Jesus the Discipler Archive

Balance Your Growth by Mark Steiner

First Century Parenting Just for fun, put yourself in the sandals of Joseph or Mary, Jesus’ earthly parents. What unique challenges did they face raising a child who never lied, never talked back, never undermined their authority, and always obeyed? A solitary verse summarizes Joseph and Mary’s parenting efforts: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). …

Empower Elementary: How to Make “Little Disciples”

Jesus’ Example Jesus modeled true discipleship. While He certainly ministered to the masses, He poured His life into twelve diverse disciples. Jesus walked along dusty paths privately instructing His disciples more often than He stood on a hillside publicly teaching the crowds. Genuine discipleship takes place in one-on-one relationships, or in very small groups. Personal Progress One-on-one discipling has many advantages over group discipleship. In …

Mass Discipleship?

While there are many stories of Jesus speaking to the “multitudes” the vast majority of the Gospels are stories of his interactions with his disciples. A few men he chose to pour His life in to. In today’s ministry world, we are all about reaching the multitudes – and technology has enabled us to reach people we’ll never even meet via radio, television and this …

Faith, First-Hand

Jesus spent a lot of time with the disciples- just doing life together. They walked together, ate together, and visited together. Throughout the book of Matthew, we read phrases such as “When the disciples saw this, they…” or “When the disciples heard this, they…” They were reacting to real life moments that Jesus used to show the disciples who He was. In Matthew 17, Jesus …