Imagine with me a disciple-making culture that looked something like this.
Disciple-makers have decided to commit a minimum of 9-10 hours a week providing hands-on practical training. This commitment did not coming with compelling arguments. The disciple-makers love it. They want to invest their time in the work. There is a team of disciple-makers–seven in all–committed to making a total of 12 disciples together over the course of several months. The kind of teaching and training they provide is not a classroom lecture, though there certainly is an intellectual component to it. But it is more than that. It is hands-on with a high level of participation and practice where those being discipled have an immediate opportunity to work it out. Along with the practical instruction and increasing depth of knowledge, there is constant encouragement from the team of disciple-makers. Any opportunity to affirm change and progress is acknowledged, not only by the team of disciple-makers but also those being discipled. Corresponding to the high level of challenge is a high level of celebration as it becomes evident that there is a high level of change taking place in those being discipled. The heads (instruction), hearts (encouragement), and hands (practical application) of those being discipled are trained by those modeling the life and work before them in their own context.
Sounds like a pretty amazing disciple-making experience, right?
- In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. – Psalm 119:14
- I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. – Psalm 119:16
- Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. – Psalm 119:24
- Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. – Psalm 119:35
- for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. – Psalm 119:47
- Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight. – Psalm 119:77
- If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. – Psalm 119:92
- Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight. – Psalm 119:143
- I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight. – Psalm 119:174
What’s your relationship to God’s ways? Delighting in His testimonies.
What’s your relationship to God’s Word? Delighting in His law.
What’s your relationship to Christ’s kingly rule? Delighting in His commands.
May our Christian lives be marked with a dominant delight in God!
There’s a lot of pressure today for pastors and leaders to build their “platform” in order to gain an audience and build influence. This is especially true if you are seeking to publish a book. With all the encouragement to self-promote and brand your identity online, how does this relate to the gospel call of taking up your cross and denying yourself? How do we make much of Christ when it seems so necessary to make much of our work?
On Tuesday, April 8th the 2014 Band of Bloggers with gather to fellowship together at Heritage Hall on the campus of Southern Seminary and discuss the important topic of “Platform Building and the Gospel.” Justin Taylor, Joe Thorn, Trevin Wax, and Denny Burk will share their thoughts as Collin Hansen facilitates the discussion many of us are already having online.
Registration is just $15 and includes Chick-fil-A lunch. As we have been known to do in the past, we will do our best to provide you will a bag full of great books and resources to take with you. You will not want to miss this gathering of bloggers, publishers, authors, and church leaders across the world.
Seated is limited, so register soon! Hope to see you there!
Growing up in North Alabama, I remember going through specific routines in the event of an emergency. I doubt there was a kid who did not know why or when you need to stop, drop, and roll. We were trained in protocols in the event of a tornado, calmly lining up in the hallway and securing our heads from potential debris. We knew how to exit the buildings in case of a fire in a single-file line to safe zones outside. All of these procedures were responses to various kinds of potential disasters we could encounter while in school.
Now what, do you think, are the possibilities that I as a kid in elementary school would actually need to follow through on those drills? How often would a tornado tear through our building? How often would a fire consume the classrooms? Hardly ever, it at all, right? But we were still trained in how to respond in the very unlikely event that they might occur.
What if I told you that on a daily basis you are going to be faced with potential crises or disasters that required a response from you? What if it was not a distant potentiality but an eminent reality? How would you prepare yourself for such situations? Would you be trained to know how to respond?