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Me and My Discipleship (6 of 6)
Series: Me and My Christian Life
Steve N. Wagers
November 30, 2008
1. The Love that is Expounded!
A) This Love is Examined Physically
B) This Love is Explained Spiritually
2. The Life that is Experienced!
A) An Extinguished Life
B) An Exchanged Life
3. The Loyalty that is Expected!
A) Count the Cost of It
B) Confirm the Commitment to It
Alexander Whyte said, "Conversion without discipleship is openly implied in much of our evangelical teaching. It has become strangely possible to be Christ's without taking up the cross."
How sobering are the words of Oswald Chambers, "Discipleship and salvation are two different things. A disciple is one who, realizing the meaning of the atonement, deliberately gives himself up to Jesus Christ in unspeakable gratitude."
Brad Waggoner, author of "Shape of Faith to Come," recently documented that just 17% of Protestant churchgoers in America demonstrate a "decent" level of discipleship or spiritual maturity. This minority scored 80% or higher on a Spiritual Formation Inventory developed to measure key areas of Christian discipleship.
Waggoner writes, "At present I believe that too many of us are settling for easy goals. It is one thing to grow a church numerically. It is quite another to seek the transformation of heart, mind, and character."
Other findings show only 16% read their Bible daily, while another 20% read it "a few times a week."
23% "agreed strongly" with the statement, "When I come to realize that some aspect of my life is not right in God's eyes, I make the necessary changes."
47% admitted to just "going through the motions," often during the singing and prayer portions of worship services, while 25% strongly disagreed.
In the past six months, 29% said they shared with someone how to become a Christian twice or more, 14% did so once and 57% not at all.
55% of churchgoers believe they grew spiritually over ...
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