In yesterday’s post we asked why more Christians don’t seek out mentorship in their walk of faith? Why don’t more elderly Christians seek younger Christians to take under their wings? Why don’t many elder men and women get close enough to others in the church so they model godly living (1 Peter 5:1-3)? Why don’t many older Christians follow the model Jesus gave us, to walk closely with those who need mentorship? Overall, I see at least three major objections to modern-day mentorship. They are . . .
Covenant Eyes Podcast – Episode 33 Today’s podcast is the second portion of my conversation with Jonathan Dodson, author of Fight Clubs: Gospel-Centered Discipleship. Jonathan is the lead pastor of Austin City Life. In this podcast, Jonathan describes how Christian accountability groups can focus their conversations on Biblical truths that enact real internal change. In the spirit of the great Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards, Dodson calls us to stir up “religious affections” in one another, new gospel-centered, Spirit-empowered desires that motivate real obedience to God. You can read more about this in chapter three of Fight Clubs, “How to Fight: … Continue reading →
“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). Becoming like Christ often caught more than taught. Often our character is shaped more by our mentors than by the books we read or the sermons we hear. In the early church this dynamic was called discipleship, and it is one of the missing jewels of the church today. Here’s a profound theological thought: When God sent His Son into the world, He came as a first-century Galilean rabbi (Mark 9:5; John 1:38; 20:16). The rabbi-talmud (master-disciple) relationship was … Continue reading →
by Jonathan Dodson In an article entitled “When the Problem is Sexual Sin,” John F. Bettler breaks down the problem of sexual sin into three areas: 1) Objects of Lust 2) Relationship Lusts 3) Life-meaning Lusts Arranging these sins into a pyramid (Lust Objects at the top and Life-meaning lusts at the bottom), Bettler makes the point that removing the lust object only deals with the tip of the triangle. Of course, the tip needs to be dealt with. Temptations should be removed: software installed on the computer, codes on the T.V. and so on; however, this is simply remedial, … Continue reading →
Covenant Eyes Podcast – Episode 32 Today’s podcast is the first portion of my conversation with Jonathan Dodson, author of Fight Clubs: Gospel-Centered Discipleship. Jonathan is the lead pastor of Austin City Life. In this podcast Jonathan describes two ways Christian accountability relationships and groups typically go wrong: how they slide toward either legalism or looseness. You can read more about this in chapter two of Fight Clubs, “Fighting for the Church: The Failure of Accountability.”