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But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)

 

Salvation is not a one-time event, but a life-changing experience. The life of Christian discipleship is a wonderful adventure if we are willing to trust God to lead us. As we grow in deeper relationship with God, we are changed to be like Jesus and are empowered to change the world as a result (2 Cor 3:18; Jn 14:12).

As Christians, our mission is to know Christ and to make Christ known. However, living a life of Christian discipleship is not something that we can do in our own strength (John 15:5). Rather, the strength to do this comes from God (Ex 15:2). What we are called to do is deepen our relationship with God by withdrawing from the world to be strengthened and equipped and then living our lives out in the world. The Bible tells us many ways to deepen our relationship with God including prayer, Bible study, meditation, and seeking God's will in all that we do. Then, in turn, we can live the life of a Christian out in the real world, following the teachings of Jesus and being God's hands and feet in the world.

Abiding in Christ

Whether we are a local church or an individual Christian, we are all called to live a life of balanced Christian discipleship, both living in the world and focusing on the things of heaven. There are many tools available to help us in this process. CrossWalk Consulting was founded to support Christians in their walk with God by giving them tools to help them live the lives of disciples in the 21st century. The following is a list of articles on different discipleship tools that can help us as Christians deepen our relationship with God and live out our Christianity in the world. Each article discusses how to practice a time-proven, biblically-based tool of discipleship in the 21st century and presents links to further readings and other sites as appropriate.

Having a Personal Relationship With God

Having a Personal Relationship with God: The entrance to the path of discipleship is through the cross. This article discusses what it really means to a Christian and how to have a personal relationship with the Almighty.

Finding a Church That's Right for You
Finding a Church That's Right for You: Although salvation is a personal experience, we are not meant to live out our Christianity in isolation. This article investigates some of the major Christian denominations and discusses some considerations in prayerfully finding a church that is a good fit for you.
Prayer: The Greatest Wireless Connection
Prayer: The Greatest Wireless Connection: God speaks to us through the Bible and we speak to God through prayer. This article discusses the biblical teachings on prayer and ways to deepen your discussions with God.
Choosing a Bible Translation
Choosing a Bible Translation: There are many translations of the Bible available to us today. This article explores the differences between the different "versions" of the Bible available today and how to choose a Bible that will best help you better understand God's words to us.
Digging Deeper into God's Word
Digging Deeper into God's Word: Just as we would study a letter from our loved one, so we should study the Bible - a letter from the God who loves us. This article explains some of the ways to get the most out of our BIble study.
Best Friends Forever
Best Friends Forever: God has reached out in love and friendship to us through Jesus. How do we, in turn, become better friends with God? This article explores how to do this by spending time with God and in God's word through memorization and meditation.
Customizing Your Devotional Time
Customizing Your Devotional Time: Just as we treasure time alone with our earthly beloved, so should we also treasure time alone with the divine Beloved. This article discusses ways to make your devotional time more meaningful and help you keep your focus.
How to Find a Prayer Partner
How to Find a Prayer Partner: The Bible tells us that the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (Jas 5:16) and that Jesus himself is present when we pray together with fellow believers (Matt 18:19-20). This article discusses ways to find a prayer partner to help deepen your prayer life and make it more effective.

Living a Life of Prayer: The Bible tells us to pray continually (1 Thess 5:17), but what does this mean from a practical perspective? This article considers some ways that we can live a life of prayer while still living in the world.

Christian Meditation

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Christian Meditation: The Bible gives us many examples of God's people not only praying, but meditating. Far from the emptying of the mind practiced in New Age and Eastern philosophies, Christian meditation is a way to draw closer to God by focusing on God's words and works.
     See also: Relaxation exercises for prayer & meditation

How to Start an Acts 2 Group
How to Start an Acts 2 Group: The early church was known for its power and met together in homes (Acts 2:42-47) and small groups for support and fellowship. We can follow these practices today to the same effect. This article discusses ways to set up a group after the biblical pattern.
Evangelism Made Easy
Evangelism Made Easy (or at least easier): As Christians, we are commissioned to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matt 28:18-20). For some of us, however, this comes more easily than for others. This article discusses ways to be a living witness to the power of God in our lives and point others to Christ, even if you are an introvert..

More articles will be posted in the future. If there is a topic that you would like to see added to this list, please feel free to let us know.

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