I am currently reading a book called Gospel Fluency (available here) and so far it is an excellent book. The author argues early in the book that we are all unbelievers. By that, he means that we all have areas in our lives where we fail to believe God. That is a simple, yet profound observation, and ultimately true. Though we may be trusting in Christ, we can say along with the man with the epileptic son, "I believe, help my unbelief" (Mark 9:24). We all need help in our unbelief.
In Sunday School at Arbor Drive, we are covering some core convictions we have as a church. One of them is a conviction that believers should be disciples and should be discipling others. Due to some good discussion, we did not get to the final section of the lesson which addressed barriers to discipleship, so I am writing this to help address that issue. If we are honest, we all have barriers to discipleship. Overcoming those barriers ultimately flows from two things, namely, a conviction that Christ commanded us to disciple others, and a love for/desire to obey Christ. That said, I believe there are some practical things that we can think through in overcoming barriers to discipleship.
In our last episode of The Pastor Discussions Podcast, we mentioned a resource that might be helpful in revitalizing your prayer life called Praying the Bible by Don Whitney. I took Dr. Whitney's Spiritual Disciplines class in Seminary before this book was published and it walks through everything we covered in class. This is an excellent and easy read that I highly recommend for you. You will seriously never pray the same again. I've also added some other resources we mentioned in the show that might help with your prayer life. Click on the links below to buy them on Amazon and we will receive a little kick back to help with show costs for every purchase.
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Praying with Paul by D.A. Carson: http://amzn.to/2nFtJB9
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God by Timothy Keller: http://amzn.to/2nCApQr
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Husband to Carlee, Papa to Fin and Ainsley, Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Arbor Drive Community Church in York, Ne., and co-host of The Pastor Discussions Podcast.
Jon is husband to Carlee, Papa to Finleigh, Ainsley, and Olivia, a pastor at Arbor Drive Community Church in York, Ne, and co-host of The Pastor Discussions Podcast