Discipleship Through Stories
In the Scriptures we see Jesus as the teacher and His disciples as the students. There are two parts to this student/teacher “discipleship” process. First the Teacher conveys truth through statements, stories, and metaphor. Then, as the teacher and the students spend time together, the students witness how these truths are lived out and proved practically. An old English woodcarver once said to a student, “When chopping out the mortise, you must hold the chisel with the flat side against the working piece.” Then he demonstrated what he meant by this cryptic statement. This is discipleship.
If that was how it worked for Jesus and the original disciples, how does it work for us twenty centuries on? How do we “go and make disciples?” Like this… In the context of a trusting relationship we point people to Jesus and His teachings in the Scriptures. It is there that people can encounter Jesus and become His students. It is there that they can learn about prayer and the Holy Spirit through which they can encounter the risen Christ Himself.
If the Scriptures are where the Source is found, what then is our role in making disciples beyond pointing to that source? It is the second part of the picture, the practical part. In the Scriptures we encounter the teachings of Jesus, which at first may seem confusing, or too idealistic, or too theoretical. For example:
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.
But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
It is discipleship to demonstrate how these statements really are truths we can stand on.
a formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law.
Testimonies demonstrate. Testimonies prove. Testimonies encourage. The greatest testimony of all time is an ancient writing tradition calls, The Gospel of John. It was written so that we the readers may believe that Jesus is the Christ, and that by believing we may have life. (John 20:31) And the testimonies of that life in Jesus continue, from the Book of Acts, to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, to the Narrative of the Lord’s Dealings with George Müller, The Cross and the Switchblade, and on and on, including countless unpublished personal stories.
The aim of this website is to provide stories that will act as virtual discipleship, demonstrating that our God is truly our Good Father, that He loves us, that we can trust Him, and finally, that He wants us to work shoulder to shoulder with Him as we are still living in the unfinished Book of Acts.
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