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  • Pastor Ryan 2:23 pm on October 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Benefits of Home Discipleship – Part 4 

    Family WorshipWe are walking through several benefits to the household approach to discipleship listed by Eric Wallace in his book “Uniting Church and Home.”  My goal in these blog posts is to help us consider the urgent need for families to live out the biblical mandate of home discipleship.

    Benefit 6: A household approach provides the means for guiding new and young Christians through the struggles of Christian growth. The apostle Peter describes new Christians as spiritual babes. A household approach allows for the continuous and consistent nurture of young Christians.

    Benefit 7: A household approach helps us draw upon the wisdom of those who have gone before us. Titus 2 instructs the older in the church to teach the younger in spiritual and practical ways. The church is best able to live Titus 2 when families are integrated in worship, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry.

    Benefit 8: A household approach builds upon relationships that are long lasting and involve bearing with people through the seasons and trials of life. Families that exercise hospitality and discipleship in the home will build deep spiritual relationships with others. These relationships will be stronger to stand in the trials of life. People are more open to correction, reproof, and training in righteousness when it comes from someone who has a history of loving and serving them. No level of involvement in a church program can replace this.

    So brothers and sisters, let’s be busy discipling our families.  Let’s have hearts to reach out to our community by opening our homes to them and living the gospel before our neighbors and co-workers.  Always being ready to share the good news of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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  • Pastor Ryan 10:31 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Benefits of Home Discipleship – Part 3 

    Family WorshipWe are walking through several benefits to the household approach to discipleship listed by Eric Wallace in his book “Uniting Church and Home.”  My goal in these blog posts is to help us consider the urgent need for families to live out the biblical mandate of home discipleship.

    Benefit 4: A household approach is well suited for listening to others and meeting their needs. When you practice hospitality you have the one-on-one time with others to get to know them and to most effectively minster to them. Relationships are essential to spiritual growth. Making the household the primary place of ministry enables families to build relationships and meet the needs of others in practical ways in day-to-day life, not only in the times when the church meets for its regular schedule and programs.

    Benefit 5: A household approach enables household members to grow together, to hold each other accountable, and to develop and live out a common vision. When households learn and serve together, members achieve a greater level of encouragement and accountability because they can more easily apply what they are learning to life situations. When households learn and serve together, God often develops ongoing household ministries through shared vision.

    Prayerfully consider how you and your family can reach out and show the love of Christ to those in your community and workplace.  Let’s reach out and share the living hope we have in Jesus Christ.

     
  • Pastor Ryan 5:31 pm on October 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Benefits of Home Discipleship – Part 2 

    Family Worship

    We are walking through several benefits to the household approach to discipleship listed by Eric Wallace in his book “Uniting Church and Home.”  My goal in these blog posts is to help us consider the urgent need for families to live out the biblical mandate of home discipleship.

    Benefit 2: A household approach offers a natural outreach into the community. As we practice discipleship in the home our discussion of spiritual things becomes more natural in our lives. As we reach out to our neighbors in love they will see the Word of God modeled in our family. As they see the love of Christ in our households extend to the community we have an excellent platform by which to share the gospel and begin to disciple our neighbors.

    Benefit 3: A household approach encourages hospitality as a means of serving one another in love. Hospitality involves seeing the daily activities of the home as expressions of God’s sovereign rule in our lives. Sharing meals, activities, and just visiting each other enables life to rub life and provides opportunities to share the love of Christ with others. Hospitality provides a practical way to live out loving our neighbor and a strong platform for sharing the gospel.

    Prayerfully consider how you and your family can reach out and show the love of Christ to those in your community and workplace.  Let’s reach out and share the living hope we have in Jesus Christ.

     
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