19, '12 11:06 PM
By Regner Capener
again I'm out of sync with my normal publishing schedule for these Coffee Breaks.Della's mother, Opal Hendershot,
went home to be with the Lord just over a month ago.At
83 years of age she's had a rich and full life, the overwhelming majority of
which was spent walking with the Lord.Ever since
Della's step-dad went home in 2001, we've mostly cared for her mom.She outlived both her first husband (Della's natural
father) and her second husband.The last few years
have seen declining health with congestive heart disease and she has repeatedly
said -- and especially during the past few months -- that she wanted to go
though we've prepared for this day and thought we were quite ready for Mom's homegoing, it still caught Della off-guard and turned out
to be quite a struggle for her emotionally.The homegoing service Friday, May 11th was nothing short of
spectacular, being filled with praise, worship and testimonies of lives changed
or influenced for the sake of the Kingdom of God.Much
of the family was able to gather together for the event with Della's brothers
and her sister traveling, along with our daughter, Danielle, and her husband,
Anthony, and our youngest son, Joshua, and his wife, Michelle, all of them from
Alaska to be here.
Widmann, who pastors Cornerstone Assembly, did a
spectacular job of ministering at the funeral, and five people responded to the
message of salvation at the conclusion.
loss of Della's mother meant that we've had estate matters to take care of, and
those things have kept us incredibly busy and pushed to long hours with family
members helping to dispose of legal matters and distribution of possessions
the long-overdue release of this Coffee Break will get things back on track.
really could continue our discussion on the Call of the Bridegroom, and perhaps
this Coffee Break will serve as an addendum to that study.One
of the things that seems abundantly clear is that there has been an excessive
focus within the structured church world on getting people born again and
missing entirely the disciplined walk with the Lord Jesus Christ that must
commence immediately upon making the initial commitment.
Great Commission (as we are so inclined to call it) is not a commission from
the Lord to get people "saved."Contrary to some of the popular
translations, Jesus did not simply say, "Go ye therefore and teach all
nations....."His command was that we go forth and "disciple" all
NASB translates the Greek text accurately, putting it like this: "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with
you always, even to the end of the age."(Matthew 28:18-20)
a huge difference between simply preaching and teaching, and "discipling." The truth of this understanding really
began to spread throughout the body of Christ during the Charismatic Renewal
during the early 1970's.I remember when -- at a World Map Conference -- Bob
Mumford was the scheduled speaker and he stepped aside for Juan Carlos Ortiz to
share the remarkable successes of the "discipleship" ministry Juan
Carlos was seeing in Argentina.
has been and continues to be true, whenever real truth begins to be propagated
within the body of Christ and Christians begin to grow and mature and become a
genuine threat to Satan's lies and deception, he seeks to contaminate the
message with extremes and thereby render the truth either unpalatable to most
Christians or laced with so much error that it becomes totally rejected.I watched this take place following Juan Carlos'
worked spectacularly for the Argentinean Revival (as it has been sometimes
referred) with the teaching and practical applications of the disciplined walk
in Christ Jesus mostly failed in North America.It
wasn't that what Juan Carlos Ortiz shared was wrong, or that his methods and
applications were wrong.The problem was that the
message and applications of discipleship as integrated into
Argentinean culture and life simply did not translate well into
American (or more accurately, "westernized") lifestyles and culture.
of my pastor friends attempted to apply Juan Carlos' methodologies within their
American churches with explosive and disastrous results.It
became known within this country as "the Discipleship Controversy,"
and because of the failures and damaged lives that resulted from the
misapplication of the truth, large segments of the body of Christ rejected the
whole idea of being discipled.
because South American methodologies mostly failed in North America doesn't
mean that the message of discipleship and discipling
was or is wrong!Far from it!Each
part of the world -- OK, let's make it more personal -- each and every segment
of society has a uniqueness to it that requires a practical understanding and
application which makes it work.
talk for a minute about some of the practical aspects and principles of true
whole idea of a "disciple" is found in the core word: discipline.A disciple is one who lives his or her life in a
disciplined manner obeying the tenets and principles set forth by the mentor or
the teacher or leader under whom they've submitted.
a disciplined life is a whole lot more than simply refraining from certain
activities you might otherwise enjoy, or engaging in a certain careful and
controlled lifestyle.The "disciple" learns
to adopt the mindset, the thought processes, the character and the nature of
his/her mentor or instructor.
was it that happened to Peter when he stood outside warming himself by the fire
while Jesus was being interrogated by those who shortly thereafter crucified
Him?(See Matthew 26:69-73)First a young girl says to Peter, "You were with
Jesus of Galilee."Shortly thereafter another young woman says to those
standing by, "This man was also with Jesus of Nazareth."
short period of time ensues during which conversation takes place between all
those gathered together -- conversation which includes Peter.Pretty
soon some of those participating in the conversation stop and say to him,
"You certainly are one of them.Your manner of
speaking clearly identifies you.”
get the idea, I'm sure.Years ago when I was
ministering with Dwain McKenzie at Long Beach Christian Center, Dwain and I
periodically participated in conferences at Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California.Anyone who's been around Jack Hayford for any length of time knows that he has a very
distinctive speaking style and expressions you can identify anywhere.
often chuckled when we heard some of the elders or young men he was mentoring
in ministry.If you didn't see them and simply heard
them speak, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were listening to Jack.They had his speaking style down to a "T"
along with many of his phrases or expressions.
how it was with Peter.He'd been discipled
by the Lord Jesus Christ.His mannerisms were affected.He carried on a conversation like Jesus did.He spoke like Jesus.He had
yet to be filled with Holy Spirit, however, and as a consequence lacked the
boldness that comes with that infilling.
Jesus was being accused before Caiaphas of blasphemy, Peter's fears kicked in
and he was afraid of being known in this court setting as an associate or
friend of Jesus, or being one of His disciples.In
order, therefore, to convince the bystanders with whom he'd been carrying on a
conversation that he was not part of Jesus' disciples, he did something that
was so uncharacteristic of Jesus as to express himself first with an oath,
swearing [on his mother's grave?] that he didn't even know Jesus.Then
after being identified for the third time as one who was normally seen with
Jesus, he tried to convince his accusers with the use of cursing and vulgar
Jesus' mannerisms, His speech and His countenance were known for peace, for
authority and (mostly) for exceptional gentleness.Peter
may have temporarily put off those who questioned his association, but Jesus'
mentoring, His teaching, His instruction and His discipling
of Peter had made real change.When Peter heard the
cock crow, it shook him to the core of his being.He
realized that he had done just what Jesus had said he would do: he denied Jesus
three times.And Peter couldn't stick around.He went out and wept bitter, remorseful tears over
his betrayal of Jesus.
see, Jesus had become Peter's best friend.Yes, Jesus
was Peter's Lord and Savior.Yes, Jesus was the One
who had sent him out to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast
out demons, and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom.And
Peter had seen direct, measurable, tangible results and consequences of
functioning in the very onoma, the character and
nature of the Lord Jesus Christ.That ministry had
affected his household.His wife's mother had been
raised from her sick bed, made completely whole.
when Jesus sent the 70 out, two by two, and told them to "heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast
Jesus said to them, "freely ye have
received, freely give."(Matthew 10:8)
Greek text uses a fascinating word which our KJV translators rendered as
"received."The Greek lambano is
one of those picture words which conveys a whole lot more than our simplified
"received."This word communicates the transfer or impartation of some
idea, some truth, some concept by the one (in this case, Jesus) discipling.That transfer or impartation is then seized
upon, laid claim to and possessed by the one receiving the impartation.
that make it clearer for you?
let's take this the next step.One cannot disciple or
bring under certain discipline if one is not himself under discipline.Consider
the centurion who came to Jesus in desperation on behalf of his servant.Pay attention to the very particular wording in
this example in the Word.
Luke 7:2-10: "And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was
sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders
of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when
they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for
whom he should do this: For he loveth our nation, and
he hath built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now
not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him,
Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest
enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto
thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man
set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and
he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to
my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the
people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no,
not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the
servant whole that had been sick."
of all, the centurion comes to Jesus recognizing that He (Jesus) is under
Father's authority.He understands what being
"under authority" actually means, namely, that he willingly has
subjected himself to the authority of his superiors.He
lives a life of absolute discipline.As a result, he
himself has been commissioned and placed in authority over 100 soldiers who are
"under authority" to him as their superior.
centurion recognizes that Jesus operates under the authority of Father with
Father's commissioning, and that with that place of submission comes the full
backing and commitment of Heaven to support whatever command He gives.He has both seen and heard of the miracles that Jesus
does and knows that He could never do those things without first having been
commissioned and authorized by direct command.
is perhaps the most basic and fundamental aspect of "discipling."The
one who disciples others must first be under the authority of Father, Son and
Holy Spirit.The discipler
must have personally seen, heard and -- through personal experience -- lived
and walked the discipline of Father through Jesus Christ, operating through the
power and enabling of Holy Spirit.
the past 65+ years of walking with the Lord, it has been my pleasure to lead
many to salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.I've
lost track of the number of people laid hands on to receive the baptism of the
Holy Spirit with the attendant signs, and couldn't begin to tell you how many
people I've baptized in water.That's all well and
good, but the command of Jesus is a whole lot more than that.The
issue isn't how many folks I've led to the New Birth: the issue is how many
I've successfully discipled in such a way that they
duplicate the same presence, authority and power of Holy Spirit manifested in
and through me.That number, I'm sorry to say, is a
whole lot smaller than the number of those with whom I've prayed for salvation.
is a whole lot more than preaching and leading souls to the Lord.Evangelism
-- at least Jesus' definition of evangelism -- incorporates living a
disciplined life under the command of Holy Spirit.True
evangelism involves becoming involved with those whom you lead to Jesus and discipling them so that the same Word of Life, the same
Word of Faith, the same Word of Love exhibited in your life is duplicated and
manifested in them.
sense?Good!Let me share a personal experience -- one
from 65 years ago for the sake of illustration.
a five-year-old, I lived, breathed, walked and talked Jesus.My
father was my discipler at the time, and I wanted in
the worst way to duplicate the pattern I saw in him.I
preached, testified, cajoled and did everything I could to persuade my friends
and playmates that they needed to commit themselves to Jesus Christ.
was the winter of 1947.We lived at the time in Nome, Alaska.It
was a particularly brutal winter with temperatures at or near 40 below zero for
a period of several weeks.The winter had begun with a
huge snowfall and subsequent winds had piled the snow in drifts so high you
could literally climb up on the roof of our church building.
course the blowing wind, coupled with the cold temperatures, made the snow rock
hard; and that made it perfect for a bunch of kids who wanted to make snow caves,
igloos, or whatever.My brother and I, however, had a
different plan.We borrowed one of Dad's hand saws and
cut out a room roughly 8 X 8 X 5 in a huge snow bank that swept over our house
and church.Naturally, we cut out a neat door and window.We followed that with cutting blocks of hardened
snow which made a perfect bench, an altar, a podium to preach from; and,
presto! Mom gave us some candles to use for light, and we had ourselves a
little church!Now, don't laugh.It
was serious business to us.
first order of business was to gather our friends and playmates to "have
church."Howie (my brother) led the singing.I preached a 15 or 20-minute salvation message and
had "an altar call" just like Dad's.It
wasn't a game, and I wasn't pretending.This took
place during a three-year period between the ages of four and seven when I had
constant visitations from angels.Mom had taught me to
read by reading the Bible, and by this time I knew it fairly well -- at least I
knew the pertinent parts of it as far as salvation and baptism were concerned.
see, I was learning from Dad's example and the pattern he'd set for me.He was my discipler.Three of
my playmates that day responded to the salvation message and knelt at that snow
altar to receive Jesus Christ.Their response was real
and from that day forward I continued to teach them from the Word.I could only teach, of course, those things that were
real to me, but my objective was to transmit them into the lives of my three
at forty below zero, you don't baptize anyone in water, so you wait until
spring when water (especially after an abundant winter like that one) abounds.Seems like it was in May or early June when the
temperatures were between 40 and 50 degrees (above zero, of course) and deep
mud puddles flourished everywhere.(When Dad built the church in Nome he didn't
include a baptismal tank, so we just did the logical thing.)By now I had passed
my sixth birthday.My friends were ready to be
baptized, and we found a suitable mud puddle where they could be immersed.We didn't think about changes of clothes or
anything like that.I walked into the water and, one
by one, they came in after me to be baptized.I never
knew whether they got in trouble with their folks for coming home soaking wet
in their clothes, but we all knew that we had taken the proper steps as far as
the Lord was concerned!(OK, no fair laughing!Like I
said, it was real and we were serious!)
the years that followed, all three of those first converts went on to become
strong Christian believers, and one of them went on into pastoral ministry.It was my first experience at discipling,
and I followed the pattern that my discipler, Dad,
had set for me.
me wrap up this Coffee Break with a simple and practical definition of
disciple (according to Jesus' command) means to essentially duplicate the Jesus
in you in someone else.There's more to this picture,
but I think I'll leave it there for today.
you again in a few days.
"Ministry by definition is the spiritual work or service of
any Christian or a group of Christians. One of the greatest revelations we can
ever embrace is that whatever we do in life, is ministry, because the light of
God in us and through us never goes dim. Every job, every assignment, our
family, our leisure and whatever pathway that the Holy Spirit may lead us, is ministry." (Robert Ricciardelli)
Blessings on you!
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