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Luke 2:25-38 "At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your peop

GO BIG

One of the best breakthroughs I have ever had was one cold Saturday when I decided to meet one of my high school disciples 3 hours away at his aunt’s funeral. I was new to discipleship but I felt like my eyes had been opened to the most important thing in the Christian life. So when it came to making a decision with what I would do with my Saturday I was driven by the knowledge that investing in a few was the only thing that mattered. Before I might have thought my time would have been better spent going to multiple kids sporting events or resting up. But when I learned this wasn't going to be an average funeral for him it made the difficult decision a simple one. Not only was it a big ges

'Discipler' is Not a Word

I’ve had autocorrect try and tell me this many times. And it finally hit me.  There is a good reason why.  In theory, a discipler is one who disciples right?  Just like a racer is one or races, a smoker is one who smokes you get the picture.  So why isn’t discipler a word?  Simple.  It’s redundant.  A disciple makes disciples.  A racer is different from a race and having a smoke is different from a smoker, but a disciple is the exact same thing as a discipler. When you give your life to Jesus you should constantly be someone who disciples others and is being discipled. You cannot be a disciple of Jesus unless you are making other disciples. "Therefore go AND MAKE DISCIPLES of all the world b

QUIT INVITING PEOPLE TO CHURCH! ..and start inviting them to church.

Most churches in western 21st century settings have Small/Life/Huddle/Cell Groups that they say are vital parts of the ministry of the church. They give percentages saying how many people they have in their Life groups and say that it is very important to how church is done. But is that really the case for them? Are churches actually focusing on their Life Groups more than Sunday morning programs? If the church is really found in Life Groups, then why do we count how many people show up to our worship services instead of how many people are showing up to their group gatherings? A paradigm shift must occur in order to actually change the way true discipleship works in our culture. We need to

The Tangible Kingdom Review

Hugh Halter is a disciple-maker, church-planter, and author of a number of great works. One of his most popular books, specifically pertaining to creating a discipleship culture in the church is, The Tangible Kingdom. This book seeks to inspire you to create an incarnational community in your neighborhood. In this article, I will just give you a glimpse of this transforming book by noting two quotes that will certainly wet your appetite for more. 1. "Go drop off a nice bottle of wine to your neighbor with a note saying, "Love to get to know you guys sometime. Call and we'll enjoy this together. (14, Elvis has left the building)" To provide some context, Halter is describing the need for peop

A Peek at Millennials

From the "How to Reach Millennials" session at the 2016 National Disciple Making Forum Like Missionaries going to a foreign culture we must take time to craft the gospel to reach the specific audience that God has given us.  When it is Millennials though, it is important to meet them where they are.  And not to win them to our cultural understanding but to Christ. Right now the millennials are the young adults in our world.  But do not confuse a 20-something issue with a millennial issue. _________________________ Millennial Paradoxes  -no stereotypes are 100% but these are helpful- - They are both extremely consumeristic and generous - They are non-committal, but willing to give big investm

The Art of Mentoring

I've been blessed with people I've looked up to and who have mentored me. Pastors and parents. In high school I had not one but two amazing youth pastors. The second, John Sagraves, was more like an older brother to me. He was in his 20s, and during a difficult social period in my high school days he became a best friend as well. We went toilet papering together, played Tekken 3 together, attended birthday parties together, as well as all the normal youth ministry stuff. He put me on the student leadership team, taught me how to lead a small group and we argued over whether or not it was biblical to give money to a beggar. One time when we were hanging out I was asking him about something

Blessed Even in the Worst

Check out this article on what being #blessed really means "You and I can anticipate being showered with God’s blessin g only because Jesus experienced the full measure of God’s curse in our place. Christ was given what we deserve so that we might be given what Christ deserves. This is the too-good-to-be-trueness of the gospel."

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