discipleship in a nutshell

This morning I’m sharing Today’s Reflection from the Upper Room. Typically these are excerpts from books, and this time they used one of my favorites, The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian.

If you get yourself a copy (on sale at $6.99, $4.99 Kindle, I highly recommend!) I know you’ll be extremely pleased with the read. Enjoy – DEREK

Today’s Reflection

IT’S HARD FOR ME to follow Jesus with any integrity without the following factors in play:

  • encouragement
  • moral support
  • accountability
  • a shared sense of responsibility
  • brothers and sister of like mind (like spirit)
  • the sure knowledge that others are praying for me every day.

You can’t find those when you’re going it alone. I like the phrasing of Hebrews 10:23-24: “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds.”

This is no world for hesitant Christians. If we are not motivated and equipped to move from peripheral spectators to deliberate disciples – as daily followers of Jesus – then we have no hope of moving forward spiritually.

That’s discipleship in a nutshell – being a Jesus follower in the context of encouragement, mutual support, and provoking one another [to love and good deeds] – all in the context of Christian community.

– Derek Maul
The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian

“From page 20 of The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2009 by Derek Maul. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.
http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What traits of Christian community are important to you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.” – Psalm 145:21, NRSV

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Fellowship is definitely an important trait of the Christian community. If you are surrounded by people who have a genuine love and desire for God, it will help develop you in your walk with God. When we are with other like-minded people, we thrive. We are in our comfort zones and temptations are not as great. However, when we start to slip away from church and fellowship it makes it easier for one to fall away, to fall into temptation. When not encouraged, a person seems to dwindle. We all need to be disciples and to encourage one another while making sure that we are staying in the right path. Our fellow Christians are a very important aspect of our Christian community and each one is valued and needed to be loved and lifted up.

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