by Scott Burkley
And what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. (2 Timothy 2:2)
One of the things that Paul did on his missionary journeys was to train the new converts to the faith not only to grow their own walk with the Lord, but also to disciple others in everything that Paul had taught them.
As folks who have experienced the Why I Love Jesus training, one of the things that will help this worthy ministry catch on is if we share with individuals and churches everything we know, and not only that, but give them the tools to share that with others.
As I look back on my ministry, one of the things that gives me joy is not just the people that God touched through my ministry, but the new disciples that they influenced. It’s like a chain letter, with the originator of that chain letter being Jesus the Christ. Sometimes we think of certain ministries as “our” ministry, but in reality everything belongs to the Lord.
As I look back on my ministry, one of the things that gives me joy is not just the people that God touched through my ministry, but the new disciples that they influenced.
Recently I was reading an old Leadership magazine and came across an article written by someone I discipled in college. He is now the co-director of an international mission agency.
It’s great to see someone catch fire for the Lord, but it is an even greater joy to see someone become excited about the faith because someone you discipled, discipled them.
That the Holy Spirit works in such a way is one of the reasons WHY I LOVE JESUS.
More Jesus Journeys
You see, I never used to pray for myself. I thought I was being selfish by praying for myself, so I would always pray for everyone else but never ask God for anything for me.
All I could think about the rest of the trip was this: If Jesus is real, he must be so frustrated right now. He’s probably thinking, “I gave you the burning bush. What more proof do you need?!”
I thought I could stop when I wanted too, but that is the lie I believed without knowing I really had no willpower strong enough to overcome behaviors that were now addictions.
I didn’t want a baby at that point in my life. The father of the child said he could not afford the Child Support payments.
Church ministry is like racing: full of history and tradition, and like racing it is also changing, and not all of it is because of the pandemic. The changes affecting the church are coming from the changing society and culture around us.
These families have hope that their loved one will be relieved of pain and suffering. Hope that their loved one will have everlasting life with Jesus. Hope that they will join their loved one someday. They have hope because for them death is not the end.