Discipling Toward a Decision:
When we implemented No Place Left strategy about two years ago, I invited several people to join a Bible study for unbelievers who were interested in learning more about the Bible. I had two guys show up and they have been the most faithful attenders of any group I have ever led. We did a Creation to Cross study, then the gospel of John and now we’ve moved into Mark. At numerous times, I almost gave up but every time I started to quit, they would take an obedience step to show that they were really engaged.
Tracey (pictured) began taking big steps toward Jesus. One night I asked what the difference was and he shared that he had been praying through James 4:6-10 each morning before work. (I had preached a sermon on that passage and he kept the notes in his truck. The date on the notes was January and it was September when we had this conversation).
We talked and he said that he wanted to follow Jesus. I told him the next step was to get baptized and he balked. I hit him with the baptism hammer in Acts and he said he knew he should but just wouldn’t. Last week he said he was ready. When I asked why he said, “Well, we read Mark 8:38 – For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father and with the holy angels. This is my obedience step. It’s time to stop playing around with it.”
(The look on my face and the laughter is because he didn’t listen to the “bend your knees and then stand back up. I about threw my back out picking up the dead weight. Ha!)