Building on sand, building on rock!

Dear Kingfisher family,

Kingfisher redirects the body of Christ towards a disciple-making lifestyle in all spheres of life. These words come from our vision statement or dream that you can find on our web site.

We use various tools to mobilise the body of Christ towards a disciple-making lifestyle – first of all, a workshop to introduce the Gospel of Mathew in following Jesus as disciples in order eventually to become disciples. The workshop “Making disciples like Jesus” had been presented in Africa, South East Asia and Eastern Europe.

The feedback up to now was overwhelmingly positive:KingfisherWorkshop

  • The workshop uses the Scripture itself as the source and empowers believers to follow Jesus reading their Bibles within context.
  • The support material is designed to help small groups of disciples to discover what it means to follow Jesus.
  • The desired outcome is that a disciple of Jesus who followed Jesus through the gospel of Mathew will be able to disciple another in exactly the same way when he reaches Mathew 28 with the instruction to make disciples exactly in the way Jesus did.

Those who actually began to read the gospel of Mathew together, following Jesus step by step and inviting others to join along the way, were actually discipled by our Lord himself. Those who were in love with the fresh approach and practical implementation but did not implement what they read, were disappointed.

The workshop itself is just an introduction. The real spiritual journey is not attending a workshop but following Jesus step by step. Jesus said:  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” Mathew 7:24 &26.

When introducing the workshop our biggest fear is that these words will not be put into practice and our greatest joy is to see a house built on rock!

Regards,

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Bridging the gap between Sunday service and real life

Dear Kingfisher family,

After Sunday morning service Roger Perkins from Higher Ground Foundation posted on FaceBook a few paragraphs that express my experience as well as that of many others.

19 May 2019

 It occurred to me during our excellent church service this morning that the purpose of our services is to provide Inspiration and an Invitation to go deeper in the journey towards character growth and stewardship. Continue reading

Spiritual disciplines

We have no control over growing into the character of Jesus ourselves – just as we cannot pick ourselves up by our own shoestrings. But we have 100% control over spending time with Jesus through the spiritual disciplines. It is during these times that Jesus transforms us into His image. JT

The purpose of Disciple making

The purpose of Disciple making is not only to get unbelievers to cross a certain line and repent. It is to guide people to repeat the life of Jesus. To think like Jesus thought, to repeat the life of Jesus. It is not simply to get the person to stop some negative behaviour. It is to have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16). JT

As you follow Him ….

Jesus disciples us to think about life, ourselves and our Father in the way He does. In Matthew’s gospel this is introduced right after the call of the disciples. What is important to Jesus and the Father is to be totally dependent on God, focused on the needs of others, humble, standing up for what is right, peacemakers who are willing to pay the price in living these ideals in real life. Over the next three years Jesus would teach this in simple ways, telling stories and show by example as He reaches out to people in need. However, Jesus is not only setting an example. He is shaping and changing the disciples by His very presence, by His very person. As you follow Him, you will experience that step by step you are beginning to think as Jesus did and even reaching out as he did. PS

Outcome of discipleship

In reading about the call of the disciples in Matthew 4:18-22 it is remarkable that right at the beginning, when they would not have been able to understand what He meant, Jesus said that they would become fishers of men one day. The outcome of discipleship is not salvation, although that is included in the package. What Jesus is aiming at is discipling you so that you will catch others to follow Him. PS

Repentance and disciple making

In Matthew 4:17 Jesus announces the breaking through of the Kingdom of God and raises a call of repentance. In a study of the specific word for repentance that Jesus used it was found that for Jews living at the time of Jesus, “repentance” meant “a fundamental change in thinking and living”. Immediately in the next verse we find the call to follow Jesus as disciple accompanied by the signs of the coming of the Kingdom. Could it be that by repentance Jesus meant in this instance the whole process of discipling up to Matthew 28? Could it be that in following Jesus, He renewed their minds and their conduct to be more and more in line with Him, forging Kingdom transformation over the period of three years? Did your world-view change since following Jesus? PS

Do you know how to journey with unbelievers?

The assignment Jesus gave to his disciples just before He ascended was: “Go and make disciples of all nations …”. The task of this group of believers was not to disciple the existing believers, but to disciple all nations – those who still do not believe, because Jesus came to save those who are lost. The discipleship of believers, however, is established in our ecclesiastical thinking. We are bringing people out of the world and bring them into church programs and we call it discipleship. The problem remains, however, that few disciples after their “discipleship training”, ever again become involved in unbelievers’ lives, because they no longer know how to communicate with unbelievers. We “discipled” them in the presence of only believers. The result – they no longer know how to journey with unbelievers.

Disciple making quotes

“The church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“Success should be measured not by how many disciples are made, but by how many disciples are making other disciples.” Bill Hull
“The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians’ will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner  of human existence.” Dallas Willard
“Ultimately each church will be evaluated by only one thing, its disciples. Your church is only as good as its disciples.
It does not matter how good your praise, preaching, programs or property are. If your disciples are passive, needy, consumeristic, and not moving in the direction of radical obedience, your church is not good.”
 ~ Neil Cole