Introduction by Bruce: As I approach almost 70 years of age having had a saving encounter with Jesus Christ almost 50 years ago, I am appalled at the Biblically illiterate state of the 21st century “church-goer” who professes to know and follow Jesus Christ. I am more convinced than ever before that the congregation calling itself “Christians” has blindly fallen into the belief in the lascivious gospel warned of by Jude, a perverted gospel that has led its deceived believers into believing that they can live their lives however they wish with no fear of God’s punishment. The pulpits, the airways, and the world-wide web are replete with the teachings of those “ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4).
At the core of the state of spiritual apostasy is the replacement of Biblical discipleship with a false doctrine of forgiveness without repentance and the application “theology” of Christian “morality” whereby church-goers are taught externally what they must do to look Christ-like in their lives. In other words, the role of the Holy Spirit in inward transformation, regeneration, and instruction is now replaced by human teaching in the application of Scripture in daily life. What has been regurgitated out of the post-modern church something that has the appearance of godliness performed by a people who willfully reject the the authority of God in their lives.
WHAT IS MISSING IS REPENTANT SURRENDER THAT LEADS TO GOSPEL OBEDIENCE. THERE IS A LACK OF MATURE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST WHO WILL DISCIPLE NEW BELIEVERS AND THERE IS A LACK OF HUNGER ON THE PART OF NEW BELIEVERS TO BE DISCIPLED!
For those being called to be Disciplers, I bring what I think is a “discipleship treasure chest”! It is called Major Bible Themes by Lewis S. Chafer.
In his introduction, Chafer writes:
Bible doctrines are the bones of revelation and the attentive Bible student must be impressed with the New Testament emphasis on “sound doctrine” (Matt. 7:28; John 7:16, 17; Acts 2:42; Rom. 6:17; Eph. 4:14; 1 Tim. 1:3; 4:6, 16; 6:1; 2 Tim. 3:10, 16; 4:2, 3; 2 John 1:9, 10). Not knowing the doctrines of the Bible, the child of God will be, even when sincere, “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive“; the many well-meaning believers who are drawn into modern cults and heresies being sufficient proof. On the other hand, the divine purpose is that the servant of Christ shall be fully equipped to “preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
Major Bible Themes by Lewis S. Chafer is an incredibly sound and thorough resource for mentoring and discipling.