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Obedience Challenge - Day 5


Welcome to today's Obedience Challenge! We're taking an amazing, 90 day Journey through the 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John), learning to love and obey Jesus as the rightful King of our lives.

The Scripture reading for today is: Matthew 5

Click HERE to read it in the NIV

Click HERE to read or listen to it in the ESV

Click HERE to read it in the KJV


Today, we're looking at the command of Jesus in Matthew 5:11-12, where Jesus tells us: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (NIV)

So, as Christians, how can we really obey this command? Watch the video above to hear some teaching on that, and spend some guided time in prayer, asking God for his grace and help to obey Jesus!

Get a spiritual mentor to find greater growth in discipleship:

Reach out: Take a few seconds & let your mentor know about how you’re doing. As a Christian, it’s great to learn to ask for help if it’s needed. It’s one of the key ways that we grow in our faith! The Bible says “bear one another’s burdens, and
so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

Pastor, does your church need a clear pathway for discipling new Christians?

Pastors of smaller churches are frequently frustrated with discipleship. The number one response to the question “What is your biggest challenge with discipleship?” is this: “I have no plan.” Don’t be that guy. 


Without a clear plan, we’ll never be able to multiply disciple-makers, as Paul commands Timothy to do in 2 Timothy 2:2: “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.” Notice the 4 generations of disciples there in that one verse? Paul must have had a clear discipleship strategy – a clear plan that Timothy knew how to reproduce! 


If you need one (and you do!) then try out the discipleship strategy at NewStart Discipleship tools. You can get some free discipleship tools immediately by email, to help you start planning your disciple-making strategy.

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