The Disciplemaking Power of 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
"The Son of Man came eating and drinking..." (Matthew 11:19). It seems in the Gospels that Jesus is having a meal, coming from a meal, or heading to a meal... and more often than not—these meals are with his disciplemaking friends and seekers.

2. Stories
"Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them." Mark 4:33-34

3. Questions
Consider Jesus' example. Jesus asked 307 questions in the Gospels. He was asked 168 questions. Why so many questions? Because questions take you on a quest. Brain research shows that when someone is asked a good question, their brain activity increases. Conversely, statements tend to allow the brain to remain relatively inactive.

Two-thousand years later, Jesus is still way ahead of us when it comes to discipleship and disciplemaking.

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?

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.

More here—if you dare...

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