Distinctive Discipleship

Distinctive Discipleship

The Progression of Faith

If there is a true profession of faith, there should be a true progression of faith. While you have not arrived at complete spiritual maturity yet, you should be making progress. Evaluate How committed am I to my discipleship? If there is a true profession of faith, there should be a true progression of faith. You cannot take the full credit or give the complete blame for your spiritual condition. Your spiritual health at the end of your life will…

Dependence: Acknowledging Your Desperate Need

In our discipleship efforts, we never reach the point where we can depend upon our own strength. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #6: Dependence “Struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (Col. 1:28). Evaluate How responsible am I for my spiritual growth? Two dangerous extremes: Entitled people reject the responsibility for their personal spiritual growth. Independent people assume the responsibility for their personal spiritual…

Discipline: Training Your Soul’s Habits

Every dedicated disciple must employ spiritual disciplines in order to grow for the long haul. Through these disciplines, you train the habits necessary for your soul. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #5: Discipline “For this I toil” (Col. 1:29) Evaluate Are you satisfied with your commitment to spiritual disciplines? Spiritual disciplines are premeditated activities that encourage spiritual growth. If we cannot find time for spiritual training, we are investing our lives into something we value…

Development: Cultivating Your Needed Maturity

God has created us for and called us to unique tasks. As particularly gifted and positioned disciples, we each should pursue the needed maturity to do what God has called us to accomplish. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #4: Development “present everyone mature” (Col. 1:28) Evaluate Would you label yourself as maturing? You don’t have to be there yet, but you should be getting there. Every believer has been gifted in specific ways requiring distinctive…

Doctrine: Strengthening Your Uncertain Beliefs

While we all know some degree of biblical knowledge, we each should probably know a little bit more by now. Committed disciples need to strengthen any uncertain beliefs by targeted study. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #3: Doctrine “teaching everyone with all wisdom” (Col. 1:28). Evaluate How familiar am I with the Word of God? If the Church is ignorant with the Scriptures, why are we surprised that our culture is intolerant? Each of us…

Disobedience: Confronting Your Sinful Leanings

While we all struggle with sin, we are each prone to wander in different ways. For those confronting disobedience in their own lives, God provides a path of escape through every temptation. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #2: Disobedience “warning everyone” (Col. 1:28). 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 10 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into…

Delight: Finding Your Necessary Motive

If unhealthy expectations fuel our reasoning for spiritual growth, we will eventually stall out. Our growth must be motivated by delight rather than obligation. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #1: Delight “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim…” (Col. 1:27-28). Evaluate: Why do you desire to grow in Christ?…

Help for the Uniquely Stagnate Christian

If you feel like you are stuck in your Christian walk, then it is time to start moving again. The solution for spiritual stagnation is distinctive discipleship. Colossians 1:27-29 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this…