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Discipleship – Then and Now – part 5

Content – Heart vs. Head I’ve talked about the teaching setting, the call, and the methodologies of discipleship. But the most important characteristic is the content of what is taught and practiced. There are two themes running through all of what Jesus taught: the fallen nature of the heart of man, and the essentialness and preeminence of Himself. Let’s look at the first of these themes. We Christians tend to focus more on head-knowledge and externals. Good doctrine and actions are essential. But Jesus did not teach dry-facts about God or outward observance of the LawMeaning Jesus did not teach … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Discipleship – Then and Now – part 4

Methodology I mentioned earlier that there are some positive differences in discipleship over the last couple thousand years. I tend to be a skeptic, and if I heard someone else say that, I’d probably doubt him. But I do believe it’s true, although with perhaps some reservations. The biggest advantage that we have over most New Testament disciples is the ability to personally study the Bible. For the most part, the early disciples did not have their own copies of the scriptures, and what they did have was not the complete collection like we have today. Most early believers went … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Discipleship – Then and Now – part 3

The Call The church today calls people. We call the lost to be saved from hell by trusting in Jesus. We then call those saved to spend time in Bible study and prayer. We call them to live morally upright lives as Jesus taught, and to become active participants in the church. Yet, even if we do all the things we are called to do, we may still be poor followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus said “Follow Me.” We typically understand this as “Go in this direction,” but that is not what He meant. To follow Jesus requires my active … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Discipleship – Then and Now – part 2

Teaching Setting When you look at how disciples were trained in the New Testament versus how they are trained today, you’ll see we’ve come a long way. There’s an abundance of Christian educational opportunities available to us, at least for those of us blessed to live in countries where we can worship freely. Depending on your denomination, you can choose from (take a deep breath) Sunday School, classes for teenagers, young adults, older adults, married couples, and new believers, catechism classes, beginner and advanced discipleship classes, Bible studies, Vacation Bible School, Christian camps, retreats and conferences, seminaries, correspondence courses, and … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Discipleship – Then and Now – part 1

Introduction And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples… not mere believers. 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 28:18-20 (ESV) When I read these verses, I picture someone who has just been given long-awaited rulership over a kingdom. Now, as king, he gives his first … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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