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Following Jesus (Discipleship)

What is the difference between Church Planting and Disciple Making?

Submitted by Macka on Tue, 03/05/2024 - 13:41

Which focus is better (church planting or disciple making)?

As someone who participated in church plants many years ago, I am shocked to see how many of these endeavours have survived, nevertheless thrived!  Why is that?  The team I was a part of, as a very junior member, was very experienced. We did nothing without God.

The answer came to us years later and recently I saw a very good analogy in nature. 

As a hobby beekeeper, I have seen two types of bee hives.  Natural Hives and Man-made hives. 

The Original Bookmarks are Back

Submitted by Macka on Mon, 03/04/2024 - 23:19

Back by popular demand, the original and most successful bookmarks are back. They remain the simplest and most reproducible of them all. Depending on the changing cultures since their last use, they may receive some minor tweaking once they have been fully tested, but they are here to stay! Head over to the Bookmarks webpage to read about them and download them.

What is 411 (or the 'Making Disciple Makers Map')?

Submitted by Macka on Sun, 06/12/2022 - 23:32

The “4 1 1” or “Making Disciple Makers Map” exercise is one tool that is available to help new disciples grow in their identity and spread the good news to people they care about. It can help them break through either a ‘confidence problem’ or a ‘simple strategy’ for sharing the good news they have received with their friends and family. Not every disciple will need a tools like this. If properly modelled to them the only thing you may have to do is to stand back and not get in their way!

Is There a Better Way to Baptise Someone? (Article)

Submitted by Macka on Mon, 05/16/2022 - 09:37

Once someone has admitted their wrongs and wants to turn their life around with Jesus as their Lord and Saviour it is time to discuss their baptism. Once you have discussed the process and you are sure that they both understand it and agree to participating in the process it is time to practice it.

Icebreaker #8: The Dot in the middle of the page

Submitted by Macka on Thu, 04/14/2022 - 07:08

This is a little exercise that my friend Dave K. added to our Blind Spot Test ice breaker. (Like the Blind Spot test it can be used for ice breaking evangelism or discipleship.)

Someone put a black dot in the middle of a white A4 piece of paper and held it up. Dave was then asked to tell them what he saw. He replied “a dot?”.

Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 07:46

For (approximately) the first twenty four years I had heard 1248 sermons, attended 1248 home bible studies and sung (badly) about 3744 hymns but how many people had I introduced to the Lord?

How much over those 24 years had I thought just about my needs and not about anyone else’s salvation and growth, let alone being a part of growing the Kingdom here on Earth?

Of all those years of knowledge and studies how much of it did I actually obey and put into daily practice? Not much at all really when I think honestly about it!

How about you? What is your track record?

Can you trust in the Bible?

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 07:29

Have a look at this picture. Can you read this sentence?... Give it a try; after all it is only simple English. Don’t feel too bad if you can’t get it all. This is old English and there have been four very major changes to our language since that was last used in 1066 AD.

You would probably say today: “Then she went to speak this in her native language English” (It does not really make up a complete thought today.)

Lordship Circles - What does it mean to make Christ your Lord?

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 07:24

In this practical world, what does it really mean to make Jesus your Lord today?  It is always a good idea to get a potential new Christian to count the cost before they commit to a lifetime commitment to Jesus Christ.  It is especially good to explain to someone with a "high church" history what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. (e.g., Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, etc.) 

Remember to let them decide what their main life activities are and how big a slice of pie to give to each one!

Does the Piano know how best to play itself? (Video)

Submitted by Macka on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 07:18

Does a piano know its own full potential? Can it write and play a master piece by itself?? Does a piano know what the other instruments around it are fully capable of? Does a piano know how to work in best with the other instruments around it? I don’t think so. So why do we think that we know best for ourselves and others? Why do we set up limits of what we can and can not do?

Only a master artist can use a piano to its full potential, only God knows what your true full potential is and can use all of you! Don’t set yourself up for a fall, let Him take total control of your life.