As we find articles and resources that talk about Disciple-Making, we are going to collect them and publish them each Friday.
In the church world, the word ‘discipleship’ gets thrown around like everybody knows what it means. We talk about needing more of it and how we really need to focus on it more. Not growing up in the church, I was not well versed in church terminology. So, a few years ago, I did a bit of research on the word. I discovered the major theme of discipleship was ‘following in the ways of someone else’. I love the practical nature of this approach. It is not about reading more books or listening to more sermons or getting another degree. I love gaining more knowledge, but real life happens in, well, the real world. What, then, is a disciple — and how can this idea apply to your staff?
When I think consistently about a passage for years, my insights grow geometrically. For example, I memorized Philemon more than 20 years ago. This little letter offers a case study in motivating others to unpack forgiveness. Pondering it for 20 years has allowed me to notice wonderful subtleties in Paul’s approach. For instance, he encourages Philemon:
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