Category Archives: New Testament

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.

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

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

Doing Good to All

Paul wrote in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” In the wake of a pair of tornadoes there is a lot of good going on all around us. People are jumping in, giving of their time andContinue Reading

Why Do the New Testament Letters Not Say More About Discipling?

In the first few hundred years of the church’s existence it grew leaps and bounds. It took off like wildfire fulfilling what Jesus told his disciples in Acts 1:8, that the gospel was to go to the ends of the earth. Why do we not get more information and instruction on evangelism and discipleship inContinue Reading

The Disciple and Solitude in a Social Media Age

One of the first things we see Jesus do in Luke, after calling his first disciples, is find time to get away from it all and pray. We see this in Luke 5:16. He had just healed a man with leprosy. News was spreading. Crowds were forming. Jesus was in high demand. In today’s socialContinue Reading

Parallel NIV/Greek New Testament PDF on the word “Disciple”

I am attaching a pdf for you to download that has all the occurrences of the word “disciple” in the NIV paralleled with the Greek New Testament. There are nearly 300 occurences of this word in the New Testament! In contrast the word “Christian” appears less than half a dozen times. In our current wayContinue Reading

One of the Most Dangerous Trends Today and 10 Tips to Counteract it

The dangerous trend is the rush to judgment without the facts. We react. We react quickly. We react repetitively. Our minds are being trained to view and respond, view and respond at such a fast rate that our accuracy is drastically diminished. How many different social media posts do you think your eyes scan inContinue Reading

A Discipleship Exercise

I want you to picture in your mind this scene from the Gospel of Matthew, “18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I willContinue Reading

From Disciple to Apostle – Their Shift is Our Shift

Jesus didn’t just teach his disciples. He also sent them out to teach what he taught (the kingdom) and do what he did (heal people). We see this in the sending of the 12 and the 72 in the gospels. In Matthew 10:1-2 we get a very interesting shift in language, ” Jesus called hisContinue Reading

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