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He Must Increase

Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. John 3:30 says, He must increase, but I must decrease. In only seven words, John the Baptizer offers us one of the most important lessons you and I will ever learn about our walk as disciples of the Kingdom. Jesus must grow in importance, while we recede into the background of what God is doing. As disciples of the Kingdom, the organic growth of the Kingdom means that what God plants through us will grow to far exceed us. In the process, Jesus will be glorified and we will scarcely be remembered, if at all. In the Kingdom of God, our significance is inversely proportional to our importance. 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; that’s
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 76)
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Another Great Discipleship Quote

20160815_085444[1]Another great discipleship quote from Robert Coleman and The Master Plan of Evangelism“We should not expect a great number to begin with, nor would we desire it. The best work is always done with a few. Better to give a year or so to one or two men who learn what it means to conquer for Christ than to spend a lifetime with a congregation just keeping the program going. Nor does it matter how small or inauspicious the beginning may be; what counts is that those to whom we do give priority upon our life learn to give it away.” 

The Joy Of Jesus

20160815_085444[1]Writing on discipleship this AM. Second Volume of And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom is 2/3 done. Writing on Luke 10 today, particularly 10:21-22 with this thought: “As disciples of the Kingdom, it is important for us to understand that Jesus experiences joy in our spiritual growth.” May Jesus find joy in you today.

William Barclay On Discipleship

20160815_085444[1]“Once someone was talking to a great scholar about a younger man. He said, ‘So and so tells me that he was one of your students.’ The teacher answered devastatingly, ‘He may have attended my lectures, but he was not one of my students.’ It is one of the supreme handicaps of the Church that in it there are so many distant followers of Jesus and so few real disciples.” (Barclay on Luke 14:24-33)

Caught Or Taught

20160815_085444[1]In the Kingdom of God, certain truths cannot be taught. They must be caught. In this sense, discipleship is more of a yoke than a book. In the discipleship school of Jesus, genuine discipleship is about accepting Jesus’ yoke of obedience to the call of the Kingdom and following that yoke wherever He and it lead us. Jesus yoked His disciples to Himself and refused to release them until their religion-shaped spirituality had given way and been replaced with a spirituality shaped around Himself.
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