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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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

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