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Are You Moving from Individual to Team?

Once a leader knows what a disciple looks like and understands Jesus’ four-step process for making disciples and begins to actively invest his life in people, then he is ready to raise up a team of disciple-makers. Ministry is not something you do in isolation; rather it is something you do in community. Far too […]

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It’s Time to Pivot in Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer grew up in an upper-middle-class German family of doctors and scientists. So when he told his parents that he wanted to study theology, they were not that excited. Dietrich later became one of the world’s foremost theologians and thinkers of the 20th century. He is not remembered as much for his public sermons […]

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Is Fear Holding You Back?

Fear can hold you back, but the Spirit can make you bold. Probably the biggest excuse that keeps us from talking about Jesus is fear. We are afraid to talk to someone we don’t know. We are afraid of how they will respond. We are afraid of looking foolish or saying the wrong thing. We […]

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Are You Listening to God’s Voice?

You were created to know God in a deep and personal way. He never intended for your relationship with Him to be distant, formal or mechanical. He knows you. He has a plan for you that is beautiful, adventurous and significant. And most of all, He created you to have fellowship with Him. The Apostle […]

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God's Love Language

God’s Love Language

In 1992, a book was published that took off like wildfire. To date, it has sold more than 10 million copies, has been translated into 50 different languages, and earned a spot on Amazon’s top 100 best seller’s list of all time. That book is “The 5 Love Languages”, by Dr. Gary Chapman. A counselor […]

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The Center of Your Heart

First Steps in Your Disciple-Making Journey Among the ruins of ancient Rome sits a small dungeon still intact. In its prime, it was nothing more than a dark, circular, underground hole with plastered walls and a single opening on top where they lowered prisoners into confinement. It was a lonely place — a desperate place. […]

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Going Fishing

Going Fishing

Fishing for people requires intentional relationships. “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men,” (Matthew 4.19 ESV). This was the invitation Jesus gave to His first followers. They had spent their entire lives learning from their fathers how to fish for a living. Now, Jesus was inviting them to fish for men. He […]

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Compelled by Love

Living on Mission Sharing the Gospel is motivated by love. Jesus came to earth because of our desperate need, but He also was compelled by His deep love for you and me. Love is what drove Him to the cross. Take a moment to reflect on the words Jesus shared with Nicodemus during their nighttime […]

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The Model of Jesus

Let’s go back up to the mountain in Galilee. Jesus is casting His global vision to His disciples. He said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy […]

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The End Product of Disciple Making

Multiplying Disciples Jesus’ commission was clear, “Go make disciples of all nations.” The key command – the divine imperative – is to “make disciples”. But what exactly is a disciple? This question reminds me of Vince Lombardi, arguably one of the greatest football coaches of all time. The NFL Championship Super Bowl trophy is named […]

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