Biblical Discipleship: Essential Components for Attaining Spiritual Maturity

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Selah Book Press, 2017 M04 17 - 378 páginas

Today, we have many ways of defining success in life. Some define it as being a sports hero, others as being wealthy, others as being popular and well liked, and still others as being happy. How does God define success? He defines it as being spiritually mature!

How do we become spiritually mature? There’s only one way, and it’s called discipleship. However, statistics show that discipleship is in a state of crisis today. Many Christians are not growing in Christ and are stuck in the process of reaching spiritual maturity. A Barna study reveals that almost nine out of ten senior pastors of Protestant churches assert that spiritual immaturity is one of the most serious issues facing the church.

Sadly, what discipleship meant in the time of Christ and what it means today is vastly different. Moreover, the importance Christ and the Apostles gave to discipleship is also stunningly different than the importance many Christians and churches today give it.

Unlike the disciples who had much of Scripture memorized, a whopping 81% of Christians today don’t read their Bibles regularly. Unlike Christ’s disciples who were “Fishers of Men,” 61% of believers today have not shared their faith in the past six months. And sadly, unlike Christ and the Apostles who made discipleship the central focus of their ministries, 81% of pastors today have no regular discipleship programs in their churches. Discipleship is being neglected today, and the consequences are crippling many Christians and churches. This book hopes to change that!

Chapter 1 focuses on the state of discipleship today and exposes the sad truth that it’s in crisis mode. Chapter 2 reveals 13 key factors contributing to the lack of discipleship today. Chapter 3 defines biblical discipleship based on central phrases Christ used in His ministry. Chapter 4 brings to light 14 essential components of the discipleship-making process that must be understood and practiced in order to attain spiritual maturity. Chapter 5 provides practical, “how-to” help for growing in Christ. It includes self-assessment tests for measuring your level of spiritual maturity in each essential component of discipleship and gives hands-on, useful ideas for taking steps toward spiritual maturity.

Discipleship is a command for all believers and is our highest calling. This book provides biblical help for fulfilling this calling and seeks to discover what God says about genuine growth in Christ. It’s both an informative book and a “how-to” book. It deals with the barriers that are hindering discipleship, and offers practical help for overcoming these barriers and attaining spiritual maturity.

So, are you ready to grow? Would you like to be pleasing to God? Would you like to fulfill the reason for which you’ve been created? Would you like the full blessings of God in your life? Would you like to become spiritually mature? Would you like to hear Christ’s words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” when you arrive in heaven? If so, this book is for you.

 

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Foreword
1
Key Factores Contributing to the Neglect
19
Defining Biblical Discipleship
135
The Meaning of Being Ashamed of Christ and
185
How to Grow in Christ
277
How to Grow in the Knowledge of God
284
How to Grow in SelfDiscipline
289
How to Grow in Obedience
293
How to Grow in Your Inner Life
320
How to Grow in Spiritual Gifts
324
How to Grow in Serving
328
How to Grow in Spiritual Attitudes
332
How to Grow in Character
336
How to Grow in Stewardship
340
Overall Spiritual Maturity Chart
346
Conclusion
349

How to Grow in Abiding in Christ
297
How to Grow in Prayer
301
How to Grow in Mentoring
305
How to Grow in Church Involvement
310
How to Grow in Evangelism
314
Bibliography
351
About the Author
360
Connect with Todd Mike
361
Look for More Books by Todd Mike
362
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Dr. Todd M. Fink is founder and director of Go Missions to Mexico and Holy Land Site Ministries. He received a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Freelandia Bible College (1986-1990), did studies at Western Seminary (1990-1993), received a Master of Theology Degree from Freedom Bible College and Seminary (2012-2013), and received a Ph.D. degree in Theology from Trinity Theological Seminary (2015).


He served as youth/associate pastor for 12 years at an Evangelical church in Oregon (1987-1998).


Todd (Mike) is currently serving as pastor and missionary with Go Missions to Mexico Ministries in Mexico (1998-present) and is also an author, speaker, and teacher. He has a deep passion for God’s Word and enjoys helping people understand its eternal truths. He is married to his lovely wife, Letsy Angela, and has four grown children.


Ministries of Go Missions to Mexico

GoMissionsToMexico.com ~ Short-term mission trips to Mexico

HolyLandSite.com ~ Holy Land video teachings and resources

MinisteriosCasaDeLuz.com ~ Spanish resources for pastors

SelahBookPress.com ~ Book publishing

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