The timing of this week's podcast was intentional. Well, ok, not originally.
I recorded this interview back in December, but saved it, not knowing why. Once I recorded the last podcast interview with Rebekah Greer, I knew why . If you haven't listened to Rebekah's story of her husband's infidelity, their attempted reconciliation and years of being a single mom to 5 young children, then I'd strongly suggest you head on over to listen (click here).
In that episode you will hear how Rebekah survived the challenges she faced through discipleship. Having a woman from her church pray over her, lead her, teach her Scripture, gave Rebekah the tools to know God and allow Him to be her strength.
This week we will appropriately discuss the topic of discipleship. We will answer "what", "who", "how", and "why" of discipleship through this interview with none other than...my mom, Cathy Price!
As I mention in the podcast, I vividly remember my mom discipling women around our kitchen table and throughout the week. She was passionate about helping other women know God and train them in becoming like Christ.
She also discipled us...teaching us doctrine, discussing God's word and modeling prayer.
If Rebekah's story last week captured your attention and opened your eyes to discipleship, I hope you find encouragement and motivation to find someone to disciple you or you make a way to disciple another woman (or 2-3!).
I also wanted to highlight another website that is doing a super duper awesome thing. My friends Angi Pratt & Laura Krokos at Missional Women are launching Discipleship Groups through Facebook.
On their site you can enroll to join a 10-week long community.
Click here for more info: Discipleship Groups
- Transcendent God--It means that God is above, other than, and distinct from all he has made - he transcends it all. Paul says that there is "one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:6). Scripture says elsewhere, "For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods (Psalms 97:9; cf. 108:5).
- Ephesians 2:8-9 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast."
- Take the risk, invite others, let God move hearts, then disciple (Parable of the good soil--Matthew 13:1-23).
- Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)
- Troy Cooper
What is Discipleship:
Matthew 28:19-20 "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Discipleship is the process of transformation that changes us to be increasingly more like Christ through the Word (John 17:17), the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18), and circumstance (Rom. 8:28-29). -Rick Warren
What do you learn in a discipleship group:
Basic Doctrine, Study Scripture, How to Pray, Memorize Verses.
Help them develop their own testimony...explaining why you seem different.
Life verse--the first verse that comes to your mind (My mom's life verse: "To live is Christ to die is gain" Philippians 1:21)
Mission statement--direction for your life combining spiritual gifts and God's call.
"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." 2 Timothy 2:2
Curriculum Options mentioned...
Cru 10 basic steps
Francis Chan- Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples*(Amazon Affiliate Link)
Who would you include in your group:
Small Group of women - 4 to 5 (my mom never met one-on-one).
Always disciple out of love not obligation--find women you are drawn to, who have a willing heart, and who desire to know God in a deeper way.
How long would you meet:
6 to 18 months. Commit to continue to stay in relationships. They feed life into you, excite your faith, & don't drain as much as you would think.
Believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit--draws men to God, gives us the words to say
Finding someone to disciple you...
Who do you ask to disciple you? Is there a woman in your church you admire, who walks closely with the Lord?
Approach her and see if you could meet regularly, go through one of the curriculums mentioned (Multiply or Cru).
Have you ever been discipled or discipled someone?
Here’s a little reminder on how to listen to the podcast (thanks Kat from inspiredtoaction.com for these steps!).
1. Listen on the blog. Click through to GodCenteredMom.com and click the play button at the beginning of this post.
2. Listen on your smartphone, iPad or iPod Touch – There are a lot of great podcasting apps. Apple has a free one (that I mentioned) in the app store, there is also one called Downcast (that Kat uses). It allows you to search for shows, subscribe to them and even speed up the audio.
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