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Everything You Need to Know about Biblical Worldview – YWAM Asheville

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Everything You Need to Know about Biblical Worldview

Introduction 

“Biblical worldview.” Those are 2 dense words, placed right next to each other. But what do they mean? Are they related? This phrase may seem complex at first, but it’s actually a very basic concept. One that I believe is vital to living a healthy, balanced, and sustainable Christian life. Here’s everything you need to know about Biblical worldview. 

What is a worldview? 

Picture yourself wearing a big pair of glasses. These glasses are chipped, scratched, dirty, maybe even cracked. And yet, no matter what, you aren’t able to take them off. You’re stuck with them, and you’re stuck viewing the world through those imperfect lenses. 

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Let me explain. These glasses represent the lenses you view the world through, aka your worldview. The cracks, smidges, and chips represent everything that makes you who you are. They are your context. This includes your gender, race, age, location, health, family history, birth order, your parents, culture of origin, religious experience, social experience, marital status, current philosophies, values of your society, social status, education level …anything and everything that is woven into the picture of your existence. 

Though many of these factors are out of your control, they still have immense impact on the way you view the world around you, the way you interpret information, and the way you interact with concepts. 

For example, if you were raised in a very culturally conservative context, you might be more likely to look down upon the idea of wearing sweatpants to the grocery store – even though that is a morally neutral thing to do in the grand scheme of things. The customs and values you were raised with have subconsciously pre-determined if something is acceptable or not. This is a simple example, but hopefully it helps you understand that our origins and lived experiences deeply affect the lenses we wear. 

What kinds of questions does your worldview answer? 

Our worldview tends to act as either a scale or a map.

As a scale, our worldview surveys our life history and experiences and decides what is and is not valuable. What is or is not “good”. What is or is not “right”. It acts as a scale to determine what and who we align ourselves with. It determines our goals. It determines our fears. 

When acting as a map, our worldview guides us to or away from certain options, opportunities, or routes to best suit what we subconsciously prioritize. 

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Our worldview answers questions like: 

  • What is my value? 
  • What is good and bad? 
  • What is success and failure? 
  • What is safe? 
  • What is important? 
  • Who am I supposed to be? 
  • Who can I trust? 

As you can see, our worldview determines very important things! We may never have even had a coherent or conscious thought about the above questions, but subtly working beneath the surface, our worldview is calling the shots. It goes by undetected mainly because we are largely unaware of the glasses we are wearing. The glasses we wear have made us into the person we are today, but they might not always serve us in every situation. 

The first step in being able to take off our glasses simply recognizes that we have them on. 

What is a Biblical worldview? 

A Biblical worldview is one that is attained after taking off the old glasses (not that this can ever be done totally, or perfectly). A Biblical worldview does not ask Christians to forget their past or reject their culture, but instead to hold it open-handed before God…to recognize that what feels true may not actually be the truth at all. 

A christian is one who is invited to take off the cracked lenses of his lived experience and surrender to a set of principles and truths that are untouched by bias, pollution, and pain. Seeing the world through the lenses of Scripture allows us to view other people as Jesus does, view success as He does, hold morality the way He does, receive purpose and value from our Maker, and allow His spirit to direct our decisions.

It takes bravery, humility, and time…but a Biblical worldview offers life in abundance to those who choose to see life through the eyes of the Life Giver. 

How YWAM Asheville can help you understand Biblical worldview 

I was first introduced to worldview during my Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Youth With A Mission (YWAM). In a YWAM DTS, every week of the lecture phase is introducing new aspects of the Biblical worldview. Each student can wrestle with new concepts, ask questions, and take the time they need to reflect on the lenses they might be wearing. One of these weeks addresses worldview in particular. At YWAM Asheville, one whole week is spent in Bible Overview. During this lecture, worldview is expanded upon, and personal context is discussed. Students are given tools to not only uncover their own context but explore the context of each book of the Bible. 

The Father Heart of God – YWAM Asheville

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The Father Heart of God

“I want to be on the side of Jesus when talking about the Father.” 

I was struck when I first heard this quote years ago. It felt new, accurate, and almost scandalous. God the Father was never outrightly taught to be cold, distant and quick to smite or kill me, but there was always this subtle impression that He wasn’t exactly kind like we know Jesus to be (at least in my mind). This new thought was challenging a preconceived notion I didn’t realize I even had. I sort of thought the Father was ready with a million lightning bolts to strike down folks, and the only thing holding him back was Jesus’ somehow superior compassion toward humanity. I was challenged by an author I was reading to take the words of Jesus about the Father and only hold to them as the sole basis for my thoughts on the Father. I was shocked at what I found. 

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Jesus didn’t have one negative thing to say about his Father. Only love, honor, and respect. Imagine that.. 

In fact, He drew such a vivid picture of a kind, patient, loving Father, that I was drawn into a greater depth of God’s love for me, others and the world. It drew me deeper into the mystery and beauty of the Trinity. What we believe about the Father is ultimately what we believe about Jesus

I was convicted by how vitally important our view of the Father is, and I believe it is one of the most important matters of our time! 

It is not lost on me the significance of this issue in our modern world. Sources point to somewhere between one quarter to one half of American children growing up without a father in the home. The impact this has on them as individuals, and our country as a whole is seemingly never-ending. This reality has caused us to even further doubt the goodness of the one true Father of all. We see the failure of human fathers and translate that to the character of God the Father. 

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I was lucky enough to grow up with a loving father in the home, but in my adulthood, I have come to really understand and recognize the shortcomings of my earthly father. Thankfully, part of what I learned when uncovering the Father’s character has allowed me to place my own father in his rightful place, in the hierarchy of my heart. For all the good and bad, I can, in a way, let him off the hook, because I have anchored myself to the only Father I need. 

Ok, now, back to Jesus. What does He say about His Father?

“If you had known me, you would have known my father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:7. 

Jesus is saying, “Hey, you see me? Then you have seen the Father. All the questions you have about Him, look to find your answers in Me, because we are one.” 

God was kind enough to give us Himself, in the flesh, to paint a picture of His Father’s heart in the midst of our own broken earthly fathers. The Holy Spirit used this revelation in my life to also empower me to forgive my dad in various ways, and be the best father I can be to my children. Simple revelations of His Father heart will empower us to forgive the deepest of wounds, break generational patterns, and bring the Kingdom of light into our relationships.

Much of this new information about the Father Heart of God came through my YWAM Discipleship Training School. I had never thought to follow this rabbit trail, sniffing through scripture and my own heart, to discover some of my ungodly beliefs about the Father, until I was challenged to by some awesome Youth With A Mission staff that pushed me on to do something crazy; let Jesus define the Father for me. 

Boy am I glad I did! 

Even in the more difficult to read passages in the Old Testament, if I look at these stories in the context of their moment in history, the context of Israel as a nation, and what God was doing/teaching His people, I am able to uncover a beautifully patient, loving, passionate Father who is pruning the people He adores, as He forms them into a partner for Himself. At times, the Father uses decisive and swift actions to communicate a lesson, but it is always done from a place of overwhelming love. We can misinterpret God’s actions as cruel, the same way a child might interpret their parents’ discipline as cruel. But, a good and loving parent teaches their child boundaries, and upholds consequences because they want the best for their child, and they know this requires discipline. 

“For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:12 

He has always been a Father, looking to shape His children into partners…partners who see His heart, agree with His mission, and will join Him in His redemptive work on Earth. 

Hearing the Voice of God in Prayer – YWAM Asheville

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Hearing the Voice of God in Prayer 

Introduction 

‘Spill el cafecito’ is the Latino way to say, “tell me all about it.” Do you remember times when you have invited friends, coworkers, or someone you just met to grab a coffee? It is a simple yet effective way to say, “I want time with you, to sit down, to get to know you, there are things I want to discuss with you.” The invitation tends to be exciting, and you may even start feeling anticipation about the conversation as it approaches. A coffee date is just a simple example of a relational invitation. It requires intentionality, expression, and communication. It is a request for an exchange. A call to share things about ourselves with each other.

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Hearing God’s Voice 

Hearing the voice of God in prayer requires the same exact things. Intention, expression, and communication. Prayer, too, is an invitation. God invites us to make room in our minds and hearts for His presence. And we invite God to speak and exist in whatever way He pleases, to make Himself known to us. It is intentional, and the good news about this is that His word promises us He will make himself available to us: 

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you”. John 16:13-15 

I want to share with you some principles, or practical ways, you can develop an ear to hear the voice of God. Prayer will never look the same when you learn to recognize that He has been speaking to you all along! It will enable you to connect to the core and purpose of prayer

Let’s start by defining prayer. I would say prayer is communion and communication between man and God. As we approach a posture of prayer, it helps to examine whether or not our hearts are fully available for Him. Do we need to reconcile any conflicts or issues that might come between us and others, or us and God? Taking the time to make your relationships with other people as healthy as possible will have an immense impact on your relationship with God as well. Things like bitterness, unforgiveness, offense, or hurt can cloud our ability to fully grasp God’s heart and will.

Another thing to consider doing when you pray is consciously setting aside your own thoughts and presumptions, in order to clear the slate for God to speak as He wants. 

Engaging in spiritual warfare before you begin is important. Resist and disallow any strategies or opposition from the enemy that would block you from hearing with clarity. 

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As you shift into times of prayer, know that you can invite God’s presence with confidence and boldness. You don’t need to beg for Him to hear you, or plead for His willingness to dwell with you. You are His child! All authority in Heaven and on Earth was given to Jesus, and He shares it freely with us, His co-heirs. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16. You can trust that He hears you when you speak to Him, and that He will respond. 

We must understand God is a personal God. This implies he will speak to us in ways you can understand. There are many ways God communicates. He might speak through things like: Scripture, nature, dreams, creativity, music, movies, and people around you. As we mentioned in the book of John, he will guide us into all the truth. So it takes faith and obedience to receive all he brings to mind. It will take consistency, willingness, and patience to recognize His voice – just as in every relationship! 

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How Hearing God’s Voice Looks at YWAM Asheville 

In Youth With A Mission, two of our foundational values are to hear the voice of God and practice worship and intercessory prayer. In the discipleship training school, known as a “DTS”, as well as all our YWAM courses. We include these practices in almost every aspect of life and decision-making. We want to hear and follow His direction in small and big matters! We take His word to heart, and put it into practice. 

At YWAM Asheville, part of our DTS class curriculum is to take time to hear God in prayer for our schools and ministries. Joy Dawson and her teaching on principles for effective intercession have led us to another level of faith and purpose to pray for every tribe and nation, and every area of society. 

Conclusion 

To slow down and sit down in His presence can be one of the best ways to start making these disciplines a fuel for our walk in the promises of God. It can look dynamic, unique, and creative. I challenge you to give it a try, and make space for His voice to lead the way into every detail of your life, all in order to align your heart with His.

Power Of Prayer – YWAM Asheville

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Power of Prayer

Introduction 

Prayer is powerful! It’s something that’s been the heartbeat of the Judeo-Christian faith since the very beginning. However, it seems our perception of prayer has been diminished. Prayer isn’t just for our grandmas and mothers to do; it’s not just another reason for the church to call a gathering together. There has to be something more to it. This begs the question: why do Christians pray? What is the power of prayer? 

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Understanding Prayer 

Let’s understand prayer by using the Bible and personal testimonies. One of the clearest scripture passages about prayer is Matthew 6, most commonly known as the Lord’s prayer. Jesus starts by warning us to keep prayer sacred by not using it as a means to impress others. Instead, we are to pray in a way that honors an intimate personal moment with our God. This of course, is not to say never to pray out loud; it’s a common occurrence in the Christian faith to pray out loud with others. 

He says this because He was correcting the false works-based view that the Pharisees had created and the customs of other regional religions. Jesus also states that we don’t have to ask God for things repeatedly. Why is that? Our God is a loving and attentive Father who knows us and our needs. We don’t have to work harder to get his attention. He is our “Abba,” and we are his children. 

Jesus then gives us a prayer template. Our first step is to humbly acknowledge that God is our Father and His name is to be made holy or revered, set apart from all others. The next verse is where we see the missional aspect of prayer. Jesus says to ask Him for His Kingdom to come to Earth. As His followers, we get the chance to partner with God to see the fruition of His will on Earth. Without praying, we cannot expect to see people saved and delivered from strongholds, generational patterns, addiction, etc..… without praying. Praying is partnering with God to see his Kingdom come. This is why Youth With A Mission values prayer: because without prayer, our mission becomes hollow.

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Our core desire at YWAM is to KNOW GOD so that we can enjoy, love, and serve him; making Him known. How can we know the will of God without knowing God and His voice? We believe that God speaks to us! This happens, most often, through prayer. At YWAM Asheville, times of group prayer and intercession are a part of our Discipleship Training curriculum and everyday culture. 

Next, Jesus says that we are to ask God for our “daily bread”, which means that we depend on God for our daily needs, understanding that the needs of the future are also in His hands. Jesus ends with two more statements, “and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:12-13). Forgiveness is foundational to the Kingdom of God. Jesus led by example and practiced forgiveness. Even in his final moments on earth, He chose to forgive those who were crucifying him. He invites us into the same rhythm of grace. 

Lastly, Jesus says that we should ask not to be led into temptation but to be delivered away from the evil one. This demonstrates to me the verbal acknowledgment that God is more powerful than evil. He is capable of making a way of righteousness for us, even though the evilest of circumstances. 

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Why Should We Pray?

Jesus answers the question of what prayer is and how to pray. The next question we need to answer is: why? A lot of times, I’ve struggled to believe that prayer is even more important, much less powerful. However, I’ve been pushed in my faith to a point where prayer was the only option; I had no other choice than to ask God and hope he would come through. And guess what…He’s been faithful every time. 

God is a personal God, and prayer is the means of communicating with Him. How are we supposed to know someone when we don’t spend time with them? God delights in our prayers (Proverbs 15:18), so when we pray with an upright heart, we can take joy that our Father is pleased in hearing His children talk with Him. 

Let’s switch lenses for a second. Most of what we’ve discussed is personal prayer times between God and us. Prayer is also something we can do for others. One of the most beautiful things I witnessed in my YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS) involved prayer for others. When someone in our community had a need, we were able to rally behind them, pray over them, and encourage them…and then step back and see God come through and deliver. Together, as one body, approaching our Father with open hands and ready hearts. 

How does prayer play a role at YWAM Asheville? 

In the two YWAM schools and courses that I have completed, one of the things that have always remained constant in the Discipleship Training curriculum was intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is a time of group prayer for those in need. It can be for something as big as praying over an entire nation, an injustice, or something more specific like praying over an upcoming ministry time. Either way, intercessory prayer is at the heart of YWAM.

Missions without intercession would be like a car with no gas. It is by praying that we truly get to see the heart of God in action. In prayer times, I have seen God expand my ability to love others better because I get to sense how much He loves them. When I co-led an outreach trip to South Africa, I specifically remember during intercessory prayer when I felt God was revealing what He wanted to do in South Africa. It gave me a download of His heart and His will for His people, which sustained me during times of ministry; no matter how tired or hungry I was. That spiritual image was in the back of my head, helping me push through so I could partner with God in seeing His Kingdom come to fruition here on Earth. That trip yielded many testimonies of God’s faithfulness, and around 140 people came to know Jesus. It was incredible, but the only reason it was such a fruitful outreach was that we heard God’s will and allowed Him to move through us. 

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Final Thoughts 

To bring this to a conclusion, let’s go back and review. We know what prayer is because Jesus tells us and shows us what it is. It’s an intimate moment between a loving Father and His children. The reason to pray? Our main reason for existence is to know God, and prayer (empowered by the Holy Spirit) is one important way we get to know the Father deeply. I hope that the power of what scripture says about prayer and the personal testimonies of my life will challenge you to see the importance and necessity of prayer in our lives.

What is inductive Bible study?- YWAM Asheville

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What is Inductive Bible Study? 

Introduction 

Studying the Bible is a gift and a blessing within the Christian life. In my life, being given the tools I needed to digest the Bible for myself made an impact I can barely put into words. The Bible can be difficult to approach, confusing and intimidating people into complacency towards it. Unfortunately, it seems like most Christians are unaware of the many tools and methods available to make Bible study not only accessible but transformational. The Inductive Bible Study method showed me that understanding the scriptures is not, as I had assumed, beyond my grasp. It taught me that God’s Word is timelessly relevant, deeply informative, and indeed, Good News. 

Purpose and Goal of Inductive Bible Study 

Every Bible study method will serve a different purpose and aim at a different goal. Some methods seek to collect data and categorize topics. Some serve as meditation and reflection tools. The Inductive Method is a little of both. It combines the scholastic need for information with the active voice of the Holy Spirit, allowing the breath of God to fill the student with well 

informed, timeless, transformative truths. 

As a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) student, I was first introduced to this method of Bible Study in my Discipleship Training School (DTS). During the DTS lecture phase, Bible Overview gave me a new appreciation for the Book I had always felt weary of. Instead of feeling guilt, anxiety, and confusion, I began to feel curiosity, amazement, and awe. 

The purpose of Inductive Bible Study is to allow the reader to use pertaining historical and cultural context (inside and outside of the text), to illuminate the author’s intent for the passage being studied so that the reader can make educated interpretations, appropriate conclusions, and finally, meaningful applications. Every student of the Inductive method will tell you that the goal is always application. If we do not allow our studies to produce actionable avenues of growth within us, we are not allowing our hearts to engage with the Bible fully. The Bible is, of course, a vast collection of intellectual concepts, conversations, and ideas. But, at its core, it is the primary vessel through which God continues to reveal who He is to His people. It’s meant to be a relational, interactive, communal, and personal means to grow closer in likeness to Christ – and draw us into a deeper abiding with His Spirit. 

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I appreciate what LaRosa Johnson writes in his article on the topic. He writes, “A large part of understanding the Bible rightly requires looking at it through the proper lenses. Unlike many books we read today, the Bible is old, a compilation of many writings, and a religious book. As

such, we must remember all those things when we study the Bible. In addition, each facet plays a key role in the right interpretation of Scripture. 

First, the Bible is a historical book. It is several thousand years old and was written over centuries. This means we cannot approach it like a book written in the 21st Century. There is a different cultures and backgrounds we must keep in mind when we study. The Bible’s authors wrote in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine (common) Greek. Each language is old and requires translation into modern vernacular. We must keep this in mind when studying. Second, the Bible contains many different literary genres. We cannot read each book of the Bible the same way. Scripture contains history, prophecy, letters, apocalyptic literature, poetry, and so on. Each passage needs to be read and understood based on its given genre, which, in turn, affects how we interpret it. 

Finally, we must understand that it is a theological book. God wrote and teaches us about himself in the Bible. This is another fact we cannot ignore in our interpretation.”

Steps of Inductive Bible Study 

 

1. The first step of Inductive Bible study is prayer. We ask God to give us the ability to take off the lenses we wear that cloud our vision, skew our perspective, and lead us toward partiality. We ask that He lead us, open our eyes, ears, and heart and that we would yield to His Lordship in the process. We want to approach the Bible with as little bias, preconceived notions, and other hindrances as possible. 

2. Next, we read the entirety of the book we are reading, if possible, in one sitting, out loud. When we read the whole book out loud, in one go, our brains can absorb more of what we are reading. 

3. Then, once we have completed one reading of the book, we read through it again. But this time, we are reading to make observations. We are making a note of things like who, where, and when, as well as literary tools like lists, metaphors, and figures of speech…we notice promises, commands, questions, repeated words, key ideas, parables, and genealogies..and we physically mark them on the paper we are reading from. Most Inductive Students will make their own “legend” that allows them to mark up their text with their own symbols. For example, my mark for a promise is a yellow star. My mark for a figure of speech is a purple triangle. This stage of study is meant to get you to slow down, notice what is happening in the text, and warm up your brain to start asking questions. 

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4. From these observations, we can begin to ask questions. This is where the CONTEXT of the book comes into play. You will want to have a good handle on these things before drawing ANY conclusions about what you have read:

What type of literature is it? 

Who wrote it? 

When did they write it? 

Who did they write it to? 

Was it happening at this point in history? 

What was the political, religious, and cultural setting? 

This contextual information will guide you as you ask questions. You can find contextual information in a variety of places. A few of my favorites are: 

5. Now that you have asked some educated questions, begin to use the contextual information you’ve gathered to make interpretations…AKA: answer your own questions using the information you’ve gathered. Can you see what the author was trying to communicate? Given their circumstances, what might the audience/reader have needed to hear? What are the implications of this passage to those originally involved?

6. You’ve read the book in its entirety, made observations, gotten some basic context, and asked and answered educated questions..now you can draw some conclusions. Time to come up with some TIMELESS TRUTHS. You can pull these truths from your interpretations that remain true for all kinds of people throughout all of time. 

For example, “God is not limited to man’s methods” is a timeless truth. It is true no matter who you are, where, or when. 

7. Lastly, and most importantly, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to a pertinent APPLICATION of this truth in your life, or the life of the contemporary reader. Using the example above, a personal application of this may be trusting that God can solve the issue you are facing using methods you know nothing about. Trusting that God knows a way through even when you see no options with your human capacities.

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Inductive Bible Study at YWAM Asheville 

During the Discipleship Training School, students are given a whole week to go through the Bible. Bible Overview is built into the YWAM DTS curriculum. This week gives students a chance to look at the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, and it is often taught from an Inductive perspective. Other YWAM courses are dedicated to teaching students the Inductive method, such as the School of Biblical Studies and the Bible Core Course. Here in Asheville, YWAM values giving DTS students a basic understanding of Inductive Bible Study so they can become users of the method in their own lives. Students are also invited to return for the Foundational Leadership Course where they will be given even further training and education on Inductive Bible Study. 

Conclusion 

I saw a recent post on Twitter from a fitness account that said, “Strength training will make every other problem you have easier to solve.” I would argue that the same could be said about Bible Study. The more you engage with God’s voice, doing the heavy lifting of observation, interpretation, and application, you will find that life’s problems are brought into perspective; an eternal perspective.

The Importance of Discipleship and Why It Matters

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The Importance of Discipleship and Why It Matters

 

Introduction 

Discipleship is a crucial part of the Christian walk. Not only are we called to be discipled by the Holy Spirit; we are called to disciple and be discipled by the body of Christ. So what does discipleship mean anyways? In the Christian sense, discipleship is just a word for the process of becoming like Christ. Our aim as Christians should be to mirror Jesus in every aspect of our lives. 

In John 8 verses 31 through 32, Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” We must press into discipleship so that we are truly holding to the teachings of Jesus and through living out His teachings, we will be set free. Furthermore, in Matthew 28 verse 19, Jesus commands us to, “go and make disciples of all nations.” This statement is monumental for the kingdom of God and makes it clear that it is impossible to be a true follower of Jesus outside of discipleship. 

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Why discipleship matters 

It can be tempting to do life alone, but this was never God’s intention for the church. We are a body! Each church member is necessary and needed for us to function properly. The Lord often speaks to us through other believers and we hurt ourselves by not actively being a part of the community He designed for us. Whether it’s a word of encouragement or a loving correction, allowing others to speak into our lives is life-giving. Being discipled by other believers requires humility and vulnerability, but the reward always outweighs the cost. 

One huge aspect of leaning into the vulnerability of discipleship is accountability. As the Holy Spirit takes us from glory to glory, it is our job to do the practical work of putting off all of the things that hinder us. This is always easier said than done. Having someone we trust walking alongside us is crucial to walking in freedom in every area of our lives. In James 5 verse 

16 the Bible says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” Discipleship and vulnerability not only bring healing, but they silence the lies of the enemy. It is so easy to be suffocated by the shame and weight of sins we can’t seem to escape, and accountability helps us walk in the reality of the freedom Jesus has won for us. 

Growing in spiritual maturity is no accident. Being discipled by the Holy Spirit and by other believers is a life-long journey of being fashioned into who the Creator always intended for us to be. As the Holy Spirit continues to refine us, we have the choice to lean in or reject His leadership. Whether it’s in our thought life, our worldview, or the way we love those around us, the work of sanctification is never complete. As followers of Jesus, it is important that we are aware of the areas where we aren’t completely aligned with Him and be willing to allow Him and others to help us along the journey. A decision to lean in will always lead to more freedom and growing intimacy with the Lover of our souls.

 

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Discipleship In YWAM 

YWAM focuses heavily on discipleship and the call to make disciples of all nations. Though every YWAM location differs in its specific ministries, we are united in our value for discipleship. During a discipleship training school (DTS) at YWAM Asheville, you have access to a community committed to pushing you towards Jesus and a one-on-one mentor to help you process and walk through the deeper topics brought up during school. The curriculum of DTS is full of topics devoted to shaping you into the image of Jesus with everything from identity to Lordship. We believe in honoring the Lord while honoring individuals and refuse to separate truth from love. You can expect to find a community of individuals who will see you and love you as Jesus does to the best of our ability. 

Discipleship takes commitment but is absolutely necessary to become more and more like our Savior. It is not only an invitation into all the Lord has for us, but a commandment to become as He is. As we lean into the beauty of the refining process, we will find life and freedom. Discipleship invites us into a community of believers, a safe place to be vulnerable and receive accountability, and an increasing intimacy with the Holy Spirit. The Lord is faithful to complete the work He has started in each of us, but He is never forceful. May we choose discipleship in every season and trust that His ways are higher than our own for it is for freedom that He has set us free.