Do you want to grow closer to Jesus, become an extraordinary Christian and make a positive difference in today’s culture? Do you want to grow from being a Decider (point of commitment to Christ) to a Disciple (following Christ)? If so, The Discipled Leader is for you!
Our culture desperately needs authentic Christians whose relationship with Jesus is growing and can make a difference for others. We also need transformational leaders willing and able to change the culture through God’s power. However, the challenge is that most Christians lead unfulfilling, ineffective and ordinary lives. They haven’t been taught Christian fundamental disciplines such as how to pray, how to read the Bible, or how to share their faith. They don’t know how to resist temptation or how to live joy-filled, victorious lives. This is why discipleship is so important.
What is Discipleship? With the inner workings of the Holy Spirit and partnership with a mature believer, discipleship is the developmental process of becoming more like Christ and being equipped to live an extraordinary Christian life. It is hard work, but like famed leadership author John C. Maxwell says, “Everything worthwhile is uphill.”
We are doing a grave disservice to believers by not teaching them the foundational tenets of Christianity and helping them grow closer to Jesus. We’ve extracted the gospel, theology, and practical spiritual application from our Sunday morning services and Bible studies, leaving people with an impotent “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.” Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote:
“Moralistic Therapeutic Deism teaches a moralistic approach to life. It teaches that central to living a good and happy life is being a good, moral person. That means being nice, kind, pleasant, respectful, responsible, at work on self-improvement, taking care of one’s health, and doing one’s best to be successful. . .. This is not a religion of repentance from sin, of building character through suffering or basking in God’s love and grace. Rather, what appears to be the actual dominant U.S. religion is centrally about feeling good, happy, secure, at peace. . .. God is something like a combination of a Divine Butler and a Cosmic Therapist: he is always on call, takes care of any problems that arise, professionally helps his people to feel better about themselves, and does not become too personally involved in the process.”[i]
We must no longer accept this twisted version of Christianity that is so prevalent in today’s culture! As Christians, we must stand up for this and future generations so that they know the truth, experience true Christianity through walking with Jesus. We need to furnish them with sound theology and foundational teachings on Christian disciplines such as prayer, reading the Bible, and resisting temptation. If we do this and move believers to building daily habits, we will help Christians experience the power of being connected to Jesus, growing in their faith, and living victorious lives. If we don’t, we’ll sink into average, ordinary lives and be only one generation away from total abandonment of authentic Christianity.
Another reason I’m engaged in this journey is because we need leaders. We need Discipled Leaders—Christians who follow Jesus Christ and transform the culture through God’s power. I see as my mission to develop future leaders who make a difference in their families, churches, businesses, and communities. These leaders need to be walking closely with God, listening to him, waiting for him, and then moving when he prompts them. If they do this, they will help shape and change the world.
Lastly, I’ll share my thoughts on the intersection of faith and leadership on a routine basis. Why? My worldview compels me to move beyond my own self-interests and the interests of my immediate constituency and sphere of influence. As such, I see the broader implications for your community and the world. It’s my calling to communicate these insights to others.
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