Training vs. Trying

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Men do not go to battle simply by putting on a uniform and bearing a weapon. Before they enter a war-zone, they must first train for action. Many Christians have simply worn the uniform of Christ for years without training to be His disciple. Sure, they have tried to follow Jesus, but they haven’t trained. Training takes effort, determination, and … Read More

Attention Please!

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Billy is having trouble in math class so his parents hire a personal tutor.  They know that individual attention will be more effective than group instruction. Discipleship is the same way. To be effective, it requires intensity that cannot be found in large crowds. Disciples must have the undivided attention of their disciple-makers. Part of the genius of discipleship is … Read More

A Holy Partnership

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Jesus calls all believers to make disciples. Jesus chose His last words on earth carefully. He had spent three years pouring into His apostles.  Before ascending into Heaven, He gathered them for final instructions which we call the Great Commission. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go … Read More

The Fascinating Future of the Church

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Science is fascinating -and sometimes scary. Did you know that prenatal screening now allows prospective parents to know all sorts of details about their child’s traits by removing a single cell from an embryo? While highly controversial, the concept highlights the incredible amounts of information God has stored in human DNA. As I contemplated the idea of one cell being able … Read More

Why Multiplication Exists

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Revelation 7:9-10 reveals a future scene in heaven. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to … Read More

Dual Discipleships

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The Bible describes two discipleships: human & divine. Human discipleship takes place as one human disciples another human. When we make statements like, “Joe discipled me,” or “I’m discipling Kristy,” we are referring to human discipleship. Divine discipleship takes place between Christ and man. We refer to Christ’s discipleship when we talk about “following Christ,” and “being Christ’s disciple.” The … Read More

Was Jesus “Cliquish?”

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The question has been asked, “Won’t small groups create cliques that will divide our Church?” Great question. In Mark 3:13-19, Jesus is followed by a large crowd of people all vying for his attention. The Bible says that He healed many, before eventually pushing away from the crowd. (That’s right, even Jesus got away to rest occasionally). While heading up … Read More

God’s Global End-Game

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Revelation 7:9-10 reveals a future scene in heaven. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to … Read More

Is Your Discipleship Whole?

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Discipleship has been used and misused to the point that the word itself has become almost meaningless. It begs for clarification. Everyone would agree that discipleship should be transformational (Check out Transformational Discipleship by Geiger, Kelley, and Nation). But what exactly is being transformed? At this point I see three popular, yet incomplete, views: 1)   Belief-Driven Discipleship: This view sees … Read More

Baptisms, Breakfast, and God’s Mission

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This morning I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in Nicaragua with my friends, Tami and Oscar. Oscar directs the mission work of the Baptist Missionary Association for this beautiful Central American country. After our meal, we reminisced about experiences we have shared in the past through mission trips and other events. Our conversation went back to a mission trip that my … Read More