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Discipleship in The Beattitudes

April 15th, 2019 · 3 Comments · Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, Gospel of Matthew, New Testament

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 […]

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Jesus’ Question and Assessing Church Culture

April 2nd, 2019 · No Comments · Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, The Journey, Videos

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. Take […]

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Embracing the Priesthood of All Believers

April 1st, 2019 · 1 Comment · 1 Peter, Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, New Testament, The Journey

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.

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Codependent Churches – a Major Barrier to Change

March 30th, 2019 · 18 Comments · Church, Church of Christ, Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, The Journey

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 put […]

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

March 28th, 2019 · 1 Comment · Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, The Journey

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 their […]

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10 Shifts for the Future in Churches of Christ

March 27th, 2019 · 10 Comments · Church, Church of Christ, Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, The Journey

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? For […]

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Time for Some Encouragement – God Never Quit Making Disciples

March 21st, 2019 · 2 Comments · Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, The Journey

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.” […]

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The Hard Truth About Our Difficulty Moving Forward on Discipleship

March 20th, 2019 · 11 Comments · Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, The Journey

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. […]

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

March 19th, 2019 · No Comments · Bible, Bible Study, Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, Gospel of Matthew, New Testament, The Journey, Videos

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 time […]

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One Generation to Normalize Discipleship

March 16th, 2019 · 4 Comments · Discipleship, Discipleship Expedition, The Journey

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 a […]

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