WHAT IS THE ESSENTIAL ACTIVITY OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
LIBERTY BATIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
IN PARTIAL FULLFILLMENT
OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF DSMN-500
JANUARY 29, 2012
TABLE OF CONTENTS
EDUCATION, DISCIPLESHIP, AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION
SIMULARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
CONNECTION TO WORSHIP
EVIDENCE OF DISCIPLESHIP
As a children’s Sunday School Teacher, I am responsible for teaching the word of God to the young in a way that they can interpret and understand. It is important to me to make sure they understand the basics of Christianity in a way so that at the age of understanding they make the decision to follow Christ. Once a child accepts Christ as their savior then what? What is then the essential activity of Christian ministry? Is it enough to just teach what the bible says, and encourage them to be active and use their spiritual gifts for the benefit of the church itself, or is their more to Christian ministry than teaching, learning, and working in the church? How does the great commission, in which Jesus tells us to go ye therefore and make disciples, fit into church ministry? Are we as church leaders really making disciples, who will in turn make other disciples, or are we developing church members. EDUCATION, DISCIPLESHIP, AND SPIRITUAL FORMATION
In Colossians 1:28 Paul writes, “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” This tells us that part of out job as Christians is educating others so that they can be perfect in Christ. In his book Leading, Teaching, and Making Disciples Mitchell writes, “Education is the creative process of utilizing external and internal forces to facilitate the functions of teaching and training in promoting and attaining growth and development, enabling complete individuals to comprehend, contemplate, and contribute to their community and culture.” Christ himself was a great example of an educator. He took a group of uneducated fisherman and used different teaching methods in order to get them to understand who he was and what he came for.
Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christ like. Discipleship is not something that occurs automatically when you become a Christian. Discipleship is a choice to make Christ the most important aspect of their life and pursue him with their whole heart.
In Romans 12:1-2 Paul writes, “Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice alive, holy, and pleasing to God which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God what is good and well pleasing and perfect. I believe that this verse says quite a bit about spiritual formation in that spiritual formation is a transformation that involves your mind being transformed from a place of worldliness into a place of Christ likeness. Spiritual formation is part of God’s will for the individual believer, and the individual believer makes a conscious choice about it; it is transformation in that it involves definitive, measurable growth in a certain direction; it involves the inner person in that it concerns itself with character, thoughts, intentions, and attitudes more than actions, habits, or behaviors; it has the character of Christ as its goal and standard of measure. SIMULARITIES AND DIFFERENCES
Although education, discipleship, and spiritual formation are three...
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