Discipleship is Relational

Here is a video from Downline Ministries featuring Jeff Schulte of the Sage Hill Institute discussing how true discipleship according to the Word of God must be relational to be effective.  I hope this video encourages you as you pursue a life of making disciples.  Near the end of the 4 minute video you’ll see a link to the complete interview with Jeff.

For more information about Downline Ministries click here.

For more information about the Sage Hill Institute click here.

Rest in Jesus,

Andy

Living Water and Broken Cisterns

Jeremiah 2:13 – For my people have done two evil things: They have forsaken me–the fountain of living water.  And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all! (NLT)

When you read about the exchange the people of God made when they chose to abandon God and turn to worshipping false gods, it almost seems too foolish to believe.  In this verse, God compares this decision with abandoning a fresh fountain of pure living water in exchange for broken cisterns that won’t even hold water.

A cistern is basically a hole in the ground that is normally carved in stone to hold rain water.  However, if the cistern is broken, it simply allows this impure rain water to seep out and be lost.  In reality, it is useless.  God compares this “broken cistern” to Israel’s vain pursuit of false gods.  They have absolutely nothing to provide because they are formed by human hands and minds.  They are worthless idols that will never satisfy the longings of their souls. Continue reading

Establishing an Eternal Heritage

Psalm 37:18 – The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; (ESV)

As I read this verse the two words that stood out to me were “heritage” and “forever”.  Obviously, the heritage we possess as children of God who have repented of their sins and by faith trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior will indeed remain forever.  Yes, this is probably a more correct context for this verse.  However, these two words caused me to pause and consider how this could be true from a discipleship standpoint. Continue reading

A Great Resource for Parents!

God’s Word, though composed of many different accounts across 66 different books, tells one continuous story about God’s plan of redemption.  Every story points us to Christ and God’s plan of redeeming us.

This is a truth that needs to be instilled in us and our children, and there is no better resource that I have found for our kids than The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.  The subtitle Every Story Whispers His Name gives a beautiful picture of why it is so powerful.  I originally heard about this book over a year ago and purchased a copy.  It only took a few pages to realize the power this storybook holds.

Like other children’s storybook Bibles, this volume contains all of the stories familiar to your children.  The difference is the way Lloyd-Jones concludes every story by pointing out how Jesus and the redemptive plan can be seen and understood.

We use The Jesus Storybook Bible for our evening devotion times at the dinner table.  We are now reading through for the second time and we can see how our girls are beginning to make the connection between the stories they have heard their entire young lives and God’s great plan. I recently discovered that they have created a curriculum based on the book that can be used to dig deeper in each story with your children.

If you are looking for ideas or resources to use with your kids, I cannot give a higher recommendation.  The Jesus Storybook Bible can be purchased at Lifeway or any on-line retailer.  For more information about the book or the curriculum visit their website by clicking here.

Rest in Jesus!

Andy

Faith@Home Launch!

Yesterday marked a special day for Colonial Heights Baptist Church as we launched a new ministry called Faith@Home.  God’s Word is very clear that the home is intended to be the epicenter of spiritual formation.  Passages like Deuteronomy 6, Psalm 78, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4 and others explain the importance of the home in passing faith in Jesus Christ from one generation to the next.  We also learn from passages like Ephesians 5 that the marriage between a man and woman is meant to be a beautiful picture of Christ and the church.  Therefore it is imperative that marriages are founded on the principles of God’s Word.  Almost everyone would agree that having a strong marriage and children that passionately pursue Christ are wonderful goals for every home.  However, most homes struggle to see this happen consistently. Continue reading

Colombia Mission Trip Report

This past week I had the incredible privilege of joining the work that God is doing in Colombia as a group from our church participated in a mission trip to Barranquilla.  The sixteen member team was involved in several different areas of service.  We had a medical/dental team that ministered through treatment of various needs.  We had a construction team that assisted in the completion of a chapel at Casa Grande, a camp dedicated to serving the churches of Barranquilla that we have partnered with for many years.  We had an evangelism team that had the privilege of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ door to door in a neighborhood where a new church will be planted in the coming months.  Finally, my role in the team’s work consisted in evangelism and a two day pastor training seminar for local church plant pastors.  My focus for the training was the Biblical model of disciple-making. Continue reading

“The Eternity of God”

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. – Psalm 90:2

A.W. Tozer’s book The Knowledge of the Holy has been a great source of meditation for me in recent days.  To contemplate the unfathomable attributes of God is one of the greatest endeavors we could embark upon.  Last night I read the chapter of the book by the same title as this post, and found myself reflecting and writing for over an hour as I considered “The Eternity of God”. Continue reading

Discipleship in the Home

Deuteronomy 6:7 – You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (ESV)

Probably one of the most common questions asked by parents is “how do I disciple my children?”  For today’s post, I want to share some practical steps you can implement to help you get started in this process.  Obviously, you know your children better than I do, and this information will need to be modified in places to make it work for you.  Do not approach this as a checklist!  A great source of direction is found in Deuteronomy 6:7. Continue reading