Category Archives: Discipleship

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

My Simple Note Taking System in the Bible Margins

I hope you find this as helpful as I have. It is one simple thing to help organize the notes you take in the margins of your Bible

What Does it Mean to Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus?

Jesus said, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose orContinue Reading

Fasting and Discipleship

Fasting is a key part of discipleship. It is something that I haven’t practiced enough but am learning more about and also correcting some of my past misunderstandings. I thought of fasting through the lens of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6 but never put it together with Acts 13 and 14. In Matthew 6 JesusContinue 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

Video: Context, Context, Context. The Key to Biblical “Aha’s”

I cannot emphasize how important this is for followers of Jesus. I am creating these videos in order to give people an easier resource and actions to thoughts on how to study the Bible more effectively. Check it out. Subscribe if you think it is worthwhile because there are more videos on the way. ThanksContinue 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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