Making Disciples – both content and process

by Chris Matthisen In the opening Chapters of Matthew, Jesus gives us a good understanding of the content and process that goes into the formation of a disciple. The Sermon on the Mount for example, communicates foundational truths that Jesus wants every disciple to assimilate into their lives. It’s not a coincident that it falls at the beginning of His Ministry. In the chapters following the Sermon, however, we discover that Jesus did far less of the initiation in teaching and spent more time responding to the needs of the people (disciples and non-disciples). This may include more teaching but the… Read moreMaking Disciples – both content and process

The Disciple-SHIP Illustration

by Chris Matthisen One of the first things I do when starting a new discipling relationship is to sit down with the disciple and go over the Disciple-SHIP illustration. Every ship has a hull or body; it forms the core of what the ship is all about. The hull on some ships contains empty space where cargo may be stored. The cargo will change from time to time but you can’t change the hull without changing the entire ship and its purpose. Disciple-making is like the hull of the ship in that it has a core body of essential truths… Read moreThe Disciple-SHIP Illustration

Free and Equipped

by Luciano Del Monte Someone asked me recently, “Luch, do you know where you are broken?” That is what you call an intimidating and revealing question. Fortunately I have identified the broken areas of my life over the years. I recently turned 61 after all, and so am well acquainted with my inner self, but I have so many more miles to travel when it comes to what Isaiah called “the highway of holiness.” It seems in the last 5 years pastors, mentors, disciplers, counselors and coaches are discovering that people can not fully mature without addressing the broken areas… Read moreFree and Equipped

Discipleship is all about the Grace of God

by Irv Augustine Look at 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 1 As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. We enjoy the favour of God! He created us, sustains us, convinces us of our brokenness and our need of Christ, and then convinces us of our nobility, created in the Image of God, so we can enjoin Him… Read moreDiscipleship is all about the Grace of God

Jesus our Shepherd

by JD Sherman This morning as I was praying, I was reflecting on a conversation I had with a group of University students just a day earlier. We were beginning a new study around the theme of purpose, and as the students began to share it became evident that few had an understanding of God’s purpose for their lives. “Am I really supposed to be in engineering? Or am I wasting my time?” The honest questions that were deep within these student’s hearts began to come out. Amidst reflecting on this recent dialogue, I thought of the Israelites in the… Read moreJesus our Shepherd

Goal Setting With Less Frustration

by Chris Matthisen You have probably heard of setting SMART1 goals, WIG2 goals, HARD3 goals and many other kinds of goal setting acronyms that encourage us in the best ways to accomplish an objective. No matter what acronym you use many of us find that the journey in achieving our goals creates a lot of frustration and stress. I want to share with you a simple truth in goal setting that has liberated many people from the negative emotional baggage that tends to accompany our goals. Let me start out by saying that this is neither a method to follow… Read moreGoal Setting With Less Frustration

Identify Your “Timothy” – passing the baton

by Chris Matthisen List names of people you believe God may be leading you to invest in. Take time every morning during your devotions to pray that God would reveal those on your list whom He is preparing for a discipling relationship with you. Don’t rush the process, as you look to God to lead you to that person. Look for encounters with these people to see how spiritually hungry they are for growth. Look for the following characteristics in the potential disciples: This person should manifest a hunger for God This person should show potential for becoming a person… Read moreIdentify Your “Timothy” – passing the baton

DISCIPLE! Febuary 9 Conference Audiocast

Did you miss the last conference? Don’t despair! Here you can catch up on the workshops presented at the February 9th Disciple conference at North Park Community Church in London Ontario. We hope they encourage you to grow in your Discipleship with others. Disciple! Conference Opening Session with Irv Augustine Marriage Presented by Irv and Laura Augustine   Download – 48:54s Your marriage relationship needs to be healthy (not perfect) in order for you to thrive in every aspect of your life. Learn how to fix what is broken and how your marriage can thrive into the future. Addictions – where… Read moreDISCIPLE! Febuary 9 Conference Audiocast

Solitude – Re-charging our time with God

by Rosetta Del Monte Henri Nowen in The Way of the Heart says without silence the spirit cannot grow. “Solitude is difficult for many people, because they don’t know what to do in the solitude. Most of us are used to being very busy and prductive but in solitude we seem to do nothing. For those who have used productivity as the basis for their self-worth this becomes a drastic if not radical departure from their way of living. But in solitutde we are not completely alone, Christ is with us, and we are deepening our relationship with him. We… Read moreSolitude – Re-charging our time with God