Guest post by Brooks Ward and Kalai Leong
Discipleship can be defined in two ways. The first explains Discipleship as a literal walking with Christ in a relationship with Him as Lord. In the second, Discipleship is an intentional relationship where knowing and investing in another person or persons is the ultimate goal and purpose. Often, we discuss Discipleship as an action based on a responsibility given by Christ to His Church. This is one of the most imperative commandments Christ gave His Church. Discipleship is the key to fulfilling the Great Commission faithfully and thoroughly. Read More
“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of few or the one," said Mr. Spock in a legendary sci-fi moment from the Star Trek films as he was letting go of his life for the sake of his fellow crew members.
Although there are obvious overtones to this statement and ones like that have been applied to Christian studies, this principle is not automatically fitting for all circumstances. In fact, many times the Bible presents suggestions that Spock might call “quite illogical.” One such principle is what I call the ten-to-one principal. Jesus might have called it the ninety-nine-to-one principal [Matthew 18:12–13]. Read More
Guest Post by Paul Laso
If someone were to pole 10 people on defining the term discipleship you will be hard-pressed to get the same definition. In fact, you might leave more confused. I have noticed, over the years, the same thing with the term faith. A word often spoken about in Christian circles everywhere. Faith, however, is a word that can be one of the most difficult to define for many Believers. Greg Gilbert affirms this when he says, “Faith is one of those words that’s been misused for so long that most people have no idea what it really means. Ask someone on the street to describe faith, and while you might get some respectful-sounding words, the heart of the matter will most likely be that faith is belief in the ridiculous against all evidence.” To be fair to those who are outside of the faith they shouldn’t have to provide an exact definition of faith (much less a Biblical one). We as Believers know far too well that our faith isn’t belief in the ridiculous, yet why do we struggle so much to define what is such a cornerstone to our faith? Read More
After intentionally making disciples for more than 30 years, I have come to understand that disciple makers should see themselves as shepherds. In other words, when we make disciples it is what is known as a “shepherding” or “pastoral” ministry.
Although some have abused this, I believe it has merit and should be considered. We’ve all heard of stories where shepherds have been guilty of forcing or manipulating those in their care to do what they want them to do by saying “GOD” told me to tell you this or that. Read More