False Discipleship Advertising…

Disciple, Discipleship, Disciple-Making, and Making Disciples have become buzzwords in the Evangelical, American church.
 
It is quite common now for churches to include in their mission statement something about being or making disciples of Jesus.
 
My concern is that too many churches may have adopted disciple-making as part of their mission statement simply because it is something that they know that they should be doing; not because it is something that they are doing.
 
Moreover, not only are they possibly not making disciples of Jesus; they may not even know how to make disciples of Jesus; because too often, they don’t really even understand what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus.

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Commit to Prayer and the Word… and Then What?

When theologically conservative, Evangelical, American Christians and/or their churches realize that something needs to be done; you will generally hear them commit to doing two things…
 
…pray, and commit to studying/teaching the Word.
 
First, I would like to state that I agree with this strategy.
 
But, I would also like to point out that committing to prayer and studying the Word, in and of themselves, are not solutions.
 
They are simply God-given means to finding a solution.
 
For instance, say that your marriage is falling apart. You could say that in order to save your marriage, you were going to commit to prayer and Bible study…
 
…and then what?
 

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Bearing “The Weight of Glory”

C.S. Lewis wrote in the conclusion to his famous sermon, “The Weight of Glory”:
 
“It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbour. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbour’s glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.
 
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. […]

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