Ron Edmondson:

Members care that others needs are met more than their own. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:4

Discipleship is about serving other for the sake of the Kingdom. We take the time to make disciples because we know what is at stake.

Ed Stetzer:

Most churches do a good job of measuring what Micah Fries calls the “three B’s”— budgets, buildings, and baptisms.

Those are helpful, he said. But they don’t always show whether a church is fulfilling its mission to make disciples.

“Every church should ask two questions,” said Fries, director of ministry development for LifeWay Christian Resources. “‘Are we healthy?’ and ‘Are we making disciples?”’

I’ve said in the past that a Church should ask itself:

  1. Do we have a plan to make disciples?

  2. Is it working?

Igniting A Fire

Robby Gallaty —  July 23, 2014

I was honored to be asked by Johnny Hunt to preach at First Baptist Woodstock this past Sunday. The sermon starts about 22 minutes in.

Watch here

Pastoral Discipleship

Robby Gallaty —  July 22, 2014

C. Walter:

When Richard Baxter arrived on the scene in the town of Kidderminster, England, in 1641, he found a congregation in spiritual and numerical decay, but he eventually turned the entire community into a vibrant spiritual force.

What was Baxter’s secret? His philosophy was three-fold: Preaching, prayer and discipleship. He was a long-winded preacher who preached with passion and conviction and who called people to follow God in holiness. He also understood the power of prayer, commenting once that preaching with passion is useless if the pastor “prayeth not earnestly for them [the congregation]” (The Reformed Pastor, p.123.).

Most students of church history understand this part of Baxter’s ministry, but few recognize his emphasis on discipleship. Baxter was convinced that the decline in the church was the result of poor leadership—men who lacked zeal for truly shepherding God’s people.

Discipleship is the gasoline for growing the fire inside the church.

Ben Sternke:

I grew up going to Bible camp every summer. It was an amazing time, and I loved the experience. Through the worship, the teaching, the team exercises and the fun, my passion for Jesus was renewed each summer. The last evening of camp I was ready to go back home and tell all my friends about Jesus and see amazing things happen!

But it seemed that in the span of the four-hour drive home, my passion had oozed out like the air in a leaky balloon. I made myself a snack, watched some TV and went back to life as usual, wondering how I had felt so differently less than 24 hours ago. Passion alone wasn’t enough to sustain my discipleship.

Listening to the predominant narrative of modern evangelical Christianity, you could get the impression that passion is all we need to live a life of discipleship to Jesus. If we can just become passionate and enthusiastic enough, we will have the fuel we need to fulfill the Great Commission and live the way of Jesus. It’s a “Bible camp” mentality that continues into adulthood for most of us, I think.

This is why I am so passionate about discipleship. Our methods of the past haven’t worked. Are Bible camps good? Absolutely. Are they enough? Not even close. Did Jesus have a follower’s camp? No, He said follow me. It’s life on life. A week long camp isn’t enough to sustain a student for the year. They need the camp, along with constant training, accountability, and much prayer. Passion isn’t enough. We must train for the race.