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April 27, 2018, 9:58 AM

Why Discipleship Works


When I Googled why discipleship works I found over 250,000,000 results. You talk about information overload. Obviously I'm not looking at 250 million articles on why discipleship works. One of the greatest ways to know why something works is to look back and figure out why it worked in your own experience. 

So I took some time this week and thought about it. Why does discipleship work? Why is it that people stay connected to God through a connection with other believers? Here's what I came up with...

1. We need others. 

2. We need to be needed. 

 

WE NEED OTHERS. Proverbs tells us that pride comes before a fall. We struggle to admit that we have a need for other people. We tend to think that we can handle this all on our own. It's just not true. I have watched for 20 years as people have come through the doors of the churches that I've served. The ones that who never get connected to other people just don't last. 

This life is tough. Satan hates you and he hates the church. He wants to wear us down. We need other people to be there for us. We need others praying for us. We need others listening to us. We need other people to hold us up when we are too weak to keep going. We simply need other pepole. I know some of you don't want to admit this, but the truth is still there. 

WE NEED TO BE NEEDED. Our faith gets stronger when we invest in other people. Jesus' greatest mission for his church is to go make disciples. This is where our faith hits the ground. If we are always taking from other people we become fat and lazy Christians. 

One of the issues with the American church is that we are consumers. Many look at the church as something that is there to serve them. It's partly true...the church is here to serve, but who is the church? The church is you and me. If we are coming to church expecting the church to only serve us we will never grow in our faith. We would be like a little baby bird who sits and waits for his mama every day to feed him. The way the bird grows is getting up and flying out of the nest. 

We gotta get out of the nest. We need to go fly. We need to serve. We need to invest in others. This is good for us. We need to know that we have a purpose and that we have something to go live for...to serve others. 

Discipleship works, because it's how God created us. He created us with a need for others and a need to serve others. 

If you'll allow yourself to be discipled by others and then go find others to go invest in you will be a growing, healthy Christian. It's time to get out of the nest!!


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