Walk, Jesus, Humanity

How Human is your Jesus?

Many people struggle with relating with Jesus. It is easy to conclude that since Jesus is God and we are not, we can’t live like Jesus. We throw up our arms and say, “But I am not Jesus.” True you are not. There was only one Jesus and it’s not you. So, was Jesus being …

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Disciple-Making Jesus Youth

Are You Ready for a Fresh Encounter with Jesus?

“Many of Christ’s initial disciples were teenagers.” That one simple statement from a college professor, along with a study of the Harmony of the Gospels and Jesus’ leadership methods, sparked the supernatural movement of Sonlife. In September of 1979, the first Sonlife Strategy Conference convened with 22 youth pastors in Wheaton, Illinois. We’re as committed …

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Discipleship vs Disciple-Making

Why Discipleship Stunts Church Growth: Discipleship vs. Disciple-making

You’ve probably seen one of these humorous grammatical sayings: Let’s eat grandma! Let’s eat, grandma! Punctuation saves lives! There are two different meanings separated by the proper use of grammar. A small comma can make a significant difference; a distinction that changes everything. As it is with discipleship and disciple-making. One root word, disciple, with …

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What is a Follower of Jesus?

As I read the early chapters of the Gospels, I see Jesus speaking the same command to almost everyone he meets: follow me! For decades Christians have understood this to mean “say a prayer of repentance and commitment to Jesus, attend church regularly, and live a generally good life”. There is a problem with this. …

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50 Reasons Christ Died

A number of years ago John Piper wrote “Fifty Reasons Why Christ Suffered and Died” (The Passion of Christ [Wheaton: Crossway, 2004]; PDF). Christ Suffered and Died . . .  To Absorb the Wrath of God (Rom. 3:25; Gal 3:13; 1 Jn. 4:10) To Please His Heavenly Father (Isa. 53:10; Eph. 5:2) To Learn Obedience …

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The Cost of Non-Discipleship

David Platt just release a new book titled, Follow me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. David challenges cultural Christianity verse true biblical followers of Christ. He recently gave a message at Moody Founders Week addressing this central issue in the Christian journey.