“Moving from believer to Christian, is there a difference?”: http://workforthecausenottheapplause.com/2015/04/22/moving-from-believer-to-christian-is-there-a-difference/
“While churches focus on evangelism, I am focusing on discipleship. Where is the discipleship? Where is the person that explains daily what it means to be a Christian? Where is the person who teaches us how to grow in our faith? Where are our spiritual directors or mentors who come along side of us and support us, teaching us in our faith journey?”
Thank you again Melissa
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I want tell about where and how.
Here is where. How was scary.
Here was another blogger. How was a burgeoning email correspondence. Here was a spiritual director I never saw. How felt like I was being groomed for some weird cult.
Here was where it began. How was to run to my Lord and Father and seek protection. Protection from the intrusion of “another” into my relationship with my Lord and Father. We had a fine old time that night! The weird and freaky side of God and Satan. Yet …
My Lord and Father showed me I was safe.
And then my discipleship, my spiritual direction, blossomed: off blog, in private, separated by thousands of miles. It continues still. Here. In this church of blogs.
And for me I have learned something else: the reality of discipling is trust and love – of and IN God – of and IN God IN others – of and IN others IN us.
This church of blogs is connections. So if they are only a sideline, a hobby, an outlet – but never an inlet …
We may well be demanding and despairing of discipleship for an eternity to come.
I was connected to a spiritual director in this church. Right here. It was me that needed to see, hear and accept. They already had seen, heard and accepted. And since I have also seen, heard and accepted – WOWEEEE!! I am a disciple. They are a disciple. We are disciples together. Because the pupil learns from the teacher as the teacher learns from the pupil. Discipling and spiritual directing is a two-way street. Both grow.
So my thought is this:
Do we come here to rise on our soapbox – before withdrawing back to “real people and life” – where we continue to seek but not find …
Or do we see this church as a place we can also find/can enable/can facilitate this elusive “discipling and discipleship”?