1) Often we don’t do as the apostle Paul did. We actually preach ourselves. “What does it mean to “not preach ourselves?” It means that we don’t put ourselves forward as the appeal to unbelievers in our ministry. We don’t make our methodology or our style the draw. We don’t appeal to that which is fleshly or worldly in the unbeliever in order to attract and compel their participation. Instead, we do everything we can to get ourselves out of the way so as to be merely incidental—merely the finger that points to the substance, to the content of the message: that Jesus Christ is Lord”.
I’ve been trying really hard recently to pry this open. I know we’re not going to discover anything new from the last 2,000 years, but sometimes I feel like a good detox is in order on occasion, you know?
For me, I’ve been reading (and rereading) the life of Jesus, and how he discipled his disciples. And it’s hard for me to ignore the simplicity. It seems like the disciples observed his life, then tried it out for themselves! Maybe those elements you brought up (Word, prayer, etc), being vital to discipleship, can only be effectively observed through the right person…?]]>