Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "disciples"

How You Can Best Help Your Church

If you're a Christian, whether you realize it or not, you are called, by God, to be on mission in the world. This is the essence of the gospel call, that you were not simply saved from death but also saved for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10). That purpose is to make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20). And the way God has called you to make disciples is through the local church, His expression of His body in your community. So how do you help your disciple-making, evangelistic, Bible-preaching church with its mission? You might think I'm going to say something really cool like: "go to another conference with a well-known speaker" or "read and then pass along to your pastor that best-selling book" or "get your pastor to do this or that new, innovative church ministry model." Those are all good efforts. And if you are in a position of influence, please use that to move your church...

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We are Believers Instead of Disciples

I'm currently reading Your Church is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan. I was deeply, deeply convicted by this section: At some point we stopped calling Christians disciples and started calling them believers. A disciple is one who follows and imitates Jesus. She loses her life in order to find it. She steeps in the language and culture of Christ until His Word and his world reshape hers, redefine her, change inside out how she sees and thinks and dreams and, finally, lives. Whatever values she brought into his realm are reordered, ofttimes laid waste, and kingdom values take their place.  Friends who knew her before scarcely recognize her now. A believer, not so. She holds certain beliefs, but how deep down these go depends on the weather or her mood. She can get defensive, sometimes bristlingly so, about her beliefs, but in her honest moments she wonders why they’ve made such scant difference. She...

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