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I’m Back


It has been a long month since I last posted anything in this forum. It has been longer since I’ve received any comments. There are some of you that are encouraging me keep this up. I really appreciate you. For the rest of you, jump right in and challenge me. I will try to give you something each day. If I don’t, chastise me, please.

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4 thoughts on “I’m Back

  1. Paul Haber on said:

    How about some advie on how to begin discipleship with a new person.??

    • As always, before beginning a new endevor, consult the Bible. Luke 14:15 -35 says: “[25] Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: [26] “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple. [27] And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

      [28] “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? [29] For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, [30] saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’

      [31] “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? [32] If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. [33] In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

      [34] “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? [35] It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

      “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

      Before you begin, it is important to determine the level of commitment both on your part and on the part of your disciple. What will you be committing to? What will your disciple be commiting to?

      It is important to answer these questions before you begin. What is discipleship? In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus said, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded.” What are the disciplines involved in discipleship? As a minimum, Prayer, Bible Study, Fellowship and Stewardship. There are other disciplines that the nature Christian will want to practice as well. These are explained in Richard Foster’s book, “In Celebration of Discipline.”
      I hope this helps.

    • By the way, if you get past the first part, the International Evengelistic Association publishes some good discipleship materials. you can find these at http://www.ieaom.org. These resources are “A Call to Joy” and “A Call to Growth”

    • Sonny on said:

      Paul

      One thing I have learned about being a discipler… (one who has discipled others {namely Larry}) is:
      1. You can’t look to yourself for all the answers.
      2. Don’t look at the credentials of yourself or the one you are discipled. (I felt that I was smart enough to disciple Larry. But as I got to know Larry better I found he was much more learned than was I was.) Discipleship is not about what you know. It is all about who you know – that is Jesus!
      3. It takes a commitment. Commitment to Jesus first, Commitment to the one you disciple, and a commitment to yourself. I have often felt I wasn’t up to the job of discipling Larry. I have felt, I had no more to offer. But more than anything else it takes a willingness to depend upon God.
      4. TIME!!!! Once you start discipling someone… you will build a LIFE-TIME friendship with that someone. You may even grow to the point where you feel you are no longer discipling that someone… but rather walking as brothers. Discipleship turns into Iron sharpening Iron… and you often wonder who is sharpening whom. In fact both of you will sharpen each other.
      5. My personal belief about discipleship is: until the one you started discipling starts discipling another individual – your job isn’t completed at all. And then once the person you have started to disciple begins discipling another – you then enter into a new higher level of discipleship… because as your disciple starts discipling others he will come back to you to ask for advice and help. And both you and him start to grow in a new deeper walk with God.

      So I would say to count the cost, as Larry said, because once you start you will build a lifetime commitment

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