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August 31, 2007

I’ve been meaning to do this for two months, but I finally added a link in the side bar to the Gospel Coalition website.  That’s the conference Jason and I attended in May at Trinity.  Carson, Keller, Piper, Driscoll, Ryken, et al were there and all the audio and video are available for free.   Katie and I are going to watch the Keller talk again tonight with a basket of popcorn.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. jmanq2004 permalink
    September 4, 2007 10:41 am

    Hey… this is unrelated, but i’m quite new to the whole blogging scene and don’t know how this works. If there was a better place to pose this question I would do it there. I was at theology and worship this last week and discipleship was discussed. It was stated that we need to have healthy discipleship which is focused around community instead of cultish “this is my disciple” style. As someone who is frequently pushed by God to invest in individuals, I would like to have a better understanding of healthy community discipleship. Thanks a bunch.

  2. September 4, 2007 11:15 am

    There is a Q and A tab at the top of the page where you can ask such things in the future. But it doesn’t really matter, I’ll answer you here and you can email me if you want to talk more (pastormike AT communityefc DOT org)

    My point from last Thursday was simply that healthy community discipleship means discipleship that takes place within a healthy community. In other words, go ahead and make a 1-1 investment in another believer, but don’t be that person’s only source of teaching/equipping/encouraging. Be a part of a healthy church with that person so that they are being built up into the body and being supported by every ligament and sinew (Eph 4).

  3. September 9, 2007 9:12 am

    One example of this is Sandy Nielsen. She invests her time and energy into people, but she is also always encouraging us to connect with each other. So she invites several people to join her in varous outreaches and tasks and fellowship opportunities, deepening her own relationships with these folks, and also giving us opportunities to get to know each other as well. She is very good at “inclusion” and I greatly appreciate it in her.

  4. jmanq2004 permalink
    September 18, 2007 12:37 pm

    Ah. I see what you mean. One on one discipleship can be an excellent place to discuss shared sermons, books, and ideas as well. That is probably why small groups are so important to churches. They allow more intimate discussion and a chance to connect. And Egana is totally right in noting that inclusion is so vital. Often times just having people do small tasks with you is extremely meaningful. Letting people know that you enjoy their presence and are interested in their lives. (I wish I were good at that! For those who this comes naturally to, please teach the rest of us how to do it!)

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