This post was written by my good friend, Troy Hawks. Troy is the pastor of Real Life Arizona, our first church plant from Real Life Texas. Troy has been “working out” relational discipleship with a faithful group of believers in Scottsdale, AZ. They get it. It’s becoming “who they are” and stories like this prove it. I cannot wait to see what God will grow from this great beginning. – Pastor Brandon Some good friends just left our small group. And they aren’t coming back. It’s been a little […]
If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know I have a passion for the great outdoors. I love God’s creation, the smell of pines, the sounds of nature, seeing a trout breaking the surface of the water to catch its dinner. Nothing, though, tops bow hunting in September in Idaho. For over 30 years I have taken time each fall to bow hunt in the panhandle of Northern Idaho. Hiking the rugged terrain is incredible and physically taxing. Most years I spent time preparing my […]
Imagine for a moment that we have an entire group of football players wearing a jersey and standing on the field, but who have very little knowledge of how to actually play the game. They know some of the language but have no idea how to work together as a team, execute the most basic plays, or how to win the game. Complete chaos would ensue if we just threw those players onto the field and said, “Go play football.” Previous to their years together, His disciples had no experience […]
“As you go into the world, make disciples!” Regardless of language, culture or background, most Christians recognize this phrase as The Great Commission. Leaders throughout history have grappled with the call given by King Jesus to his church. Throughout church history the pendulum sways to varying degrees when it comes to fulfilling the call. Of all the commentary, analysis, books and research done on the life of Jesus Christ over the centuries, one thing often stands overlooked – the culture he created with The Twelve. Jesus created the most loving, […]
When a disciple making culture is intimately woven into the church body a movement begins. People are released to be the very disciple makers Jesus has called them to be. We are able to fulfill the Gospel as Jesus intended.