When a man stops believing in God, he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.
The church should be regarded as important to Christians because of its importance to Christ.
A Theology for the Church (B&H Academic, 2014)
This past Sunday, the weather report for New York City was 1° with a wind chill of -19°. The mayor was urging people to stay home and church members were calling to ask if we were canceling.
But church planters don’t cancel worship gatherings.
I’ve experienced Sundays when my wife and kids outnumbered everyone else. Even if only a handful of people could come we planned on proceeding with our service. We aren’t about to let a little frostbite stop us!
The good news is more people came than we expected. And due to a last minute idea, we ended up streaming our service online for free and several members were able to jump online and watch.
All I had to do was put my mobile phone on a tripod, make sure I had a strong wifi signal, open the Facebook app and start broadcasting live. It really was that easy and within seconds we noticed that not only were our absent members online and engaging with us virtually, but their friends and people around the world began tuning in as well.
I want to help you become a disciple-making disciple. And that means I need to know more about you. To do that, I’ve created my 2016 reader survey.
I hope you will take a few minutes to fill out this survey. By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself. Why? Because you will be helping me create content even more interesting and helpful to you.
Your feedback is important to me and the survey is easy to fill out. You can finish in about five minutes.
Christian discipleship can be a pretty broad category. In this list I’m narrowing it down to three main areas: being a disciple, making disciples, and multiplying disciples.
I. On Being A Disciple
Books “on being a disciple” are numerous and can include hundreds of categories. Books on doctrine, spiritual disciplines, and sharing the gospel can all be helpful to new and maturing disciples alike. Of course, making disciples is also an integral part of being a disciple, but for the purpose of this post I’ve included a book on cultivating your faith, lifestyle discipleship, spiritual warfare, serving Jesus with joy, and family discipleship.
Followers of Jesus are promised abundant life but we must also take responsibility for the stewardship of our lives. Extreme debt, failed marriages, and poor health should not be characteristic of godly stewards. So how do we begin to steward our lives for the glory of God and for our own good?
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
The Apostle Peter reminds us that we have everything we need “for life and godliness” and that God has given us “very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Who wouldn’t want to have a divinely empowered life?