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Planned or Spontaneous? Formal or Informal?

Posted by on Jun 23, 2010 in discipleship | 4 comments

Planned or Spontaneous? Formal or Informal?

When we make disciples, should our time together be planned or spontaneous? Formal or informal?

Yes… both/and.

If we never get around to talking about Jesus as the Son of God, or his death, burial, and resurrection, then we are not making disciples of Jesus Christ.

But, if we never deal with people where they are – dealing with their current problems, issues, struggles, etc. – then we are not making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Yes, we can have a plan to help us disciple people toward maturity in Christ, but we should never ignore the issues they are dealing with at that time.

Yes, we can help people live through their struggles and pains, but we should never ignore the great truths that Scripture tells us about Jesus Christ.

Our discipleship should be planned and spontaneous… formal and informal.


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  1. 6-23-2010

    you stole my post 🙂

  2. 6-23-2010


    More coming tomorrow… 🙂

    Please write your post anyway.


  3. 6-23-2010

    I say planned and spontaneous. To me formal or informal is an unnecessary describer, nor does it correspond to planned and /or spontaneous.
    Planned: “Let us consider how we can spur one another on to love and good works…” “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
    Spontaneous: “Be ready always to give an answer…” Every verse that talks about “one another” involves two-way communication which involves spontaneous responses to that which is given.

    I don’t know any scripture that describes formality even though it is deemed so important by liturgy oriented folks.

  4. 6-24-2010


    By “planned/spontaneous”, I was referring to time. Do we get together on a set schedule, or whenever we can? Do we only disciple others in planned classes, or when we happen to have lunch together one week?

    By “formal/informal”, I was referring to content. Do we disciple people by leading through a system set of teachings? Do we disciple people to helping them through whatever issues they are facing at that time?

    I hope that’s clearer.