Discipleship Guide(lines)

Matthew 28:18-20  

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

These are the last instructions given to us by Jesus before His ascension. Everything we learn in the Bible is important, but the Great Commission is the final instruction from Jesus of what we are to be doing while we wait for His imminent return. Let’s break it down:

1. We remember that all authority belongs to Jesus. All authority. No matter what nation you are visiting, what circumstance you are in, how you feel, it is all subject to Jesus.
2. Because all authority is Jesus’, we have the mandate to go! And as we go, we are to make disciples among all people groups, regardless of political or social or other points of differentiation.
3. These disciples that we make are to be baptized. Which in my tradition means that they are in the faith or will come to the faith.
4. These disciples that we make are to be taught to observe all that Jesus has commanded. And this is more than the red letters in your Bible. All of the Bible is written about Jesus. (Luke 24:44-45)
5. As we go and do these things, Jesus again reminds us that we will never go alone. He will be with us always, to the end of the age.

Out of these five observations, many Christians see #3 as one that is reserved for the church to carry out in a more formal ceremony, as this is one of two sacraments given to us. I don’t intend to argue in either direction at this time. #1 and #5 are bookend reminders to us that we will be working in the power of Jesus for the purposes of Jesus and that He will stay with us. #2 is a reminder that we are to go. But how? #4 is the how. We disciple by teaching others to observe Biblical truths and to apply them to their lives. Sounds easy enough, right?

I was recently invited by +Bob Stouffer to attend a discipleship seminar led by Scotty Kessler (http://scottykessler.com/). OK, recently may not be the best word to use as it has been a few weeks now. Nonetheless, I have been ruminating about the materials presented there and plan to digest some of this information on here.

Online Resources for Intercessory Prayer, Discipleship, Missions, and Competing Biblically

I was at a local +Family CHRISTIAN bookstore today, a mine field of error with a few good selections…

I was at a local +Family CHRISTIAN bookstore today, a mine field of error with a few good selections mixed in, looking for a larger print Bible. Not seeing much of a selection in the ESV translation, I asked for help.

The employee told me that there are several books of the Bible that the current bibles omit, and proceeded to tell me about the gnostic gospels that her live-in boyfriend prefers.

I cautioned her, and asked her to read the last chapter in Revelation in regards to adding to the Bible after the closing of the canon and she looked at me like I was the out of touch nut job.

I guess it's "buyer beware" when shopping for bibles. ESPECIALLY at the Family Christian bookstore. 

I am a divorced man, now remarried.

I am a divorced man, now remarried. There, I just said it out loud.

Not really.

But when you type something in a public setting, it’s pretty much the same thing, right? The people who you are afraid to offend, the people who you want to have a good impression of you, are not always those in your vicinity any longer, but those connected to you online. I’m not so sure this is a good thing.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t make connections online. Of course we should! But the real connections that will have a lasting impact on each other are best done face to face. There are some who I have known for a decade through my blog who have influenced me for the better, but none of these people have had as deep an impact as the man who I have met for coffee every Friday morning for three years.

Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Our primary mission as followers of Jesus is to live out the Great Commission. As we’re doing so, we are to take care of the widows and orphans and love one another, but the underlying instruction given to us by our king is laid out for us clearly. It is a mission that can be discussed and supported online, sure, but it still requires us to GO!

We go to make disciples of all nations, rather than just set up a website and hope they stumble upon it. We go to baptize those who become disciples. We go to teach these disciples all that Jesus has commanded. And as we go, Jesus remains with us always.

My blog has been in disrepair for several years. I am OK with that. I make no promises of regular updates in the future. I hope you are OK with that. I hope to nurture my relationships I have with those I know through online sources as we encourage each other to GO into our communities and beyond. And if we cannot go beyond, let us encourage each other to support those who can.

And above all, remember that the person across from you, the one who can look you in the eye, is in a more God-honoring position to sharpen you even as you sharpen them.

Testing out a new plugin

I found a plugin that will let me originate content on Google+ (or YouTube) and carry that content over to my home blog. (www.coffeeswirls.com).

Imports your public Google+ activities in your WordPress blog.

My Contact Info on Social Media

Ranked in order of awesomeness.

  1. My Google+ Profile
  2. My Google+ Page for CoffeeSwirls I’m working toward making this the new site for by blog, but Google+ isn’t designed to be blogging software per se. At least not with the bells and whistles you’d expect from a blogging platform.
  3. My Church’s Google+ Page, which I am humbled to be allowed to administer.
  4. Orcut? Never used it.
  5. Pinterest? It was a moment of weakness.
  6. Facebook? Don’t get me started. If you really want to stalk me, I guess you can do it here. But my FB profile is full of stupid pictures and unanswered game requests.
  7. Twitter is dead to me.