In their very helpful manual, the authors of Real Life Discipleship Training Manual, walk their readers through 5 stages of spiritual growth: Death Infant Child Young Adult Parent A better understanding of these stages, is very helpful, not only as we look at our own lives, but also as we walk alongside someone we want to … Continue reading MTP 11: From Death to a Parent, Part 2, “Spiritual Infant”
Ephesians 2:1-5 "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires … Continue reading MTP 10: From Death to a Parent, Part 1, “Spiritual Death”
"Really?!", I said to myself, when a friend told me this: Columbia - our capital city - is in the top 100 of what are called "Post-Christian" cities. Columbia is number 88. To put that in some perspective, there about 4000 cities in the United States that meet the definition of a "City", according to … Continue reading MTP 9: “Really?!”
On my desk, is a smooth, black stone, about the size of my palm. On it, are engraved two words: "Begin again." The rock was a gift from my mother, and I love to look at each morning, before I get down to work. We are about to "get down to work" in the second … Continue reading MTP 8: Begin Again
In a recent article, a well-known church planting leader shared this surprising fact: "While 79% of unchurched people said they would engage in a faith conversation if asked, only 39% of Christians have shared how to accept Jesus in the past six months. That’s a wide margin by any measure. This means that over 60% … Continue reading MTP 7: Start a Conversation
In Luke, chapter 9, verses 23-25, we read this: 'And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the … Continue reading MTP 6: Getting Packed
"Disciple, disciple, disciple - I hear it a lot, but what is it?" If we don't know the answer; if we can't explain it simply to someone else, then we're stuck, right out of the gates. If we are working with several different definitions of what a disciple is, we won't all run in the … Continue reading MTP 5: A “Disciple” You Say?