This week started off really well! The sessions were spectacular (as always), I accomplished a lot at my internship, but on Thursday I woke up sick (I will explain more at the end of my post). Also, I appologize for the lack of pictures in this post! There wasn’t much to photograph last week!
Monday-RTB (Read the Bible)& Discipleship:
This week’s session of RTB, led by Justin Leitch, consisted of another passage from Ephesians.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness , with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men”
(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens that he might fill all things). And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature to manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Once again we used the OIA method that I talked about in Durham! Part 1 and in Durham! Part 2. After making observations about the passage, we started to interpret what it meant. Doing this as a group allows us to popcorn ideas off one another. We summarized this passage as: Paul wants us to remember we are all unified in Christ, and should encourage and build each other up, and disciple each other to grow into Christ. At the beginning of the passage, Paul identifies the oneness we have as Christian: “There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). he mentions the word “one” 7 times! He was stressing that we are all unified as Christians when we join the Family of God. He also talked about how were given “the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:11). When he says “saints”, he is referring to Believers, and “the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers” are just another way of saying disciples. Since all believers are called to be disciples, this means we are all disciples making disciples. We are supposed to build each other up and disciple one another! (Just a quick reminder: A Disciple is someone who is with Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and is on mission with Jesus.)
In our Discipleship Session we talked about intentionality when discipling someone. Our leader, Wes Smith, said, “You don’t make disciples by accident.” You have to start with small steps. There are main three questions he uses when discipling people. Where are they now? Where do I see God taking them? What is the next step? Wes broke this down further so you could understand the best way to disciple individuals, and as always the best way to answer these questions is to get to know the people you are discipling! Ask Questions! And spend time with them! When you are discipling it is important to understand that you can’t make your goal happen; we cannot change their hearts. It is imperative that you intentionally pray for the people you are discipling!
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