In Greed We Trust: Money cannot buy you happiness and satisfaction!

I most recently met a man who had everything. He had the best in his mode of living, was dressed in designer clothing, and drove a very nice car. He was married to a beautiful wife and they have beautiful children who have the very best of everything. Yet, they are all so miserable inContinue reading “In Greed We Trust: Money cannot buy you happiness and satisfaction!”

Philosophy of Small Groups

Introduction Small relational groups are essential in making disciples for the health of the body of Christ through authentic and genuine lifestyles of the disciple-maker. The sharing of life and modeling will help to define the philosophy of the relational group, which in turn will encourage the disciples to missions within the local, national, andContinue reading “Philosophy of Small Groups”

Discipleship and a Healthy Church

Introduction This article will discuss discipleship and a healthy church. We will then discuss the initial steps that the organization should take to improve its spiritual health. An analysis of the ministry context and the identification of the areas of needed improvement, will help identify the top three areas of focus; which will lead toContinue reading “Discipleship and a Healthy Church”

Disciple Making in the Local Church

Introduction The Christian community and local church are responsible for spreading the gospel to unbelievers. Once a new convert comes to Christ, the church is responsible to teach and train them in their walk. An analysis and discussion of the Christian community and local church will reveal the roles and importance of the pastor, localContinue reading “Disciple Making in the Local Church”

Spheres and Stages of Discipleship

Introduction New converts to Christianity are not being taught properly in how to become disciples. When they come to Christ, many are left alone to learn the ways of the Lord and what God expects from his followers. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the five stages and four spheres of discipleship. IContinue reading “Spheres and Stages of Discipleship”

Christ in Discipleship

Jesus gave several commandments. The one that has stood out the most to this student, to help advance the Gospel, was to take the Gospel to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the utmost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8). Disciples are to preach the Gospel to everyone, (Matthew 28:19-20), thus teaching the new followers of JesusContinue reading “Christ in Discipleship”

Exactly What Is a Follower of Jesus Christ?

Exactly, what is a Follower of Jesus Christ? According to Rod Dempsey, a follower of Jesus Christ is actually a disciple of Christ. There are many characteristics of being a follower of Christ. A follower of Christ has surrendered his all to Jesus. This is called sacrificial. According to Dempsey, “He or she has made aContinue reading “Exactly What Is a Follower of Jesus Christ?”

Breaking News: Jesus of Nazareth Has Risen from the Dead! The Tomb Is Empty!

April 17, 30 AD: At about 4:30 this morning, Mary Magdalene reports that she went to the Jesus’ tomb and found it open. She peered inside and saw that Jesus was nowhere in sight. His body was gone and his burial cloth was neatly folded up. According to John, “So she ran and went toContinue reading “Breaking News: Jesus of Nazareth Has Risen from the Dead! The Tomb Is Empty!”

Breaking News: Jesus Arrested, Convicted, Beaten, and Crucified

Spring, 30 AD. Early this morning at approximately 1:30 AM, Jesus was accosted and arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane by Temple Guards of the Sanhedrin. Judas, one of his disciples betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver. During the arrest, according to an eyewitness by the name of John, “Simon Peter, having a sword,Continue reading “Breaking News: Jesus Arrested, Convicted, Beaten, and Crucified”