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Personal discipleship is about moving closer to what Jesus wants for us in every area of our lives.

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What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?

Discipleship isn’t about learning more, but following and copying Jesus in the everyday. We aren’t historians we are partners in Jesus’ kingdom movement.

Cris Rogers

In this series on discipleship, Loretta chats to Rev Cris Rogers about making disciples and together unpack the most frequently asked questions on the subject.

How can we get more from the Bible

Discipleship is about learning about the one we follow and the place we do that is in the Bible. Here we ask questions around how to get more from the bible? Cris gives us a spiritual practice to use every day to help with this.

Cris Rogers

APPRENTICESHIP AND DISCIPLESHIP

Pete Baker, the Pais England National Director, talks with Cris about how to put into practice ancient discipleship practices with young people.

PETE BAKER

Apprenticeship as Discipleship

Making Disciples interview with John Mark Comer

Cris Rogers & John Mark Comer

Cris Rogers interviews John Mark Comer, Author of "God has a name" and pastor of Bridgetown Church Portland on the topic of apprenticeship as discipleship.

FOUR THINGS JESUS NEVER SAID

Weird and wonderful phantom quotes or ideas that people either say or live by without realising they are just not true and really not helpful...

Cris Rogers

I wonder how often we misquote Jesus without even realising it. Could it be that we think we know what Jesus said but for some reason we have the wrong end of the stick. Someone once said to me, ‘as Jesus said spare the rod, spoil the child’. Wow! Taken aback I made sure they understood that Jesus never said that. I also had to make it clear to another person that Jesus never said, God helps those who help themselves. I quickly made them aware that God helps those who can’t help themselves.

How to share our faith with others

Taking time to think about sharing your story of meeting Jesus...

Cris Rogers

When it comes to sharing our faith, where do we start? Sin? Jesus? Resurrection? Do we go with something more palatable and vague? What about love, everyone wants a bit of love don't they? The truth is that there are some words that unlock conversation and some words that close conversation down. A good example is that of sin. Sin has been used for so long to bash people towards Jesus that the whole concept has become familiarised and people roll their eyes and shrug their shoulders and give us a ‘yeh yeh, tell me something I don't know’ look.

Help, I have a young family...

I am tired, short of time and struggling to grow in my faith.

Lars Meilandt Hansen

I love the verse from Matthew 22:37 “Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… 'Love your neighbour as yourself.” Or as the disciple-shape tool showed us. Love God with your head, heart and hands. That is the teaching, there's nothing new there. The reality is, there does come a time when this is significantly hard. What do you do when you have a baby, and a toddler, and another on the way. What does it mean then to love God with your head, heart and hands? How do we apply this teaching in this season of life?

THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Going back to the old ways of making disciples - apprenticeship is discipleship, discipleship is about apprenticeship.

Cris Rogers

Our higher education model is having a detrimental effect upon how we do discipleship. So much of how the church does discipleship is modelled on a failing school system. I don’t say that to offend any teachers, but I am trying to shake up the church.

Making Disciples interview with Dr Paula Gooder

We talk with the eminent theologian Dr Paula Gooder about learning to 'knock about with Jesus'

Cris Rogers & Paula Gooder

Dr Paula Gooder speaks about learning to 'knock about with Jesus' and what it means to be a life long learner of Rabbi Jesus.

Mission isn't an afterthought

It is central to your discipleship

Sarah Mcdonald

Why is it so easy for Churches to form small groups but so difficult to get volunteers for outreach days?

Singleness Part 1

What The Bible Actually Says About Singleness

André Adefope

In this two-part article, we will explore two important biblical teachings surrounding singleness.

Singleness Part 2

What The Bible Actually Says About Singleness

André Adefope

In the second of this two-part article, we will continue to explore the biblical teachings surrounding singleness.

Browsing the Library

Dan Scott

The Bible is a funny old book, and let’s be honest sometimes not the easiest book to read...

How to talk about your faith well

5 tips for talking about Jesus

Gav Calver

There are few things that I get asked about more by my fellow Christians than ‘how do I talk about my faith?’

Catalysis

Jason Gardner

How did the early church make disciples? What can a church implement to activate discipleship in its churches.

Reading in three dimensions

How to get the most out of your bible reading

Rod Green

Reading the bible is not easy. How many of us have started out with the intention of reading the whole bible in a year only to find ourselves defeated the tenth time we read about ‘the long lobe of the liver’ in Leviticus!

Who drives the verbs?

How to read the bible for personal transformation

Rod Green

What are you looking out for when you read the bible?

Shaping our minds so our hands can be activated

Making Disciples interview with Dr Stephen Backhouse

Cris Rogers & Stephen Backhouse

Stephen shares with us how our minds needs shaping so that our hands can be activated and live out what we are wrestling with. We also talk about the place of Theology in the local church and Tent Theology.

Who shapes your view of the world?

The Bible? Other Christians? The spirit? All of them?

Cris Rogers

We can’t help it but we all read the world through western eyes and we certainly do the same with the Bible. With everything we watch, read or hear we make a judgment upon it from our way of seeing the world. We all have deeply held beliefs, ingrained patterns of interpreting the world around us. Each of these firmly held beliefs cast a shadow over the way we read the Bible.

Making Disciples Interview with Miriam Swaffield

[Part 2] Cris continues speaking to Miriam about how to share our faith whilst making it natural and normal...

Cris Rogers & Miriam Swaffield

Understanding what we can bring to the table once we own our style for sharing our faith.