Tag: discipleship

  • Why Do Christians Get Baptized? (What is the point of Christian baptism?)

    Why do Christians get baptized? The short answer is that beliefs regarding baptism vary between those claiming to be Christians and therefore the answer you get will vary. This hasn’t always been the case, but it has become so in recent centuries. The most common reason for “Christian” baptism today is for the baptized individual…

  • Jesus Gave Thanks (Why we should give thanks too)

    The letter of First John includes a number of profoundly simple statements. One such statement is this: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.(1 John 2:6 NIV) This simple statement is a powerful and daunting truth—to live as Jesus lived. Amazingly, Jesus, the Creator inside a human body, gave thanks. And…

  • Why Mary of Bethany is My New Spiritual Hero

    I imagine you are familiar with the phrase “heroes of faith.” People like Moses, Abraham, Daniel, Paul, Barnabas, John, and—of course—Jesus often come to mind when discussing this phrase. Within the past couple of months, I have gained a new spiritual hero—Mary of Bethany. For most of 2013, our house church was studying the New Testament…

  • What Does it Mean to be a Disciple of Jesus?

    Discipleship is the process of imitating a teacher. A Christian is, by definition, an imitator of Jesus Christ. A Christian is also one who was called by Jesus out of the world and into Himself. This is the definition of the two Greek root words that combine to form ekklesia, the church. In other words,…

  • Church Notes: Father’s Day 2012—Jesus’ References to God the Father

    These are my notes for our church meeting on 6/17/2012. Leader: Russ Farmer Assignment Think of verses where Jesus referred to God as his Father…how did he speak of God?  Prepare to share the verses and comment on what we should learn from these.

  • Church Notes: 1 Corinthians 2:2 – Jesus Christ and Him Crucified

    These were my notes from our 6/10/2012 church meeting. Leader: Philip Weatherford Assignment Let’s consider 1 Cor. 2:2, and see what applications we can make from it. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.“

  • November 3 – Losing for the Sake of Finding

    Reading Matt. 16:13-23 Mark 8:34-38; 9:1 Matt. 17:1-13; Luke 9:36b Matt. 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-32 Matt. 17:24-27 Matt. 18:1-4; Mark 9:33-35; Luke 9:46-48; 17:7-10 Matt. 18:5-6, 10-14; Mark 9:36-37, 42 Matt. 18:7-9; Mark 9:43-50 Mark 9:38-41 Matt. 18:15-22; Luke 17:3b-4 Matt. 18:23-35 Devotional Jesus is now into His final year of ministry before He is crucified,…

  • October 31 – Jesus Promises Conflict

    Reading Matt. 9:35-38 Matt. 10:1-15; Mark 6:7 Matt. 10:16-42 Matt. 11:1; Luke 9:6 Mark 6:14-16; Luke 9:7-9 Matt. 14:3-12a; Mark 6:17-29 Mark 6:30-33; Luke 9:10-11a; John 6:1 Devotional As Jesus traveled throughout the towns and villages He was moved with compassion because the people were harassed and helpless, like sheep with no shepherd to lead…

  • Church Notes: What Discipleship Means to Me

    These are my notes from our church meeting on 7/17/2011. Leader: Russ Farmer Assignment Discipleship: What does it mean to you to be a disciple? Bring a scripture, a hymn, a quote, song lyrics, a poem or a story that best reflects what it means to you to be a disciple.