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WIN, GROW, SEND

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WIN, GROW, SEND

 

 

For the last 5 weeks I have been taking a discipleship class. This class is part of the seminary curriculum. Let me tell you I have learned so much in this class and I have come to the realization that I am personally falling short.   This class is about disciples sharing the gospel with a purpose of multiplying disciples. This is not a class that is about church growth or how to have another program but it is about the church fulfilling the GREAT COMMISSION.   Yes the Great Commission Jesus told the disciples before he left earth to ascend to heaven. Here are the words of Jesus.

 

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I have read this verse many times before but it has not resonated to me like it has through this class. Jesus left us a job to do and I wonder I am the only one that has fallen short in this area.  Am I the only one that wonders has the church lived up to its responsibility? I would guess to say that I am probably not the only one. For some time now I’ve had a feeling of ‘there has to be more than this’. I know that sounds a little ungrateful like what I have is not enough. What I mean by that statement is there has to be more in my Christian life than what I am doing or experiencing.   Church has become more of a ritual than a spiritual experience. Sometimes we become so familiar with things and people that we do not appreciate it like we did at the beginning. I believe that is what has happen to me and so many others. Lately the feeling of wanting more than what I have been experiencing and now through this class I know why. My focus has not been where it should have been. I should be busy doing the will of the Father and that is sharing the gospel. Don’t get me wrong I preach the gospel and I will be transparent here, I have not had that intimate relationship where I have led someone to Christ without being in a church setting.   Now before this class and writing this blog I would have been ashamed to say this but I think I have to be honest in order to help someone.   I believe that God wants us to get out of our comfort zone and embrace the lost to reveal Christ to them. We are supposed to be ambassadors and display God’s glory in the earth in order to do that we must interact with sinners. When you look at Jesus he always interacted with people whom others frowned upon so it is our job today. Our goal is to win, grow and send out disciples. Win them to Christ, help them grow in spiritual disciplines, to help them become mature Christians and then send them out to make other disciples. The process is continuous, win, grow and send I believe this is what the church is missing. Sometimes we are so focused on our problems and what we want than what God has called us to do.   Think about where you are spiritually and ask God what you can do to start winning people to Christ.

 

 

Lean On Him

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I guess I need to share with you what has been happening the last 2 months. I started seminary in August, this has been something that I wanted to do for some time. I put it off when I started school because I wanted to do something to advance my career but now that is done I have embarked on this journey of seminary. Mainly I wanted to do this because I always wanted to know more about the Bible. You know those things that go deeper than just the surface of the scripture. I know that the Holy Spirit shows us the deep things of God but I wanted to have that formal education and just experience a new way of learning God’s Word. So I applied to Liberty University and got accepted. God is good. I started with two classes the last semester and let me tell you, it was not what I expected. Don’t get me wrong the classes were great but it was a lot of work. Even though I had taken a fast paced curriculum at Mount Olive this was different. I remember when I was at Mount Olive and I tool Old Testament and New Testament those were two of the hardest classes that I had taken because it was so in depth. The structure of seminary is so different but anyway it has been a learning experience I must say. I learned a lot about God and myself. I did decide that 2 classes at a time might be a little too much for me. So I am only going to take one class at a time just so that I can learn all that I need to learn and not put so much unneeded stress on myself.

 

I am excited about this next chapter in my life. God is so good he knows how to show you GRACE even when you probably take on too much. I put a lot on me taking on seminary along with everything else that I have going on but God showed me that it is okay for me to say NO something and He will give the Grace to handle everything else. I am taking one day at a time on this journey and I plan to enjoy it. So the lesson learned in all of this is go after your dreams and know that God will give you the wisdom, the Grace to make it come to past. He will show you when you’re over loading yourself and show you how to lessen the load so that you can be productive but not stressed. We cannot do all that we do without God’s help so lean on Him and he will totally direct your every footstep. He wants to help us so ask Him He doesn’t mind.

 

Always Love

 

I Miss You!!!!!

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I have sincerely missed you guys. It has been awhile since I have blogged but I am trying to get back on track.  I have started a new journey and it has taken a lot of my time,  in August I started seminary at Liberty University.  I wanted to write you and let you know what was going on with me but seminary has a lot of papers and reading and time would not allow for me to blog. But I am trying to get a system down so I won’t miss communicating with you all and sharing what God has laid upon my heart to share.  GraceDays is my baby and I believe that God has blessed this ministry to encourage people in their time of need.

 

So with that said I will be back every Monday for GraceDays Monday’s. So get ready to go on this journey with me as God gives me GRACE in balancing family, seminary, work, and ministry.

 

Always Love,

 

Teresa