Author: David Ludwig

One-on-one Disciple-making – Part 2

HARRISBURG – What is the difference between a discipleship program and an intentional disciple-making approach? An intentional disciple-making process can involve studying a book, but it’s important to know that the objective is not to study a book, it is to learn biblical principles in the study and ask the question: “Now that I know this, how should I apply this to my life?”  The objective is to learn what Scripture says, and be obedient to what it teaches us about living our lives. In part one of this series, I shared with you three benefits of a one-on-one discipleship...

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One-on-one Disciple-making – Part 1

HARRISBURG – I was recently at a gathering of disciple-making leaders, and one of the leaders said this; “Many of our churches are doing addition, when we need to be thinking about multiplication when it comes to making disciples.”  What he was saying is that we add people to our church, but we don’t expect them to reproduce themselves. Why? Do we communicate the expectation of reproduction to the people in our churches?  For many I believe this is a foreign concept, and if we want to see healthy churches it is something that needs to change.  Jesus had expectations...

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Disciples Grow Best in Community

HARRISBURG – In 2010 LifeWay Research set out to discover what where the essentials in churches that were seeing Spiritual Transformation take place.  One thing that consistently showed up was the importance of living in a healthy Christian community.  Churches that are intentional about seeing people get connected to other believers (LifeWay termed this as relational Intentionality) were also seeing believers maturing and growing in their faith.  A few years later, Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger co-authored a book that expanded on this called “Transformational Groups”, I highly recommend it. In their book, Geiger and Stetzer write that “Group involvement...

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Priorities as a Follower of Christ

HARRISBURG – Every day, every minute, every second, we make choices, and because we live in a time where there are so many choices, it can be hard at times to decide what’s important and how to best use our time and resources. We all face this challenge, at home, in school, at work, wherever and whoever we are.  That’s why setting priorities is so important. I want to be clear up front, I am not an expert on this topic, in fact, I am a fellow struggler just like many of you.  So, the words that I’m sharing are...

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Five Things Every Disciple Needs To Know

HARRISBURG – If I came to faith in Christ today, what would be the first things you’d want me to know? Don’t worry, this is not a trick question, and there is not just one answer. In fact, if you asked this question in a group of people, you would probably get several different answers. So, I’m going to share my list; here are five things I believe every disciple needs to know: Pray every day: The Bible says that we’re to pray continually (1 Thess. 5:17), which is another way of saying that we need to be in...

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