Wednesday is for Discussion

Discipleship, Dare to beI want to prime the pump of our minds with a question and start a discussion.

What would we do differently in our churches if we were really serious about raising the bar on what it means to be a disciple?

Here’s a list to prime the pump of our thinking: I think we might start with …

  • expecting a greater involvement in reaching the lost from the the very start.
  • giving more opportunity earlier for them to demonstrate faithfulness.
  • putting them in faith stretching situations earlier.
  • emphasizing eschatology–Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead. (1 Thessalonians is written to baby Christians.)
  • expecting and exhorting them to holiness, love and sacrifice.
  • baptizing them earlier than we do (generally).
  • preparing them for persecution.
  • teaching them the sermon on the mount as the normative goal for their behavior.

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  • cultivate in them a shema-lifestyle – loving God with all their heart, mind soul and strength and their neighbors as ourselves.
  • expecting them to fall and lovingly stand with them when they did.
  • always pointing them to the cross not their failures.

Now, what would you add?

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