You’ve heard that old song, “If it’s good for Paul and Silas, it’s good enough for me.” There’s lot of stuff from “the good ole days” that IS good enough for me. I mean not from ‘their’ era, but from the days of my youth. Good ole Gospel singing. Billy Graham preaching. Maybe even a tent revival with preachers speaking the truth of God, and the people truly rising to the occasion and meeting the Spirit with their hearts. It’s been a long time since I experienced the movement of the Spirit like that.
But as it applies to ‘making disciples’, what I experienced when I was young fell short of what I now perceive as God’s will for our lives as disciples of Jesus. Even now-a-days I find much of the teaching in churches about discipleship is pretty dry and academic. I hear about programs for college kids where they spend the summers working at jobs and spending all their ‘free’ time walking the beaches talking to people about Jesus. High intensity training in making disciples. In six to eight weeks each kid gets to talk to several hundred (200-300) people. People are getting saved, making a commitment to Jesus. Their lives are being transformed; the kids (the evangelists) as much as their contacts. No matter what they do for God in the future, it changes their whole perspective on what it means to “follow” Jesus. Continue reading