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::Devotional:: ‘First Church of Disciple Training’

May 6, 2010

Everybody knows where the “First” churches are in town, but have you ever wondered where the second and third churches could be?  Does the name of the church have any bearing on the people inside the church?  Does it set the tone or the expectations of what is going on inside?  Is there a difference between Maple Street Church and Church of the Broken Hearted?  What if your church name was changed to First Church of Disciple Training; would your expectations of what should be going on inside change?

This morning I’m not really focused on church names as much as I am on what goes, or should be going, on inside of them and that is training disciples of Christ.  I guess you could say I have a burden for discipleship.

Recently I completed two six-week sessions of a discipleship class at my church focused on how to study the Bible.  Over 25 people attended the classes in total and each one of them loved it.  Was it because of fantastic teaching?  No, I can testify to that first hand. Ha!  Was it deep theological discussions and apologetics?  No.  Was it media driven content with dvd’s, movies, and music?  No, not really.  I believe there were three things that lead to the overall success of this discipleship class.  Prayer, God’s word, and eager hearts.

Our church has recently introduced a summer program where more discipleship classes will be offered.  There will be classes on finances, parenting, Bible study, and more.  I could not be more excited because I honestly believe that is the purpose of the local church.  Thinking in military terms, most often the church is seen as the recruiting office when really it is a training and rehab facility.  Rehab from sin and training in righteousness.  It is designed to train disciples.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christmay be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Ephesians 4:11-13

Discipleship is hard work for all parties involved, but God rewards hard work.  Let’s put our shoulders to the wheel and get busy training disciples!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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