel. Today, however, the logo touches everything for … Read More

Ready to Hand Over Your Baby?

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In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul instructs Timothy, “…what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”  What a great summary of a spiritual legacy! Paul describes four generations of discipleship in this verse.  He starts with himself (what you have heard from me) and continues … Read More