Disciple-Making Disciple Makers

Disciple-Making Disciple Makers

For the past 3 weeks or so, I’ve really had discipleship on my mind. I knew my definitions well. A disciple is a person who is dedicated to becoming more like his master. So a disciple of Christ (i.e., a Christian) is a person who is dedicated to becoming more like Jesus.

Discipleship, therefore, is the process of becoming more like Jesus. I would have said that this process involves developing biblical literacy, prayer, community, and witness. I would have said that you learn these things by engaging in them, by being involved in Bible studies, by taking time to pray, by being involved at church, and by seeking to tell others about Jesus.

But all these things only answer the “What?” of discipleship. A few weeks ago, I started really questioning whether or not I understood the “How?” of discipleship.

  • How do I help others learn the story of the Bible? And furthermore, how do I help them to understand that reading comprehension is not the goal, but obedience is?
  • How do I help others learn to pray?
  • How do I help foster true, life-on-life community – one that encourages, rebukes, comforts, and directs people toward Christ?
  • How do I make sure that we not only know how to tell others about Jesus, but that we’re actually telling people about Jesus?

Continue reading “Disciple-Making Disciple Makers”

Advertisements

Day 15: Focus Breeds Excellence

Dave Ramsey is known for one saying more than any other:

Live like no one else so that later you can live – and give – like no one else.

This one small saying has helped inspire millions of people to get on a plan, get out of debt, and begin managing their money wisely. Many people have a daunting amount of debt, and they can’t fathom how they’re supposed to get out. After all, a lifestyle of paycheck to paycheck is what got them into this mess in the first place. Or they’re like me, burdened by student loans used to get a degree that may or may not be profitable in the marketplace. How is anyone supposed to get out of debt? Continue reading “Day 15: Focus Breeds Excellence”

Welcome to Tarsus

Welcome to Tarsus

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about myself, so I thought I’d give you all an update on my life and talk a little about what’s been going through my mind.

I’m in a weird spot in life these days. To most, it just looks like a time of transition, a change in life direction. To some, it looks like an opportunity to move in a new direction. To me, it looks like waiting on God’s direction while doing my best to bloom where I’ve been planted.

Let me explain.  Continue reading “Welcome to Tarsus”

Out of Season

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; deprive, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 

2 Timothy 4:2

Never before have I felt so “out of season”. For those of you who don’t know, I’m not currently in vocational ministry, and I feel like God has been calling me away from vocational ministry for this next season of life. I feel aimless and uncertain. I don’t know where I fit, what I should be doing, ministry-wise. 

I am out of season, and this has had a very negative impact on my spiritual health. Since I haven’t had something that I was working toward, I let my training slip. Skipping my Bible for one day turned into two days, then a week, then three. I would come back and read again for a day or two, then lapse once more. 

But Paul instructs Timothy, a young pastor, to be ready “out of season”. I used to think that this meant to be ready even when I’m “off the clock”, but right now it feels like so much more. 

Be ready, when I don’t have to be. 

Be ready, when no one expects anything of me. 

Be ready, when I don’t seem to have a reason to be. 

Be ready. 

I must confess that through these last few months since my position came to an end, I have not been ready to teach. But I’m back, and I’m striving to be ready.

Second Timothy 2 shares the idea that a Christian (and the pastor specifically) is a like a soldier. Personally, I don’t feel like I’m on the front lines anymore. Or at least not right now. But, even being out of season, I’m a soldier. Perhaps the closest analogy to where I’m at is the national reserve. I’m here and could be called upon, so I must be ready. 

Hello Again

Normally, I would have scrapped everything and started over. Started a new blog, a new platform, begun again from scratch. That’s the way I’ve always done this whole “blogging” thing. I get really excited for a few weeks, months, or whatever, then peter off and end up not doing anything for two years.

This time, I’d like things to be different. These past blog posts are a part of who I was and a part of who I am. I’ll update some things, sure. The look and feel of the blog will be different. Because I’m different now.

I’m hoping that this blog will be an outlet. I don’t write very often, probably because I’m writing so much for school. But as I finish up school this semester, I’d like to have a place to record my thoughts and share them with people. A lot of these posts are going to be pretty short, although I know I can get wordy. I’m hoping that I’ll just be able to dump some observations or interesting tidbits as I journey.

That’s all I’ve got for now. So…

Hello again.