Sunday, April 18, 2021

Meals, Stories, and Questions...

Current discipleship efforts are often premised on...
 
1. Programs

2. Information

3. Statements

As I study The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus in the four Gospels, Jesus' disciplemaking efforts often included...

1. Meals

2. Stories

3. Questions

While I'm not against programs, information, and statements, I LOVE the vitality, community, and Gospel transformation that meals, stories, and questions bring to disciplemaking friendships.

But dream with me for a moment.
 
What might God do in your...
life,
family,  
neighborhood, 
church, 
ministry,
volunteers,
Bible study, 
youth group, 
Elders' meetings, 
small group, 
church staff meeting, 
etc.,  
if you leaned into your friends, family, and acquaintances with meals, stories, and questions?
 
Two-thousand years later, Jesus is still way ahead of us when it comes to discipleship and disciplemaking.

Good news! Jesus left us his disciplemaking example—which includes: Meals. Stories. Questions.

Will you aspire to imitate Jesus?
 
Or do you think you have a better, more organized and efficient way?

If you're interested in exploring a Jesus-like life of discipleship around meals, stories, and questions, this is for you.


If you're really crazy, consider joining us for this!

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

He's still at it! One of my all-time favorite VOLUNTEER youth leaders...

You, Me, and Coffee Monday...
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Saturday, April 03, 2021

Happy Real-Meaning of Easter...

When Satan thought he'd won, but Jesus knew Sunday was coming.

What does Easter really mean and WHY should it matter to you? Please check out the video below...


If video doesn't appear, go here.

The only thing left to do now is THANK GOD for the life changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
You, Me, and Coffee Monday...
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Sunday, March 28, 2021

FREE disciplemaking encouragement and equipping!

There’s a lot of talk about disciplemaking these days. But what does disciplemaking really look like for you in your everyday real life? That's what we'll explore together. You'll be encouraged and equipped. Bring your Bible, some friends, and your sense of humor.

What?
With a focus on Jesus, we'll explore how to be a disciple—who makes disciples—who make more disciples.

Session 1 Be a Disciple (D1)
Everything in life will try to pull you off the simplicity of following Jesus together with others.

Session 2 Who Makes Disciples (D2)
Following Jesus isn’t a subject to be mastered, but an infectious way of life that is lived together and shared with others.

Session 3 Who Make More Disciples (D3)
If those we disciple don’t make more disciples, then we haven’t made disciples like Jesus.

When?
Saturday morning, May 1, 2021
8:30 AM to 1 PM (light lunch included)

Where?
First Baptist Church    
111 Bonita Ave
Bradford, IL 61421

Who?
For anyone interested in learning how to be a disciple of Jesus who makes more disciples of Jesus. You are encouraged to bring your spouse, teenagers, church staff, ministry leaders, all volunteers, elders, pastors, student leaders, etc. Download a PDF you can share with others.

Tuition?
FREE for the first 40 people to RSVP (see below).
* Note: After the first 40 people RSVP, the cost will be $25 per person for lunch and training materials.

Training Materials?
Each person will receive a Disciplemaker's Living Guide AND The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus book for living and sharing what you learn with others. 

RSVP?
Email me and let me know how many are coming!

Note: Our trainers for this May 1, 2021 training experience will be Crazy Pastor StevePastor Jason Schifo and me

Want to bring this training to your church or ministry? Contact me.  
Still not sure? Listen to this and if it resonates with you, join us! 

You, Me, and Coffee Monday...
Let me encourage you and make you think ONE time a week (usually Monday morning) with a virtual Cup O' Joe with Bill in your email inbox. Two Simple Steps...
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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Multiplying The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus...

Not long ago, we went on a mission trip out west that included a stop in Arizona where we did disciplemaking training at Sun Valley Community Church, Tempe, AZ. Our longtime friend, Kyle Glenn, is a pastor there. Since our visit, Pastor Kyle has been taking people through The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus book—and he’s very encouraged about what God is doing!

Pastor Kyle writes…
“I’m currently using The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus book with six guys in the morning and eight more men in the evening. It’s the highlight of my week. Thank you, Bill. The book is very clear about what a disciplemaking way of life looks like in real, everyday life! The guys are pretty fired up!”

Another ministry friend writes…

"I just wanted to give you a quick update on how things went at my church. I led a group through The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus book over the last five weeks and had about 10-15 people each time. We also used the Disciplemaker’s Living Guide to help generate discussion and as homework between each session. I was really encouraged by the numbers we had and how folks seemed to buy in, and, in some cases, are already living a disciplemaking way of life. My next step is to try and keep this on our minds so that it actually becomes a way of life for us. So I’m going to invite them and others to a monthly get together to share and encourage each other to pursue disciplemaking friendships that multiply."

Of course, this is all God’s doing! I’m sharing this with you because I want you to have the inside scoop on how God continues to use you, your prayers, and your financial support for his kingdom and glory. Thank you for investing in disciplemaking via Cadre. God is multiplying your investment in us to many others. “Not to us, O’ LORD, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory…” —Psalm 115:1

Have YOU read The Disciplemaking Genius of Jesus book?

Section 1 The WHY of Disciplemaking Friendships
* Introduction: Are We Confidently Walking In Circles?
* Chapter 1 Why Disciplemaking Like Jesus?

Section 2 The WHAT of Disciplemaking Friendships
* Chapter 2 It All Starts with TW
* Chapter 3 Add Generous Amounts of K4
* Chapter 4 Stir It All Together with D3

Section 3 The HOW of Disciplemaking Friendships
* Chapter 5 Start Here Start Now—with PIE
* Conclusion: Your Disciplemaking Friendship Stories 

WHERE in Your Life Might You Be Able to Use this Book?
This book is perfect for small groups, Sunday School, discipleship groups, retreats, training volunteers, elders, staff, and perhaps, most importantly—your family.

HOW Can You Use this Book?
Have everyone read a section or chapter at home and then gather together to explore what you’re learning. Use the the discussion questions provided at the end of each chapter.

BONUS IDEA: Start Meetings with 15 Minutes of Disciplemaking!
Have everyone read a chapter at home and then take 15 minutes (set a timer) at the start of any meeting to explore that chapter together. Do this at each meeting until you finish the book. This slow drip approach will maximize learning, application, and transformation.

Note: As with all Cadre books and resources, the authors do not receive any royalties. All proceeds go directly to spreading the disciplemaking mission of Cadre Missionaries, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry. All missionary families serving with Cadre are supported by donations from disciplemaking friends like you.

Shhh! Don't tell anyone!
Here are two discount offers (here and here) especially for Cup O' Joe with Bill subscribers who read all the way to the end. THANK YOU.



You, Me, and Coffee Monday...
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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Down-Low Disciplemaking: What does it look like when we disciple eachother? (Podcast)

Instead of saying, "I'm going to disciple you," or "Will you disciple me?"—what if we discipled each other? It's just a thought. 

Here's another thought: How did Jesus make disciples—who made more disciples? Hint: It wasn't a discipleship program. 
 
It was my honor to be a guest on the EquippingU Podcast, a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. Here's a conversation about the simplicity of disciplemaking friendships that multiply, a.k.a, "Down-Low Disciplemaking." I hope you will give it a listen because I think you'll have fun and be encouraged. —BA

More for those REALLY interested...

Central, IL, Women's Disciplemaking Learning Community!

You, Me, and Coffee Monday...
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2. Check your email to confirm.

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Look at What God is Doing!

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Thank you for investing in disciplemaking! Look at what God is doing!
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 We'd LOVE to be on your refrigerator!
 
Here's a pic of one side of our fridge.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Just Listening to Gossip?

[Note: I dare you to read the following article. Not that I know of any Christians who love talking up the next juicy story (wink-wink). And there is always another story coming down the pike. I've read this article several times. I think I was 15-years-old when I read it the first time. Here's the truth: Applying what I've learned in this article has helped me be a better follower of Jesus and a better friend to others. I bet you won't read this though. Right? I double-dog dare you.]

Just Listening?
by Melody Green
Many of us like to believe that "just listening" to gossip is not really as bad as spreading it. This is not so. God says, "An evildoer listens to wicked lips and a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue." (Proverbs 17:4) In I Samuel 24:9, David exhorts Saul, "Why do you listen to the words of men saying, 'Behold, David seeks to harm you '?" Well, why do we listen? Why are we so ready to believe the worst? The Bible says, "Love hopes all things." (I Cor. 13:7) Why don't we gently but firmly say, "I'm sorry, but you're telling me something I really don't think I should be listening to. You need to take this to the Lord, and those involved... not me." A few exhortations like that will stop most gossips in their tracks. At least it will stop them from coming to you with their treachery, and maybe give them something else to think about besides other people's business. The Bible warns us not to associate with gossips. "He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip." (Proverbs 20:19)

To read the excellent and complete article on gossip by Melody Green for FREE—and to share it with others, GO HERE.