One of the greatest dangers as a person launches into a disciplemaking ministry is the temptation towards pride, performance, and arrogance. How do we keep our commitment to follow from becoming just one more attempt to perform for God?

If we are to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and join God in His Kingdom purposes in our time, we must know what we are aiming at. What are the characteristics we would hope to see in someone who identifies themselves as a follower of Jesus?

If you were to have a conversation with some apple trees, you might discover a few vital things we should know at the outset of making disciples.

We can find a hint to the beginnings of disciplemaking if we look to the creation narrative. In whose image were we created, and why?

God intends for us to have and display His power each and every day. It’s the good news of the indwelling Christ—“Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27 NIV). Are you experiencing it?

What would life be like if we truly believed what we read about Jesus in Colossians?

Good news: eternal life starts now. We can expect daily abundance from the hand of the God who dwells in us--wonderful news for right here, today.

Some believers have bought in to a truncated, transactional Gospel—one that promises something in the future, but doesn’t relate all that much to today. But Jesus clearly communicated that His Kingdom good news was magnificent news for daily living. 

The list of values you might write down, as part of your personal “mission statement,” may not necessarily be what you really believe. 

I recently sat down with Russell Verhey to give my thoughts on being a leader/influencer. I shared three essential disciplines for a leader. Click here to listen or read a summary to find out what they are.