It is my concerted opinion that we have lost sight of some of the more profound aspects of discipleship. In our effort to mass-produce Christians we have erected structures and developed systems with the best of intentions. However, we have neglected to follow Christ into the deep shadows of our hearts. He whom we celebrate with song and attendance has not been made Lord of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. This is due in large measure to our own fear and pride. The cause is inconsequential as the cure is the same: discipleship.Read More
God was impressing upon me the vital need for a revival of individual discipleship. Recent years have brought a renewed value for small groups, a value that I hope soon translates into a house church movement in the West. However, there are very few one-on-one discipleship relationships in churches. Where are the Paul to Timothy relationships of influence? Who is speaking into new believers? Who is helping shape maturing believers?
The problem became especially clear to me when I talked to a seasoned believer about discipling a younger believer. His response: "I don't know how." This godly man who had known God for decades had no idea where to start when it came to making another disciple. That is a tragedy.Read More