Friday, April 29, 2011

For further training on discipleship, a group of women that I am a part of, read The Trellis and the Vine over the last month. We are continuing to read, digest, and think about what it all means and how to apply it specifically to our own lives.

The book is phenomenal. It is all about the great commission when Jesus says,

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you to."

He has commanded us to make disciples, so in essence, we are disciples making disciples who go and make disciples. It is an ongoing process.

Thankfully, we are never done growing toward Jesus until we are with him. We all have so much to learn, understand, and be sanctified in. Discipleship can look like many things.

-Getting coffee with a girlfriend, laughing, and digging deep into each others lives
-Have a conversation with a stranger in a coffee shop about who Jesus is
-Truth being spoken by a mentor about sin that she sees in your life
-Playing with your kids & helping them see that the Lord has blessed you with the toys that they have
-Praying with your husband before bed
-Listening to a training about reading your bible and then using what you learned in your quiet time
-Having an accountability person in your life to talk through hard sin and issues

It is SO freeing to think about discipleship this way. Especially for those of us who had an amazing experience with one on one weekly discipleship for so long. I was so blessed in college with this that by the time I was out on my own, I was unsure of what this looked like.

Once again, I am thankful for his grace. Grace that pours out over our expectations. Grace that enables us to serve, love, and be a witness to his gospel. Grace that gives us freedom in doing things differently.

-Where do you need to establish discipleship in your life?
-Where am I already experiencing discipleship?
-How can I make disciples who then in turn are making disciples of Christ?

Because of him,

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  1. ohhh lady friend! i was about to post on this too!! i so loved last night & i am so excited to read the book & see how my life & walk with the LORD grows because if these truths! i love you!!

  2. I want to read this book! sounds excellent.
    One are of discipleship I never knew would be so vital and important and constant, was parenting. My goodness! Some days when I feel discouraged and miss my single days of being able to serve so freely and be available at a moment's notice, I look at these 3 little blessings and realize the incredible ministry God has given me right in my own home.

    I'm definitely going to get this book - sounds wonderful!

  3. sorry, should say "one areA of discipleship." :)

  4. I love the idea of discipleship but I do struggle with understanding the balance between being nosy, or being bossy or being a mother sort of and being a disciple. The involvement aspect and I guess since Christ has used me to bring people to Him and I never knew what to do after other than encourage them to keep seeking. IT hurts because my cousin came to the LORD and HE used me alot to bring Her to Him but then she turned away and is back in the world and I don't know how to deal with it all...

    sorry I just laid that all out. But i really loved your post. and i Love your blog and heart for Christ...