Monday, December 2, 2019
Be A Disciple
The twenty-first century Church has the same Holy Spirit power and many more modern-day resources than the first century Church, yet the first century Church had greater success in making disciples. Why? They followed the plan Jesus gave them, and He blessed it. But the more worldly progress we've made, the more we've deviated from Jesus's plan by choosing programs, entertainment, and socials with only surface-level encounters.
We neglect to make a connection with the lost, and they see no real commitment from the church. So they come and go as we continue to meet and plan more programs. To end the cycle, we must go and make disciples as Jesus taught--investing our lives in the lives of others.
Do you long to live the Great Commission and make disciples, but you're not sure how? In Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple, Ellie Littleton offers biblical examples and concepts that break down the hard work of discipleship into sixteen thought-provoking lessons.
So go and make disciples. "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples" (John 15:8 niv).
"As the Lord's earthly ministry got under way, He began by making disciples and never stopped until He ascended into heaven. Had the disciples not followed His example, we would not be disciples of Jesus today. As Ellie's pastor, I've seen her live out the principles she teaches in this book. I highly recommend this book to all Christians, so we can all follow Jesus's command to make disciples."
--Rev. David Warren, South Shelby Baptist Church, Shelby, Alabama
My thoughts: I enjoyed this study and the way it was set up! A 16 week study that really delves into the different aspects of being a disciple and how to encourage others in a walk with the Lord. I like that there are thought provoking Scripture verses at the end of each chapter, along with prayer ideas. I also love that Ellie incorporates quotes by well known disciples through the ages. This is an excellent study!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
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About the Author:
Ellie Littleton has spent most of her adult life teaching both high school and adult Sunday school. She is minister of Vision Teams at her church, and serves as an officer on the planning team of her church’s annual Women of the Word Conference. Her husband of twenty-one years and high school sweetheart, Brad Littleton, serves as minister of music at their church. Their daughter, Hannah Kate, has been active in AcTeens and children’s church. She plans to continue competitive cheer in college. Son, Grayson, is home from a six-month internship at Lifehouse Church in Tokyo, Japan, and is seeking a position as a youth pastor. Ellie and her family love their church, family-and-friend cookouts, volleyball, boat riding, and music. She also enjoys reading, women’s conferences, and sneaking away to occasional girlfriend getaways at the beach.
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Eighteen years ago, I was blessed to be a part of a church plant in the community where I was raised and still call home. The new church, South Shelby Baptist, gave me the opportunity to dig in and exercise the spiritual gifts given to me by the Holy Spirit. As I begin to write and teach Bible lessons, a deep passion arose and bloomed within my heart to grow in the grace and knowledge of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18) and see others grow too. I am a people-person and find great joy in connecting with people and seeing people connected, especially within the Body of Christ. In the past five years, God has been and is pulling me out of that comfort zone of lessons into writing Bible studies. My pastor, David Warren, leads the vision of our church- be a disciple and make a disciple. He asked me a couple of years ago, to write a Bible study on the topic of discipleship for our folks as a resource to help us grow and activate the call to make disciples. And that is how Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple Bible study began. I wrote this Bible study for my church to use as resource to grow in discipleship, because my heart for ministry is in the local church, especially my local church, South Shelby Baptist. But God. God began prompting my heart with the dream to have Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple published… and here it is. God is good and He is faithful; great is your faithfulness, O LORD! It is my prayer that you can use it as a resource to help you and your local church grow in discipling others too. To God be the glory and blessings to you in Christ,
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