Mark Alan Williams
Why Now is the Perfect Time for Discipleship
We can make great spiritual progress during this quarantine time.
Now is the perfect time for discipleship! The COVID-19 crisis is providing unique opportunities, as I wrote about in my recent article “How the COVID-19 Crisis Can Help Us.” There are many tragedies in this crisis, but there are also opportunities. One of them is spiritual growth through discipleship.
Let me explain.
3 reasons why now is the perfect time for discipleship:
1. Many have more free time during this stay at home period.
Some have less free time. But others who do have more time than usual; have a wonderful opportunity during this period of sequestering to do good things, such as growing as a Jesus-follower and helping others to do the same. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Have you ever felt stagnant in your faith, like you’ve reached a dead end spiritually? You’re not alone. Many Christians have never been fully grounded in their faith; thus, they flounder spiritually and may end up leaving their church or even their faith. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can obey Jesus and make disciples; we just need a plan to do so!
Discipleship Journeys with Jesus (DJJ) is that plan for many. It is a comprehensive, trustworthy, Biblical, reliable and actionable resource that helps people become mature disciples of Christ. It provides a tool to make disciples as Jesus commanded in His Great Commission.
The studies are simple, yet profound. They can be used by people 10 years of age and up, yet they will also challenge seasoned Christians.
What do you need to travel these journeys?
The ability to read the Bible and the journeys (or be read to)
A willingness to follow Jesus and apply the lessons learned
Many thousands in dozens of countries are utilizing these studies to grow closer to Jesus and reporting testimonies of transformed lives. They are also reproducing countless disciples at astounding rates!
You can do the same—they are all available without charge online. To get all the free discipleship lessons from Discipleship Journeys with Jesus, go to djjministry.org and click where it says “START YOUR JOURNEYS HERE.”
2. We have the technology.
Now is the perfect time for discipleship because we have the technology available to work on spiritual growth from the comfort of our own homes.
The Six Million Dollar Man, was a television show in the 1970’s, that made this line famous: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man.”
So, they rebuilt Steve Austin with supernatural abilities, since he was the first “bionic man.”
Well, we can’t all be bionic physically, but we can be bionic spiritually. By that I mean we can grow to spiritual maturity, if we follow the right path and journey with Jesus.
Discipleship Journeys with Jesus is an online ministry that can take people on journeys to maturity in Christ anywhere in the world totally online on any electronic device (computer, tablet or smart phone). Due to the technological wonders of our day, it is available:
Anywhere there is an internet connection (borders are not an issue!)
24 hours a day
In multiple languages through electronic translation and translations we’re creating to make available on our website
Again, anyone who has an internet connection can take these journeys. To get all the discipleship lessons from Discipleship Journeys with Jesus, go to www.djjministry.org and click where it says “START YOUR JOURNEYS HERE.”
By the way, while we offer them without charge, there are many expenses, and if you are led to, you can help us via our Donate page.
3. We can mature spiritually during social quarantine with family and friends.
Discipleship cannot be done alone. Disciples and mentors are required. God determined that we are to mature in fellowship with others. “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:25)
Now is the perfect time for discipleship even during this time of social isolation:
If we have family, and we are all well, we can mature together. Instead of filling our minds with junk and perhaps immoral entertainment, we can grow in Christ, if we put in the effort.
Second, even if we are not seeing each other face-to-face, wonderful modern technologies can be used to fellowship. These include phones and internet conferencing technologies such as Zoom, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype and others. Again, it’s amazing the technological wonders we have available in our day.
So, what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time for discipleship. Give yourself and others a major blessing during this shelter-in-place time and do discipleship! Allow us to help you. To get all the discipleship studies from Discipleship Journeys with Jesus, go to www.djjministry.org and click where it says “START YOUR JOURNEYS HERE.”
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