Jottings – Faith Basks In The Sunshine Of The Divine Favor And Faithfulness

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It is when nature’s horizon is overcast with the blackest clouds, that faith basks in the sunshine of the divine favor and faithfulness.

 

Mackintosh, C. H. (n.d.). Discipleship in an Evil Day (p. 5). New York: Loizeaux Brothers.

 

 

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Disciple Makers

Are you a disciple maker? Now don’t misunderstand my question. I did not ask, are you an evangelist?  The Lord Jesus in His last requests to His disciples gives a very simple command.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20.

What does it take to make a disciple? Well it takes a team. It takes some to plant the seed, some to water and some to harvest. And that’s just to the point of conversion. Then the real hard work begins. As new babies are nurtured, new believers need much care and nurturing. They need feeding, held and yes quite often their diapers changed.

So let me ask my original question in a slightly different way. Who are you discipling? Every one of us are to be a part of the team when it comes to discipling others. It’s not a job just for the elders or “older” believers. It’s something all of us should be doing all the time. So if you are not currently discipling someone then pray about it. Ask the Lord to show you who you could take on and mentor. Maybe it’s a new christian. Maybe it’s a young mother. Maybe it’s a teenager who needs a little help to make it through the tough high school years.

One of the fears that people have (and why they often don’t disciple) is that being a discipler will hold them accountable. It means they have to be an example. One myth about discipleship is that you have to be perfect. It’s just not true.  As you disciple you are constantly growing yourself. You will need to be vulnerable and open and real. That’s not easy for our natural pride to cope with. We like to always look good as if we have it all together.

My challenge (aimed at me first) is for us to be disciple makers. Let’s take up the torch to lead, train, teach and impact others. The church will be stronger for it. And so will you.

 

 

 

 

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Audio: Discipleship & The Seeker Friendly Church

Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple… So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:25-27 ESV, Luke 14:33 ESV

In the four Gospels our Lord Jesus Christ spoke often about the terms of discipleship.

When we honestly examine His teaching on this very important subject we will probably arrive at the same conclusion as many of His disciples came to: “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” John 6:60 ESV. In fact, His teaching was so difficult that “many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.” John 6:66 ESV.

What about us? After we have evaluated His teachings will we continue with Him or will we be like the “many” who “turned back and no longer walked with him”?

Recorded: Sunday September 30, 2012 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA

 

 

 

 

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Being Godly Pilgrims On The Information Superhighway [3]

AntennasThe advent of the internet and the wider explosion of computer technology has opened the world to previously unimaginable opportunities in communication, education, and commerce, touching virtually every aspect of contemporary life.

This epoch-making change does not alter the essential mission of the Church. Believers must maintain the same core beliefs and practices, while using the new electronic tools for the glory of God.

The Mission Remains the Same:


1. Personal discipleship following the Lord Jesus Christ



 

E-mail, social media, and other ubiquitous aspects of online life must not be permitted to divert Christians from growing in their personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Bible programs and online study tools abound, but they will not pray for you or impart teaching by some mystical digital osmosis. Believers still need to spend time with the Lord, prayerfully seeking Him in His Word. They must allow Him to speak to them through His Word, and they must obey what He says.

 


2. Dependence on the Holy Spirit for His power and gifts



 

Electronic tools can give one a false notion of power. Real power comes from God via His Holy Spirit. Saints must permit Him to work in and through them, producing His fruit (Phil. 2:12-13; Gal. 5:22-26.) They may use the internet as a tool for evangelism, Bible study, fellowship, and everyday life; yet this all must be done in reliance upon the Lord.

 


3.Glorifying God in personal worship



 

The highest duty of saints remains to worship the triune God. Whatever they do or not do on the web, daily adoration of the living Lord must be the priority to Christians. As Psalm 29:2 exhorts them: “Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

 


4. Carrying out the Great Commission



 

Before returning to heaven, the risen Christ commanded His church to “…Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” (Matt. 28:18-20.) Believers must witness in real life, as well as online. The internet may be used as a tool to reach the lost with the gospel. It certainly must not sap our energy in holding forth the Word of life.

 


5. Edifying the Church



 

The church is to proclaim and teach “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27.) Believers are to encourage each other and cultivate the fellowship that they have in the Church. What is more, they must pray for one another. The web may aid some of these efforts, but it cannot replace them.

In summary, the Christian Church must retain the same teachings and practices that the Lord Jesus Christ bequeathed to the apostles through His Spirit – the things that are recorded in the Bible for our instruction (John 16:13-15; Acts 2:42.)

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This series of four posts are based on Keith Keyser’s final keynote address at the recent Why We Web Conference.

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Jottings – Radical Discipleship

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“So likewise, whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple” Luke 14:33.

To be a disciple of the Lord Jesus, one must forsake all. This is the unmistakable meaning of the words of the Savior. No matter how much we might object to such an “extreme” demand, no matter how much we might rebel against such an “impossible” and “unwise” policy, the fact remains that this is the Word of the Lord, and He means what He says.

William MacDonald, True Discipleship, Port Colborne, ON: Gospel Folio Press, 2003. p. 17.

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Jottings – Lord, Break Me!

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Some years ago, in a missionary prayer meeting, I heard an earnest young believer pray, “Lord, break me!” The request jarred me. Up to that point in my life, I had never prayed that prayer. And I wasn’t sure I was ready to pray it even then. But those words, flowing hissing hot from the heart of that young disciple, awakened me to the tremendous need of brokenness in my own life. They created an awareness that this was a fantastically vital area in the spiritual realm. And now they have become the constant prayer of an aspiring heart: “Lord, Break Me!

William MacDonald, True Discipleship, Port Colborne, ON: Gospel Folio Press, 2003. p. 168.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17

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