Monthly Archives: September 2012

From Monday Sept 3

Could Reformation be coming to Kenya?We are beginning to wonder. So far we’ve taught nine lessons, covering some of the most challenging truths found in the Scriptures. Not only this we covered relational disciple making, something we believe must occur if God is to reform His church (i.e. bring it back to the word of God).

Universally, our teaching has been met with great acceptance, both in Nairobi and in Eldoret. It has been very humbling but also very exciting to see. Everything from the authority of Scripture, total depravity, monergistic salvation, relational disciple making, the darkness of this present world, the inability of the flesh and more have been thoroughly embraced based on the very encouraging feedback we received in both cities.Is God doing a great work in Kenya? We will see, but it is a very good indication that He is working when His word is preached and the hearers rejoice over it as we have seen.

May God be glorified in whatever way we can help bring about reformation and Christlike disciple making in Kenya.

Thanks be to God and our Brothers and Sisters at Northwest Baptist Church, who lovingly sent us to Kenya.

 

Pastor Joseph

 

Here again is Pastor Joseph and Pastor Michael Otieno to his right. Pastor Joseph was especially moved by our teaching on disciple making. He ministers to nine churches in the Masai region of Kenya (and made up of Masia tribesman.He has been praying since 1975 for teaching like this to come to Kenya. 1975!

We were very blessed by his presence and he mentioned that he may be writing to us soon. May the Lord bless his labors in Masai.

What is “Relational Disciple-Making?”

 

There used to be a cute saying: “God couldn’t be everywhere, so He made mothers.” The theology might be better expressed as “God is everywhere, but He works through mothers (and fathers).”
What we refer to as “relational disciple making” is not a program.
There are books about it, just like there are books about parenting– but you don’t become a parent by reading books.
There are materials that might aid you in doing it, just like there are things you might find helpful as a parent–but you aren’t a good parent because you have the right materials.

 

The core idea is that someone who is immature in their faith, like someone who is immature physically, needs protection and help from someone who has “been there and done that,” and maybe has the scars to prove it.
It is simply one believer saying to another “I will help you if you would like me to…” and another believer saying “maybe I do need some help.”
No program will do that. No program really can. There is no one “right way” to do it.
But, like a loving parent, there is no substitute for it.
God makes disciples, but He works through disciples to make disciples.

Paul describes it in 1 Thessalonians 2:5-8

For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

-Ray Bromley