In this podcast, Pete Scazzaro expands on the third quality of a church culture that deeply changes lives: beneath-the-surface discipleship. In a church culture that deeply changes lives, no one assumes people are maturing on the basis of activities such as church attendance, small group involvement, and serving. Instead, they understand maturity is the fruit of the slow, hard work of following the crucified Jesus.
In this Podcast episode, Pete explores the first and most important characteristic of a church culture that deeply changes lives – a slowed down spirituality. This is a church culture where people refuse to allow a hurried world to set the pace for their lives but instead live by rhythms that are slower and more deliberate. They set aside time each day to immerse themselves in Scripture, silence, and solitude, which are foundational practices for their communion with Jesus.
Buildings, budgets and bigshots are the movement killers to the reproduction of churches, leaders and disciples. Recently I was in a pastor’s meeting and many were wondering how their churches would continue. Some were selling their facilities just for survival. Survival is one thing, but reaching a city is quite another.
Over the past ten years we’ve explored what it means to be missional in many contexts. Urban and suburban churches. Large and small congregations. Shiny newly-built communities and historic neighborhoods where relationships have spanned generations. In no particular order, these are some of the vital lessons for missional leaders we’ve learned over the last 10 years!
Over the next few posts we will be looking specifically at Families and their role within gospel increase. This is an important aspect of Look In because it requires an introspective review of what God has already placed right in front of you to help guide, nourish, and cherish. As a Father or a Mother, your role and how you understand its position is actually vital to making disciples.
Sometimes the hardest part of discipleship is teaching people how to handle the Bible. We know that the Holy Spirit will help us learn as we read, but we cannot ignore that it can be quite daunting and even intimidating. You don't need a seminary degree to help your friend begin with the Bible; here are a few suggestions of how you can help Bible beginners get started.
As opposed to viewing children as a barrier, let’s view them as a blessing. Yes, it’s chaotic. Yes, it can drive us crazy. But, despite that, let’s model graciousness in our families and groups towards our children. After all, what must God think of our messy lives? The Father looks down and extends grace, rather than becoming irritated with us.
Hospitality is a lost art in our culture, and it has become a lost necessity when it comes to discipleship. We talk about discipleship being life-on-life instead of information transfer, but how are we really inviting people into our lives? How are we, like Paul, saying "Follow me as I follow Christ"?
Everyone's a disciple of something or someone. Alan Hirsch unpacks this in this week's video.
Week Two of our Alan Hirsch videos. Alan discusses the core understanding that "Jesus is Lord".