Receptivity and Response
Lub-Dub … lub-dub … lub-dub. These are the alternating sounds of the heart as it collects and pumps blood throughout the body. This sustained pace of circulation repeats over two billion times in a 60-year old lifetime. Our spiritual discipline should follow this same consistent pattern. Christlikeness is about receptivity and response. “Grace is not opposed to action, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not have to do with sins alone.” (Dallas Willard, Divine Conspiracy)
If Christlikeness is the goal of our apprenticeship, then we should learn from the habits of this master craftsman. We should adopt the simple habits that he lived by. His obedient life followed this simple pattern of receive and respond. Notice what scripture tells us about his habits.
- First, it was his custom to read scripture. (Mt 5:17, Mt 7:12, Mt 22:40, Mk 12:10, Lk 4:16, Lk 4:21, Lk 5:16)
- Second, it was his custom to pray. (Mt 6:9-13, Mt 14:23, Lk 5:16, Lk 6:12, Lk 9:18, Lk 9:28-29, etc)
- Third, it was his custom to teach others in fellowship. (Mt 5:17, Lk 4:21, Lk 24:27 and more)
Scripture - Reading & Reflecting
How much more is our need to read and reflect on God’s Word if the greatest man that ever lived made it his priority? Certainly, his priority should be our double priority.
Every Man Arizona has tools to help you accomplish this goal. The devotions are mini-studies that contain a scripture to read as well as thoughtful insight for reflection and prayer. Written by men for men, these devotions push aside the macho-stereotype and deal with the successes and failures, hurdles and obstacles, pressures and temptations that men face daily. Our prayer is that these realistic insights into NT and OT heros provide lessons (good and bad) into Christlikeness for spiritual transformation.
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Tools - Mentoring and Discipleship
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In July, Man in the Mirror (MIM) is our focus. Learn more about their tools. Find out how these tools can be customized for your congregation’s ministry to men. Ask Michael Grimm to tailor a discipleship program to fit your individual ministry needs. Telephone, email and name contact information appears at the end of article.
Since 1986, MIM has worked with more than 25,000 churches and millions of men. MIM helps leaders provide a discipleship pathway for every man in their church. This is accomplished by three interlocking strategies: Leadership Training, Church Resources and Ministry Consulting. The long-term goal is that, with God’s help, ten million new men will lead powerful lives transformed by Christ by 2025. Click here to “Learn More“ about the passion behind Patrick Morley and goals for Man in the Mirror.
“Conversion is a gift and an achievement. It is the act of a moment and the work of a lifetime. You cannot attain salvation by discipline – it is the gift of God… DISCIPLINE IS THE FRUIT OF CONVERSION – NOT THE ROOT.”
– E Stanley Jones (1884-1973), Missionary