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The Jesus Virus

Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. Many discipleship truths cannot be taught. They have to be caught. They have to be personally experienced before they can be fully understood. In the Kingdom of God, spiritual growth and maturity are the result of truth experienced over time. Too much discipleship in our Evangelical churches comes from books and classrooms, rather than “journeys of necessity” with Jesus through the Samarias of our world. Truths have been taught, but not caught. In Samaria disciples of the Kingdom get permanently infected with the Jesus virus and are transformed until they look, think and sound like Jesus. Have you caught the Jesus virus? Learn more in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. You’ll find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 76)
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Reflection Or Resolution

Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. Ever wonder what happened to Nicodemus after his encounter with Jesus in John Chapter 3? In twenty-one short verses it’s over, and we’re left wondering. Did Nicodemus “believe” in Jesus? Was he “born again”? Did he ever become a disciple of Jesus? Nicodemus disappears from the biblical record, leaving us to wonder and reflect. And that’s the point. You and I want resolution. Jesus wants reflection. In the Kingdom of God, discipleship means asking questions of ourselves and of Jesus, and allowing His truth to reshape our spiritual lives around the answers we discover. We must wrestle, reflect and believe. Discover more in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. You’ll find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 76)
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Made Or Born

Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. A popular book on discipleship declares that “disciples are made, not born.” It’s one of those statements which is both true and false. It’s true in the sense that genuine discipleship takes work. Discipleship doesn’t take place in the absence of intentionality and commitment. In that sense, disciples ARE made. But in a strictly biblical sense, the statement is false. Disciples must, in fact, be born. Or more correctly speaking, they must be “born again.” And that’s one of the first lessons every would-be disciple of the Kingdom must grasp. Are you a disciple of the Kingdom? Have you been born again? Discover how Nicodemus learned this lesson in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. You’ll find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 76)
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Zeal

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Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. Are you a zealous disciple? When He cleansed the Temple of moneychangers in John Chapter 2, Jesus manifested the zeal of God for His holiness, for our unadulterated worship, and for the coming of His Kingdom. Jesus’ disciples learned a lesson that’s important for every disciple of the Kingdom. Our zeal will become our focus, and the things which excite our zeal will become the things which consume our focus. What consumes your focus? What excites your zeal? As disciples of the Kingdom, the focus of our zeal is to be God and His Kingdom. What’s yours? Learn more about Jesus’ zeal for the Kingdom in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. You’ll find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 76)
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Signs

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Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. God is always at work doing many things at once. That was certainly true at the Wedding in Cana where Jesus performed His first miraculous sign, turning the borrowed faith of His disciples into a faith of their own possession. Our journey of discipleship into the Kingdom of God isn’t measured by how many miraculous signs we’ve experienced, but by that one sign which illumines our heart, ignites faith to believe and transforms our borrowed faith into a personal faith. The disciples now believed in Jesus because they had witnessed His glory for themselves. And that is the beginning of genuine discipleship in the Kingdom of God. Learn more about this discipleship moment in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. You’ll find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 71)
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Come And See

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Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. In John Chapter 1, Jesus demonstrated a simple discipleship principle. He invited two of John’s disciples to “Come and see.” It was a simple invitation to spend time together and explore the Kingdom of God. Maybe our reluctance to invite unbelievers to spend time together reflects a lack of depth and confidence in our own walk of faith and discipleship. “Come and see” may not have the ring of a sinner’s prayer, but it may be more honest and genuine for everyone involved. It’s how a borrowed faith, or even a curious faith, grows into a genuine faith. It’s how many journeys of discipleship begin. Learn more about how Jesus made disciples in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. You’ll find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 66)
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A Borrowed Faith

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Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. In John Chapter 1, five young men from Galilee began their journey of discipleship with a faith in Jesus borrowed from John the Baptizer. And a borrowed faith can only take us so far. Every journey of discipleship in the Kingdom of God is a journey of faith which each of us must take for ourselves. Others can help. But no one can believe for us. Like children borrowing a parents’ faith, the day eventually comes when the faith of the parent must become the faith of the child’s own possession, or they will discard it along with other borrowed things in their life. Are you living on a borrowed faith? Learn more in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. You’ll find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 66)
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Worker Bees Or Disciples

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Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. Much of what passes for discipleship in today’s church resembles the training of worker bees for church programs more than it resembles the discipleship of Jesus. You see, Jesus wasn’t interested in raising up worker bees for a religious program, not even a “missions” program. His goal was to establish the Kingdom of God in the hearts, minds, and lives of a handful of men who would eventually teach others. They were His plan. The Kingdom of God was His program. And He chose the method best suited to achieving that goal. That’s how Jesus made disciples, and it’s how we need to make disciples, too. To learn more about how Jesus made disciples, get our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. You’ll find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 61)
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What Shapes You?

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Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. Our discipleship embodies everything we believe about Scripture, God, faith, obedience and our life in the Kingdom of God. You and I embody the things we believe and which have shaped us. We’re either disciples of the Kingdom of God and its values or we’re disciples of a religious organization and its values. We either embody a Jesus-shaped spirituality, fashioned around Jesus and the values of the Kingdom, or we embody a religion-shaped spirituality, fashioned around the values and structures of someone or something else. A disciple of the Kingdom is someone who looks like Jesus and who sounds like the Kingdom of God. Learn more about discipleship in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. Find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 59)
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Little Christ Ones

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Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. Acts 11:26 tells us that “the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” The Greek word for “Christians” is what grammarians call a “diminutive, ” a word formed by adding a suffix to “diminish” the root concept. The Greek term “Christians” literally means “little Christ-ones.” We don’t know who first referred to the disciples as “Christians.” Probably people outside the Church who intended the label as something of a slur. If so, they unwittingly paid those early disciples the highest possible compliment. They accused them of looking like Jesus. And isn’t that what a disciple is supposed to be? Someone who looks like Jesus? Discover more about discipleship in our book, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. Find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 59)
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