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Training Vs. Trying

Training Vs. Trying

The Truth About Spiritual Disciplines Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer Imagine a group of people coming to your home and interrupting your Twinkie-eating, TV-watching routine with an urgent message: “Good news! We’re from the United States Olympic Committee. We have been looking for someone to run the marathon in

The Praying Example of Susanna Wesley

If a passing stranger walking through the rural village of Epworth, England, on any given day between 1700 and 1720 had peered through the window of the home of the rector of the local Anglican church, he might have caught sight of something quite strange. Depending on the time of day, this observer might have

Ages and Stages for Discipling Your Kids

The different ages of your children will require different ways of thinking through the discipleship process because there are different ways of communicating and making connections with each of them. But rather than viewing this challenge as a problem, think of the privilege of continually looking for ways to make the attractiveness of life with

The DNA of a Disciple-Making Movement

Imagine a day when Jesus-style disciple making is the norm for the local church. Everyday Christians are engaged in relationships with people (inside and outside the church) so that they can show the love of Jesus and help people to trust and follow Him. Churches are known as disciple-making places, where Jesus-like people are created.

Expanding our Understanding of Discipleship

Discipleship: Giving to the Poor Is Not About Money Jesus was once asked point blank what we need to do to inherit eternal life; He was asked by someone who already knew all the rules. His response? Give to the poor. We know the law, yet this is probably the most obvious discipleship tool we

Discipleship: Doing Life Together

Life-on-Life When I speak to pastors and leaders, I often ask them to do a simple exercise. I have them write down their church’s top five offerings to help their people in spiritual formation. After they turn in their answers, I define spiritual formation for them by describing a mature and equipped follower of Christ. I ask them to look

Discipleship: Christ Wants YOU

Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis, Book IV, Chapter 8 The ordinary idea which we all have before we become a Christian is this. We take as a starting point our ordinary self with its various desires and interests. We then admit that something else – call it “morality” or “decent behavior” or “the good

Cultivating a Love for Jesus in Your Child

I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. My parents were (and still are) loving, supportive, involved, and hardworking. But I didn’t grow up going to church, reading the Bible, listening to worship songs, or knowing Jesus. It wasn’t until high school that a friend of mine invited me to church. Youth group sounded a

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