Friday Discipleship

If you are regular reader of the blog, on Fridays I have shared new books, favorite books, and most recently kid books.  Now, I am going to share discipleship resources that I would recommend each Friday.

We used this resource this past year in our Go Deeper Hour with adults. This book prompted great discussions on a variety of topics.  Sauls has a free study guide available that goes along with the book.  Many in my class commented how it challenged them to think more deeply about difficult topics facing the church and culture.

Tweets and more tweets

Here are some of my favorite tweets from the last few weeks.  This is one of the blessings of social media where we can hear the gospel from people all over the world. If you like the tweet, go and follow the person on Twitter. 
Jesus interpreted Scripture, not as a collection of random stories but as one big story about Him. We should do the same. @BrianDembo Because the Gospel is what the Bible & Discipleship is all about, we can never move past it. We never outgrow it. @BrianDembo the reason grace is powerful for godliness is bc there is a chemistry of the heart that is greater than the math of the mind @BryanChapell Basically, I lived my life believing that God was pleased with me based on what I did, not on who I was in Christ. @BrianDembo Loved singing this simple truth " Jesus Loves Me" w/ kids in Children's Church today. @JL_Martin

Gospel Playlist

This is a regular feature now that replaced "Playing on the Radio." I will be sharing songs from my "Gospel Playlist" on my phone.

The gospel is good news.  It reminds us what Christ has DONE for us.  As I share, I hope it will be an encouragement to you today. 

Song today is: Jesus is Better by Austin Stone Worship

You Are the Body

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it."(1 Corinthians 12:27)

What does it mean to be "in Christ"?

For 2017, the phrase I am focusing on is "in Christ."  Each week, I will post 1 verse that includes the phrase "in Christ". I look forward to growing in understanding of what it means to be "in Christ."
1 Paul and Timothy, servantsof Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. (Philippians 1:1, 24-26)

Sermon Notes-"What's Your Focus?" Based on 1 Timothy 1:12-15

Introduction: As I was preparing, I decided I wanted to start by sharing some optical illusions with you.What you focus on determines what you see?Paul helps us to see in 1 Timothy 1:12-15 what we should be focusing on.

Who I am (vs. 12, 15)

·Thankful-why? (given strength and appointed)
oGiven Strength
§Notice the focus is not on Paul’s strength, but on Christ giving strength.
·Philippians 4:13-“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
§Is this strength available to you?Notice the phrase “our Lord”[1]
·Paul recognizes that the strength given to him is also available to every believer.

Names of God: Elohim

We often forget.  We see throughout history the Israelites and the church forgetting. We need to be reminded often of who God is in Scripture, church history and in our lives and churches.
The names of God are important because these names are not just what God does, it is who He is.  I hope this will encourage you as you are reminded of how good, great, and awesome our God is.


Elohim means one true God. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)What it reminds me?  God is worthy of worship for so many reasons but His creation will cause us to praise and worship.  As I look around at humans, animals, flowers, mountains, oceans, and more, I see an amazing work of God.  He made all things.  If He has the power to create everything, then I trust His power over my life.