INTRODUCTION When we look at the church and discipleship, the two categories are dependent upon one another. Without healthy discipleship occurring creating healthy disciples, you can’t have a healthy church. If you have unhealthy disciples, they will naturally create an unhealthy church environment. However, a church without a focus on creating healthy disciples, will only … More How the Church effects Discipleship
INTRODUCTION When Jesus left his disciples, he never told them to go and build a church, he never told them to make converts. His mission for the disciples was to make more disciples. We see the grouping of disciples being the local church, as the body of Christ, and it is through the Church that … More Discipleship in Church
As a prisoner, while often looked down on, Paul didn’t consider it a hindrance. Verse 13 specifically asks the Ephesians not to lose heart, which we can think of as being upset or losing faith or confidence in, because of what Paul writes about between the two verses. As long as the Ephesians had heard … More Ephesians 3:1-14
In Walton’s Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, he writes, “With no revelation . . . there was no way to know what pleased and what angered . . . This is the plight of those who live in a world without revelation. In the end, for all of their conscientious ritual, they did … More Why is Revelation from God important?
The Reformation is often considered a monumental event triggered by Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 Thesis to the door of his parish and then events spiraling out of control for the Catholic church from that point on. However, this is a gross oversimplification of the events surrounding the reformation period and the people involved in … More A Brief summary of the Reformation period
When looking at Scott Moreau’s book “Introducing World Missions” He brings to light ten principles that can be learned from Paul’s missionary work. These same principles can be applied in all cultures by all missionaries. While all of these are important, there are five that stand out above the others. First, “Paul’s strategy was far … More Paul’s Missionary Lifestyle
When looking at the monastic situation from the early days, there were many good principles that monks who lived by the rule would follow. Some of the best principles are those relating to the relationship of the monks and their devotion to spiritual matters. In the rule, each day had, “eight times of prayer were … More Oh Monastic Life! How simply though art!…Maybe?