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Disciplined Discipleship

Disciple Makers must always have a plan for discipleship.

The goal is to produce disciple-making disciples and one does not get there if there isn’t a well-defined plan to get them there.

There are a plethora of discipleship curriculum out there and it is my strong belief that curriculum is essential to any disciple making endeavor.

Four Motives for Purposeful Disciple Making

Set the Course

It is imperative that you set the course for your budding disciple. There is an end goal to be achieved which is a rooted and established disciple.

Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

The only method of getting a disciple rooted and established is through a carefully planned course. With the multitude of discipleship courses available, why reinvent the wheel?

Choosing a curriculum will require careful consideration. Don’t just read the book cover, examine the content of each lesson. Go through it yourself, if need be, so you have full knowledge of its content and depth.

When I entered into disciple making, I used the curriculum that I was discipled with which was the Design for Discipleship curriculum from The Navigators. I have also been through The Navigators’ 2:7 Series which is also excellent. You may have been discipled with curriculum you are familiar with and want to do the same for someone else.

Make certain the curriculum offers a systematic progression to maturity.

When curriculum is used, there is a beginning and an end. Instead of an “end,” let us consider it their launch. Your disciple will be ready to enter into disciple making as a result of their training.

Keep this in mind as you disciple others — the goal is to launch them into disciple making.

Disciplined Progress

The highest motivation of all disciple makers is love. We were loved into the kingdom by someone. We were discipled by someone who loved us enough to develop us into Christ-loving disciples. We were loved enough to be taught the disciplines of the faith that persist in us to this day.

Even if you were not discipled with a formal discipleship process, you can begin by learning along with that new believer God has called you to disciple.

Learning the habits of growth takes time and commitment. This is not an un-disciplined road.

We all live busy lives filled with commitments. One of the first priorities of discipleship is rearranging those commitments in order to dedicate ourselves to a new lifestyle.

Simon and Andrew dropped their nets and walked a completely different life path when Jesus called them. The same is true of all disciples throughout.

Matthew 4:18-20 (KJV)
And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

New habits will be formed and developed in a purposeful progression when using a formal discipleship process.

“The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” – Samuel Johnson

Dedicated Preparation

Selecting a disciplined discipleship path offers benefits beyond measure.

There is preparation that must be completed before each meeting. A superb curriculum will promote daily assignments in order to instill new habits. To whom much is given, much is required.

Homework – or dedicated preparation – signifies sacrifice.

Since both you and those you disciple have committed to preparing yourselves before each meeting, you will come together with your own personal insights and questions. The Lord will have had your full attention for a specific amount of time each week and He will have had the opportunity to convey His thoughts to you.

A simple, “Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.” prayer before beginning each daily assignment will reap a harvest of insight and transformation. His Word is living and active and sharper than a double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12), therefore, He is speaking to us when we spend time in His Word.

There is built-in accountability when a purposeful discipleship curriculum is utilized. You and those you disciple will have completed your homework because you do not want to disappoint one another.

Spiritual Dividends

As mentioned in the previous section, the time invested in preparation reaps a harvest of spiritual dividends.

There is a measured progress of maturing going on in both you and those you disciple as you make your way through a formal discipleship curriculum.

Obedience to His commands is a sure sign of spiritual progress.

Obedience isn’t a concept our culture lifts high these days, but it is a key theme throughout all scripture. Watch for signs of obedience to His Word as you progress.

As a disciple maker, you would do well to call attention to the growth you witness along the journey. It is a source of encouragement to the one being discipled. You must also mention signs of your own growth as you learn together; it will encourage them that our maturing in Christ never ceases.

If you use the same curriculum over and over again as you invest in the lives of others, you will be able to add more and more insight with each passage through the same curriculum. You will never grow weary of the same curriculum because we never arrive at maturity.


The following video from Francis Chan offers a compelling argument for ordinary Christians who are prepared and able to teach others how to grow in their faith.  Christians cannot lie back and assume disciple making is for the ordained ministry staff.  Disciple making is for the ordinary, everyday Christian.  Equipping the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12-16) was never designed to be the role of the clergy alone.  We are all charged with the task of disciple making.  Do not shirk your duty!

Journaling

The disciplines of the faith are not meant to be dogmatic or legalistic; they are simply a testament of our faithfulness and devotion to the Lord.

Journaling will undoubtedly be more random than some of the other disciplines of the faith such as bible reading and prayer because the pressures on our time are relentless. However, some do and will journal daily.

I can testify to the validity and veracity of journaling. I do not journal daily, but I have in the past.

Four compelling reasons to journal:

Journaling facilitates encountering God

Journaling is a written testimony of the work the Lord is doing in our lives. Journaling always follows bible reading and begins with a response to what you have read. We respond to whatever He has revealed to us in our reading for the day. It may be a few verses, a phrase, or a powerful conviction that spoke to you. Respond to it by pouring your heart out to Him.

Journaling gives us freedom to be who we are

Journaling is where we can be as honest and raw as we want. It is a place to lay out the secret grudges, fears, and pain that we are bearing. He is a very big God who can handle it all and wash it clean. He will give us His perspective when we submit it to His lordship. We will find answers and a line of attack for dealing with the darkest parts of our soul.

Journaling is a healing conversation with God

Journaling is a place of receiving. We spill our fears, concerns, and burdens which we might never share with another human being and find healing in the release.

Journaling creates stones of remembrance

Stones of remembrance are seen throughout the Old Testament. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan to take the land God promised to them, they set up stones of remembrance that they could return to and remember the mighty work of God on their behalf.

Your journal is something you can go back to from time to time and witness the growth and transformation that has taken place.

Those fears, burdens, confessions, etc. will seem trivial in light of the work He has wrought in the process of journaling and prayer. You will recall where you were at the time and how you were feeling and know the spilling of it on paper – to the Lord – marked a moment of healing, cleansing and transformational growth.


Examples of Journaling

I found a few images of art journaling, prayer journaling, and bible journaling which I thought might prompt some creativity in your journaling. Not all of us are artists, but as I look at these images I see the amount of time that was put into them – time that was invested in glorifying the Lord and impacting the journalist’s soul.

 

 

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from Anita at https://aseknc.blogspot.com

 

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https://kimberlyshaw.typepad.com

 

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Prayer Journal from Daniella Dickens on Pinterest

 

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From Tumbler – author unknown – Bible Journaling

 

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Enjoy journaling for the glory of the Lord and the cleansing of your soul and spirit!

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Worshiping

Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.
Psalm 96:9

How would you define and describe worship?

 

For many years of my life, I believed worship was a noun.  In my limited experience and knowledge, worship was going to church.

It was a revelation to grow in knowledge and come to realize that worship wasn’t just a noun, it is also a verb. I believe with my whole heart that worship is a state of being verb.

When I came to know Jesus as my Savior and Lord, He opened my intellect in ways I could never have imagined. I LOVE the Word of God. I love the Word of God so much that I spend hours studying it and gleaning its meaning with the use of heavy reference books that magnify the meaning of the words in the original language. I find joy in mining the inexhaustible depth of His Word.

Through life experiences and circumstances I have learned to LOVE the God of the Word. I now find joy in His presence and person as well as His Word.

Having come to this revelation, I wonder at how I missed loving the God of the Word for so many years.

No one taught me to love the God of the Word. It is so much easier to teach others to love the Word of God than it is to teach them to love the God of the Word.

Loving the Word of God comes more naturally. It is tangible. We can see it, touch it, hear it…basically we experience it with our senses.

Loving the God of the Word is otherworldly. It is indescribable. However, it is not beyond our reach.

Human beings are created with an innate capability for worship. We are hard-wired to worship. The object of our worship is what needs to be re-directed when we come to salvation through Jesus.

As Americans enter into the Natl. Football League season, I am astonished at the lengths to which humans enter into worshiping their favorite team. I wonder what our churches would look like if we brought that enthusiastic worship into the sanctuary. We could all put on our Jesus jerseys and pray for a victorious church. Well, you get the analogy.


Worship is a state of being

Worship takes place in the church, but it is so much more than that.

Worship is a state of mind, emotion, and being. When we love the Lord, we transfer our worship from the tangible to The Intangible God. The life force within us is dedicated and consecrated to the Holy One of the universe.

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Teach Them to Worship

The best way of teaching a disciple to worship the Savior, Jesus and their God, the unseen Creator of the Universe, the unseen Provider, the God of Truth and the God of Justice, etc. is to ask them to stop and examine who God is as He reveals Himself in the Word.

God reveals Himself and who He is throughout His Word, we just need to slow down and pay attention to what He says about Himself.

Reading the Bible is another discipline of the faith, but so is worshiping Him. Teach disciples to slow down and pay attention to what He says about Himself.

Example:

Psalm 24
Of David. A psalm.
1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.
3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah

Here is what we can know and worship about our God from Psalm 24:

  1. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it [v. 1]
  2. The world and all who live in it are His [v. 1]
  3. He established the world upon the waters [v. 2]
  4. He has a hill [v. 2]
  5. Only the pure can ascend God’s hill [v. 3-4]
  6. He gives blessing and vindication [v. 5]
  7. The pure can seek His face [v. 6]

Responding to who He is in Worship

The more we know about our God and Savior, the more effectively we can worship Him.

Do you see anything in the exercise above that is worthy of our praise and worship? If so, how would you respond in prayer?


Methods of Worship

The methods and forms of worship are as diverse as the people who practice them.

Here is a short list to kick-start your worshiping the Lord and teaching others the importance of it:

  • Music
  • Singing
  • Raising Hands
  • Open Hands
  • Prayer
  • Silence in His presence
  • Adoration
  • Obedience
  • Surrender
  • Dedication
  • Service

 

 

This short post does not do service to the subject of worship. Please explore for yourself how you express your love and adoration to God. None of us will give the same answers because we are uniquely created by Him to worship Him as He leads.

Practice, practice, practice! The discipline of worship is a lifelong journey of getting to know Him and who He is to facilitate the expansion of our adoration of Him.

Blessings to you in all your endeavors!

Learning

A disciple is a learner.

Make certain the person you are discipling has a hunger for learning or you will be wasting your time. This may sound like a harsh statement, but it is true.

A teacher teaches, but it is incumbent upon the learner to learn. There must be a hunger and thirst for God AND His Word in order for a learner to learn.

Learning the disciplines of the faith is tedious toil. It is only achieved and perfected by those who are willing to commit themselves wholly to the Lord.

Pray for them. Pray the Proverbs for them. For example:

  • Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
    Father, I pray you grant a healthy fear of You to (name of disciple). Let (him/her) not despise the wisdom and discipline set forth for (him/her) in the process of discipleship training.
  • Proverbs 4:7 – Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
    Father, I pray you will give (name of disciple) a panting hunger for your wisdom; give (him/her) a sacrificial hunger to acquire understanding from Your Word.
  • Proverbs 10:8 – The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
    Lord, I pray you give (name of disciple) a wise heart that will accept your commands. Give (him/her) ears to hear and eyes to see the truth you have for (him/her).

Jesus trained twelve men during His three years of ministry. There were multitudes that followed Him, but He selected only twelve motley men in which to invest Himself. There were three disciples (Peter, James and John) who were privy to more than the other nine; they witnessed the transfiguration of Christ and they were invited to keep watch as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His arrest.

One of the key elements of discipleship is an eagerness to learn and grow spiritually.

The multitude was looking for easy answers, miracles, and a feel-good message; anything that would alleviate their present condition. The multitude wasn’t interested in self-sacrifice and demanding training. Their only concern was for temporal relief, not eternal salvation and wholehearted dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Choose whom you will disciple with colossal wisdom and discernment.

Test their commitment if you are hesitant.

I read a story about a fruitful disciple maker who had a young man pestering him for discipleship training. The young man even moved into an apartment overlooking the house where the prolific disciple maker lived. As the young man continued to ask what he needed to do to be discipled, the disciple maker told him to keep the snow off his driveway and then he would consider further. The prolific disciple maker never had a speck of snow remain on his driveway that entire winter. He knew the young man was earnest and eager to learn by his diligence in keeping the snow off his driveway.

Here are a few things to look for in a potential disciple:

  1. Is he/she eager to learn?
  2. Is he/she reliable? Will he/she commit to daily and/or weekly time with you.
  3. Is he/she available to meet with you and put in the effort (homework, daily bible reading, scripture memorization and journaling) required?
  4. Is he/she faithful?

Or, as a friend of mine examines prospective disciples, she uses this acronym:

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Teach Them How to Study and Learn

Let me preface this section with a simple prayer I use when I open God’s Word. It goes like this: “Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.”

This simple prayer sets my heart and mind in a state of listening. My mind tends to wander a bit when I’m reading, so this prayer helps me focus my mind and heart upon hearing what He has to say to me.

Inductive Study Method

I was instructed by my disciple maker to NOT purchase a study bible. She told me it would cause me to become too dependent on another man or woman’s opinion or thought – I needed to learn to study it, interpret it, and apply it for myself. She wanted me to be a Berean (Acts 17:11); one who receives the message with eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Since I was an eager learner, I grabbed hold of her instruction and education. The final phase of our discipleship curriculum was to study the book of 1 Thessalonians inductively. My disciple maker used The Navigators’ “Design for Discipleship” series that is still in print today. The seventh, and final, book in that series teaches inductive study methods. It was my first introduction into inductive study methods. Since then I joined in Precept Ministries Bible Studies and eventually went through their training to become an instructor. Needless to say, I am a huge fan of the inductive study method.

The inductive study method was first described to me with an analogy of learning the anatomy of a frog. I could either read about what someone else had written about the anatomy of a frog or I could dissect a frog and learn the anatomy – hands on!

I urge you to teach inductive study methods to educate disciples and you will witness Proverbs 9:9 come to life. “Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.”


Experiential Learning

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Although much less rigid and structured than the inductive study method, experiential learning is accomplished with a Bible Reading Plan.

Bible Reading Plans are readily available online or in your local book store.

I would highly recommend advising a new disciple to read one book of the Bible at a time. The stories are congruent and compelling.

Experiential learning occurs by the power of the Holy Spirit in the following areas:

  • Teaching – The Holy Spirit teaches us what is right.
  • Rebuking – The Holy Spirit teaches us what is not right.
  • Correcting – The Holy Spirit teaches us how to get right.
  • Training in Righteousness – The Holy Spirit teaches us how to stay right.[1]

How are you doing in the Learning discipline of the faith?

Remember, those you disciple will model your lifestyle and practices more than they will your teaching.

In the comments section below, let us know what methods you prefer for teaching disciples to be lifelong learners.

 

[1] Wiersbe, W.W., & Wiersbe, D. 1986. The elements of preaching: The art of biblical preaching clearly and simply presented.  Tyndale House Publishers: Wheaton, IL.

Praying

The first disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. He taught his disciples to pray by giving them a pattern for prayer.  We find it in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4.  We know it as “The Lord’s Prayer,” and many a Christian has memorized it. However, it is a pattern for prayer.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name,”
– Acknowledge He is our Father who resides in heaven and that His name is to be revered.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,”
– acknowledge He is sovereign over all the affairs of men and we want His will above our own; submission and humility in prayer

“Give us this day our daily bread,”
– petition Him for our daily needs; i.e., sustenance, harmony, peace, life to the fullest, contentment, whatever our needs for the day may be

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors,”
– confession time!  Confess your sins (yes, we are all forgiven sinners) and forgive those who have sinned against us.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
– praying He will keep us on the narrow path, that we will not turn to the left or the right, but remain squarely in the shadow of His wings.

Teaching disciples to pray is, to put it lightly, a challenge.

Prayer is a posture we are unaccustomed to assuming. Western culture advances the school of self. Self-sufficiency, self-assurance, self-aggrandizement… There is a constant, droning, self-conversation running through our minds at all times.

Disciple makers teach others to turn their self-conversation into a conversation with the Lord about the things we are wrestling with.

In prayer we are acknowledging The Lord who dwells in heaven and hears our prayers. This is a paradigm shift that will forever change the life and lifestyle of the new and learning disciple.

The first feeble attempts at prayer are challenging for all who have chosen to follow Jesus.


TEACH THEM TO PRAY!

Methodology of Prayer

One of my favorite methods of teaching new disciples to pray powerful and effective prayers (James 5:16) is to introduce The Prayer Hand Illustration, and then teach them to pray the scripture in each of the five areas of prayer.  I believe the Lord delights in hearing His children pray His Word back to Him.  I love hearing my grown children repeat things that I told them when they were small, so I’m sure He delights in the same.

 

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courtesy of The Navigators @ www.navigators.org

Allow me to walk you through this process.  Teaching prayer will be ongoing throughout your time with those you disciple.  Don’t dump this on them in one sitting.

Go through these five aspects of prayer and concentrate on one of them at a time.  Once they get the hang of it, move to the next.

 

Examples of praying scripture:

Praise

(voice your wonder at who He is)  The Psalms are excellent for praise.

Psalm 18:1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.

Turn it into a prayer:

Father in heaven, I love you because you give me strength for this day. I have no strength of my own to offer; only You make me strong.


Thanksgiving

(thank Him for what He has done for you)

2 Corinthians 4:13-15 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Turn it into a prayer:

Lord, I thank you for raising the Lord Jesus from the dead so I too am raised from the dead. Thank you for pouring out your grace upon me in overflowing measure.

Thank you for (whatever answers to prayer He has given you)


Intercession

(praying for others)

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

See also: 1 Timothy 2:1-4 there is a list of others whom we should be praying for as well as the main purpose of our prayers for them – [v.4] “that they would be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.”

This aspect of prayer is easier for most.  They know who they want to pray for and what the need is.  The verses above will help them understand it is our duty to pray for others.  It is particularly important to teach those you disciple to pray out loud.  The more they practice, the more comfortable they will be.

How often have others asked you to pray for them?  It occurs quite often in my life.  I have to confess that I would say, “I will pray for you,.”  then neglect praying with them then and there.  I cannot recall how many years it took me to feel comfortable praying on the spot for someone who asks for prayer.  It is second hand now, but please know – particularly for introverts – praying with others is a major hurdle to jump!


Petition:

(praying for my needs)

Matthew 6:26-27 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

[Note] There is a vast difference between needs and wants. What do you NEED today that you do not currently possess? Is it material, spiritual, or relational? See your life in light of needs versus wants. Pray for both and leave them at His feet today.

Ask Him for your daily needs. Mt. 6:11 – give us today our daily bread

Turn it into a prayer:

Lord, thank you for providing all that I need for this day. I have food to eat, and a home for sleeping. Lord, I ask that you sustain me in this day, give me insight to see You in all my circumstances today.

Pray for your day, let Him know what concerns you have, the needs you have, the desires you have, etc.


Confession:

(agreeing with God about my sin)

Psalm 41:4 I said, “O Lord, have mercy on me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

Speak each word of Ps. 41:4 as your prayer and confess your sins.

[Note]  If the one you are discipling is a new believer, they may not be able to acknowledge their own sin.  I once had someone tell me, “I didn’t sin this week.”  Teach them from scripture, what sin is and why it needs to be confessed and repented of.  You may need to point out their sin to kick-start their listening to the Holy Spirit in the area of sin.


It is my prayer that this tool for teaching disciples to pray is helpful to you.  The best way they will learn this is to hear you pray for them often.  There is nothing more penetrating to the soul than someone praying for us, out loud, in our presence, with a heart full of love and support.

My prayer for you, dear reader, is that you will grow in your prayer life as a result of this instruction.  I pray He will give you the desire to seek Him all day long and carry on a conversation with Him.  His smile is a blessing that keeps us going and growing!

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Bible Reading

Peter, James, and John fell asleep when Jesus went to pray at Gethsemane and asked them to stay in this place and keep watch. Jesus returned to them three times and found them sleeping. Mark 14:32-41

We read this story and react with embarrassment or mocking at their falling asleep, but the truth is, we are all prone to proverbially fall asleep when it comes to the disciplines of the faith.

When you awaken in the morning, visualize Jesus sitting on your living room couch. He is longing to meet with you every morning. He desires to be the first, but we sleepily walk past Him and get on with the business of our day without giving Him a moment’s thought.

Our lack of discipline causes us to fall asleep when He is waiting for us to meet with Him every morning. This is a ringing siren that we do not fear God enough to give Him the first fruit of our daily lives.

The disciplines of the faith are our first fruit. They are the stuff of which disciples are made and affirmed.


Bible Reading

Why is bible reading such an important discipline to learn?

I would say the most important reason is found in Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than a double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Since the word of God is living and active, meaning it is alive with the Holy Spirit; the very nature and essence of God is with us as we read His Word.  It is in the reading of His Word that He shows up and corrects, rebukes, and encourages us.

Reading your bible daily is a discipline that requires perseverance and a plan.

We all live chaotic lives with pressures and demands, but the discipline of daily bible reading will pay dividends in alleviating the pressure and chaos that threaten to undo us at every turn.

Let the anchor hold! The Word of God is our anchor. It keeps us in safe harbor when the world around us is caught in the tempest.

Find a Bible reading plan and discover what works best for you in completing it.

Many might instruct that Bible reading take place first thing in the morning. However, God doesn’t care the time of day; He only cares that you consistently show up!

Any disciple maker worth their salt will instill the disciplines of the faith.  The fundamental nature of disciples is to follow and model.  If you, as a disciple maker, are reading your bible daily the affect will be obvious to those you disciple.

Go ye, therefore, and make disciples…. Mt. 28:19

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Here are a few recommendations for Bible Reading:
  • Go to Blue Letter Bible and choose a Bible Reading Plan
  • Go to Bible Gateway and choose a Bible Reading Plan (available in audio format)
  • Go to The Listener’s Bible; beautifully read by Max McLean (short and sweet)
  • Get up an hour earlier and read in a quiet place
  • Listen to the bible during your morning commute
    • Find a Bible app with audio for your electronic device
  • Read before going to bed
  • Disciple Makers: encourage journaling when reading, then ask them to share some insights when you are together