Nov 22, 2017
“An ounce of application is worth a ton of abstraction.” So said Booker T. Washington, and it’s true, isn’t it?
Though our minds easily fill with ideas and concepts, converting them to applications that make it into our lives is another story altogether! But when that happens, it transforms us.
We were reminded of the need for accountability and application as we left this year’s National Disciplemaking Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, November 9-10. Navigator Church Ministries led a workshop track at the Forum, and we were inspired by the entire event.
At conferences such as this, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with information, new contacts, and ideas for our ministry. However, God’s Word was ringing in our hearts: “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand” (Isaiah 32:8, NIV).
How much can we really do? What can we realistically add to our already full agenda? We have a number of great ideas and even some planning started, yet we need to prioritize the “main thing” necessary to move forward.
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death.
This kind of real transformation is at the core of discipleship. We generally achieve it in the context of a relationship with accountability and application.
Since you’re reading this, you’re probably like us. We want to be faithful to the Great Commission and move disciplemaking forward in the churches where we serve.
Conferences like the National Disciplemaking Forum give us great options for this. But turning the possibilities into plans that become transformative usually takes a Bible, a person, and a tool—such as The 2:7 Series® or The Ways of the Alongsider. If you’re uncertain about what that might look like in your church, we would love to serve you!
Roy and Margaret co-direct Navigator Church Ministries, a Mission of The Navigators. You’re invited to email them or to inquire more about the work of NCM here.