Day 28 – Going for the nations… for the right reason.

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 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

Some may say the most important word in this passage, is the word Go. People will tell us all about the tense and the intention of this word, in the original text.

Personally, I believe that the driving force behind this Great Commission is somewhere else.

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Day 26 – Social action or worship?

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But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.

Matthew 26:10

How many times have you done it? How many times have you get so overexcited about a specific way to express your Spiritual Transformation, that you forget about the main purpose of life?

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Day 25 – Making the connection

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And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40

Once again, we are confronted by the relationship between what discipleship teaches, and the practices it encourages. And what really surprises me is the fact that this disciples were doing the right things in such a natural way, that even they found it surprising when the Lord told them of their accomplishments. Talking about a natural and authentic life style. Continue Reading

Day 24 – Available & Intimate

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As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 

Matthew 24:3

 

The CEO of a company I used to work for had an “open door policy.” He told us, at an employee meeting, that any one could come into this office at any time, to discussed any topic related to the company.

It was really a great policy.

And it was a policy no one felt comfortable using, because despite all his best efforts, we all knew how demanding it was to deal directly with the CEO.

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Day 23 – The most challenging part of discipleship

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But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.

Matthew 23:8

Quick : What is the most challenging part of the current discipleship process you are following? It doesn’t matter if we are talking about the process you are using for your own formation, or if it’s the one you are taking others through.

Unfortunately, most of the time, this question will be answered with something related to what the disciple must know, something that goes into her head.

If only things were as simple as acquiring new knowledge.

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Day 22 – Spelunking

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Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ?”

Matthew 22:41,42

 

spe·lunk·ing

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noun

NORTH AMERICAN
noun: spelunking
  1. 1.
    the exploration of caves, especially as a hobby.

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Day 21 – Giving opportunities to enjoy

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… then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 

Matthew 21

 

He could have done it himself, you know.

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The pain of sinning

Even in the way I respond to my sin, I can clearly see His work of restoration in my heart.

No, it doesn’t mean that sinning is now easier, or that its consequences are so outdone by His grace in me that, without much thinking, I can completely ignore the onslaught  of my hear by my own sin.

But yes, there is a difference. A huge difference.

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5 things I need to be a good disciple

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As athletes being coached, we need some one to invest in us, to help us being cultivated as a humble follower of Jesus Christ. That’s a good starting point – recognizing the need for this kind of relationship with other believers – but there is more to this relationship than just the initial desire.

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I’m not a good disciple-maker

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It is hard to admit, at least for me, that I’m not that good at making disciples. I’m a driven person, and on top of that, I’m an ordained minister in a denomination with a sound and solid theology.

But with all this going for me, I’m still not that good at going to the nations to make disciples.

Now, let me tell you why that is perfectly fine.

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