Disciples Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Disciples Come in All Shapes and Sizes

We should notice that Jesus calls different disciples to different roles, and during his life on earth, disciples followed him in different ways. In the come and see period of his first four months of ministry, Jesus collected more followers that the twelve who became closest to him. Many joined Jesus for a time, even […]

Jesus Asks for More

Jesus Asks for More

by Bill Hull What was Jesus asking from his followers? When he said, “Follow me,” what did he expect them to do? Once again, the answer is more straightforward than we might imagine. He asked them to leave their tax booth, drop their nets, and leave their home behind, and he implied that he would […]

The Importance of 1 Corinthians 15

The Importance of 1 Corinthians 15

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. Simply put, 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 makes it crystal clear that the three elements we noted in Mark 8:27-31—Jesus is the Christ, he died for our sins, and he was resurrected—actually are essential elements of the gospel. Look carefully […]

How Spiritual Disciplines Form Habits

How Spiritual Disciplines Form Habits

When we start to train our mind to look at life differently, a great struggle will ensue. And if this training is not in the context of supportive relationships, we will probably fail. Lack of relational support is also why so many people gain weight back after significant weight loss. If they think it is […]

The Holy Spirit and How People Change

The Holy Spirit and How People Change

When George Whitefield was asked how many people were saved in a meeting where he had preached, he answered, “I don’t know. We should know more in six months.” Whenever the gospel is preached, we know that God works to convert people. But even Jesus indicated in the parable of the sower that we cannot […]

What Happened to Following Jesus?

What Happened to Following Jesus?

This blog is an excerpt from the free eBook, The Discipleship Gospel Primer. Download it free here. Most of Jesus’ apostles were in their late teens and early twenties. They were products of orthodox Jewish homes and local synagogues, where they had learned the Scriptures. They were conversant with the great messianic passages from the […]

Discipleship Questions to Ask Yourself Each Day

Discipleship Questions to Ask Yourself Each Day

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. 1. God, how can You be this good, to adopt me when I’m still unsorted? Practice the discipline of receiving the new identity that comes from adoption. This […]

Our Discipleship Process

Our Discipleship Process

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. Discipleship groups will not thrive or reproduce if they’re based solely on reading Scripture and sharing in some sort of openness and accountability. As great as those things […]

How to Approach Corporate Church Services

How to Approach Corporate Church Services

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. Bill recently taught in our (Brandon’s) church community in Long Beach. At the end of the message, he turned to the congregation and asked the people, “Okay, so […]

Teaching Disciplines (aka Spiritual Practices)

Teaching Disciplines (aka Spiritual Practices)

This is part of The False Promise of Discipleship blog series from The Bonhoeffer Project. Read the blog that came right before this one by clicking here. Most people operating out of The Human Paradigm will ultimately avoid disciplines and spiritual practices (not to mention leave the church) because they resent them. Still, we’re not […]