Since our house (and the houses of our neighbors) burned down in a wildfire five years ago, we have had the pleasure of closer friendships with neighbors and others in our community. One friend that I’ve gotten to know over these years is a guy named Jim. He and I were getting together every once in a while to catch up. A couple months ago, I wanted to check his interest in moving forward spiritually. I asked, “Jim, what would you think about reading the Bible together regularly?” 

Depending on where your friend is spiritually, here are three starting points in helping him or her grow toward Jesus.

     I think most of us are willing to disciple someone; we just need some basic steps to follow in helping other people grow. Here are some principles to remember as you start meeting with another person with the goal of helping him or her grow spiritually.

Opportunities for discipleship can come when we're "just passing through." What if the most spiritually fruitful encounters we have depend on our own flexibility?

   What if Jesus hadn’t kept His eyes open to the opportunities around Him? We live in broken world that needs Jesus. Simple disciplemaking demands that we have our eyes open for opportunities to help people begin following Him.

What is the long-term goal for our lives? Ultimately, God is in the business of renovating us—remaking us in the image of God. Humankind was created that way and He plans to recreate us through the work of the Gospel.

Questioning whether you read that correctly? Read on…

Paul’s passion was to see the Gospel made known in its fullness. Then, as now, people often missed its full effect. His letter to the Colossians reveals this in wonderful ways. Here and in my next post, I want to discuss two life-giving aspects of the full Gospel Paul expected to see at work in his readers’ lives. 

Religious people from the beginning of time have sought God, read holy writings, but often missed God in the process. They often heard the story, but missed the wonder! One of Jesus’ interactions with the religious leaders of His day illustrates the point.

Is God’s blessing seen in financial affluence? In marriage? In having children? A good job? Think again.