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Thanks for visiting the website! This month’s picture was taken in Ecuador in August 2019, during a seminar I presented over the book fo Hebrews. [Click picture to enlarge.]

a seminar in Ecuador

Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the task of ministry and mission work for over 50 years! Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob" or "Hermano Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw in my family. One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! The greatest joy of my life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!


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April 2020


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  • 3 abril: Evangelio de Marcos
  • 4 abril: Como usar el texto bĂ­blico para realizar sermones y estudios efectivos
  • Upcoming Mission and Ministry Schedule

  • March 22: Mission Report and Sermon, Fort Gibson church of Christ, Fort Gibson, OK
  • March 27: ZOOM, Bible study with brothers from Chile and Ecuador
  • March 29: ZOOM, Preach @ Pilanqui iglesia de Cristo, Ibarra, Ecuador
  • March 31: ZOOM, Bible class with Christians in Colombia
  • April-May: REMOTE, sermons, classes, and devotionals [many scheduled events will be posted here and on Facebook]
  • April 3: ZOOM, Bible study with brothers from Chile and Ecuador
  • April 4: ZOOM, teach Bible study, Panamericana Norte, Lima, Peru
  • April 12: ZOOM, teach Cornerstone class, Park church of Christ, Tulsa, OK
  • May 28-30: REMOTE, Peru National Conference for Preachers and Church Leaders
  • Most events are also included on the 2020 Calendar. For the present time, I hope you can join me online for seminars, sermons, studies, and classes. (Contact me for details of how to connect.) In the future, I hope that you can join me at an event in your area. Contact me for details or to schedule an event. I am currently scheduling 2021.

    Discipleship: Life Transfer

    "Holistic small groups are the natural place for Christians to learn to serve others-both inside and outside the group-with their spiritual gifts. The planned multiplication of small groups is made possible through the continual development of leaders as a by-product of the normal group life. The meaning of the term 'discipleship' becomes practical in the context of holistic small groups: the transfer of life, not rote learning of abstract concepts." (Natural Church Development, Christian Schwarz, p. 32).

    The church is talking about discipleship. I am glad! I receive emails asking me to define discipleship. Several have asked me to teach a class focused on biblical discipleship. What is the difference between evangelism and discipleship? What does it mean to be a disciple? What is the difference between being a Christian and being a disciple?
    The last sentence in the Schwarz quote helps us wrap our minds around the biblical idea of discipleship. Discipleship involves "life transfer." Disciples are made by disciples. Disciples who are committed to making more disciples learn and practice the skill of "life transfer." The new life that is initiated in baptism must then be shaped and fashioned by teaching, time together, mentoring, modeling, and sharing life. "Life transfer" occurs most simply when people interact and spend time together. Spiritual life transfer requires that the time spent together provide opportunities for shared spirituality.

    A mature discipleship may learn how to experience "life transfer" in personal relationship with Jesus - learning Jesus' will, spending time with Jesus, knowing Jesus' word and will, knowing Jesus. But that is not the way discipleship begins.
    Read Matthew 28:18-20. Making disciples involves baptism "plus." I rejoice when people are baptized because the door has been opened for future spiritual and faith development. I also know that a person who is baptized but whose life is unchanged is worse off than before (2 Pet. 2:20-22). A person who is baptized without "life transfer" that leads to life change, characterized by new commitments to worship, relationships, service, and shared body life in community of believers has gotten physically wet without changing the spiritual condition. Such a one has washed the exterior without washing the interior.

    Making disciples involves baptism and teaching -- new life in Christ must be followed by life transfer!


    This article is also available at this link: Discipleship: Life Transfer

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