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Biblical Study of Discipleship (p. 3)

Biblical Study of Discipleship (p. 3)

Jesus’ model of discipleship may be summarized as involving prayerful preaching and teaching of the kingdom of God to which people respond in faith. This is followed by a significant investment of time with those followers in order to give pointed instruction, correction, and modeling. The goal of this discipleship is a changing of one’s life to become increasingly kingdom-oriented and reflective of the life and priorities of Jesus. Disciples who grow and mature will themselves begin to make disciples…

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Biblical Study of Discipleship (p. 2)

Biblical Study of Discipleship (p. 2)

Biblical Characteristics of Disciplers The chief characteristic among disciplers is the two-fold prayerful ministry of God’s word—particularly the preaching of Jesus’ resurrection as it relates to the kingdom of God. Jesus and the twelve both modeled this two-fold priority. For example, private and public prayer was a habitual practice of Jesus during his ministry—a ministry that largely consisted of preaching the kingdom of God (cd. Luke 5:16 with 4:42-44). Acts 6:4 clearly establishes the priority of the Twelve who, while…

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Biblical Study of Discipleship (p. 1)

Biblical Study of Discipleship (p. 1)

This is the first of a three-part reflective study of discipleship as taken from the Gospels and Acts. The focus of this study consists of four parts: (1) an overview of the use of “disciple” (Gk. mathētēs) and its cognates, (2) the biblical characteristics of disciples and disciplers, (3) the relation of Jesus to the 12 disciples, and (4) how Jesus’ model of discipleship was implemented in the first century church. These topics will be treated in the order listed….

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There is No Middle Ground

There is No Middle Ground

Though October 31 has come and gone, Protestants must not put aside its significance and relevance for another year. We must make an effort to regularly remind ourselves of that sacred day in 1517 when the Spirit of God used the German Augustinian monk, Martin Luther (1483-1546), to launch the Protestant Reformation.  Luther was a prophetic voice that took no prisoners with his theological assertions.  His theological persuasion and unbreakable dissent emerged from his knowledge of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. …

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Africa Study Bible

Africa Study Bible

The forthcoming issue of Journal of Global Christianity includes an interview with Dr. Matthew Elliott, president of Oasis International, about the new Africa Study Bible. Here is Bible Gateway’s brief interview with Dr. Elliott. See below for a video introduction….