On Monday, I wrote about spending much of my weekend welcoming the 450 new members who have joined the network since Thursday night of last week. Members keep joining. We have now reached a membership of 800 . . . way beyond anything we could have anticipated so quickly.
Based on what I've seen and what I've individually heard from members, here are a couple of observations:
(1) God is at work through this network. To paraphrase Rick Warren,… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 10, 2010 at 7:00am —
I once heard a powerful sermon on doing the impossible. The preacher posed the question “Does God require too much?” Of course, he gave us the solution to the seeming impossibility of meeting the expectations (doing greater works than Christ, being perfect, making disciples, etc.). They were:
1. Be in the circle of God’s will.
Added by Kathy Beagles on November 8, 2010 at 1:00pm —
My children(2 boys & a girl-ages 15,13 & 11) & I read from a devotional book each morning. I used to get feedback which would create some great discussions but for the last few months nothing. Maybe I should try a new devotional book, any ideas? It seems it has almost become a chore to do our devotionals and some days I am afraid I am pushing them away rather than strengthening their relationship with the Lord.
This is especially true with my 15 yr.old. I worry knowing he… Continue
Added by Rod Bigford on November 8, 2010 at 9:36am —
I've been blogging a short series about our inner life, discipleship, community, and ministry, inspired by an article by Henri Nouwen years ago in the Spring 1995 issue of Leadership. Find the most recent blog… Continue
Added by Michael Mack on November 7, 2010 at 8:42pm —
What a shot! It was the end of the first half. Time was running out but we had the ball at our end of the court. Kyrsten doesn’t usually spend much time that far out from the basket but there she was just outside the three-point line when the ball came to her with about 4 seconds left on the clock. Almost effortlessly she let it go. It was her very first three-pointer ever and it was nothin’ but net!
It’s been a long journey from when she was little and just learning the basics. How… Continue
Added by Rick Alvey on November 7, 2010 at 7:03pm —
Today's reading: JOHN 18:28-40; JOHN 19:1-16
The first Tuesday in November is election day in the United States. November 2nd
was what is called a mid-term election. That means that all House Representatives are up for election and 1/3 of the Senate. The president is in the middle of his term, it will be two more years until Obama has to run again.
If you have seen any news about the results of… Continue
Added by Tim Plona on November 7, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Added by Linda Parkhouse on November 7, 2010 at 12:26pm —
I read this book and it really helped me understand some of the disciplines that are foundational for spiritual growth. I created a table which compares and contrast the disciplines versus what the world is offering. I have also added some quotes from the book and other sources. I hope this will help us all grow in Christ.…
Added by Scott Williams on November 6, 2010 at 5:30pm —
Though I've been in religious community since birth, I've not been intentionally, methodically discipled. In the last few years I've grown in my conscious need and appreciation for this training. I've read Gary Thomas, who encourages study of the "classics", and most of Dallas Willard's books and media.
Added by Don Loops on November 6, 2010 at 11:39am —
Disciplship has for decades has been very difficult for church bodies to embrace. It is very popular to talk about because it is incorrectly associated to Evengelism and church growth. I am not saying that it won't effect those area of a local church, but that's not the point. In fact true "disciplesip" will scare some away as Jesus said "are you too going to leave" (paraphrase) while his true disciples will respond and say Lord where shall we go for only you have the words of… Continue
Added by Toby Lewis on November 5, 2010 at 2:39pm —
Would love to see folks introduce themselves.
Me? ok, well - I a missionary in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador, the creator and administrator of… Continue
Added by Miguel Labrador on November 5, 2010 at 11:30am —
I am glad to see a Discipleship Network and also glad to see that is is run by NavPress. Any network of people who are focused on Discipleship are bound to produce ideas and actions for Kingdom growth. For the past year, we have been having discussions, posting articles, and sharing our struggles and successes in Making Disciples on facebook.
I know that many of you will not liklely have a facebook account and so this community serves well. But, is you do have a facebook… Continue
Added by Miguel Labrador on November 5, 2010 at 10:50am —
I recently posted the following to our staff wiki (we are a rescue mission) because I believe recognizing our identity is the foundation of discipleship and our growth in Christlikeness.…
Added by David Bugher on November 5, 2010 at 7:09am —
I believe there is a misconception by many Christians today that we are unable, as Christians, to lead a victorious Christian Life. It seems that the conventional thinking is that we are destined to, as normative, to never get beyond, “For the good that I wish, I don not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish… Romans 7:19.” As I studied Romans 7, I came to the… Continue
Added by Lee Holmes on November 4, 2010 at 9:37pm —
The Message paraphrase of John 12:32 says this: "And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me." The next verse tells us what "lifted up" means—"He put it this way to show how he was going to be put to death" (v. 33). But what exactly does the term "attract" or "draw" imply? Is there anything inherently attractive about seeing someone dying by torture?…
Added by Kathy Beagles on November 4, 2010 at 9:30pm —
I am a good person! How many times have you heard this comment? I have
said it and heard it many times. Unfortunately when I say it or hear it
from someone else it is usually in the context of whether of not I or
someone else is Heaven bound!
Can I be frank with you all? Being good does not get you into Heaven!
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous
acts are like filthy rags;…
Added by Jill Spurgeon-LaForm on November 4, 2010 at 7:09pm —
The first day the Network launched officially (back on Oct. 21), I drove six hours to a writers' retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. I arrived late afternoon and began sending welcome notes to members who had signed on during the day. Within the first 20 minutes, I realized something special was happening––people throughout the world were grabbing hold of the network as an opportunity to share with others disciples, to enter into a continuing conversation about discipleship, and to find… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 2, 2010 at 7:06am —
The Discipleship Network has already reached people all over the world. In fact, we have members from every continent. God is at work throughout the world! What a great opportunity for us as members to support each other world-wide and to join the global movement to discipleship.
If you haven't already started, please get involved. It's so easy to read what others have shared. We want to hear from all of our members. The next time you read a forum, share an idea, a… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on October 28, 2010 at 8:30pm —
For approximately four years, a church which I attended was trying to develop a Discipleship Training Center. During our beginning stages, we polled the congregation to see what their experiences had been with Discipleship. To our surprise, the majority of them had no idea what discipleship was and the rest thought that Discipleship was synonymous with Evangelism. This misunderstanding was as prevalent among church leaders as it was among the laity.
For so many years there was… Continue
Added by Jenni Biegler on October 23, 2010 at 4:39pm —
I recently taught a Bible study on the Great Commission. I wonder how many times I've read or studied or taught or heard someone else teach on or preach on those verses. Obviously, this was not unchartered territory for me. But God used that opportunity to help me think through this passage in a new way.
First, if we study Matthew 28:19-20 without digging into verse 18, we've skipped the most important part. The power of the passage is found in verse 18––"All authority in… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on October 23, 2010 at 1:30pm —