Posts Tagged Discipleship

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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Questions about Discipleship

I often find that people want to disciple someone, but they are held back by fears and a feeling of inadequacy. “What do I do with them? What if they ask me a question I can’t answer?” The purpose of this website is to provide resources to help you disciple others. Today I’m going to address some of the questions I’m often asked about discipleship. Do I need to have a natural affinity for the

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How Do You Become Spirit-filled?

How Do You Become Spirit-filled?

How do you become a Spirit-filled Christian? To be Spirit-filled means to be controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, but how do we get there? Although God does not give us a step-by-step “formula,” He does give us direction in His Word. 1. Sincerely desire to be filled and directed by the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 You must want it.  If you don’t want the Lord to be in control, then it’s not going

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Developing Your Personal Mission Statement

Developing Your Personal Mission Statement

When I was a little girl, I came very close to drowning one summer in Lake Plain Dealing. That event had a huge impact in my life. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and crying out to God, “Lord, you didn’t take me home. You left me on this earth, so you must have a purpose for me.” Even as a little girl, I felt a sense of purpose for being

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Assurance of Salvation

Assurance of Salvation

If you read my post, Life’s Ups and Downs, you know that I had to recently put my sweet 11-year-old cat, Little Bit, to sleep because of a sudden blood clot one night. Even though it’s been seven weeks, I still miss her greatly. One of the things I have pondered since that night is the question of what happened to Little Bit after her death. Do animals just cease to exist once they die,

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The Third Level of Discipleship: Mentoring

The Third Level of Discipleship: Mentoring

Let’s say you meet someone who is a committed follower of Jesus Christ, but she just wants you to spend time with her. Is that discipleship? I would say that is the third level of discipleship: mentoring. People often ask if there is a difference between discipleship and mentoring or if they are the same thing. I believe there is a difference. Discipleship is the process of moving someone toward becoming a lifelong, committed follower

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The Second Level of Discipleship

The Second Level of Discipleship

 Yesterday we looked at the first level of discipleship – a new believer or someone who has not been grounded in her faith. The goal of this first level is to ground her and give her a foundation for her faith. The second level of discipleship is a maturing believer who wants to grow deeper in his/her walk with Christ.  They know the basics, they are grounded, and they want to grow deeper. The goal:

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Where Do I Begin?

Where Do I Begin?

Why do we not see more discipleship taking place around us? One of the reasons I have found is that even though people may sincerely desire to disciple someone, they don’t know what they would do with that person. Do I take her through a curriculum? If so, what would I teach her? Or do I just hang out with her? What do I do?   In my last post, Will You Disciple Me, I

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Will you Disciple Me?

Will you Disciple Me?

If you were to ask someone to disciple you, or vice versa, what does that mean to you? Discipleship looks different for different people, depending on where they are in their spiritual journey and where they want to go spiritually. When someone asks me to disciple her, I ask several questions: 1. What are you looking for in this relationship? What do you want me to do with you in our time together? 2. Where

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A Picture of Discipleship

A Picture of Discipleship

If you want someone to disciple you, what would that look like to you? What are you looking for in a discipleship relationship? I grew up in a Christian home and came to Christ at an early age. I knew I was a sinner and that I would never be good enough to pay the penalty for my sin or earn my way to heaven. I needed a Savior, and at nine years old, I

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