Discipleship Through Relationship
TIME: A precious commodity, held tightly and closely guarded, but often wasted on things that have no eternal significance. Discipleship, done right, is a committment of time. It is one believer in Christ committing and investing time into the life of another. Too often, the American version of discipling is another Bible Study or a 10 page fill-in-the-blank booklet of what it means to be a Christian. The final command that Jesus gave was to go and "make" disciples, not hope that osmosis will create fully matured believers. Jesus spent time with His closest disciples. He got to know them, challenged them, held them accountable, loved them unconditionally. Should we not follow His example?
Discipling 101 is a simple, effective way to answer the call to all Christians, "go and make disciples". Stephen "Bud" McGinnis was a leader in his home church but had never personally, intentionally, discipled anyone in the Chrisitan faith. It convicted and challenged him to do something about it. His life has never been the same. Thousands are now being taught in the faith, one to one, face to face.
Using a simple format, with minimal materials, Bud set out on a mission to teach men to be devoted followers of Christ. He commits himself and a bit of his time. In return he demands the same from them. Faint of heart need not apply, this is a call to take your faith seriously.
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