Getting ready for conflict

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Never talk about politics, religion, or sports.

In many of our Latin countries, that is the recipe to avoid conflict in any social gathering. Then, Why are we creating a group of men, a Connecting Point, to talk precisely about two of those topics?

How is that we are going to avoid conflict?

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Challenging – Day 15

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And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
Matthew 15:34

 

It only took one chapter, for the disciples to forget that the Lord was willing and able to feed the multitude. One chapter.

But he is not bitter. He is not reprimanding them, pointing to their lack of spiritual growth. Instead, He asks a question.

He challenges their position.

I know is not there, in Scripture, but I can almost see our Lord asking this question with a small smile on his face, almost like saying, Do you guys remember? We have done this before. Can you see it?

He challenged their position, providing in this way an opportunity for growth.

 

For you to consider…

How intentional are you in challenging those you are serving?

 

Compassion – Day 14

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Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Matthew 14:13,14

 

You always have time for the things that are important, to you. In other words, your priorities can show what is really going on in your heart.

The Lord had a mission. He had a plan. He knew where he was going, and what needed to be done and accomplished.

But he always had time to show mercy and compassion. Even when things were a little too hectic – like what was going on with JohnTB

 

For you to consider…

How do you make time for the things that matter to you, when making disciples?

 

Closer than others – Day 13

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And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Matthew 13:11

I know sometimes we would like to be like Paul, everything to everyone to see if some could be saved. But, we need to remember that, even when the Lord serve multitudes, he had some individuals that were closer to him.

And even within the main group of 12 disciples, he had three that were even closer to him.

There is nothing wrong with investing more, going deeper with just a few individuals out of everyone you are serving.

The key here is to be intentional, and present.

 

For you to consider…

What makes the difference between those in your wider circle of disciples, and the ones that are closer to you?

 

Controversial – Day 12

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He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him.
Matthew 12:3

It will happen, sooner or later, specially when you are doing something as out of the ordinary as loving, and investing you life in others.

People will disagree with you.

Some even may thing what you do is controversial – which is another way to say that you are making them to feel uncomfortable.

How did our Lord responded to this kind of challenges, while making disciples? I think he did it in two ways:

  1.  Addressing the real reason behind the behavior, and
  2. Using Scripture as the starting point of his argument.

 

Consider this…

What does the way you answer to criticism says about your own Spiritual Transformation?

 

Learning to be loved

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Yes, I’m a disciple-maker, but my own heart is also being cultivated; I’m growing in my ability to be a humble follower ofJesus Christ. And I think it come across, when I talked to people.

Those whom I’m serving know that I’m also in a journey, with them.

Personally, one of the biggest challenges I have when making disciples, is when they respond with expressions of care and – may I dare to say it? – love for me.

I need to learn how to be loved.

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