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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

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    "And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
    - Phillipians 4:19

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    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
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Here are 10 Bible verses about the new year. Get excited about the plans that the Lord has for you over this coming year!

Whatever 2023 meant to you, 2024 is a brand new start. God has incredible divine appointments prepared for you over the next twelve months. Here are some key truths to focus your heart and mind. Prepare to receive all that He has for you.

Forgiveness and Redemption
  • Isaiah 43:18-19 – “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

I am grateful that we’ve been made new in Christ Jesus. And the great news is that we are continually being made new by His Holy Spirit. If you feel overwhelmed by your past, let me remind you of the words of Norman Vincent Peale.

“Ask the God who made you to keep remaking you.” —Norman Vincent Peale

Transformation and Renewal
  • Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
  • Ephesians 4:22-24 – “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

As we continually think about and meditate on God’s will for us, our minds will be renewed. One of the key concepts behind this verse in Romans is that of metanoia which literally means.

 “a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents, of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done.” In simplest terms, metanoia is a change of mind.

So, if you’re struggling with your mindset towards the coming year, simply read and meditate on the Word of God. As you do allow this metanoia process to take place within you.

Hope and Future
  • Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
  • Revelation 21:5 – “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'”

Tim Keller described the Kingdom of God as “now and not yet. ” Which means that the Kingdom of God, has come – in that we have some measure of Gods Kingdom already. Simultaneously, it is also coming, which means there is so much more for us to see. And finally, one day the Kingdom of God will FULLY come. We will live with Christ in peace unbroken for eternity.

So, if you find yourself frustrated by the challenges of daily life, remind yourself of these promises of God’s Kingdom. He plans to give you a hope and a future!

God’s Faithfulness
  • Lamentations 3:22-23 – “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
  • Hebrews 10:23 – “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

Even when we are faithless, God is faithful. If you need we mercies today, simply ask Him for them through prayer.

New Life in Christ
  • John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  • Colossians 3:9-10 – “…you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

Friend, Christ Himself will finish the good work He started in you! We pray that you would walk confidently into this next year full of hope and expectation for all that He wants to do in and through you. May these verses inspire and encourage you as you embark on new beginnings in your journey of faith!

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So why not take your discipleship journey to even greater heights by partnering with Global Disciples and exploring our training programs? You could connect with our resources, and support services. Theyre designed to empower believers like you to reach out to least-reached communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Explore our discipleship programs in Canada and discover how you can make a lasting difference in the lives of countless individuals across the globe. Your disciple-making adventure awaits!

Jesus Christ is a central figure in Christianity. His mission on earth was to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, and perform miracles to demonstrate his divinity. One of the most significant aspects of Jesus’ ministry was his willingness to lend a helping hand to those in need. Throughout the Bible, there are many notable moments where Jesus showed compassion, healing, and provision to those who came to him. These stories are important not only for their miraculous nature but also for the message they convey about the character of Jesus and his mission on earth.

a) Jesus Lends A Helping Hand And Heals a Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)

In Mark 2:1-12, Jesus heals a paralytic who is brought to him by his friends. The story takes place in Capernaum, where Jesus is preaching in a crowded house. The paralytic’s friends are unable to get him through the door, so they remove the roof and lower him down to Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus tells the paralytic that his sins are forgiven and then commands him to rise, take up his bed, and walk. The man is immediately healed and walks out of the house, to the amazement of the crowd.

This story is significant for several reasons. First, it demonstrates Jesus’ power to heal physical ailments. The paralytic had been unable to walk for a long time, and his healing was a miraculous event that showed the crowd that Jesus was not just an ordinary man. Second, it shows Jesus’ compassion for those who are suffering. He could have simply forgiven the man’s sins and left it at that, but he chose to heal him as well, showing that he cared about the man’s physical well-being as well as his spiritual health.

b) Jesus Lends A Helping Hand and Feeds the 5,000 (John 6:1-15)

In John 6:1-15, Jesus feeds a crowd of 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish. The story takes place near the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus is preaching to a large crowd. As the day wears on, the disciples become concerned that the people will be hungry and suggest that Jesus send them away to find food. Instead, Jesus tells them to gather what food they can find, and he blesses it and distributes it to the crowd. Everyone is able to eat their fill, and there are even leftovers.

This story is significant for several reasons. First, it shows Jesus’ generosity and provision. He could have sent the crowd away hungry, but instead, he chose to provide for them in a miraculous way. Second, it demonstrates Jesus’ supernatural power over nature. The fact that he was able to feed so many people with so little food is a miraculous event that shows his divinity. Finally, it shows the disciples that they can trust Jesus to provide for their needs, even in seemingly impossible situations.

c) Jesus Lends A Helping Hand And Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)

In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus calms a storm that threatens to capsize the boat he and his disciples are in. The story takes place on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus and his disciples are crossing to the other side. Suddenly, a fierce storm arises, and the disciples become afraid for their lives. They wake Jesus, who rebukes the wind and the waves and commands them to be still. The storm immediately calms, and the disciples are amazed.

This story is significant for several reasons. By rebuking the storm, he demonstrates that he has power over even the world’s most chaotic and unpredictable elements. Second, it shows Jesus’ compassion for his disciples. He could have simply let them face the storm on their own, but instead, he chose to calm it and save their lives. Finally, it shows the disciples that they can trust Jesus even in the most frightening and uncertain situations.

d) Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

The story of Blind Bartimaeus is a powerful demonstration of Jesus’ healing power and compassion. Bartimaeus was a blind beggar who cried out to Jesus for mercy as he passed by. Despite the crowd’s attempts to silence him, Bartimaeus persisted in his cries for help. Finally, Jesus called him over and asked him what he wanted. Bartimaeus replied, “Rabbi, I want to see.” Jesus then healed him, saying, “Go, your faith has healed you.”

The healing of Blind Bartimaeus was not only important for him but for the witnesses as well. They saw firsthand the power of Jesus’ compassion and faith. Jesus didn’t just heal Bartimaeus physically, but he also restored his dignity and sense of worth as a person. This healing also served as a reminder that Jesus came to heal and save all people, regardless of their social status or physical condition.

e) Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead (John 11:1-44)

The story of Lazarus is one of the most well-known miracles of Jesus. Lazarus was a close friend of Jesus, and when he fell ill and died, Jesus wept and then raised him from the dead. This miracle was important not only for Lazarus but also for his sisters and the mourners. They witnessed the power of Jesus’ love and compassion and saw that death was not the end.

The raising of Lazarus also foreshadowed Jesus’ own resurrection, which would come just a few days later. This miracle was a powerful reminder that Jesus had power over death and that he came to bring new life to all who believed in him.

f) Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet (John 13:1-17)

The story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet is a powerful example of his humility and service to others. In this story, Jesus is preparing for the Last Supper with his disciples when he removes his outer robe, ties a towel around his waist, and begins washing their feet. Peter protests, but Jesus tells him that unless he allows Jesus to wash his feet, he has no part with him.

This act of service was important not only for the disciples but for all readers of the Bible. It was a reminder that Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and that true greatness comes from humility and service to others. This act also served as an example for his followers to follow and emulate.

Conclusion

The stories of Jesus lending a helping hand are significant for believers and non-believers alike. They show the compassion, love, and humility of Jesus, and they serve as a reminder of his mission to heal and save all people. These stories continue to inspire and guide believers today and serve as powerful witnesses to the truth of Jesus’ message. As we reflect on these stories, may we be inspired to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, serving and loving others with the same compassion and humility that he demonstrated.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near to reach least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet, Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are hoping to undergo Christian disciple training or are simply looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

The modern world is full of self-centeredness, which often leads to a lack of generosity. This is particularly true in the Christian community, where it can be difficult to keep the focus on others rather than on our own needs.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps we can take to become more generous Christians.

Here are seven steps to follow to become a more generous Christian.

1. Pray for God’s Help

Prayer is an important part of the Christian life. It is a way to communicate with God and to express our needs and desires. When we pray, we are also asking God to help us in our daily lives.

One of the things we can pray for is to become more generous Christians. Generosity is an important virtue in Christianity. It is about giving ourselves to others, whether it is our time, our talents, or our resources. When we are generous, we are showing our love for others. We are also following the example of Jesus Christ, who was the ultimate example of generosity.

2. Consider Your Finances

While being generous is undoubtedly a good thing, you’ll want to be wise about how you approach all of this. In order to do this, you’ll need to examine and consider your finances and overall financial situation.

Take a look at your financial situation and determine how much money you can give away or donate to charitable causes. Consider setting up a budget for your giving and stick to it. By approaching things this way, you can help ensure your long-term financial wellbeing all while doing good that impacts the lives of countless others.

3. Be Generous with Your Time

Generosity is often thought of as giving money to charity or helping out a friend in need, but it can be so much more than that. Generosity is about giving of yourself – your time, your energy, your resources – to help make someone else’s life better.

There are countless ways to be generous, and each one of us has the opportunity to give in our own unique way. Whether it’s volunteering your time at a local shelter, cooking a meal for a neighbor in need, or simply offering a listening ear to a friend, generosity is always within reach.

4. Be Open to Opportunities

One of the best ways to be generous is to simply keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to help others. Whether you hear about a family in need through a friend or see a post on social media, there are always ways that you can help. Ask God to help you spot them!

5. Support Organizations That Help Others

Consider supporting organizations that work to help others. Whether it’s a church, a local non-profit, a soup kitchen, or a homeless shelter, there are plenty of organizations that are in need of donations and volunteers.

At Global Disciples Canada we are completely reliant on the generosity of others to be able to assist those living in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with multiply disciples of Jesus.

With so many people struggling to make ends meet, the work of charities and non-profits is vital to helping support our communities. Don’t underestimate the power of your giving because even the smallest of donations can really make a difference.

6. Show Kindness

When was the last time you showed kindness to someone? Maybe it was holding the door open for someone, or giving up your seat on the bus. Whatever the act, big or small, showing kindness is one of the most generous things you can do.

Think about the last time someone showed kindness to you. How did it make you feel? Probably pretty good, right? Showing kindness creates a ripple effect of positivity and can make someone’s day.

It’s important to be kind to others, but it’s also important to be kind to yourself. Treating yourself with compassion can be just as important as treating others with kindness. After all, you deserve it. So go out and spread some kindness today. You’ll be glad you did.

As an added bonus, your acts of kindness may even inspire others to be more generous as well. Remember, the best way to inspire change is to lead by example.

7. Spread the Word

While it is great that you are taking the steps to make a positive change in your life, it shouldn’t end here.

In order to be the best person you can be, it’s important to help people make positive changes in their life as well. One of the best ways to encourage others to be generous is to simply be generous yourself. When you give of your time, your resources, or your talents, others take notice. When you live a life of generosity, you inspire others to do the same. Let others know what you’re doing and encourage them to be generous as well. Whether it’s through word of mouth or social media, spreading the word about generosity can help inspire others to be generous too.

Conclusion

By following these seven steps, you can become a more generous Christian and help make the world a better place. When we use our resources to help others, we can make a real difference in the lives of those around us.

If you need help with the values of Christianity, then you’ve come to the right place.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near to least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet, Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Have you ever felt like you have a calling from God, but you’re not sure what it is? You’re not alone. Many Christians struggle to figure out God’s calling for their lives. It can be a daunting task. But thankfully there are some things you can do to help discern God’s calling for your life.

1. Trust God’s Judgment

The Bible encourages us to have faith in God and to rely on Him with all our hearts. If we acknowledge Him in all our decisions, He will direct us down the right path. We must have trust in the Lord and not rely on our own judgment. God has a purpose for each of us. And His plan is much more wonderful and amazing than our own expectations. If we place our faith in Him, He will lead us to our destiny and provide for our needs.

2. Develop Your Talents

It is our responsibility to nurture the gifts that God has given us and to ensure that we are using them well.

We must let the Spirit of God work through us, and never be afraid to use our talents to serve Him. And through prayer, we can fan the flame of our God-given talents and use them to impact the world around us.

3. Let the Holy Spirit Lead You

We are blessed to have the Spirit of God as our guide. As God’s children, we can be confident that if we are following the will of God, we can expect to be led by the Holy Spirit. As we put our trust in the Lord, He will direct us on the right path and provide us with the wisdom necessary to make decisions that will lead to a great future. We can be assured that the Spirit of God will always lead us in the right direction and provide us with the strength to continue our journey.

4. Understand Yourself in Christ

As a Christian, it is your purpose to build the Kingdom of God. You have been given special gifts and talents from God that you can use to live a life full of His presence and grace. To do this, you must be connected with Jesus and learn about who He is and what He desires for you. The Bible tells us that when we accept Jesus as our Savior, we receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation that leads us closer to Him. Knowing Jesus intimately will change you and give you a deeper understanding of the calling He has for you.

5. Give God Your All 

God’s plan for your life can be achieved when you devote your energy, talents, focus and attention to the task at hand. When we give God our all, He will bring out the best in us. The Bible encourages us to pursue the life God has called us to and to remain faithful and committed to His plan, even in the face of opposition. As we grow closer to Christ and distance ourselves from the distractions that keep us apart from Him, it only makes sense to give Him our best.

6. Keep Important Things in Focus

We must remain diligent and focused on God’s will for our lives, or else we will become vulnerable to the enemy’s schemes. The Bible warns us to be wary and keep a close eye on how we live our lives and how we teach others. We must stay true to what is right so that we can be saved and those around us are saved as well. It is vital that we keep our priorities straight so that we are not drawn away from God’s path.

7. Take the First Step

The Bible encourages us to look for the Lord and His might continually. Invite God into your prayers, asking Him to reveal His plans for you and your life. Pray for the faith and boldness to follow Him and His will, regardless of the unknowns. This will help you carry out God’s mission and bring glory to His kingdom.

How to Live a Life That Is Worth the Calling

Living a life worthy of Christ’s calling can be a difficult endeavor, but it is also one of the most rewarding things you can do. In order to live a life worthy of Christ’s calling, you must strive to be an example of His love and grace to others.

1. Make God the Center of Your Life

Make sure that you are spending time with God each day. This could mean praying, reading your Bible, or just spending time in reflection and meditation. Whenever you feel stressed or overwhelmed, remember to turn to God for strength and guidance.

2. Be a Light in the Darkness

It can be easy to get caught up in the darkness of the world around us, but it’s important to remember our role as a beacon of light. Bring a sense of hope and joy to those around you.

3. Love Others

It is important to remember that love is at the center of what God calls us to do. We must strive to love others as we would want to be loved. Show compassion, understanding, and mercy to those around you.

4. Serve Others

We are encouraged by Jesus to reach out and help others. Look for opportunities to lend a hand and make a difference in the lives of those around us or those in need of assistance.

5. Be Humble

Humility is essential to living a life worthy of Christ’s calling. Be honest with yourself and recognize that you are not perfect and that you will make mistakes.

6. Live a Life of Integrity

Make an effort to live in accordance with your values and principles. Do your best to be honest and ethical in everything you do.

7. Persevere

It is easy to give up when things get difficult, but it is important to remember that God calls us to persevere. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks; instead, stay focused and keep striving for what God has called you to do.

Conclusion

Striving to lead a life that is pleasing to God is no easy feat. But when we accept His grace and trust in His wisdom, we have the power to make a valuable contribution to the world. Through prayer and dedication, we can live a life that reflects Christ’s teachings and gives glory to our Lord.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near to least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet, Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

As disciples, we invest time in Bible study, prayer, worship, and fellowship with other believers. These are all crucial elements in deepening our connection with God. However, there is another equally important aspect of discipleship that can sometimes be overlooked—our emotional well-being. Emotionally healthy discipleship combines both our spiritual and emotional growth. This creates a more holistic approach to developing as followers of Christ.

Global Disciples is committed to training leaders in least-reached communities to multiply disciples of Jesus Christ. And spread His Good News.

We must recognize the value of emotional health in nurturing strong, resilient disciples. People who can effectively navigate the challenges of life, both as individuals and as members of faith communities.

Emotionally healthy discipleship is an essential resource for spiritual development. It provides practical guidance and support in maintaining emotional balance while deepening our relationship with Jesus.

In this blog post, we will explore the concept of emotionally healthy discipleship. We’ll learn its importance in fostering spiritual growth, and practical strategies for cultivating emotional wellness within faith communities.

We can build healthy relationships, fostering resilience and stability while remaining deeply connected to God.

By adopting emotionally healthy discipleship practices, faith communities can become safe spaces for people to openly share their struggles. We can learn from one another, and grow closer to God. Investing in our emotional health allows for the development of authentic relationships and a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace

Components of Emotionally Healthy Discipleship

A well-rounded approach to discipleship must consider both the spiritual and emotional aspects of our relationships with God and one another. Emotionally healthy discipleship incorporates several key components such as:

Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence

Self-awareness is essential for emotionally healthy discipleship and requires an honest examination of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. As disciples, it’s important to acknowledge our emotions, understand the underlying factors that contribute to them, and recognize their impact on our relationship with God and others.

Developing emotional intelligence enables us to better manage our emotions, empathize with others, and communicate effectively. To cultivate emotional intelligence, invest in strengthening your ability to recognize and regulate your emotions, empathize with others, and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.

Healthy Boundaries

Maintaining healthy boundaries is crucial for emotional well-being and strong relationships in faith communities. Boundaries protect us from emotional exhaustion and help us establish a balance between personal needs and our commitment to serve others.

Explore your boundaries by identifying areas where you might be overextending yourself or disregarding your emotional needs. Establish clear limits that honour your priorities, and ensure you are also respectful of the boundaries set by others.

Emotional Resilience

The development of emotional resilience is a vital aspect of emotionally healthy discipleship. Resilience helps us navigate difficult circumstances and maintain our emotional balance during times of stress, loss, or disappointment.

To build emotional resilience, focus on strengthening your faith and trust in God, seeking support from your faith community, and cultivating healthy coping mechanisms to handle challenges. Developing emotional resilience enables us to serve as effective witnesses for Christ, even in the face of adversity.

Authentic Community and Connection

Fostering authentic community and connection within faith communities provides an environment where disciples can share their struggles, vulnerabilities, and emotional challenges openly, without fear of judgment. This supportive atmosphere encourages growth, healing, and transformation, as well as increased empathy and understanding among believers.

Promote authentic connection by creating safe spaces that encourage open dialogue, active listening, and mutual support. Establishing an environment of trust and empathy will help your faith community build strong, life-giving relationships.

Strategies for Promoting Emotional Health in Faith Communities

Implementing emotionally healthy discipleship practices within your faith community requires intentionality, effort, and ongoing support. Here are some practical strategies for fostering emotional health among disciples:

1. Encourage Open Discussions About Emotional Health: Normalize conversations about emotions by regularly addressing these topics in sermons, Bible studies, and small group discussions. Highlight biblical examples of emotional vulnerability and encourage believers to share their experiences and feelings openly.

2. Incorporate Emotional Health into Leadership Training: Equip leaders with the tools, resources, and knowledge necessary to prioritize emotional health within their ministries. Teach leaders to recognize signs of emotional distress and ensure they receive adequate support and training to navigate these challenges.

3. Provide Access to Mental Health Resources: Partner with professional mental health providers to offer support, counselling services, and educational resources that address common emotional challenges faced by disciples.

4. Establish Support Groups: Create safe spaces for individuals to come together and share their emotional struggles with like-minded believers. Support groups can provide an environment of understanding and mutual encouragement, fostering strong community bonds among disciples.

Cultivating an Emotionally Healthy Discipleship Culture

Emotionally healthy discipleship involves a commitment to nurturing the emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals within our faith communities. By prioritizing emotional health and implementing intentional strategies to promote emotional wellness, we can create an environment that supports the growth, healing, and transformation of believers.

As we cultivate an emotionally healthy discipleship culture, our faith communities become stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to navigate the complexities of life, all the while drawing closer to God and growing in spiritual maturity.

Conclusion

Emotionally healthy discipleship is essential for fostering spiritual growth and resilience within faith communities. By integrating self-awareness, emotional intelligence, healthy boundaries, emotional resilience, and authentic community connection into our discipleship practices, we create an environment conducive to emotional well-being and spiritual transformation.

By actively promoting emotional health and implementing practical strategies within our faith communities, we can support one another as we develop deep, authentic relationships, broadening our understanding of God’s love, grace, and truth and growing into resilient, effective witnesses for Christ in a challenging world. Emotionally healthy discipleship is not only a worthy goal but an essential component of a thriving, dynamic faith community committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

What does the phrase “the joy of the Lord is my strength” mean?

The phrase “the joy of the Lord is my strength” is a powerful declaration that has deep spiritual significance. It reminds us of the incredible source of strength and empowerment that comes from having a personal relationship with God.

In the Bible, specifically in the book of Nehemiah, we find this phrase mentioned. Nehemiah, a faithful servant of God, faced numerous challenges and opposition as he sought to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Despite difficulties and overwhelming circumstances, he declared:

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10, ESV).

So, what does this phrase really mean? It means that when we find our joy in the Lord, our strength is renewed and invigorated. It is a call to find our confidence, hope, and courage in the presence of God. When we fully trust in Him and rely on His promises, our hearts are filled with joy

And that joy becomes the foundation of our strength.

The world we live in can be challenging and draining. We face trials, temptations, and hardships that can easily weaken our resolve. However, the joy found in the Lord is not dependent on our circumstances. It is a deep, abiding joy that comes from knowing that we are loved, forgiven, and empowered by God.

When we tap into the joy of the Lord, it becomes a source of resilience and endurance. It gives us the strength to persevere in the face of adversity,

What Bible verse is “the joy of the Lord is my strength” from?

The Bible verse “the joy of the Lord is my strength” is found in Nehemiah 8:10. In this powerful verse, Nehemiah exhorts the people of Israel to celebrate and rejoice in the Lord, for it is through His joy that they find strength. This verse reminds us that, as believers, our source of strength is not found in our own abilities or circumstances, but rather in the joy that comes from knowing and serving the Lord.

The context of this verse is when Ezra the scribe brought the Book of the Law to the people after the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt. The people had been in exile and were deeply moved by the reading of the Law. However, instead of being sorrowful and overwhelmed by their failures, Nehemiah encouraged them to rejoice in the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness.

This powerful verse serves as a reminder to us today. In the midst of trials and challenges, we can find strength not in our own efforts, but in the joy that comes from our relationship with God. It is His joy that empowers us to face difficulties, overcome obstacles, and persevere in our faith.

As local churches seeking discipleship training and mobilization resources, it is crucial that we cultivate a culture of joy and celebration. By constantly reminding ourselves of the joy we have in the Lord, we can encourage one another, inspire growth, and strengthen our collective witness to the world.

Let us therefore embrace this truth and let the joy of the Lord be our strength

How can the joy of the Lord give us strength?

1. The Source of our Joy:

Before we delve into the strength that joy brings, let us remember that our joy is rooted in the Lord Himself. It is not dependent on our circumstances but rather on our relationship with Him. As Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” Therefore, the joy of the Lord is constant, unchanging, and readily available to all who seek it.

2. Renewed Perspective:

When we experience the joy of the Lord, it brings a shift in our perspective. It enables us to view life’s challenges through a spiritual lens, focusing on God’s faithfulness and promises rather than being overwhelmed by our circumstances. This renewed perspective infuses us with strength, as we realize that our joy is not contingent on what we face but on who walks beside us.

How can we serve each other with joy?

3. Strength in the Midst of Trials:

The joy of the Lord acts as a shield that guards our hearts and minds when we find ourselves in the midst of trials and tribulations. When our soulsare anchored in the joy of the Lord, we are able to endure hardships with resilience and perseverance. As the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:3-4, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” The joy of the Lord fuels our perseverance, enabling us to press on and find strength even in the most challenging times.

4. Empowerment for Kingdom Work:

When we tap into the joy of the Lord, we are empowered for Kingdom work. It ignites a passion within us to share the love of Christ and make disciples. As Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” This joy empowers us to step out in faith, serve others selflessly, and boldly proclaim the Gospel. It gives us the strength to fulfill the Great Commission and make an impact for eternity.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the joy of the Lord is not simply a fleeting emotion or a temporary feeling of happiness. It is a deep-rooted, unshakeable source of strength that sustains us in all circumstances. As we cultivate a culture of joy and celebration in our local churches, we become a powerful testimony to the world of the transformative power of Christ. Let us, therefore, embrace the joy of the Lord and allow it to strengthen us, inspire us, and empower us for Kingdom work.

How can we find joy in the Lord?

Finding joy in the Lord is not just a fleeting emotion, but a deep and abiding state of being. It is a choice we can make every day, regardless of our circumstances. So, how can we find joy in the Lord? Here are a few powerful ways:

1. Seek Him wholeheartedly: To find joy in the Lord, we must first seek Him wholeheartedly. This means making time for prayer, reading the Bible, and meditating on His Word. As we draw near to Him, we will experience His presence and joy in a profound way.

2. Cultivate gratitude: Gratitude is a key ingredient in finding joy in the Lord. Take time each day to count your blessings and thank God for His goodness. Gratitude shifts our focus from what we lack to what we have, filling our hearts with joy and contentment.

3. Surrender and trust: Letting go of our own plans and surrendering to God’s will is essential for finding joy in the Lord. Trust that His plans for us are good, even when things don’t go as we expect. Surrendering our desires and trusting in His wisdom brings a deep sense of peace and joy.

4. Serve others: Joy in the Lord is often found when we serve others selflessly. Look for opportunities to be a blessing to those around you, whether it’s within your church community or in your daily interactions. Serving others with love and compassion brings joy both to them and to us.

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Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

One of the most important facets of their spiritual growth is developing a deep understanding of the Bible.

This sacred text offers wisdom, guidance, and inspiration. It serves as the foundation for a meaningful relationship with God and Jesus Christ. However, many newcomers may find themselves overwhelmed and unsure where to begin. This blog post aims to guide those new to the Bible in deciding which book to read first.

Global Disciples believes that every believer has the potential to become a leader. Someone who can reach out and touch the least-reached communities. We train leaders to multiply disciples of Jesus Christ and spread His Good News. One critical aspect of this mission involves immersing ourselves in the Word of God.

What book in the Bible should I read first?

The Bible is composed of two main parts. The Old Testament, consisting of 39 individual books, and the New Testament, which includes 27 books. It encompasses a diverse range of literary forms, such as poetry, prophecy, history, parables, and letters. Each book offering unique insights into God’s message and character.

The Old Testament contains accounts of the creation of the world, the history of the Israelite nation. It also outlines the establishment of the covenant between God and His people. The New Testament focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It also covers the founding and early history of the Christian Church.

With this in mind, the primary question remains: What book in the Bible should I read first? We hope this guide will provide valuable insights and practical tips to enrich your understanding of God’s Word.

Starting with the Gospels

A great place to start is with the Gospel. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, are the first four books of the New Testament. Each Gospel offers a unique perspective on the life of Jesus. Reading them helps to develop an understanding of His character, compassion, and wisdom.

The Book of Matthew presents a comprehensive account of Jesus’ life. Written for a Jewish audience it contains evidence of fulfilled prophecies, and extensive teachings, including the Sermon on the Mount. The Gospel of Mark, being the shortest of the four, is a concise and fast-paced narrative. Luke offers a detailed, orderly account of the events surrounding Jesus’ ministry. Finally, the Gospel of John provides a more in-depth exploration of Jesus’ divinity. He emphasizes Jesus role as the “Word made flesh.”

Exploring Key Books in the Old Testament.

Some recommended starting points include:

1. Genesis: Genesis describes the creation of the world, humanity, and the nation of Israel. It also provides important background information on God’s covenant relationship with His people.

2. Exodus: This book narrates the story of the Israelites’ escape from Egyptian slavery, led by Moses. It outlines their journey through the wilderness, and the receiving of the Ten Commandments.

3. Psalms: Is a collection of 150 poems, songs, and prayers offers profound insights into human emotions, spiritual devotion, and worship. The Psalms are an invaluable resource for personal reflection and prayer.

4. Proverbs: This book is filled with practical wisdom and guidance on how to live a righteous, fulfilling life. It gives advice on topics such as finances, relationships, and personal conduct.

Diving into the Epistles

Once you have familiarized yourself with the Gospels and some of the essential Old Testament books, the next step is to explore the Epistles—letters written by early Christian leaders to various churches and individuals. These writings, contained mainly in the New Testament, offer valuable teachings on faith, love, and how to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ in a complex and changing world.

Some of the most influential Epistles to start with include:

1. Romans: Written by the Apostle Paul, this letter provides a comprehensive overview of the Christian faith, including themes such as salvation, grace, and the transformative power of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

2. Ephesians: Another important Pauline letter, Ephesians emphasizes the importance of Christian unity and encourages believers to live in love and harmony with one another.

3. James: This practical and concise letter is often referred to as the “Proverbs of the New Testament.” It offers vital guidance on living a life of genuine faith, emphasizing the importance of personal integrity, good works, and the power of prayer.

4. 1 Peter: Addressed to early Christian communities facing persecution, this letter encourages followers of Jesus to remain steadfast in their faith, despite the challenges they may face.

Finding a Study Plan that Works for You

While the above recommendations offer a general guideline for approaching the Bible, it is essential to develop a study plan tailored to your unique interests, needs, and learning style. Consider your personal goals for reading Scripture—are you seeking to deepen your understanding of the Christian faith, find guidance for your daily life, or explore the historical context of biblical events? By defining your objectives, you can create a roadmap for your journey through the Word of God, prioritizing the books and themes most relevant to your growth.

Developing a habit of daily Bible reading and reflection is also key to deepening your understanding of Scripture. Whether you choose to meditate on a single verse or read an entire chapter per day, consistency is crucial for staying engaged and nurturing your connection to the divine message.

Irrefutable Conclusions

Deciding where to start reading the Bible can be a daunting task, but taking a strategic approach that focuses on key books and themes can prove to be highly beneficial. By beginning with the Gospels, exploring essential Old Testament books, delving into the Epistles, and developing a personalized study plan, you can lay the foundation for a rewarding and transformative encounter with the Word of God. Remember that studying Scripture is an ongoing journey and remain open to the lessons and inspiration it has to offer as you embark on your voyage of faith.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near to reach least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet, Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Every church in the world needs leaders who follow the way of Jesus. People with a vision for His mission, for church growth and to multiply discipleship-focused leaders.

As we work with churches to multiply disciples we also work to see leaders multiplied for these churches.

As Global Disciples, we see leadership development as absolutely essential to ensure that these new churches grow into healthy fellowships.

Thomas’s Leadership Development

Thomas directs a leadership development program in Zimbabwe, through his local church. They meet for about an hour and a half on Sunday afternoons. Some of the group comes from the other side of town. It’s a high-density area about 10 kilometers away.

Last year, as they met together and studied what it means to be a leader in the model of Jesus. Thomas said, “God did something in the hearts of these leaders. They began to feel God’s call to be leaders that ‘make things happen.’”

And part of making things happen was to plant a new church, in that heavily populated area of the city.

This new church is now led by three men from the leadership training, with an attendance of more than 30 people. With their location, and the vision to “make things happen” for the Kingdom, these leaders are anticipating much greater growth in the future.

Thomas said, “One of my hopes and prayers for our program is that we see leaders emerging who can take responsibility for our churches.”

The Importance of Planting Churches

And he talked about Matthew, another participant in the training. “He has been absolutely faithful in attending,” Thomas said, “and also teaches some of the lessons. This program has prepared Matthew for leadership. Through the progress and transformation that’s evident in his life, it seemed good to us and to the Holy Spirit to appoint him as a pastor in the church I’ve been pastoring, which strengthened our church.”

Planting churches, strengthening the Body of Christ, and shepherding good growth. This is what we see God doing through the many leaders as we seek to train and multiply them around the world. And for that we are grateful.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

Do you recognise the power of listening?

We often think of leaders as being assertive, decisive, and with a winsome personality. But the most successful leaders are almost always those who understand the value of listening often and well to others.

As you read through the book of Ezekiel it is evident that much of what was written was a result of simply listening to what God was speaking. And then communicating it to the people. In fact, we could say that is true of all Scripture. God spoke to the prophets, apostles, and chosen others who listened and wrote what God spoke to them. And today we have this powerful book, the Bible.

for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
2 Peter 1:21

2 Questions to Assess the Quality of Your Listening
  • How well are you doing in taking time to listen to God? Through his Word, through prayer, and meditating on Scripture?
  • How well are you doing in listening to others? Especially the people God has placed in your life for you to lead and those you are led by?

Listening is crucial in the lives of leaders. It enables us to connect with our teams on a much deeper level, and to make more informed decisions. And listening well to our leaders allows us to understand them and, when needed, discern the best way forward.

3 Benefits of Listening to Others
  1. Listening fosters trust and loyalty. According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, workers who feel heard and valued by their leaders are more committed, productive, and engaged. By actively listening to their team members and leaders, they demonstrate that they care about their opinions, feelings, and well-being. This all fosters a sense of trust and loyalty. And this can lead to better retention rates, higher morale, and increased job satisfaction.
  2. Listening encourages learning and growth. Leaders and followers who listen to feedback, criticism, and suggestions are more likely to learn from their mistakes. They will grow as individuals and as leaders, and continuously improve their performance.
  3. Listening helps us make better decisions. Listenening to different perspectives and consider alternative viewpoints, helps us make more informed and objective decisions. According to a study by the University of Michigan, teams with leaders who actively seek out and integrate dissenting opinions are more likely to make good decisions. The pace of change makes it impossible for one leader to be informed about everything. Listen to others and learn.
Listening is crucial for good leadership

Listening is a critical skill for effective leadership, followership, and discipleship. Let’s listen well and create a culture of openness, respect, and collaboration, leading to success and sustainability.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

When God gives a person a vision for the Kingdom, He may give him unexpected opportunities to influence others.

Andres leads a discipleship-mission training program in the Philippines.

He’s a long-time partner with Global Disciples and he’s seen God work through the disciple-making church planters he’s trained. He’s an enthusiastic mentor for those starting new discipleship-mission trainings. And recently Andres shared his experience and vision with a group of other church planters.

Andres: A Person Of Kingdom Influence

“We have 20 churches in our conference,” Andres shared, “but we have a dream that we will have 100 churches. Last year, we started 26 new fellowships!” While many of these fellowships are still small, that’s significant growth for just 20 churches—more than doubling in a year.

Andres said, “We have learned that if we seek to make disciples first, we will have a church. But if we try to start a church, we will not find disciples.”

They sent one of their disciple-making teams to neighboring Indonesia, to share the Gospel mostly with Muslims.

While they were there, they started some new fellowships.

Political Influence and Kingdom Impact

Andres has significant influence in another area—with local political leaders. “Our place is known for violence during elections,” he said, “and the Lord put it on our hearts to do something. So we called the candidates for mayor, and asked them to sign a covenant that they will not use violence during the campaign but campaign in an honorable way. And if they win, they will allow us to do a Bible study in their office.”

It worked—since all candidates signed on, the elections were held peacefully.

And then, Andres has led Bible studies with employees and leaders in local government, often using Global Disciples materials on leadership development. He said, “They’re not church goers but I have seen God’s hand on them. They embrace and respond to the Gospel message. We also have access to school teachers in our community and we teach them biblical principles.”

Like many others, Andres has the vision to take the Gospel to those still waiting to hear it, no matter where they are in position, influence, or geography.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective strategy of training and coaching, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!