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The Truth About Jesus’ Commandments in Discipling Relationships


by Bobby Harrington: In his great commission, King Jesus told us to make disciples who “obey everything that he commanded” (Matt. 28:18-20).

If we are honest, that presents us with a big challenge today: we must be clear on Jesus’ commandments so that we can obey them.

But how can we be clear on the meaning of anything these days?

The Oxford Dictionary chose “post-truth” as the 2016 Word of the Year. The Washington Post declared this news with, “It’s official: Truth is dead. Facts are passé”.

As our political and religious discourse shows, objective facts are less influential in shaping our perception of reality than appeals to emotion and self-inspired beliefs (i.e., believing what we want to be true).

I look forward to discussing this question at a deeper level with you, the  Discipleship-First Tribe in 2019 at the National Forum. For now, let me share five elements that guide me as I personally seek clarity on Jesus’ teachings so that I can obey them as a disciple and a disciple maker. I hope they will encourage you to take the same path.

1. I Pray Earnestly that God will Make Jesus’ Truths Clear in Our Culture Today

Written by Bobby Harrington

Bobby Harrington is the Executive Director of Discipleship.org, a national platform, conference, and ministry that advocates for Jesus’ style of disciple making. He is the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (by the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, TN). He has a Doctor of Ministry degree in consulting and has spent years as a coach to church planters and senior pastors. He is the author of several books on discipleship, including DiscipleShift (with Jim Putman and Robert Coleman) and The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (with Josh Patrick).

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