Category Archives: Discipleship Expedition

Discipleship in The Beattitudes

Who should we consider to be the one blessed or favored by the Lord?

  • The poor in spirit
  • The mourner
  • The meek
  • The one who hungers and thirsts for righteousness
  • The merciful one
  • The one who is pure in heart
  • The one who makes peace
  • The one who is persecuted for being in the right

These are the ones to whom God grants his favor.

How are we going about trying to receive favor from God or people?

  • Through being strong
  • Being wealthy
  • Being connected with important people
  • Having nice things
  • By being beautiful
  • By doing something to put others in your debt

How else? What would you include?

Maybe life isn’t all it seems and maybe what is truly a blessing isn’t what comes most naturally to us. If we were really honest there are probably things on this list we really wouldn’t want but it isn’t about what we wants…rather…it is about what God wants.

This is what it means to be a disciple – to learn to see things from God’s perspective. To truly value what God values. To bless who and what God blesses. To receive blessing where and when it is least expected.

This is how the kingdom works and we, as disciples, are a part of it. What a blessing! This is what makes Christianity so special, it isn’t about being a certain class or rank. These things are available to all.

What if we blessed others on the same scale and based on the same criteria God uses? How would our lives change?

Jesus’ Question and Assessing Church Culture

Church culture and church leadership culture is not always healthy. I am sure that is no surprise to you. Jesus’ question in John 5:6 (“Do you want to get well?”) is so important for our church leadership to answer in the affirmative if we are ever going to turn the corner and get healthy. TakeContinue Reading

Embracing the Priesthood of All Believers

If we would stop pointing this verse at others and start pointing it at ourselves we would all be living on mission. How exciting! It is about participation, not sitting and absorbing what others do.

Codependent Churches – a Major Barrier to Change

People who grow up with an alcoholic parent know there is a problem but no one is allowed to talk about it. The elephant is in the room but no one can name it. Everyone dances around it. When visitors come by we have tremendous pressure to make the unhealthy things look healthy and putContinue Reading

The Discipleship Dilemma – What is Your, “Yes, first let me?”

In Matthew 8 Jesus has conversations with a few people who are trying to follow him but run into issues. Here is how that conversation ends in Matthew 8:21-22, “Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury theirContinue Reading

10 Shifts for the Future in Churches of Christ

I don’t know if you have noticed this or not but most churches are in decline. Not only that, most churches are getting older. The demographics are shifting with less and less young people in our churches. We also see this reflected in many of our lectureships. What is our gut reaction to this? ForContinue Reading

Time for Some Encouragement – God Never Quit Making Disciples

Even if we stop, God keeps going. We see this in 1 Kings 19 when Elijah thinks he is the “only one left” (19:14) and God lets him in on a secret, ” Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”Continue Reading

The Hard Truth About Our Difficulty Moving Forward on Discipleship

Do we have the will to make the changes that are necessary to change the culture of our churches? In my heart of hearts I want to see our churches be part of a movement. I caught this bug when I was a kid and I heard we are the church we find in Acts.Continue Reading

Video: Applying the Bible Study Method to the Parable of the Sower

I took the outline I gave in the last video and used the Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13 to show how it would work on a specific text. I have found this approach quite helpful. We need to be in the word. I often hear people talk about how they don’t have timeContinue Reading

One Generation to Normalize Discipleship

Discipleship is the most biblical thing many in Churches of Christ won’t have anything to do with. It just isn’t normal. I have asked class after class, individual after individual, if they have ever been intentionally discipled. The resounding answer from the adults I have been around is, “No.” One or two might say aContinue Reading

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