Have you ever thought of Peter as an “ignorant fisherman?” If so, J. Vernon McGee would ask you to take a second look. “As we see in his first epistle, he deals with more doctrine in a brief letter [of 2 Peter] than any other New Testament writer. He takes up controversial matters and handles them in a masterful way.” 2 Peter is the apostle’s “swan song,” and his message is that you won’t be able to live for God unless you have a knowledge of the Word of God.
We hear it every year, see the nativity plays, add the star to the top of our Christmas trees. Most of us could probably recite Luke 2 in our sleep.
Two new updates for WORDsearch 11 users.
To update your WORDsearch 11 – when you open your program a pop-up will alert you of an update, or you can go to Help – Check for Updates, and it will download the update if your program isn’t up to date.
1 John 3:19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
College Press NIV Commentary: Our love helps us to know whether we belong to the truth. John tells us that when we know that our hearts condemn us, our love is insufficient. Since God is greater than our hearts, then he can know who we are and what we are. Let us not try to deceive God by having only a “love with words or tongue.” God knows our hearts. We can set our hearts at rest in his presence if we are obedient to his command. We know that we “belong to the truth” when our consciences are at ease in his presence.
True discipleship is a road Christians are meant to walk together. God intends that we are actively involved with someone who is discipling us while we are also discipling someone else. But in most churches, the responsibility or the congregation’s spiritual progress is put on the pastor and his preaching.
LifeWay Christian Resources (our parent company) has created a new resource with the prayer of launching a disciple-making movement in churches that will take some of the pressure off pastors. Disciples Path: The Journey is an intentional one-year plan for discipleship founded on Jesus’ model of discipleship.
Created by 14 disciple-making church leaders, Disciples Path is four volumes of 13 sessions of Bible studies (Note: not available in WORDsearch) focused on showing believers how to become mature disciples who in turn make other disciples. These volumes will guide church leaders through how to instill the doctrines, biblical understandings, principles, and practices of discipleship with the end of making disciples who would make disciples. This group of leaders included senior pastors, education ministers, small group pastors, collegiate ministers, and discipleship pastors from various ministry areas and traditions. The outcome is a series of studies that, when used as suggested, is a powerful tool in the hands of anyone willing to disciple another believer.
While most small-group studies facilitate transformation through relationship and information, these disciple-making resources emphasize the principles of modeling, practicing, and multiplying.
It’s our prayer as a ministry that relationships forged through The Journey will lead to disciple-making for generations to come. Will you join us in that prayer? You can also preview three sessions free at disciplespath.com/thejourney.