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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Transitions

by Jay Burns

Note: Jay Burns is a Relevant Ministry Board member.  He shared a devotion about transitions with the RM Staff at their Christmas gathering.  In his devotion, Jay shared seven steps for transition that we wanted to pass on to our RM Blog audience. 

Transitions can bring feelings of anxiety, fear, apprehension, or uncertainty.  During a time of transition, we need to remember that God is all knowing.  He knows what He is doing!  Isaiah 46:10, "I made known the end from the beginning from ancient times, what is still to come I say my purpose will stand."  


What’s important is that we cooperate with God when He has a transition in mind for us.  We need to realize that often what causes feelings of anxiety, etc., is our inability to see the future like God does.  Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

A key element when we are in a transition is cooperating with God!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Journey of Discipleship

by Brad Houchin 

How would you describe your journey of discipleship?

Think for a moment about the incredible journey that it must have been to be one of the disciples of Jesus.  They walked with him and were eyewitnesses of the miracles He performed. In the Bible, we read about the cost of discipleship and the response that Jesus asks of those who want to follow him.  Imagine Jesus looking directly into your eyes, and hearing these words straight from his mouth in Luke 14:25-35.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

About being disciples

by Nelson Roth
There are two parts of discipleship - “making disciples and being a disciple.”  Both are vital, and it’s important to understand the difference.

“Making disciples” is what Christians are commanded to do in the Great Commission.  "Therefore go and make disciples...”   Matthew 28:19-20

Being a disciple, on the other hand, is about the life-long process of following Christ and striving to become more like Him.  Discipleship is about the Christian’s personal relationship with Christ that is both growing and intimate; producing life changing outcomes.

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40



The word "disciple" literally means, a learner.  According to Vine's Expository Dictionary Of New Testament Words,  a disciple is "one who follows another’s teaching.”  A disciple is not only a learner, but also an enthusiast and a devotee.

How would you describe your relationship with Christ?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Becoming faithful learners and followers of Jesus Christ

by Jeff Hegstrom

What is discipleship?
It’s an organic process where believers lay healthy biblical foundations in their lives that bring growth and movement from spiritual infancy, to spiritual adolescence, to spiritual maturity … it’s becoming more like the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ example of discipleship:
All throughout the Gospels, Jesus models what true discipleship looks like.  From his personal invitation to leave everything behind and follow him, to the way he walked and lived out his life.  With his disciples he taught, modeled, challenged, corrected, revealed, comforted, and empowered.  Jesus invited his disciples to be with him in every circumstance of life, to be transformed in personal character to be like him. That transformation is at the heart of biblical discipleship.

What do you think is the outcome of true biblical discipleship? 


Here are a couple of questions to ponder:

  • Who is the disciple learning from? 
  • Who is the disciple following?