It is a short, simple phrase. Yet every time I see it, it stops me in my tracks. See for yourself:
“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is the one thing I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life.” Psalm 27:4 NIV
“Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go and sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'” Mark 10:21 NIV
“One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 NAS
“Only one thing is [necessary]. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 12:42 NIV
One thing. That tiny, two-word phrase has more power to grab my attention than a giant billboard on a Houston freeway. Yet its simplicity draws me back to the basics in my walk with the Lord (something I am prone to complicate).
Recently, I read something with similar brake-like power. But it wasn’t a scripture. And it doesn’t contain the two-word phrase. It was this simple quote:
“Only a disciple can make a disciple.” A. W. Tozer
Precious sister, there is one thing only a disciple can do: make disciples.
As we begin the final two weeks of this online study, may the Great Commission bring us back to the basics of what being a disciple is all about:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples.” Matthew 28:19 NASB
One-Year Bible Winner
This week’s winner of the fabulous One Year Bible for women is Laura Hernandez! Congratulations, Laura!
The Lord led Laura to our online study for the very first time last week, and her heartfelt, honest comment touched my heart. Laura, if you’re reading this, thank you for introducing yourself and for sharing your heart with us. You are loved and prayed for by me and so many others who read your comment.
To receive your One Year Bible, Laura, please email us (email@example.com) with your mailing address, and we will ship it to you asap. And because we love you (and we love encouraging women just like you), you also will receive the Are You a Disciple? workbook and downloadable video links. Enjoy, dear sister!
The Grand Prize Drawing Draweth Near!
On Tuesday, Nov. 24th, I will announce the winner of our Are You a Disciple? GRAND PRIZE ‘PERFECT ATTENDANCE’ DRAWING. The winner will receive: a $250 shopping spree on Priority’s online store! To enter, post a comment to one or more of the discussion questions in all 8 of the Are You a Disciple? online study posts (the final post won’t be up until next Friday, Nov. 20).
Important: If you’ve fallen behind in posting your comments to our discussion, you can still catch up and be entered in the drawing. And to help you do just that, here are the links to each of the Are You a Disciple? online study posts:
- Introductory Week
- Week 1
- Week 2
- Week 3
- Week 4
- Week 5
- Week 6 (this post)
- Week 7 (to be posted on Friday, Nov. 20)
When you are ready to discuss what you studied in your Week 6 homework, here’s how the online discussion works:
- Just post your comment to one or more of the discussion questions below. We are soooo close to the finish line on this study. I encourage you to hang in there and finish strong.
- Read and reply to comments other group members post as the Lord leads you. I have been loving reading your replies to one another!
Week 6 Discussion Questions:
This week you studied Distinctive #7 of Devoted Disciples: Christlike Character. Jesus said, “Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher,” Luke 6:40 (NLT).
Question 1: As you learned in your Bible study this week, Jesus was both truthful and compassionate. What did you learn about both of these characteristics from the example of Jesus? (Day 1)
Question 2: How do two seemingly opposite characteristics — meekness and boldness — go hand-in-hand? What did you learn from Jesus’ example? (Day 2, Ques. 3)
Question 3: As you think about all of the Christlike characteristics you studied this week (truthfulness, compassion, meekness, boldness, mercy, forgiveness, and servanthood), which one or two of those do you most need to develop as a disciple and why?
Our Assignment This Week:
- If you ordered the Are You a Disciple? downloadable videos, watch the Week 6 video and fill in the listening guide on p. 147 in your workbook. If you didn’t purchase the videos, but you’d like to watch this week’s video, click here.
- Complete the Week 7 homework which we will discuss next Friday, Nov. 20
I close with this reminder: “Only a disciple can make a disciple.” Someone discipled you. Be that someone to someone else.
I love you, sisters!