Category Archives: Discipleship

Ten Serious Questions for Serious Disciples of Jesus

Who has my full attention? Who do I view with judgment? How often do I pray for my enemies? Would others around me know I follow the Lord? Why or why not? Who or what is my life lived in submission to? Do my relationships have any connection with the Christ? What do I doContinue Reading

Discipleship Sermon – Shifting Church Paradigms and Culture

Here is the video of the sermon I preached last Sunday at Westside Church of Christ in Bakersfield. It ties together much of what I have been talking about here in one sermon. This has forced me to put some of the pieces together a bit more succinctly so I share this here in hopesContinue Reading

Enmeshment, Anxiety and Discipleship

There were several instances where the disciples show signs of enmeshment with each other and with others. These are times when their value gets wrapped up in the value of others. We see this in their arguments over who is the greatest in Luke 22. We see this in John 21 when Peter’s death isContinue Reading

Non-Hierarchical Discipleship

One of the hangups people have on discipling are the abuses of the past. They point to the Boston movement and shun even the idea of discipling due to some abuses of hierarchical and high accountability measures that characterized other movements. Does discipleship have to be hierarchical? Where one person is clearly the more matureContinue Reading

Discipleship and Our Enemies

In Luke, Jesus gives a sermon very similar to the Sermon on the Mount that we call the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:17-49). One of the main points of this sermon is how we treat our enemies. We are to: 1 – Love them2 – Bless them3 – Pray for them4 – Be generousContinue Reading

Good Friday, Cross Bearing, and Following Jesus

Jesus said if we want to be his disciples we must take up our cross daily and follow him (Luke 9:23). Jesus said this while he was on his way to Jerusalem to suffer and die on a cross. Good Friday reminds us that Jesus is our leader and the leader always goes first. HebrewsContinue Reading

Discipling on the Road to Jerusalem

“Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem” – Luke 9:51 Right after Luke tells us this, Jesus called more people to follow him – while going to his death! Jesus never stopped calling and making disciples. Jesus never lost his focus. Here is what Luke tells us in 9:57-62, 57 As they were walking along theContinue Reading

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 rightContinue Reading

Do We Over Complicate Discipleship?

Some people have a lot of reservations about discipleship. I think it boils down to two things: 1) our church culture – We live in a time of experts. Ministry has been delegated or relegated to professionals. This means we expect ministry to be done in a particular way: on a quarter system, administrated byContinue Reading

Jesus Cares About Failure Less than We Do

People fear failure more than they fear death. Fear paralyzed people from making needed changes to improve their quality of life. It is fearing trying and failing more than not trying. We need to get comfortable with failure. Jesus doesn’t mind if we fail as much as we mind if we fail. I know thisContinue Reading


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