Training Disciplemakers to Take Care of their Inner Life

Why do we train people to order their inner world?

Song of Solomon 1:6
They made me the keeper of the vineyards, But my own vineyard I have not kept.

The world celebrates and glorifies the external. The world thinks less about the internal. The same secular thinking has infiltrated the church. We are so driven by the external, we tend to ignore the internal. We are driven by accomplishments, we tend to undermine authenticity. We are focused on capacity development, we tend to overlook character development. We are driven to advance the Kingdom, we forget to abide in the King. We think about our calling in terms of advancement of the Kingdom, when our first and foremost call is alignment to the King. Like the bride in Song of Solomon we have looked after other people’s vineyards and garden, but our own vineyard and garden, we have neglected.

Over the next 12 weeks in our Bible College Year 1 Semester 1, we are training our disciplemakers in tending to their own vineyard, their inner life. We will learn how to take stock of our inner life, how to take charge of our inner life and how to take care of our inner life.

Topics covered includes:
* What is Inner Life? How to Cultivate your Inner Life?
* What is Discipleship from the inside out?
* The 5 Processes of Spiritual Formation
* How do you pursue deep intimate relationship with God?
* The spiritual disciplines you must adopt into your life.
* How to Live Biblically and find balance in this Busy World?

The Heart of a Disciplemaker!

1 Thessalonians 2:8“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you have become so dear to us.”

Listen to the pathos of the Apostle Paul:

“We loved you so much…”

The important element of love is what glues a discipling relationship together.

“…delighted to share with you…”

It is never a chore to disciple another but a privilege and delight to do so.

“…not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…”

It is not a transfer of knowledge but an impartation of life.

The essence of discipleship is not a program but a process. It is not just about information but it is about formation. The end-goal is not to teach but to bring about transformation. It is not just an impartation of knowledge or skills but it is the transference of life.

“…become so dear to us.”

The best discipling relationships are those marked with true affection between the discipler and the disciplee.

What I see here is the paradigm through which we should see people.

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How to do S.O.A.P Bible Study Journaling

SCRIPTURE – WHAT IS GOD SAYING?
Turn to your reading schedule for the day. Slow down. Set aside your pressing demands. Turn off all electronic distractions. Ask the Lord to bring home to your heart one verse or text as you read your schedule. The Holy Spirit will highlight one verse or thought that momentarily stops you in your track. He may whisper: “This promise is for you” or “This will get you back on track” or simply “Listen”. Write the verse/text down in your journal. Highlight the verse in your bible. Finish your schedule. By interacting this way you’ll hear God’s voice fresh each day..

OBSERVATION – WHAT IS IT SAYING TO ME?
As the Spirit highlights the one verse or thought He’s given you, consider the following:

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Spiritual Parenting

This generation is better equipped than our forefathers when it comes to information on parenting. But something is still lacking in our children’s lives. And it shows as children get older. The missing link is spiritual parenting!!

Here’s a how to on Spiritual Parenting!

Pastor Paul asks 5 Defining Questions about Spiritual Parenting

1. Why is SPIRITUAL PARENTING so important?

2. If SPIRITUAL PARENTING is so important, why is it so neglected?

3. What is SPIRITUAL PARENTING all about?

4. What makes SPIRITUAL PARENTING so difficult?

5. How can SPIRITUAL PARENTING be best accomplished?

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Prioritise Spiritual Growth

I was recently teaching at Bible College on Biblical Priorities.  Here’s a few snippets from it for your reflection.

Biblical values precede Biblical priority. When we are fully persuaded that Christ’s values are ours, our schedule will reflect this: we will give more attention and focus to Kingdom values and schedule our time in a way that is reflective of what we value. Then we will give our time and attention, forsaking all else – that is biblical priority!

We must learn to prioritise our life based on what makes us grow spiritually

Prioritise the Five Things that helps a Christian to grow spiritually!

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Is your spiritual eyes healthy?

The devil is a thief and he is after people’s spiritual eyesight.

1. Unbelievers kept from seeing the glory of Christ. 

2 Corinthians 4:4
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Unbelievers are kept from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.

Are believers blinded by the enemy as well? Read more to find out…

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