Archive for the Discipleship Category

Are Mentoring and Discipleship the Same Thing?

Because of a crazy week and leaving for vacation tomorrow, I am reposting a blog post from several years ago. I still get asked this question.  Let’s say you meet someone who is a committed follower of Jesus Christ, but she just wants you to spend time with her and talk through life together. Is that discipleship or mentoring? People often ask if there is a difference between discipleship and mentoring or if they are the

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What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?

  I was recently asked the questions, “What would you like to be doing in the next five years? What do you ultimately aspire to be/do?” As I pondered those questions, I thought back to all the jobs I have had in my life – waitress, medical technologist, on staff with Campus Crusade (locally and internationally), phlebotomist, perfusionist, and now Women’s Ministry Director. My initial response to those questions was: I want to be a

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How To Do A Character Study

Consistently spending time in God’s Word is essential to spiritual growth. There are a variety of ways to do this, depending on what your goal is. There is no one way to do Bible study that fits everyone and every season of life. What is effective for you in one season of life may not be effective for you in another. Find what works best for you in your particular season of life. One thing I

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Discipleship or Dependency?

I was recently asked the question: “When do you know if someone is becoming dependent on you in a discipleship relationship or if you are taking the place of the Lord in that person’s life in any way?” That’s a great question. You always want to point the person you’re meeting with to the Lord. Listen to her, ask her questions, but always give her direction on how to go to the Lord for answers

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The Value of Accountability

Is there someone in your life to whom you are accountable? Do you have someone who will ask you honest questions about your walk with God? We all need accountability in some form. One of the girls I was discipling several years ago was engaged, and she asked me to hold her accountable to the purity of their relationship before they got married. I asked what kinds of questions she wanted me to ask. Her

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Make Disciples? Who, Me?

  I asked the question at a discipleship workshop last weekend, If Jesus commanded us to make disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, why are so few Christians actually doing it? His last words to His disciples (and ultimately who all who are disciples of Jesus Christ) were, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that

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What is Lordship Salvation?

  As I have discipled women, a number of questions come up concerning assurance of salvation. One question I’ve been asked is, “Does Christ need to be Lord of my life in order to be my Savior?” There are two main views concerning this question. 1. Lordship salvation: Some say if He’s not your Lord, then He’s not your Savior. Those who believe in lordship salvation maintain that you must submit to the lordship of Christ

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What Are You Afraid Of?

What are you afraid of? I’ve heard it said that at the root of every fear is the fear of losing control. But none of us are ever really in control. God alone is in control. In last week’s post, we began our discussion about fear, and we will continue our series on fear for the next few weeks. If we’re completely honest, we all have fears. See if you identify with any of these:

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Fear: Friend or Foe?

What fears are you facing today? Fear of the unknown? Fear of failure? Fear of change? Fear of rejection? Fear of being alone? We all have fears of some kind in our lives. I admit I do. The command “fear not” is mentioned 365 times in Scripture. Obviously, we deal with fear daily. Fear can be our greatest enemy or our greatest friend. Fear can be our greatest enemy in that it can paralyze us, keeping

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A Biblical Example of Discipleship

Are you considering discipling someone but not sure what that looks like? In 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12, Paul demonstrated through his relationship with the Thessalonians what a discipleship relationship should look like. He related to the Thessalonians in four ways: (1) He related to them as a mother in 2:7. “But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.” The characteristics of a mother-child relationship are gentleness, tenderness,

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