Worldliness

Step 4: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 2

Selecting a Disciple It is important for disciplers to seek out and select the best possibilities for training in discipleship. What kind of person is he or she now? How can that person be expected to most effectively assist others? Can they identify problems or hindrances? What are the do's and don'ts? Consider a goal sheet; also the living example of the Lord Jesus. Primarily, five things should be in view even if imperfectly developed. 1. Is this person "sold out to Christ," a comm...

Step 3: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 1

This means giving attention to what we should be doing more effectively - as well as helping others. It may involve better devotional times, better prayer life, better time use, improvement in setting daily priorities, more effective witnessing, and character development. We can make a great beginning but not be a strong finisher. The Lord was a strong finisher. He exemplified (John 17:4). The apostle Paul also was one who said, "I have finished my course"(II Tim 4:7) We must te...

Step 5: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 3

This will include the need for vision in disciple making and the best use of time. A list of " time wasters" and " time savers" will be in the lesson discussion. There needs to be a genuine vision for disciple making. Here's God's word about this: Prov. 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Like any important understanding it takes vision goes beyond the present see God's plan and perfection. Matt. 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples ...

Step 6: Multiplication in Discipleship

God's command to man is "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28). It is an essential quality of our life. This comes down to His desire that His followers multiply and bear much fruit (John 15:1-8). In His last words on earth the Lord Jesus commanded that His disciples go forth to all the earth preaching His word. Thus He reinforced His Great Commission in Matt. 28:19 to go forth and "make disciples." That is what He did on earth (Luke 6:13-16, 10:1). That is what His disciples did after...

Sacrificing Children to Idols

The following article was written around 1985. “For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into the sanctuary to profane it… (Ezekiel 23:39) In this portion of Ezekiel God is pronouncing judgment upon Israel and Judah for their idolatry. They were so far removed from God they even sacrificed their children to idols. Most likely this in is reference to the fire god Molech. It is reported that the image was heated to a glowing red, and t...

Beyond Immodest

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety. (1 Tim. 2:9) The hemlines rise as the necklines plunge. The dresses are so tight and short that sitting down is very difficult. In others long slits expose the legs well above the modest hemline. Short tops leave the naval exposed. Tight fitting tops with soft underclothing reveal every detail. Who wears such clothing? While our first thought might be of those we see in the...

Quiet Moments with Friends

My wife is away from the house for the day, and it is quiet--not even any phone calls (which is highly unusual). I have spent the time with two of God's choice servants who have stirred my mind and warmed my heart. Of course they were not here physically, but they have spoken to me just as if they had been. Who were they? Mr. Bill MacDonald and Mrs. Madge Beckon. What wonderful companions they have been! Both of them directed my mind and heart to the Lord Jesus Christ...

The Cost of Making Money

"It takes money to make money!" This principle is seen in the business world every day. Every business has costs associated with it. Whether it is for materials or salaries, a business needs money to make money. Many in the world today buy into programs that promise them that they will make money without any need for investment. Most of these programs only make money for those who sell others on the program. Sadly, many Christians get enslaved to the goal of making larg...

Are We Adrift Morally?

    In the early days of the United States there was a general consensus about what was right and what was wrong.  No one would publicly question whether adultery was wrong.  The consensus came about because there was a common reference point for morality, the Bible.  This is emphasized in the Supreme Court chambers where Moses is seen  holding the ten commandments of Exodus 20.  Not all of the founding fathers were devout Christians but all agr...

Discipleship in an evil day

Discipleship in an evil day. "Follow thou me." John 21: 22. C. H. Mackintosh. Preface. The following Tract is a reprint of a paper which appeared in a recent number of "The Present Testimony," containing the substance of a Lecture on the first three chapters of the Book of Daniel. It is published in this form, at the request of a number of Christian friends and with earnest desire that the Holy Spirit may be pleased to use it for the purpose of leading many hearts to seek a closer walk wi...
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