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Is SOAP a Valid Way of Reading the Bible? (Part 1)

Disciplers equip believers to read and obey God’s Word daily in order to support their spiritual development.

In a study with 2,500 churchgoers in the USA, Lifeway Research (2019) asserts that “Bible reading was one of the most predictive of spiritual maturity.” Yet, their research indicates that only 32% of Christians (Protestant churchgoers) read their Bible daily (Few Protestant Churchgoers Read the Bible Daily - Lifeway Research).

Does that sound strange to you?

Have you ever wondered why Christians are too busy, or lethargic, or inconsistent in reading God’s Word daily?

Maybe the enemy has deceptively schemed to undermine the commitment of believers to the Word and consequently, their growth towards Christlikeness. Sadly, one of the most disconcerting plots of the enemy often comes from within the ranks of the church. Some teachers, leaders and bloggers have unintentionally dissuaded believers from reading their Bible.

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Get-to-know-you discipling questions

discipler's skills Sep 22, 2021

Commencing a Discipling relationship with someone is a bit like screening someone on a dating App!

So….should you Swipe Right or not? And then what?

When it comes to discipling, my intentions are always long term (as in, I’m praying for the best possible outcome and for a long lasting relationship) - but I’ve been alive for long enough to know it takes a while to know if someone is compatible or not. Yep. Compatibility plays a part in discipling, too.

For these reasons, I always throw in an initial disclaimer or loophole when I’m looking at adding one more woman to the tribe of disciples that I invest in. My disclaimer is this: “Let’s try it out for 6 months and then re-evaluate.” I told you, there’s so many similarities to dating!

Commencing a discipling relationship

The other day I started a discipling relationship with a 20 year old woman. I’m 47. Age doesn’t matter that much, but I’m just painting the picture for...

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Selecting people to disciple

discipler's skills Sep 08, 2021

How do you select people that you can disciple?

Disciplers must choose carefully the type of people they invest in. Selection is essential for the long-term effectiveness of the process. Jesus prayed and selected His disciples carefully. Paul instructed Timothy to look for people who are faithful (character) and able (competence) to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2).

So, what do you look for in the type of people you seek to disciple?

In a recent training workshop, disciplers affiliated with GenJ documented important considerations involved when looking for someone to disciple. We formulated two lists; one called The Green Lights and one called The Red Lights.

We would love to share these with you. Much of the ideas included in this blog come from the insights of experienced disciplers and from the principles found in the New Testament (Luke 10:5-12, 2 Timothy 2:2, 3:10-17, Philipians 3:15-17).

The Green Lights  - Signs to look for:

  1. Look for someone who has a desire to grow...
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Chief Discipling Officer: Interview Tips

discipler's identity Sep 01, 2021

 Can you think back to a time where you were busting for what sounded like the perfect job? As you hit “submit” on that online application, you couldn’t decide if you were more excited or nervous.  Then the long awaited phone call. You were then scheduled for an interview. You knew from here, it all rested on your performance in that interview and you prayed your heart out that you wouldn’t fumble it and let this opportunity slip through your fingers.

What would you have given for someone who knew the interview questions and could tell you what they were? Better still, what would you have exchanged for someone who was prepared to coach you on what to say to guarantee the job? Now we’re talking!

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As a disciple of Jesus who believes that you are called to make disciples, what would you say if we offered you some tips to help you in a proverbial job interview for a role called, ‘CDO – Chief Discipling Officer’?

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A Disciple’s Mirror

discipler's identity Aug 25, 2021

Have you ever been to a house of mirrors at funfairs or amusement parks?

If you have, you are probably familiar with the maze-like-mirrors. Sometimes the mirrors are distorted due to different curves, convex or concave in the glass. Distortions portray unusual or confusing reflections of people as they look themselves in these mirrors.

Imagine if someone mistaken these distortions for reality!

Imagine a 5-foot-3 individual ducking their head to get through a doorframe, thinking they were as tall as the distorted mirror made appear! Embarrassing, right?

The mirror you trust defines your image… this image motivates your actions… your actions determine your future trajectory, right?

This same concept is just as critical in the way we see ourselves spiritually. The mirror that we trust to be accurate would undoubtedly construct our perspective of reality. It will dictate what we believe about ourselves, hence what we do in the present, and eventually what we would become...

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Why don't our discipling models produce genuine transformation?

Nowadays, discipleship maybe a buzz word and a puzzling work, all at the same time.

Empirical research paints a bleak picture of our current discipleship approaches in the West. As documented in the Transformational Discipleship book, research amongst born again church-goers in the USA indicates that our discipleship models do not have the slightest resemblance to what is required to produce transformation (Geiger, Kelley & Nation, 2012, p. 12).

Invariably, within our churches, pastors, leaders and disciplers invest a significant amount of time and energy to support members’ spiritual development. We offer biblically-sound sermons, well-coordinated activities and fellowship-oriented Small Groups. We work hard, don’t we?

Yet, why is our hard work isn’t resulting in effective heart transformation?

Why are we struggling with our discipling endeavours?

Maybe we attempt to accomplish the GOAL of discipleship (transformation towards Christlikeness) with a faulty...

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Generous Parents: Discipling Your Family

discipler's skills Aug 12, 2021

Stinginess rips the heart out of the gospel message of Jesus who gave himself to us and everything else richly to enjoy. Generosity has nothing to do with how much we have… it’s how much we give… generosity tastes like Jesus love. 

I’m honoured to share with you these short stories from my family of origin. I pray that these 9 mini lessons can inspire you -as parents - to disciple your family memebrs informally- on a daily basis.

Today’s reflection is on generous parents.

Discipling by generosity!

If there’s one thing that my parents demonstrated in their poverty is insane generosity. My parents lavished their little resources to our benefits. They amazed us with their kindness, gifts and financial support even after we were all married.

Growing up, I was frustrated by my parents generosity. We were living in a two bedroom apartments in Cairo that had one family room, one bathroom and one kitchen. Dad consistently invited people to our...

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Enduring Parents: Discipling Your Family

discipler's skills Aug 05, 2021

Parents are often desperate to shelter their family members from painful experiences. But maybe protection from hardships produced spoilt Christians. Christians who follow Jesus when tangible blessings are up for grabs… but run for their lives when their comfort is threatened. 

I’m honoured to share with you these short stories from my family of origin. I pray that these 9 mini lessons can inspire you -as parents - to disciple your family members informally- on a daily basis.

Today’s reflection is on enduring parents.

Discipling by sharing and enduring suffering!

You might wonder what on earth has suffering to do with discipling?

My parents taught me form a very young age that suffering was a privilege not a problem. They repeatedly recited an Arabic song that stated: the signs of the way are correct, welcome hardship welcome- that’s the promise of Jesus to us.

My parents weren’t sadistic. They weren’t predicting some negative future for me....

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Role-modelling Parents: Discipling Your Family

discipler's skills Jul 29, 2021

People teach what they know but can only multiply who they are. Do you agree with this statement? 

I’m honoured to share with you these short stories from my family of origin. I pray that these 9 mini lessons can inspire you -as parents - to disciple your family members informally- on a daily basis.

Today’s reflection is on exemplary parents.

Discipling by role-modelling!

No one would ever argue that we learn by observations more than through knowledge transfer. Intuitively, we know that words are cheap. We want to be exposed to the real deal- the embodiment of the character of Jesus.

Growing up, I’ve observed mum’s walk with Jesus and it was breathtaking.

  • People around us embraced Christian assertions and beliefs. But Mum lived her faith.
  • People around us participated in Christian communities. But mum cared for people.
  • People around us taught godly living. But mum manifested an insanely circumspect life.
  • People around us prayed for Jesus’...
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Having a Hard Conversation as a Discipler

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