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Discipleship within simple/organic/house churches

  No discussion of discipleship within the organic/simple/house church movement would be complete without pointing people towards Life Transformation Groups (LTGs).  Many years ago the Lord posed a series of questions to Neil Cole:  What would you do if 100 people came to Christ this week?  What would you do if 1000 people came to… Read More

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Why Jesus worked with groups

Having written the last post on how Jesus trained his disciples, yesterday I came across a key point that I had missed.  I discovered it on the blog of Paul Watson (http://bit.ly/cqS21C ).  His premise is that "Jesus discipled groups."  Obviously he had one-on-one interactions with individual disciples, but most of his training was done… Read More

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Jesus’ pattern of discipleship

My apologies if you get this post twice.  I've had a couple of people tell me that it came out in Greek!  Hopefully this is now corrected.  How did Jesus train his disciples? ·       He shared the rough and tumble of everyday life with them (Luke 8:1-3) ·       He asked them questions to show them… Read More

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Jesus’ pattern of discipleship

Ho  How did Jesus train his disciples? He shared the rough and tumble of everyday life with them (Luke 8:1-3) He asked them questions to show them what they needed to learn (Matthew 16:13-20) He answered their questions (eg Matthew 17:19-20) He demonstrated the practical skills they needed to know (Luke 11:1-3) He used teachable… Read More

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The core skill of a disciple

In Matthew 28:18-19 Jesus commanded his disciples to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that he has commanded them. We have reduced this to teaching new believers all about the commandments.  But becoming a disciple is… Read More

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Stories from the trenches (3): Students on fire

This story comes from Aaron Snow: The idea for Student CPx is simple: Gather students together to encounter Jesus for a week or two. Then send them out on mission with Jesus to their campus. When students go to represent Jesus He loves to go with them! The power of the gospel spreads through students to dorms, fraternities,… Read More

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Stories from the trenches (2)

Here's another story–this one via Brian Jones.  It's used with permission, so long as I make sure that God gets the glory!! "As many of you know, we have been praying over the past year that God would build his church in Galloway, Ohio (specifically in Westchester Commons subdivision). We know that he is here… Read More

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Stories from the trenches:

Here are some Luke 10 stories:  This first one comes from a friend in the UK who emailed me recently. People in the UK are much more resistant to the Gospel than people here in the States, but look at how ripe the harvest is! "I started reading 'Army of Ordinary People' at the end… Read More

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Show and tell!

Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.' (Luke 10:9) The Kingdom of God is meant to be demonstrated.  When Jesus sent out the twelve in a very similar fashion to the way he sent out the 70, he told them, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers,… Read More

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A cautionary tale: stay in one place

Continuing the series on Luke 10: Much of what we have learned in starting simple/organic/house churches, we have learned through our mistakes!  The importance of Luke 10:7 is one of those things. The verse says this:  Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not… Read More