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Obedience Challenge - Day 17


Welcome to today's Obedience Challenge! We're beginning an epic, 90 day Journey through the Gospels, learning to love and follow Jesus as his disciples.


The Scripture reading for today is: Matthew 17

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Today, we're looking at the command of Jesus in Matthew 5:43-45. In this command, Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."


What a profound idea! How can a Christian truly keep this command? We talked about how to do this in day 17!

Don't walk alone as a disciple -- reach out to a mentor!

Reach out: Take 60 seconds & text your mentor about what you’re learning. Ask for prayer, share next actions, or share how Jesus is transforming you.

How can I multiply disciple-makers in my church, no matter what size?

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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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