Would you like the culture of our church to be one of discipleship? After Christ’s resurrection and before His ascension, He commanded us that as we go we are to make disciples. Each week as we gather on Sunday and Wednesday we have the opportunity to linger and make disciples. Yes, on those occasions there is intentional disciple-making ministries taking place.
On Sunday, there are Sunday school classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary children. Teens are in Bible study groups, as are adults of all ages. The worship service is an intentional disciple-making ministry. We are taught how to worship, give, listen to the Bible, and study the Bible. We learn to apply the gospel to our lives by what we hear, say, and see.
Wednesday night children attend AWANA where they learn to memorize the Bible and apply it to their lives. Adults are engaged in Bible study where they are learning to connect Scripture to their daily life. Teens worship and hear the Bible applied directly to their lives by a preacher and in small groups.
But there is more discipleship taking place than in these intentional ministries. I am part of conversations and observe others in conversations where they are discipling one another. We arrive with questions about life and people begin to talk and ask questions. They wrestle with how God’s word might address their life. They pray with one another, and then they move down the hall and into another conversation. We are discipling one another.
You and I need to be equipped so we can help one another follow Jesus. Not only in the intentional moments, but in the “as we go” moments. That is what these resources are for. Read, listen, and watch for your own edification, as well as for one another.
Resources from The Gospel Coalition, Don’t Know How to Help? Try Visiting, article by Wendy Willard
Resources from Paul Tripp Ministries, Sovereign Sparrows and Fantastic Fish, weekly blog from Paul Tripp
Resources from Stand to Reason, How to Befriend a Lesbian Couple without Condoning Their Activity, STRask with Greg Koukl and Amy Hall
Resources from Desiring God Ministries, What is the Lord’s Supper?, podcast by David Mathis
Resources from Truth for Life, The Lord’s Servant: 2 Tim. 2:24-26, from a sermon series on 2 Timothy by Alistair Begg
Resources from Phoenix Seminary, How Can I Be Sure I am a Christian?, podcast by Dr. Don Whitney
The Briefing Podcast, Episodes of the Briefing, by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Resources from CHBC, OKC, The Analysis, podcast by Mark DeMoss and Deanna Huff (new episodes starting in August)
Printable Bible Reading Plan, Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan, by Navigators
Music Video, Behold Our God, as sung live at T4G
Mark D. DeMoss, Senior Pastor