27 August 2015 By In News
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In Part 1 of this series we asked the question, “Do we want a new believer to become like the ‘typical’ member of this congregation?” If the answer is no, then arrangements need to be put in place to impart Biblical values to new believers.…
25 August 2015 By In News
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How Does A New Believer Acquire Spiritual Understanding? If a new believer is not instructed otherwise, he will typically appropriate the values and convictions of the Christians that he associates with during the formative first period of his new spiritual life, just as a child…
24 August 2015 By In News
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Biblical truth is often presented in isolated (topical) form, without a good understanding of how it fits into the Christian life as a whole. This leads to the believer’s life becoming compartmentalized. Imagine that you’re about to view a Power Point presentation of a “project”,…
21 August 2015 By In News
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Commitment is one of the four components of Personal Discipleship, including Modeling, Individual Attention and God’s Word. Commitment has to do with the heart attitude of the discipler (spiritual parent) in regards to the spiritual welfare and development of the disciple. This is a commitment…
19 August 2015 By In News
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In giving us the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20), Jesus said to go into all the world and make disciples. (not just converts). This then brings up the need to distinguish between a “disciple” and a “non-disciple”. We believe it is true to say that not…
18 August 2015 By In News
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We want to address the commonly held belief that “presenting Biblical knowledge” equates to discipleship, and that the other components are “optional.” If the other components are not given proper importance in the nurturing process, the Christian being mentored will typically have a difficult time…
17 August 2015 By In News
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In 1 Peter 5:1-3 leaders are told, ... I exhort the elders among you: Shepherd God’s flock among you, ... not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. Not just tell people what to do, but rather, show them…
14 August 2015 By In News
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The typical newer believer will imitate older believers who they look up to, or with whom they associate. Thus every believer is a role model for other believers, even if they don’t want to be, especially to new believers. A few years ago, I had…
13 August 2015 By In News
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Let’s discuss the typical modern church congregation and the role of the pastors and teachers. We’ll refer to Ephesians 4:11-16 as our biblical reference. Church leaders typically are perceived to be trained but don't feel they have the necessary time to devote to the all…
11 August 2015 By In News
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To influence many people simultaneously is generally considered the method of choice. Personal one-on-one discipleship appears to be too time-consuming, energy consuming, and inefficient. The concept we want to demonstrate is that the Biblical method of multiplication is much more productive over the long term.…
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