Following Jesus (Discipleship)
This is a little exercise that my friend Dave K. added to our Blind Spot Test ice breaker. (Like the Blind Spot test it can be used for ice breaking evangelism or discipleship.)
Someone put a black dot in the middle of a white A4 piece of paper and held it up. Dave was then asked to tell them what he saw. He replied “a dot?”.
For (approximately) the first twenty four years I had heard 1248 sermons, attended 1248 home bible studies and sung (badly) about 3744 hymns but how many people had I introduced to the Lord?
How much over those 24 years had I thought just about my needs and not about anyone else’s salvation and growth, let alone being a part of growing the Kingdom here on Earth?
Of all those years of knowledge and studies how much of it did I actually obey and put into daily practice? Not much at all really when I think honestly about it!
How about you? What is your track record?
Have a look at this picture. Can you read this sentence?... Give it a try; after all it is only simple English. Don’t feel too bad if you can’t get it all. This is old English and there have been four very major changes to our language since that was last used in 1066 AD.
You would probably say today: “Then she went to speak this in her native language English” (It does not really make up a complete thought today.)
What does it really mean in this practical world to make Jesus your Lord today? Dave Milne from MOVE shared this video concept of Lordship Circles:
- Click here to view the Lordship Circle video. (Local Server no tracking)
- Vimeo Streamed Lordship Circle video if buffering too bad or privacy not an issue
(Check out this similar concept from Dave about how to give a gospel presentation:
Does a piano know its own full potential? Can it write and play a master piece by itself?? Does a piano know what the other instruments around it are fully capable of? Does a piano know how to work in best with the other instruments around it? I don’t think so. So why do we think that we know best for ourselves and others? Why do we set up limits of what we can and can not do?
Jesus taught us how He wants us to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. To go along with the "Left Handed Gospel" here is a way to remember how to pray using your right hand starting with the thumb that is closest to you when praying and moving along each finger:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”(verse 9)
5 Top Tips for reading the Bible for all its worth:
- PRAY! Pray that the Holy Spirit will teach you and give you understanding
- Source different versions of the Bible
- Study large blocks of text instead of individual verses
- Ignore headings (IE: chapters, subheadings and verses) and try not to start with joining words (EG: but, therefore, likewise, etc.). Instead determine where the topic begins and start from there.
- Use a tool like S. O. S. (details below)