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  • Pastor Ryan 9:32 pm on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Benefits of Home Discipleship – Part 6 

    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 11: A household approach better prepares people for marriage. A household approach to ministry enables young people to evaluate the characteristics of a potential marriage partner in the confines of safe, real-life relationships. You best see the true character of a person in how they act in their home environment. You can see how a person practically lives out their faith in the way they interact with their family. My wife Katie and I experienced this growing up. We met when we were fourteen years old and saw first-hand how each of our families interacted with each other and what their priorities were. We knew the obstacles we were facing as we walked toward marriage and prayed together for the Lord to see us through them. He has blessed us with fifteen wonderful years of marriage and five beautiful children.

    Psalm 78:1-7 gives a beautiful picture of the results of home discipleship:

    “Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children; That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments”

    Amen

     
  • Pastor Ryan 11:03 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Benefits of Home Discipleship – Part 5 

    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 9: A household approach spreads leadership out over households instead of relying on a small team of overworked people. In most churches, eighty percent of the work is done by twenty percent of the people. When Pastors work with household leaders who in turn work with the members of their own households, this spreads leadership out. Doing this helps us build relationships, which in turn helps us keep our focus on Christ as the source of growth rather than our own works.

    Benefit 10: A household approach allows more people to use their gifts in home settings where they can offer practical life guidance. There are many whose spiritual gifts don’t fit the programs and opportunities to serve that the church offers. A household approach provides the relationship basis for people to use their spiritual gifts for edification of the body outside the church’s schedule and programs.

    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.

     
  • 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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