DISCIPLESHIP REDUCES IDOLS
The big issue of the Christian faith is discipleship. If we fail with discipleship, we fail everywhere. We have been very good at winning people to faith but not discipling them.
Discipleship is increasing our resistance to idols. Idolatry is a big issue of our day.
Worship is offering your whole world back to God.
Discipleship is offering your whole world back to God.
C.S. Lewis said, “I can’t love my wife enough, but I can love her too much by loving her more than I love God. That is idolatry.”
We have bought into the nuclear family as the one true form of family. And some ministers believe that if we strengthen nuclear families that we will be spiritually healthy. However, the nuclear family was actually popularized during the Industrial Revolution. The global Kingdom idea of family incorporates a much more open concept of family that includes orphans and widows and others.
In Western culture, we have become focused on protecting and caring for our spouse and children rather than opening that up to include serving others.
DISCIPLESHIP AS DIRECTION
We disciple everyone not just Christians. Discipleship’s role is to point people toward Jesus regardless of how close or far away they are from a relationship with Christ. God looks at the heart, but we look at the external.
There can be someone close to Christ but looking the opposite direction. And there can be someone far away from Christ that are looking towards Him.
When does conversion take place? When we see the missional task as discipleship, it will change our world.
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