Wednesday nights has become a “last stand” for discipleship training (and I do not mean “how to serve on a committee”) in many churches. It has become a key part of such training in ours.
I have found that it is easier to get relational contacts to come to Wednesday night easier than it is to get them to come on Sunday nights. The reason I believe is that many shallow, new, or overly familiar Christians are beginning to feel the pressure of the stage of that last days. It only gets harder from here.
Dallas Willard has pointed out the importance of helping those we serve gain the knowledge of our faith then need to spiritually thrive, especially in times like ours. What better way to do that than focusing on the teaching and illustration of Jesus. I have found many, life long church members are amazed at just how much Jesus had to say about the every day struggles we encounter.
I like having a structure to aid in my focus. This world is filled with enough distractions and “urgent things” without adding to it the chaos having a focus of study and prayer. So on Sunday mornings I fool the Revised Common Lectionary, Sunday evenings reinforce the key teaching of that sermon, and and Wednesdays, pray intensively and follow a guide to the Teachings and Illustrations of Christ found in the Open Study Bible marketed some years ago by Thomas Nelson.
I would love to hear what others of you have found helpful in Biblical discipleship training?
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