Category Archives: Discipleship
How do we fortify believers for this cultural moment? The simplest, most profound answer is: through love.
The more I get to know people from other backgrounds and cultures and ethnicities, the bigger my Bible gets.
“Sex is everything,” goes the idea in the 21st century. “And sex is nothing.” This paradoxical view of sexuality in our society requires a paradoxical response from the Church.
Thoughts on parenting, wisdom, and the limits of “sheltering.”
What if the choice to leave a difficult church situation will actually short-circuit your formation as a Christian? Does God use uncomfortable church situations as part of His process of sanctifying us?
What kind of discipleship is necessary to fortify the faith of believers so that we see through the world’s false and damaging views of history and the future?
Working on “Jesus, Continued” has deepened my gratitude for the Spirit’s work in my life. I hope it does the same for you.
Here’s what I learned from evangelicals bearing witness to the gospel in a country that is much further down the road of secularization than the United States.
The Sunday School or small group meeting in your church holds both extraordinary potential or peril. Used well, the potential for discipleship is incalculable. Used poorly, the perils can lead to disaster.
I see too many churches using that hour poorly rather than well. The grace of God covers a multitude of our failures (thankfully), but this doesn’t mean we should shrug off our responsibilities in this area. I fear that many pastors are (1) unaware of what is going on in a church’s small group ministry and (2) unwilling to offer solid, biblical resources to the leaders of these groups.
This shouldn’t be the case. In North America, we have more good Bible study resources available than ever before, and we have more reason than ever to consider carefully the kind of teaching that takes place in groups. Most pastors would see the surrender of their preaching time to just anyone with a message as an abdication of responsibility. Why, then, would we direct our people to small groups where the leader may or may not open the Bible, may or may not have a solid doctrinal foundation, or may not even be qualified or fully equipped to teach?
When Paul laid down the responsibilities of an overseer, he included this qualification: “holding to the faithful message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9). Often, pastors are more concerned about encouraging believers with sound teaching …
Discipleship must go beyond the rearrangement of one’s interior life and lead to an understanding of what it means to follow Jesus with wisdom in a particular time and place.