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A Successful Failure

After the talk with Nicodemus, Jesus and his disciples walked down to Judea to stay for a while and baptize. Emmanuel abided with them (John 3:22). John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized (for John had not yet been put in prison). Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. – John 3:23-25 (ESV) All this free-lance baptism activity going on at the Jordan was arousing attention. First John, and now Jesus, were baptizing people apart from the authority of the … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Jesus’ Preparation For Ministry – part 1

John’s ministry was flourishing. Great crowds of people were coming to hear him preach and be baptized. His message was meeting with success, for many asked the Big Question of repentance, “What shall we do?” (Luke 3:10-14, Acts 2:37). Upon baptism, some had gone the next step and become disciples of John. Andrew was one, and perhaps Philip and another young man named John. These had recognized their need for a change of heart and life, and they knew they couldn’t do it on their own. But the baptizer was not able to effect the change in his followers, for … [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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