Football

This game was the first Brazilian Semi-Pro American football game that I attend.  One of the missionaries on the ABWE team in South Brazil helps coach the Porto Alegre Bulls.

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Game Ticket: Bulls v. Solders

I was excited to see the kickoff of the game.  The last time that I visited South Brazil I was able to help coach the linemen on this team a couple of times.  I was continually looking to see if I recognized any of the players on the sideline.  I did recognize some of the faces.

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Time for the Kickoff

The game was pretty one sided with the Bulls only able to move the ball a little on offense when the Soldiers had penalties.  On defense it wasn’t much better as the Soldiers were able to move the ball and scored every possession.  There were some highlights for the Bulls as I saw a couple of their defensive linemen make some good plays in the backfield.  I look forward to being a guest coach the Bulls again in the near future and hope to help them with some skills that might make this more of a game the next time these two teams face off.

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Halftime Score

 

Baptism

On last Saturday I was able to attend a Baptism.  I was so excited to come to this baptism because I remember sharing the gospel with Carlos when I last visited in November/December 2015.

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Pre Baptism Fellowship

Carlos was one of the stories that I shared about my visit to Brazil while I was raising support to come back.  Carlos was one who attended the Hangout but didn’t want to talk about spiritual things.  While I was visiting the Hangout one night he asked a question that lead to a conversation where I was able to present the gospel to him.   He did not repent at that time but eventually he did repent.

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The Immersion

Over the last year and a half Carlos has repented and been discipled by one of the missionaries.  The missionary who has been discipling is going on furlough and he wanted to be baptized before the missionary left.  It is great to see answered prayers.

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Post Immersion

 

Enjoying the New Diet

I am really enjoying my new diet in Brazil.  I am a fan of many different foods but I especially enjoy different meats.  Churrasco is Brazilan for BBQ.  The classic BBQ is done over a wood fire with simple seasonings like rock salt.  I enjoyed the beef, pork and chicken BBQ one Sunday afternoon with some people from the church.

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Backyard Churrasco

Schneider’s is a very nice and expensive Churrascaria (BBQ Restaurant) that I had the privilege of going to one day.  Some of the best things that they do is cow hump, filet minion, garlic roles, mozzarella balls, and their roasted pineapple desert.  Being a missionary is tough some times but for the sake of the gospel I will rough it.

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Schneider’s Churrascaria

As I was car shopping with one of the missionaries it came time for lunch.  We were driving by a place and he told me that this is the best Thai food in South Brazil.  The name of the restaurant is Thai in a Box.  I have to say that I was disappointed because I went to a good Thai food place just two weeks earlier before I left the states.  However,  I am told that in about 6 months to a year this will be a great place for Thai food.  On a side note this may be the only Thai place in South Brazil.

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Thai in a Box

One of the meals that I had was a great fresh chicken, fruit, and nut salad.  It is great to enjoy some awesome food.  This might have been the most healthy thing that I ate in the 3 weeks that I have been here.  I do have to say that I have been enjoying the food here and have found it good to only eat a couple of meals a day with the major meal actually happening around lunch time.

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A Healthy Salad

 

Send Off Service

It was a blessing to be sent off by my church this past Sunday.  It was awesome to get up in front of a packed out church and be able to preach the word.  I was so excited to be able to share my heart with Placerita Bible Church.  I preached from 1 Thessalonians 1:2-8 on the Results of Gospel Transformed Life.  This passage is near and dear to my heart as it describes my desire for the ministry in Brazil.  If you want to listen to the sermon please use the link.

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Preaching the Word

I was very encouraged to have my elders pray for me before I leave for Brazil.  I am so thankful to enjoy a great send off service on January 8th at Placerita Bible Church.

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Being Prayed for by the Elders

Prayer is a very important thing for every missionary and I appreciate all of those who are holding “The Rope” for me.  “The Rope” is my monthly prayer letter which is sent to everyone who wants to pray for me.  PBC gave me a plaque with a picture to remind me that they are praying for me.

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Reminder of PBC’s Prayers

 

Results of Discipleship (Discipleship #6)

Discipleship is not always a linear process and you should not think about it like a cause and effect type situation.  Discipleship has two general categories of results those which are discouraging and those which are encouraging.  If you are discipling people you need to remember that the results which you see should not determine if you are successful or not.  Success in discipleship is determined on if you continue to disciple people no matter if the results are discouraging.  Jesus, who was the greatest disciple maker of all, disciple 13 men and not all of their results were encouraging.  Judas did not continue to walk with Christ.  Don’t be discouraged when not everyone who you disciple follows Christ closer after being discipled. I could give you personal examples of all of these but if you start discipling then you will have your own should you persevere in your discipleship.

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Discouraging Results

  1. Not all Disciples will be true Disciples. Example: Matthew 27:3 – Judas Iscariot
  2. Disciples will not always turn immediately from their sins. Example: 1 Thessalonians 5:14 – Be patient with all
  3. Disciples will disappoint you. Example: Acts 15:37-38 – John Mark
  4. Disciples will not always get along with their discipler. Example: Acts 15:37-38 and 2 Timothy 4:11- John Mark

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Encouraging Results

  1. Disciples will make other Disciples. Example: 2 Timothy 2:2 – Timothy
  2. Disciples will turn from their sins. Example: 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 –  Sinner needing to be welcomed back
  3. Disciples will encourage their discipler to become more like Christ. Example: Proverbs 27:17 – One man sharpens another
  4. Disciples will get along with their Discipler. Example: Acts 9:27 – Barnabas

Common Discipleship Objections: Mechanics (Discipleship #5)

Discipleship is something that every Christian should be participating in.  In this series I began with giving some principles, followed by setting some expectations, then I answered some maturity questions, after the maturity questions I answered some of the life stage questions, and am now following with some mechanics questions.

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Rich and I met weekly to discuss how the bible applied to my current life situations

This is the area of objections that seems to have the most misconceptions.  Discipleship always looks different.  Discipleship is based not only on the gifting of the discipler but also the gifting of the disciple.  The difference in the spiritual gifting of the discipler and disciple will have a huge impact on what discipleship looks like.  For example: If the discipler is a gifted servant than discipleship would likely take place while serving someone else in the body rather than if the discipler is a gifted teacher than discipleship will likely take place over an open bible.  Discipleship will have a different flavor depending on the culture, season of life, and maturity of both parties.  For example: If the discipler is a married man with small children discipling another man with small children than discipleship may happen at the park while they watch their kids play or if the discipler is a married man with lots of kids and the disciple is a single than discipleship might happen at the discipler’s house while he spends time with his family.  It is my desire to be able to point out some principles to answer each of these questions.

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John would meet regularly with me and some other men to teach us from the scriptures.

DISCIPLESHIP MECHANICS:

  1. I have never been discipled so I don’t know how it should look.
  2. I think that discipleship comes from the pulpit.
  3. I can do biblical counseling but I don’t know how to disciple someone after counseling is over.
  4. Discipleship is only going through a book of the bible.
  5. Discipleship is supposed to be a 4 part 2 hour long meeting: 30 minutes of catching up on life, 30 minutes of prayer, 30 minutes of bible study, and 30 minutes of application.  I don’t have time to do this.
  6. I can’t be like the guy who discipled me.
  7. I disciple people between church services when we are talking.

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Peter and I would connect over a meal to talk about life and how the scriptures apply to it.

RESPONSE TO EXCUSES

  1. Not having someone to disciple you is a hardship to discipling others.  However, it is not a crippling blow.  There are many examples of discipleship found in the scriptures, in fact the two greatest examples of discipleship can be found with Jesus and the Apostle Paul.  If you have not been discipled then look to them as the greatest examples of discipship.  The Apostle Paul was a disciple maker extraordinaire and set a great example for us to follow in 1 Thessalonians 1 and 2.  Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 1-2, 1 Corinthians 11:1
  2. Discipleship that comes from the pulpit is lacking at least one of the three leg’s that discipleship stands on.  Discipleship is defined in Matthew 28 as having 3 fundamental parts: 1) Life experience together, 2) Public identification with Christ, and 3) Application of the Scriptures.  Discipleship from the pulpit can at best encourage application of the scriptures in a general sense and encourage someone who publicly identify with Christ.  Discipleship is not about calling others to generally follow Christ but to specifically and purposefully apply the scriptures to the current life situation.  One of the greatest strengths of a disciplemaker is his or her ability to identify where the disciple is in their walk with Christ and how to apply the scriptures to help them deal with that situation.  Enjoying life experiences together really helps get people to build a relationship which will give them specific scriptures that would help each one deal with their life situations.  Joint life experiences are hard to come by when you only listen to the discipler talk from behind a pulpit.  Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 1-2
  3. Biblical Counselors will define biblical counseling as purposeful focused discipleship.  This sell’s discipleship short, discipleship is not only focused on one issue or sin pattern that an individual has but is focused on all aspects of a person’s life.  It is sad to have heard multiple times from Biblical Counselors that they don’t know how to disciple.  It seems to me that the root of this excuse is that they don’t want or have time to get involved with more people.  Discipleship necessitates a relationship that goes both ways and that scares some biblical counselors.  A biblical counselor who wants to start discipling should open up himself/herself to building a relationship with the disciple that is more than a simple meeting time and some pointed instruction.  They need to build a relationship with the one whom they are trying to disciple.  Paul dealt with many hard issues in all of the churches that he helped start but most of the most difficult work came in correcting  issues that were present in the life of people who he evangelized and discipled.  Applicable Verses: 1 Thessalonians 1, Matthew 28:18-20
  4. Discipleship has three major aspects: Relationship with other believers, Commitment to publicly follow Christ, and Practicing what the scriptures say.  If you are discipling people you will eventually touch every section of the scriptures but there is no bibilcal mandate to only go through one book of the bible at a time. Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20
  5. Discipleship does not have a pattern that is so rigid to follow.  Discipleship is driven the principles found in the scriptures and very much shaped by the gifting of the individual, the culture of the church and the culture of the people.   Paul’s discipleship took on different forms in each location.  There were always the same principles that were practiced but some of the methods changed.  Applicable Verses: 1 Thessalonians 1-2, Acts 20:17-38, 1 Corinthians 11:1
  6. Discipleship is not about making people more like yourself but making people more like Jesus.  The one discipling you should not be out to make an exact replica of himself or herself but should be exhorting you to become more like Christ.  All of our gifts are going to be different and all of the way’s that we are going to serve in the church will never all be the exact same way.  Discipleship is very much saying to others imitate me as I imitate Christ.  Applicable Verses: 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Thessalonians 1-2, Matthew 28:18-20
  7. Discipleship has a few simple parts like relationship building, calling others to repent of their sins, and teaching people to obey all that the scriptures  say.  Discipleship between services does not allow for the relationship to flourish.  Talking with people between services is a start to discipleship but does not allow for someone to practice all three aspects of discipleship.  Paul’s example of discipleship was that he shared his very life with the people.  Applicable Verses: Acts 20:17-38, 1 Thessalonians 1-2

SUMMARY

Discipleship will always look a little different for each individual.  There are no specific mechanics or pattern which you can use to disciple others.  There are principles which are necessary to follow in discipleship.  These principles were discussed in the first post from this series.  Do not get stuck on the different mechanics of discipleship but actually practice doing it.  For example I discipled one young man who has started discipling another.  He tried to follow the pattern which was set by me but it turns out that it doesn’t work for him.  He had to modify some of the mechanics of discipleship so that it fit his gifting better.  He is now discipling men and will continue to do so.

Common Discipleship Objections: Life Stage (Discipleship #4)

The second most common objection of discipleship is a persons Life Stage.  Life Stage is closely related to the maturity excuse but I will try and  make a clear distinction.  Life Stage refers to an individual’s external circumstances while Maturity relates to a persons internal character.

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Family Men can Disciple Others

LIFE STAGE OF THE DISCIPLER

  1. I am too young to disciple someone older than me.
  2. I am too old to connect with this younger generation.
  3. I don’t have kids, wife, ect. so how could I disciple someone with kids, wife, ect.
  4. I am too busy with life to disciple anyone.
  5. I have done too many things wrong.

RESPONSE TO EXCUSES

  1. Age is a convenient excuse for not discipling.  Each of us in the body of Christ has a different role and we all learn from each other.  Discipling someone older than you requires reviewing some specific verses on how to relate to those older than you, 1 Timothy 5:1-2. Younger men discipling older men need to treat them like a Father.  Younger women who disciple older women need to treat them like a Mother.  Discipleship is simply defined as purposefully and intentionally encouraging others to become more like Jesus.  Someone who is younger can always encourage those who are older to become more like Christ.  Applicable Verses: 1 John 2:12-14, Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Timothy 5:1-2
  2. This is similar to the prior excuse.  People think that they need to connect with the younger generation with experiences or the same likes.  Discipleship is not about having fun together but is about walking through the different seasons and issues of life with others.  Enjoying your time with those who you are discipling is a byproduct of spending time with those who are in the family of Christ.  We are called to teach individuals to observe/practice what the scriptures say, there is scripture no that says we are to only do this with those who we connect with easily.  Applicable Verses: 1 John 2:12-14, Matthew 28:18-20, Titus 2:2-8
  3. Man’s wisdom comes from experience and living through different life stages.  However, God’s wisdom is found in the scriptures and teaches us about how to handle every situation through not only specific direct teaching but also different principles.  God has granted to the believer everything pertaining to life and godliness, 2 Peter 1:3, so the one who has not experienced different life situations can still minister to and encourage those in that particular life situation.  The scripture is complete with everything that the man needs to equipped for every good work.  As a discipler you are to exhort others to know scriptural principles and practice them not to simply teach your experiences.  Applicable Verses: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:3
  4. Busy with life does not qualify you to ever not do what the LORD requires you to do.  The call to make disciples in Matthew 28 does not have any exemptions for life business.  A busy life is a normal life for almost every christian.  Some of the best disciple makers that I know are also some of the busiest people I know.  Paul was a very busy man however he always found time to make disciples, 1 Thessalonians 1:4-7.  Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 1:4-7
  5. This at first might be a maturity issue but instead it is typically used by people who think that they have made only wrong decisions during specific life stages.  Doing things wrong can cause you to have afflictions that will make for a more difficult life but experiencing the difficulties can help you see the grace of God more clearly.  Experiencing difficulties and doing things wrong can provide an example for what not to do and how God’s grace brought them through the trials.  God’s grace has abounded in the life of people who have made many wrong decisions.  After receiving the comfort from God believers are able to comfort others who have been similarly afflicted, 2 Corinthians 1:4.   Having experienced the consequences for not doing things scripturally some times helps us have compassion in dealing with others who are suffering through the same afflictions.  A discipler who can show compassion towards those who have made poor decisions is rare but one who is able to restore such a person is even more rare.  Applicable Verses: Galatians 6:1-2, 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
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Looses Sleep to Disciple Young Men

LIFE STAGE OF THE DISCIPLE

  1. I am too old to be discipled.
  2. I am too young to be discipled.
  3. I need someone to disciple me who has already successfully completed my current life stage.
  4. No one would understand the difficulties that I am facing right now with my family, job, relationships, etc.
  5. I don’t have enough time in my life to be discipled.

RESPONSE TO EXCUSES

  1. Being too old to be discipled is a convenient excuse for not wanting to be discipled.  Typically this excuse is being driven by two reasons.  The first is that they think that they have arrived and the second is that they think that they are incapable of learning anything new.  No person has ever completely arrived at maturity, or complete Christ likeness.  Those who think that they are unable to learn anything new do not understand the gospel which says that those who were sinners can be made righteous.  Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  2. Being young is not an excuse to not be discipled.  Being young is a great time to be discipled.  Titus 2 encourages the older to disciple the younger.  The younger you are when you get discipled means that you need to be humble.  Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20, 1 John 2:12-14, Titus 2:2-6
  3. The biblical mandate is not to share with others your own wisdom as to how to handle a situation but to give God’s wisdom.  An individual does not need have their own wisdom but know the wisdom that is found in the scriptures.  An individual’s knowledge of the scriptures and it’s practical application to that persons life are key’s to discipleship not one’s personal experiences.  Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  4. Not thinking that others will understand the difficulties that you are facing is one of the greatest lies that people tell themselves.  This denies that God’s grace has helped others through similar situations.  One of the greatest things about discipleship is being able to walk another through the hardships with the same scriptures and biblical principles that the LORD used to comfort you.  The very reason that someone uses this excuse to not be discipled is the reason why they need discipleship the most.  Applicable Verses: 1 Corinthians 2:3-11
  5. Not having enough time to be discipled is like cutting off your own nose to spite your face.  Discipleship is something that all of us are called to participate in.  Making time for discipleship in your life will help you to better honor Christ.  If you don’t have time to do what Christ calls you to do than make time.  Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20

SUMMARY

Life stage is not an acceptable excuse to either disciple or be discipled.  Every believer is called to disciple others.  If we want to honor Christ we will not continue to use excuses such as life stage to make or be discipled.  Life stages are great opportunities to make disciples through bringing people along with you as you walk through the life stage.

Common Discipleship Objections: Maturity (Discipleship #3)

The most frequent category of objections is relating to Maturity.  All of the questions in this category can be subdivided into two groups, either relating to the Discipler or the Disciple.

Before tackling the questions below it is good to be reminded of some of the universal principles which directly apply.  I would encourage you to review principles 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, and 11.

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Discipleing Young Men

MATURITY OF THE DISCIPLER

  1. I have to know the bible inside and out.
  2. I have to have an answer immediately for everything.
  3. I have not conquered all of my sins, how could I help someone else.
  4. I don’t want anyone to imitate my life, they just need to imitate Jesus.

RESPONSES TO EXCUSES

  1. Knowing scriptural facts is not a requirement for discipleship but doing what the scriptures tell you to do one aspect of discipleship.  An individual does not need to know everything but simply exhorting others to observe all the scriptures.  The Thessalonians were only discipled by Paul for 3 weeks and did not have time to learn everything before they began to be a great example of discipleship.  Applicable Verses – Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7
  2. As a discipler you are not mandated to answer everything immediately.  Not everyone has an immediate answer as to what is truth but the discipler can search the scriptures to see what the scriptures say, Acts 17:11.  There is great humility that the discipler needs to have to say that he does not know an answer immediately.  Not having an immediate answer for everything will also be an encouragement to the disciple so that they may see humility modeled.  Applicable Verses: Acts 17:11, 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7
  3. Dealing with sin is a normal part of an individuals walk with Christ.  To say that we have conquered all of our sin would be to deny the truth in 1 John 1: 8 & 10 which says that we have all sinned in the past and will be sinning in the present.  A key aspect of discipleship is to help others learn how to deal with sin in a biblical way.  Applicable Verses: 1 John 1:8-10, 2 Corinthians 7:10-11
  4. Having a life worth imitating is paramount for the disciple maker.  Paul called others to imitate his life.  Paul’s disciples also became an example for others to follow.  The key verse is 1 Corinthians 11:1 where Paul says that the believer is supposed to imitate him as he imitates Christ.  Applicable Verses: 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7
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Discipling Young Married Men

MATURITY OF THE DISCIPLE

  1. I have been a Christian for a long time, why do I need to be discipled.
  2. I don’t think that anyone could help me with all of the sins that I struggle with.
  3. I don’t know enough about the discipler to know if I want to be like him.
  4. I don’t want to be like anyone but Jesus because they are fallen sinners and I might become like them.
  5. I am only discipled by Jesus.

RESPONSE TO EXCUSES

  1. The discipleship command does not have a finish line.  The end goal is to be faithful and strive to become more and more like Christ.  No Christian has ever imitated Christ completely.  We are all striving to grow to become more like Christ and are in need of others to point out our deficiencies.  Applicable Verses: 1 Corinthians 11:1, Proverbs 27:6, Matthew 28:18-20
  2. As long as we are alive there is hope that Christ through the gospel will be able to change us so that we might have our sin’s dealt with.  Galatians 6:1-2 says that those who are in sin need others to help them be restored. It is also important to remember that every sin which an individual might struggle with has already been dealt with and overcome by another believer.  Applicable Verses: Galatians 6:1-2, 1 Corinthians 6:11
  3. If you don’t know enough about the discipler to know if you want to be like him than get to know him.  Even if you are not a good fit walking with someone else who will encourage and exhort you to become more like Christ is worth your time and effort.  We are called to be patient with everyone even if we do not get along with them well.  Applicable Verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:14, Proverbs 27:17
  4. This sounds good superficially but once you read Matthew 28:18-20 it is clear that repentant sinners are supposed to disciple other sinners.  We may ignore Matthew 28 but you can’t ignore Galatians 6:1-2 which says that we who are spiritual are to restore the one who is in their sin.  My favorite verse to address this is Proverbs 27:17 which says that we are supposed to sharpen one another.  Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20, Proverbs 27:6, Proverbs 27:17, Galatians 6:1-2, 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7
  5. Matthew 28:18-20 is very clear that believers are to make disciples of other believers.  1 Thessalonians 1:5 illustrates that believers are supposed to make disciples of other believers.  The Apostle Paul also clearly calls people to imitate him.  Applicable Verses: Matthew 28:18-20, Proverbs 27:17, 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Thessalonians 1:5

SUMMARY

Maturity of the Discipler or the Disciple is a common excuse but when you read all of the scriptural passages about Discipleship it is very clear that maturity is not a qualification for making disciples.  Maturity will help with different aspects of discipleship but it should never be an excuse to not be discipled or be discipling others.

Common Discipleship Objections: Introduction and Expectations (Discipleship #2)

Discipleship is a very common word which is thrown around in Christian circles.  It is something that is intimidating to anyone.  In a prior blog I addressed some Universal Discipleship Principles.  However that doesn’t help those who are thinking about discipleship because some of their objections trump any principle.  Let’s look at these objections in some general groups: Expectations of Discipleship, Maturity, Life Stage, and Discipleship Mechanics.  To address these I will attempt to address each issue category in an individual blog post to follow.

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Jamaal Preaching

In this post I will address some common objections related to discipleship expectations.   Expectations which are unrealistically high or too low can have a profound impact upon the view of someone.  If expectations are too high they will almost never be met and you could have the greatest event but it didn’t fulfill the expectations so it is a failure.  The opposite is true also if the expectations are very low, the event will meet and exceed all of the expectations so it could be thought of as a success even if it was lame.

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Pat Preaching

This blog is not so much to answer some of these questions right now but to set the expectations at an appropriate level.  If you think that this blog will be a step by step guide to discipleship you are mistaken.  The purpose of this series of blogs is to help you to think biblically about discipleship and to encourage you to begin to practice discipleship.

Common Discipleship expectations related to the categories which will be addressed in future blogs:

Maturity of the Discipler

  1. I have to know the Bible inside and out.
  2. I have to have an answer immediately for everything.
  3. I have not conquered all of my sins; how could I help someone else?
  4. I don’t want anyone to imitate my life, they just need to imitate Jesus.

Maturity of the Disciple

  1. I have been a Christian for a long time, why do I need to be discipled?
  2. I don’t think that anyone could help me with all of the sins that I struggle with.
  3. I don’t know enough about the discipler to know if I want to be like him.
  4. I don’t want to be like anyone but Jesus because they are fallen sinners and I might become like them.
  5. I am only discipled by Jesus.

Life Stage of the Discipler

  1. I am too young to disciple someone older than me.
  2. I am too old to connect with this younger generation.
  3. I don’t have kids, wife, etc. so how could I disciple someone with kids, wife, etc.?
  4. I am too busy with life to disciple anyone.
  5. I have done too many things wrong.

Life Stage of the Disciple

  1. I am too old to be discipled.
  2. I am too young to be discipled.
  3. I need someone to disciple me who has already successfully completed my current life stage.
  4. No one would understand the difficulties that I am facing right now with my family, job, relationships, etc.
  5. I don’t have enough time in my life to be discipled.

Discipleship Mechanics

  1. I have never been discipled so I don’t know how it should look.
  2. I think that discipleship comes from the pulpit.
  3. I can do biblical counseling but I don’t know how to disciple someone after counseling is over.
  4. Discipleship is only going through a book of the Bible.
  5. Discipleship is only going through a book about the Bible.
  6. Discipleship is supposed to be a 4 part 2 hour long meeting: 30 minutes of catching up on life, 30 minutes of prayer, 30 minutes of bible study, and 30 minutes of application.  I don’t have time to do this.
  7. I can’t be like the guy who discipled me.
  8. I disciple people between church services when we are talking.

Universal Discipleship Principles (Discipleship #1)

People have asked me a variation on the simple question: “How do I disciple others?”   Sometimes it comes from a person who is scared of discipleship, other times it comes from someone who has never been discipled but is convicted that they should start, and this question even comes from “mature” believers who have been asked to disciple someone but have no framework to do so.  There are three general issues that the people asking me this question are struggling with and in a later blog I will address these and other objections to discipleship.

  1. They have an unbiblical view of discipleship.  Either it is too high for them to obtain or it is too basic for them to bother with.
  2. They have heard sermons on discipleship and feel compelled to participate in some way but don’t know how.
  3. They are intimidated by discipleship.  Typically it is either the thought of being a disciple or being a disciple maker which is the issue.
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Discipleship at The Masters University

In talking with these men and women I often come back to some universal discipleship truths which help encourage people to disciple and frame how discipleship works.  These universal truths do not change regardless of culture, stage in life or maturity.

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Discipleship at The Masters University

  1. Discipleship calls others to imitate Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
  2. Discipleship involves modeling walking with Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:5 & 1 Corinthians 11:1)
  3. Discipleship involves being an example for others to follow. (1 Thessalonians 1:6 & 1 Corinthians 11:1)
  4. Discipleship means calling others to practice what the scriptures say. (Matthew 28:20)
  5. Discipleship means calling others to share the gospel. (1 Thessalonians 1:8)
  6. Discipleship can take years, months, or weeks. (Acts 19:10 & 17:2)
  7. Discipleship means calling others to repent of their sins. (Galatians 6:1 & Matthew 28:19)
  8. Discipleship does not stop with being discipled.  The disciplee needs to become a discipler for the circle of discipleship to close. (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
  9. There is no set script for discipleship.
  10. Discipleship happens between both parties. (Proverbs 27:17)
  11. Discipleship includes telling people the hard things. (Proverbs 27:6)
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Informal Discipleship