Discipleship

Men Who Bring Life and Not Harm: An Interview with Morgan Snyder – Christian Article

Throughout history, why is the story of many men’s lives the theme of being entrusted with power and then using that power to bring harm to themselves and those under their care? What is the biblical way for men to responsibly be in lockstep with God’s kingdom? What is the path of inner transformation that God intends every man to experience? Bible Gateway interviewed Morgan Snyder about his book, Becoming a King: The Path to Restoring the Heart of a…

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What is The Mark of True Discipleship? – Christian Article

The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. – John 1:35-37 In these verses we witness John the Baptist openly proclaim the presence of Jesus Christ and his standing as the Lamb of God. Before understanding the significance of these verses, it’s important to know the depth of discipleship…

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Making Room for Spiritually Hungry Students – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin May 28, 2020 I think most youth ministries are based on the assumption that students don’t want to know more about God, so we package youth group to be a lot of fun with a little bit of God. But what if we were wrong and students were spiritually hungry, they just didn’t know how to communicate that to us? Or what if our actions have conditioned them to think entertainment first, spiritual truth last? I believe,…

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Is Apologetics Biblical? – The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Network – Christian Article

  Is Apologetics Biblical? by Matthew Tingblad What is “Christian apologetics”? It’s the activity of providing a rational basis for belief in the Christian faith.When we seek to demonstrate that God exists, that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened, or that the Bible is historically reliable, we are doing the work of Christian apologetics. Is Christian apologetics a good thing for Christians to be doing? If you’re reading this post and you know anything about what we do here at…

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When Escape from Suffering Is Not the Answer: An Interview with K.J. Ramsey – Christian Article

When your prayers for healing haven’t been answered, the fog of depression isn’t lifting, your marriage is ending in divorce, or grief won’t go away, it’s easy to feel you’ve failed God and, worse, he’s failed you. If God loves us, why does he allow us to hurt? Bible Gateway interviewed K.J. Ramsey (@kjramseywrites), author of This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers (Zondervan, 2020). Explain the chronic illness in your life that prompted you to write this…

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Free Church Library Open Now (Because Discipleship Isn’t Canceled) – Christian Article

Because of COVID-19, you and your church members have had to be online like never before for work, church, and school. With congregations struggling emotionally, financially, and spiritually because of the pandemic, wouldn’t it be wonderful if something else could be online—the church library? Now, it is! Pastors and church leaders, share this free online church library with your members. It gives them instant access to over 700 digital discipleship resources through June 30—no credit card required, no strings attached.…

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Presenting the Gospel to Children – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14, NIV). How Kids ThinkSome people say, “Children need to grasp the Gospel’s deep significance before they should be given an opportunity to respond.” This thinking marginalizes the power of the Good News. As a result, those kids miss out on the privilege of receiving new life and enjoying Jesus’ companionship during the difficult challenges…

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A Church Divided | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin April 21, 2020 Have you ever noticed that churches are divided by age and programming? Adults, children, and students have separate programming uniquely designed for them. Couples with young children meet in their designated small groups at a separate time and place from seniors. Young adults get together with one another for fellowship and Bible Study. Kids meet on Sunday mornings for children’s ministry lessons. And students come together for youth group on Wednesday nights. churches have…

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Walking Your Students through the Unthinkable – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Guest Contributor April 9, 2020 This post was originally published in 2015, but it holds some helpful insights for our present day situation. As COVID-19 continues to affect more families, we’ll see more students faced with gut-wrenching losses. Let’s prepare ourselves to help them grieve through times of crisis.  By Danielle Rhodes It wasn’t until my mid-20s that I first encountered death. A close friend collapsed from heat stroke in the middle of a 5K run. Three days later,…

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Monday Minute – What does the future of discipleship look like? – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We are in a unique situation where churches and Awana clubs are not meeting. In a very few short days, many have had to try to navigate ministry without being able to physically meet together. What does that mean for ministry. Not just now, but in the future… and by future I mean the next few months. How will we reach the culture of today? This is Only a Snippet of a Children’s Ministry Christian Article written by Commander Bill…

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Free Download of the New Song: Yes Amen – Christian Article

The Bible consistently communicates the fact that God is our source of certainty in uncertain times. When a pandemic strikes, when the economy falters, when today is nothing like we expected yesterday, we can take solace from Scripture, knowing that God’s promises never fail. Philippians 4:19 says, “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” It’s reassuring to remember that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). [Read the…

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STOP, DROP and ROLL! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As teachers, we have an agenda. We have a lesson plan we are trying to teach, a game we are trying to lead, a craft we are trying to complete, or some other activity that we prayed about, planned, prepared and now are trying to pull off. But often our children have other ideas about how the time in the classroom is going to be spent. There is an old children’s ministry saying that goes, “If you don’t have a…

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7 Ways To Keep Your Youth Ministry Connected During The Pandemic – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Did you watch church from home this past Sunday? Are your Sunday service and youth group meetings cancelled for the next few weeks? We are in interesting times aren’t we? As in all things, we must find the blessing. Many have said, and it is true, you can’t quarantine the gospel. Many years ago, I accepted a position at a church where a few month later a tornado rolled through and destroyed our church. We rallied and met at various…

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Expect Much, Get Much! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Children typically only rise as far as you expect them to. Rarely does a student exceed the expectations of the leaders in their life. I’ve learned, “Expect Little, Get Little; Expect Much, Get Much.” Many children have a low opinion of themselves, but if you think more of them than they think of themselves, you can have the power to help lift them to the next level on their Christian journey! As a young boy, one of my teachers, Helen…

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How to move from doing events to triggering Movements – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Events are part of youth ministry. Your Wednesday night or Sunday night (or whenever weekly meeting) is an event. The retreats you do, camps you coordinate and conferences/concerts you take your teenagers to are events. And there’s nothing necessarily wrong with events. But, if these events aren’t triggering movement toward spiritual growth in the hearts of our teenagers then we may need to do some re-thinking, re-imagining and re-tooling. Here are a few questions to consider when leading/doing/attending events with…

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How to Make Counterfeit and Quivering Christians – Christian Article

The story you’re about to read is fictional, counterfeit even, but represents a reality that continues to play out again and again. Well-meaning Christians present the gospel and then offer their listener immediate assurance of salvation via the incantation of a prepackaged prayer absent serious discipleship. Left in the wake, we often find two types of professing Christians. We’ll call them Keith and Katie; one is the counterfeit and the other is the quivering christian. As small children, Keith and…

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Moving Students Past the Starting Line and Towards Spiritual Maturity – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin February 25, 2020 What is Spiritual Maturity? Spiritual maturity is the ability of a Christ-follower to read God’s Word and be convicted by the Holy Spirit regarding the truth it contains. It’s a disciple’s willingness to turn to God, confess sin, and seek repentance. Spiritually mature disciples apply the truth of God’s Word by changing their thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes. They are like the man who builds his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24-27).  This is the…

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The Blessing of Boundaries | DiscipleBlog.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
 and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:26-27). How Kids Think Kids complain, “My parents won’t let me do anything!“ As children grow older, they want fewer restrictions and more freedom. Kids cannot understand why parents don’t trust their judgment. They view parental boundaries as roadblocks to their independence. How God Thinks Boundaries provide both security…

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The Secret to Discipling Kids! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In a media saturated world, where kids are juggling content as much as adults, and where kids often don’t live in the same place for their entire childhood, how do you make sure YOUR kids know the basics of the Christian Faith? The “secret” isn’t really a secret, it is just not done intentionally often enough – The secret is simply discipleship. Jesus discipled. And when He left, he commanded us to disciple other, teaching them “everything He commanded” in…

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How to Lead a Great Disciple Now – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin January 9, 2020 It’s Disciple Now season! Time for promoting, planning lessons, writing emails, recruiting leaders, arranging housing…the list goes on. But at the end of the day, we know what we’re going for. We want our Disciple Now weekend to be a powerful and meaningful experience for our students. We’re hoping that all our time, energy, and investment will lead to lasting personal growth and impact in the lives of our students. The question is “How?”…

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Emerging from the silos…Disability ministry as a mindset, not a program – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

By Ossewa – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74257014 This post in the second in a series examining ten disability ministry trends to watch in the coming decade. Today Dr. Grcevich will suggest that disability ministry will be less ’siloed” – offered as a support for inclusion within all the essential ministries of the church as opposed to a separate, “stand-alone” ministry department. Spend time at a conference on church growth with senior pastors or executive pastors and one of…

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Dare to Pray These Dangerous Prayers: An Interview with Craig Groeschel – Christian Article

Do you ever wonder, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” Do you wish you could see the evidence that prayer changes lives? Are you tired of playing it safe with your faith? Does prayer really move the heart of God? What does it mean to pray boldly and powerfully? What are dangerous prayers? In this Q&A, Craig Groeschel (@craiggroeschel) talks about his book, Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe (Zondervan, 2020). [Read the Bible Gateway…

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Three Things to Teach Students About the Missio Dei – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When I was a teenager, I was aware that the good news of the gospel meant Jesus had saved me from sin. Still, I didn’t realize until later that the gospel also meant Jesus had saved me into a mission with him. I was too focused on trying to be the most popular student and the best athlete in my school. (My tall and lanky frame had other ideas, unfortunately. In a single school year, I face-planted at a track…

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Why Students Don’t Get Much Out of Large Group Talks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin February 6, 2020 It’s teaching time again. You step up in front of the students, grab the microphone, and clear your throat. You feel especially good about this lesson because the topic could be life changing for the students who really listen. Yesterday you worked harder than normal to find amazing illustrations, and you decided to tell a heart-breaking story from your own life to bring things home. But as you find your groove and get into…

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Relationships are Purpose Partners: An Interview with Dharius Daniels – Christian Article

What relational model did Jesus use when he selected the 12 disciples? What are the biblical principles that teach how to assess your relationships, define them, discern them, align them, and activate them to unlock their greatest potential? Bible Gateway interviewed Dharius Daniels (@Dhariusdaniels) about his book, Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want (Zondervan, 2020). What do you mean when you write, “Your greatest gifts walk into your life on two legs”?…

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