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Being Imitators

Being Imitators

 

Be Imitators..

Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to speak at two conferences and work with several other churches. Along with that, I have been on a personal journey studying the finer details of Jesus’ intentional actions he modeled for the disciples. Several conversations over the last month led to analogies of hunting and fishing (I know, big surprise). One analogy I used several times was in regards to teaching someone to fly fish.

You cannot simply hand someone a book on fly fishing and expect them to know how. They have to get out on the water, feel the rod, practice the motions and most of all learn to read the water. I watched closely my friend Luke. He is an outstanding fly fisherman. I would mimic his motions and practice for hours on the water before I began to have any consistent success. He would demonstrate the smaller nuances and correct my poor form. He modeled for me how to fly fish.

The Christian life is so similar. [tweetthis]The more time I spend teaching on discipleship and studying it for myself a concept rises to the surface..to imitate.[/tweetthis]

Several weeks ago my 11-year-old son, Grady, came to me a few hours before our small group started at our house. The dialogue went something like this:

“Dad, I want to lead the kids at our group in a Bible lesson. I was thinking of going through a story from the Bible with them. Can you help me with the questions?”

“Sure Grady, what story are you going to tell?” I said.

“I want to tell the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. You know, the fiery furnace story.” He began to tell me the story as if I had never heard it. I laughed, and tears of joy mixed with pride in my eyes. I helped him formulate a few questions for the kids that would attend group. He was excited and ready to lead his first small group.

Later that evening while I led our adults through a Bible study I could hear my 11-year-old son leading the kids through Scripture from our upstairs bonus room. He was imitating what he had seen his dad do many times with our family and other small groups. He was teaching the Word of God using storying as a method and challenging other kids to apply truth. Based on the noises coming from the room though, I missed some of the story when I taught it to him. Apparently the fiery furnace made some very loud explosion noises. I missed that part in Scripture I guess.

Discipling other kids came out because he was imitating. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 1:6,

“You became imitators of us and of the Lord.”

To be disciples of Jesus and to effectively make disciples, we must be great imitators. Like learning to fly fish, we must imitate someone that knows how. There is no one greater that we must imitate than Jesus Christ. He is truly our model.

 

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Brandon Guindon Lead Pastor of Real Life Ministries Texas Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Linfield College and a Master of Arts Church Leadership and New Testament Theology from Hope International University. He was ordained at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID. He is a published author and a member of the Board of Directors for the Relational Discipleship Network. He is on the board of directors for the Relational Discipleship Network (RDN), an organization of like-minded, disciple-making churches that relationally support each other through coaching, training, and equipping. His passion and privilege for 15 years has been to teach and train leaders, from both the local and global churches. He has co-authored several publications on Biblical discipleship, including the Real Life Discipleship Training Manual, and has recently worked on both fictional and devotional projects. He is passionate about helping the church worldwide become healthy and effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Brandon holds an M.A. in Church Leadership from Hope International University. He and his wife Amber have been married 17 years and have four children.

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Being Imitators

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Be Imitators..

Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to speak at two conferences and work with several other churches. Along with that, I have been on a personal journey studying the finer details of Jesus’ intentional actions he modeled for the disciples. Several conversations over the last month led to analogies of hunting and fishing (I know, big surprise). One analogy I used several times was in regards to teaching someone to fly fish.

You cannot simply hand someone a book on fly fishing and expect them to know how. They have to get out on the water, feel the rod, practice the motions and most of all learn to read the water. I watched closely my friend Luke. He is an outstanding fly fisherman. I would mimic his motions and practice for hours on the water before I began to have any consistent success. He would demonstrate the smaller nuances and correct my poor form. He modeled for me how to fly fish.

The Christian life is so similar. [tweetthis]The more time I spend teaching on discipleship and studying it for myself a concept rises to the surface..to imitate.[/tweetthis]

Several weeks ago my 11-year-old son, Grady, came to me a few hours before our small group started at our house. The dialogue went something like this:

“Dad, I want to lead the kids at our group in a Bible lesson. I was thinking of going through a story from the Bible with them. Can you help me with the questions?”

“Sure Grady, what story are you going to tell?” I said.

“I want to tell the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. You know, the fiery furnace story.” He began to tell me the story as if I had never heard it. I laughed, and tears of joy mixed with pride in my eyes. I helped him formulate a few questions for the kids that would attend group. He was excited and ready to lead his first small group.

Later that evening while I led our adults through a Bible study I could hear my 11-year-old son leading the kids through Scripture from our upstairs bonus room. He was imitating what he had seen his dad do many times with our family and other small groups. He was teaching the Word of God using storying as a method and challenging other kids to apply truth. Based on the noises coming from the room though, I missed some of the story when I taught it to him. Apparently the fiery furnace made some very loud explosion noises. I missed that part in Scripture I guess.

Discipling other kids came out because he was imitating. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 1:6,

“You became imitators of us and of the Lord.”

To be disciples of Jesus and to effectively make disciples, we must be great imitators. Like learning to fly fish, we must imitate someone that knows how. There is no one greater that we must imitate than Jesus Christ. He is truly our model.

 

brandon-head-shot-edit 

Brandon Guindon Lead Pastor of Real Life Ministries Texas Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Linfield College and a Master of Arts Church Leadership and New Testament Theology from Hope International University. He was ordained at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID. He is a published author and a member of the Board of Directors for the Relational Discipleship Network. He is on the board of directors for the Relational Discipleship Network (RDN), an organization of like-minded, disciple-making churches that relationally support each other through coaching, training, and equipping. His passion and privilege for 15 years has been to teach and train leaders, from both the local and global churches. He has co-authored several publications on Biblical discipleship, including the Real Life Discipleship Training Manual, and has recently worked on both fictional and devotional projects. He is passionate about helping the church worldwide become healthy and effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Brandon holds an M.A. in Church Leadership from Hope International University. He and his wife Amber have been married 17 years and have four children.

Leaders – Equip and Release $

Leaders – Equip and Release

Leaders – Equip and Release

I love March Madness – the time of year when 64 college basketball teams get the opportunity to make a run at the NCAA title. The stories, players, and coaches that emerge are incredible. I can remember watching many of the famous matchups and incredible buzzer beaters that have occurred over my 30 years of following the tournament.

Even though I am not a Duke fan, there are very few coaches on the planet I respect more than “Coach K”, Mike Krzyzewski. His leadership on the floor and knowledge of the game is incredible, and yet what I respect most about him is something very few notice. Coach K is an incredible disciple maker of the game of basketball. Six of Coach K’s former players are now NCAA college basketball coaches (there could be more but that was all I could find). What a great testimony as a coach, your former players go on to invest in the lives of other young men.

Our 6th essential of a disciple making church is to raise up and release leaders. Of all the essentials, this one is the dearest to my heart. A key component in developing people is to release them to go out and be who God made them to be. Like Coach K, I love to give people the opportunity to get in the game and learn how to become great players. From there they learn and can become great coaches or developers of people. There is no greater reward in my mind than to see people develop other people so that they too can go and influence others for Jesus Christ.

[tweetthis]There is no greater reward than to see people develop other people so they can go and influence others for Jesus.[/tweetthis]

Jesus modeled this principle for us and we see the early church carry it on as Christianity grew. Jesus gave his disciples the opportunity to be involved in the ministry. They were able to get off of the bench and get in the game. Whether they ministered to the crowds or were sent out to preach the good news of the Kingdom, Jesus let them play. Often in the church people are told to sit, spectate, and watch the pastor(s) perform. Not so with Jesus. He was developing disciples to know how to go and make disciples. He was letting them play so that one day they themselves would be great coaches of other players.

I think about this principle all the time with my own kids and those that are in my church. I often ask myself, am I developing them not just to be disciples but to also go out into the world and make disciples.

I want each of my kids to know exactly how to make a disciple. I want a church filled with people that understand and know how to make disciples of Jesus so that they are not dependent on me. They are spiritual coaches that can develop players. When we understand that and commit to it, we then develop stronger families and churches. Then our churches become filled with people like Coach K, and a legacy is left with the Kingdom of God, a kingdom impacted by what we contributed.

[tweetthis]"I want a church filled with people that know how to make disciples of Jesus so that they are not dependent on me." [/tweetthis]

brandon-head-shot-edit 

Brandon Guindon Lead Pastor of Real Life Ministries Texas. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Linfield College and a Master of Arts Church Leadership and New Testament Theology from Hope International University. He was ordained at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID. He is a published author and a member of the Board of Directors for the Relational Discipleship Network. He is on the board of directors for the Relational Discipleship Network (RDN), an organization of like-minded, disciple-making churches that relationally support each other through coaching, training, and equipping. His passion and privilege for 15 years has been to teach and train leaders, from both the local and global churches. He has co-authored several publications on Biblical discipleship, including the Real Life Discipleship Training Manual, and has recently worked on both fictional and devotional projects. He is passionate about helping the church worldwide become healthy and effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Brandon holds an M.A. in Church Leadership from Hope International University. He and his wife Amber have been married 17 years and have four children.

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Leaders – Equip and Release

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I love March Madness – the time of year when 64 college basketball teams get the opportunity to make a run at the NCAA title. The stories, players, and coaches that emerge are incredible. I can remember watching many of the famous matchups and incredible buzzer beaters that have occurred over my 30 years of following the tournament.

Even though I am not a Duke fan, there are very few coaches on the planet I respect more than “Coach K”, Mike Krzyzewski. His leadership on the floor and knowledge of the game is incredible, and yet what I respect most about him is something very few notice. Coach K is an incredible disciple maker of the game of basketball. Six of Coach K’s former players are now NCAA college basketball coaches (there could be more but that was all I could find). What a great testimony as a coach, your former players go on to invest in the lives of other young men.

Our 6th essential of a disciple making church is to raise up and release leaders. Of all the essentials, this one is the dearest to my heart. A key component in developing people is to release them to go out and be who God made them to be. Like Coach K, I love to give people the opportunity to get in the game and learn how to become great players. From there they learn and can become great coaches or developers of people. There is no greater reward in my mind than to see people develop other people so that they too can go and influence others for Jesus Christ.

[tweetthis]There is no greater reward than to see people develop other people so they can go and influence others for Jesus.[/tweetthis]

Jesus modeled this principle for us and we see the early church carry it on as Christianity grew. Jesus gave his disciples the opportunity to be involved in the ministry. They were able to get off of the bench and get in the game. Whether they ministered to the crowds or were sent out to preach the good news of the Kingdom, Jesus let them play. Often in the church people are told to sit, spectate, and watch the pastor(s) perform. Not so with Jesus. He was developing disciples to know how to go and make disciples. He was letting them play so that one day they themselves would be great coaches of other players.

I think about this principle all the time with my own kids and those that are in my church. I often ask myself, am I developing them not just to be disciples but to also go out into the world and make disciples.

I want each of my kids to know exactly how to make a disciple. I want a church filled with people that understand and know how to make disciples of Jesus so that they are not dependent on me. They are spiritual coaches that can develop players. When we understand that and commit to it, we then develop stronger families and churches. Then our churches become filled with people like Coach K, and a legacy is left with the Kingdom of God, a kingdom impacted by what we contributed.

[tweetthis]"I want a church filled with people that know how to make disciples of Jesus so that they are not dependent on me." [/tweetthis]

brandon-head-shot-edit 

Brandon Guindon Lead Pastor of Real Life Ministries Texas. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Linfield College and a Master of Arts Church Leadership and New Testament Theology from Hope International University. He was ordained at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID. He is a published author and a member of the Board of Directors for the Relational Discipleship Network. He is on the board of directors for the Relational Discipleship Network (RDN), an organization of like-minded, disciple-making churches that relationally support each other through coaching, training, and equipping. His passion and privilege for 15 years has been to teach and train leaders, from both the local and global churches. He has co-authored several publications on Biblical discipleship, including the Real Life Discipleship Training Manual, and has recently worked on both fictional and devotional projects. He is passionate about helping the church worldwide become healthy and effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Brandon holds an M.A. in Church Leadership from Hope International University. He and his wife Amber have been married 17 years and have four children.

BE PREPARED: You cannot stay where you are and go with God $

BE PREPARED: You cannot stay where you are and go with God

BE PREPARED: You cannot stay where you are and go with God

Brandon Guindon, RDN Board Member and Spiritual Formations Pastor at

TheMET in Houston Texas, teams up with Matt Roberson, Campus Pastor at

TheMET , to preach this sermon on Being Prepared as a disciple maker.

If you are on Mission with Jesus, it is impossible to stay where you are.

God will continue to grow and change you, and you need to leave margin

in your life for that to happen.

For information on our DiscipleShift 1 training, please go check out our webpage at:

DiscipleShift.org

To watch more sermons from TheMET, go check out their Vimeo page:

https://vimeo.com/themet

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BE PREPARED: You cannot stay where you are and go with God

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Brandon Guindon, RDN Board Member and Spiritual Formations Pastor at

TheMET in Houston Texas, teams up with Matt Roberson, Campus Pastor at

TheMET , to preach this sermon on Being Prepared as a disciple maker.

If you are on Mission with Jesus, it is impossible to stay where you are.

God will continue to grow and change you, and you need to leave margin

in your life for that to happen.

For information on our DiscipleShift 1 training, please go check out our webpage at:

DiscipleShift.org

To watch more sermons from TheMET, go check out their Vimeo page:

https://vimeo.com/themet