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Practical discipleship for the 21st century

Practical discipleship for the 21st century

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves
and take up their cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)

 

Two thousand years is a long time...

 The stories of Jesus and the first disciples doing works of power and living victorious lives are inspirational. But then we wonder just how exactly these things apply to our lives today.

A lot of things have changed since then...

 As we grab our Smartphones or search the Internet, we may vaguely wonder whether or not our hectic 21st century lives would be recognizable to someone in Jesus’ time.

But we still have the same call to discipleship...

 Although our technology has changed in the past 2000 years, neither human nature nor the nature of God has changed. We are still sinners saved by grace and we are still called into relationship with God.

 

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever

Many people find Christianity irrelevant today. An increasing number say they have no religion but are "spiritual." Church attendance is down and - as is occurring elsewhere in our culture - we tend to water down reality to make it more palatable to an ever-disengaged audience. How do we bring back the vitality and power of the early church (Acts 2:42-47)?

The short answer is by becoming true disciples of Jesus rather than living a lip-service Christianity. Despite our technological advances, discipleship in the 21st century looks a lot like discipleship in the 1st century. Although God may take us just the way we are, He does not leave us there. We are expected to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18). Oh, we may have a seemingly infinite variety of Bible versions that we read on an electronic device rather than listening to someone read from a hand-copied scroll. But the principles of following Jesus in discipleship are the same today as they were in the early church. The purpose of this site - and the underlying teaching ministry - is to help both churches and individual Christians in this journey. The Individual Resources pages are designed to help Christians develop the tools to enable them deepen their relationship with God and live the life of faith that God desires for them. These tools include prayer, meditation, Bible study, worship, and many others. These resources explain how to follow Jesus in discipleship both in drawing closer to God and through living out a godly life in the world. The Church Resources pages explain some of the things that this ministry can do for churches and other Christian groups as they develop their own discipleship programs. These pages discuss workshops and retreats we offered for discipleship as well as consulting with churches or other Christian groups to set up or improve their own discipleship programs.

In addition, each page contains the links to tools that can be used in both the individual's spiritual life and also in church and discipleship ministries. Links are found in the list below or in the left-hand navigation bar on each page:

  • Introduction to discipleship: The first chapter in Ruth's book on practical discipleship in the 21st century.
  • Midweek meditation: A weekly meditation on living the Christian life in the 21st century. Posted every Wednesday.
  • Prayer page: Collection of Bible-based teachings on communing with God and blog for sharing prayer requests and answers to prayer.
  • Bible verse of the day: Daily verse for meditation and inspiration throughout the day.
  • Discipleship tools: Articles that discuss ways to deepen your relationship with God both in growing your life of the spirit and living out your Christianity in the world.
  • Discipleship links: External links to electronic Bible study tools and other support for the 21st century Christian.

If you are interested in finding out how we can help your church setup a program for teaching and encouraging discipleship, please visit our Church Resources pages or contact us.

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What's new on this site?

A lot, actually. This site has been redesigned to better support today's Christians in their walk of discipleship. We still offer workshops, retreats, and consulting to churches and ministries. But we also want to help individuals and independent Christian groups by providing discipleship tools for the 21st century. These can be accessed through the links below or the navigation bar on the left.

Midweek meditation
Prayer page
Discipleship tools
External links

There will be more coming. In the future, we hope to be able to offer online Bible studies and materials for small groups. If you have any ideas that you would like us to consider including in the future, please let us know.

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What's next on this site?

Like our lives, this site is a work in progress. But just as Christians we know that if we ask, God will transform us to be what we need to be (Rom 12:2). My prayer is that this site will be used of God to meet the needs of those who view it.

To do this, we ask your help. What would you like to see on this site? Would like to see a biblically-based article on another aspect of Christian living? Are you interested in an online Bible study? Do you have other ideas for how this ministry can help you be a better disciple of Jesus in the 21st century? Let us know and we'll see what we can do. We cannot promise to implement every idea, but we do promise to prayerfully consider them and get back to you.

God bless you as you continue your walk of Christian discipleship.

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