Discipleship: Faith AND Works

My Sunday School class had a great lesson yesterday focusing on the James 2:17-26. We examined scripture to clear up confusion about faith and works. Paul is clear in Ephesians 2:8-9 (CSB): For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from…

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Confession as a Discipleship Issue

Confession is admission of sin or wrongdoing. I like the way Renovare defines confession: Sharing our deepest weaknesses and failures with God and trusted others, so that we may enter into God’s grace and mercy and experience his ready forgiveness and healing. Benefits Sin can destroy relationships and drive a…

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Discipleship Planning Team, Part 3

In this three-part series, I have introduced and explained the value of a discipleship planning team. In Part 1, I suggested scaling the planning team down or up to your church size. I also shared six key planning team focus areas: community relations, first impressions, new members, group connections, serving together,…

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Starting a D-Group

My friend, Bob Mayfield, this week posted a practical post entitled How to Start a D-Group. I want to encourage you to read the entire post. Here are the first two sections: Why D-Groups? Disciples are best made in a community of close relationships. Jesus had Peter, James, and John.…

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Disciple with R.O.P.E.S.

Living as Christ’s disciples is about knowledge and practice. It is about faith and works. It is about living out Christ’s words and actions. And R.O.P.E.S. can help us and our disciples. What tools have you used to help those you mentoring gain knowledge while also putting faith into action?…

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Six Discipleship Practices

I was reminded about the value of these six discipleship practice in an article entitled The D-Life Process. I encourage you to read the entire article. Here I want to share the six practices and then comment on each. Fellowship. Community and relationships are essential for discipleship. Even self-discipleship cannot…

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