It’s been a while…. 2019 Is Here

All,

Welcome to 2019!

If you’re like me, you’re not ready but here we are anyway.

I wanted to start 2019 not with a resolution but with a question. This question has everything to do with resolutions though.

What about your life is at the root of your resolutions? Do you have God and or Christ factored into 2019?

Many people make resolutions this time of year but how many of us put God in the mix? We talk about loosing weight, we talk about reading the bible more, we talk about better relationships but I can i simply point out that many of those things can be accomplished by putting our priorities in the right order!

Did you know that when you put God at the center of your focus that everything else will fall into place? Could it be that simple? I’m here to tell you that it can and will be.

If you put the correct order to your priorities, your chaos will dissipate. Have you tried? Have you put God first in your life, ever?

What if 2019 was your year? What if you put God first in your life this year, what changes would you see?

I’m not here to tell you what to do. I’m simply here to ask you the hard question that you’ve already been thinking about.

How can you put yourself second and God first? Here at D1, we can help!

Love,

The D1 Nation

Get into The Word until The Word gets into you!

Growing up, I had many examples around me of the discipline of reading the Bible. I had many men around me that were disciplined in the Word. But I never could grasp the discipline. I was never motivated to do as much as read a verse a day. I didn’t understand the value of the statement that Robby Gallaty uses in nearly every “Making Disciples” podcast… “Get into the Word until the Word gets into you”. 

I grew up with this idea that it was obligation. I guess in a way it really is… but our motivation should be one of love… one of desire… if we have a love for God… a desire to KNOW God… then we’ll be compelled to go to His Word.

In my mid thirties… I’m finally getting around to be motivated to KNOW God and compelled to go to His Word. Not just know Him intellectually (not as in IQ, but as in intellectual awareness)… I want to KNOW God in a intimate way. I want Him to be my why, and to be the foundation for my decisions and actions. I feel that I’ve finally gotten to the point of being COMPELLED to get into His Word. 

But to KNOW Him…. I must get into the word. I’ve recently begun intentionally setting aside time several times a week for reading, journaling, and praying.

You know what has helped? Accountability.

It’s tough for men to admit that they need accountability, but it’s the truth. As men, we need to recognize the challenge, and put ourselves in situations to be accountable. We need to have a 2AM friend that we can share the struggle with.

As church leaders, its helpful to create a environment of accountability. I’ve recently begun to understand the art of communication through actions vs communication through words. If you can create a system by which small groups are have some level of accountability, you will be better off than verbally telling men that they will be accountable.

I by no means have the art of communication through actions figured out. It’s something I’ve been learning and trying to put into practice.

When we create an environment of accountability, or humbly place ourselves in a environment of accountability, we have some additional motivation to put in the work.

Getting to know God takes time. For most men… time requires patience. We have to be patient with ourselves. But we can’t be defeated before we even start. We MUST START. Start where we are… with what we’ve got. Throughout the Bible we see examples of God using unlikely people to accomplish the impossible.

Start. Start reading the Bible. Start keeping a journal about what you are reading. Start praying.

Need some pointers on where to START? Email us. We’d be happy to have the discussion. We’d be happy to provide some resources. We’d be happy to be an accountability partner. We have a growing network in the eastern half of the United States… perhaps we can find an accountability partner in your area to connect you with!

If you are a pastor trying to develop your men and/or your congregation, we’d love the opportunity to share what is working for us. Email us and we would love to help you develop a culture of accountability and Bible engagement.

Sometimes, it’s just about showing up!

Hey D1 Nation,

I wanted to start this note by saying, I really think of the biggest lies we’re told by the enemy is the belief that Christianity is a cop-out, it’s the easy path, that’s what simple-minded people do who can’t deal with life’s circumstances by themselves.  What malarky!  Being a Christian is hard, being a good Christian is even harder.

I was reading today in Job and two verses really stuck out to me today.  (If you didn’t know why it’s called the LIVING WORD, it’s because you can read the same verse over and over and have it say completely different things to you depending where you are on your journey.)  The first verse was the second part of 2:10 “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” and the second was the last part of 2:13.  In 2:13, Job has suffered more loss than most of us ever will and or can imagine and he’s in the throughs of a depression that only few can empathize with.  As Job is just sitting in the dirt, covered with sores and has lost all 10 of his kids, livelihood, worth, everything in a single day.  I’ve read all of this before but due to some recent personal circumstances i’m astonished by what his friends did first.  They simply set with him in his dirt, in his sorrow, in his pain for 7 days and 7 nights without saying a word.

Some might wonder, why didn’t they say anything to Job?  Why didn’t they try to console him this time of pain and loss?

I can tell you from living it!  The answer is simple, you don’t have to say a word.  The action of showing up and just being present is the best thing a friend can do for another friend.

Who in your life just needs you to step up and out?  Who in your life just needs to have someone sit next to them in their pain, in their time of need?  Be a true friend and just show up!

If you do show up keep Job’s friends in mind.  As soon as they opened their mouths and tried to fix his problems for him, it didn’t end very well.

Thoughts?

 

It’s September 5th. Happy National Discipleship Day!

It’s hard to believe that we here at D1 have been planning for this day for about six months now.  Meanwhile, you’re probably like, “What is National Discipleship Day and is this a real thing, because I’ve never heard of it before?”

Good question and the answer is yes. Yes it’s a real thing, but the reason you’ve never heard of it before is because this is the first year it’s being celebrated.  You see, just like D1 started with a thought, so did National Discipleship Day.  I figured if there can be a National Pancake Day and National XX Day, we should give Jesus’ Great Commission – discipleship – its own day.  Jesus gave us the Great Commission in Mathew 28:16-20.

What? You haven’t heard of the call to create disciples? For some reason we’ve stopped hearing about this from most pulpits and it’s a call much too important to be forgotten.  This is where Disciple 1 comes into the picture. We are called to change the world, and we are called to disciple all nations, but we could be doing a much better job of this.  In First Peter 3:15, we’re told to always be ready to give an answer when someone asks us why we have so much hope.  Just as in Mathew 25:14-30 the parable of the Bags of Gold show us that we will have to give an account for what we did with Christ in us.  If you’re not familiar with that story, you should really check it out.  Can you imagine standing before God when He asks you, ” What have you done with my Son?”

We strongly believe one of the ways to live your life and do the good works that have been set before us (Ephesians 2:10) is to live out Mathew 28:16-20.  Disciple 1 Ministries is here to help you understand the calling placed on your life, and we’re here to help you live it out.

We’re asking you to join us in becoming Christians the other 6 days a week and not just 1 on Sundays. If you already are a dedicated follower, we salute you.  It’s easy to be a Sunday Christian but it’s tough being a full time follower of Christ.

Why a National Discipleship Day?  Simple: to spread the word that Christ gave us a command and one day we’ll have to explain either our actions or inactions regarding that calling. Spreading the word and making disciples isn’t nearly as hard as you might think.  Allow us to help you answer questions you might have about Discipleship and its importance.

We’re asking you to join us in walking your calling out.  We weren’t just saved, we were saved for a purpose and we want to help you live that purpose out.   Send us an email or join the group via facebook.com/disciple1ministries.com and connect with us.

Let us know your thoughts.

D1

Why has the Church forgotten about the Great Commission?

Hello D1 Nation,

I was recently at a Chick-fil-A sharing a cup of coffee with Toby Clem and we happened to have our bibles open.  The very nice server came up and asked to refill our coffee cups.  She then asked if we were doing a bible study.  We looked at each-other and said kind of.   We were actually going over some planned changes to D1 and an upcoming small group that we’ll be leading for our Church.  We then explained the D1 concept and what the ministry is all about.  She was very excited and asked questions about it and said she would check us out online (I hope you’re reading this).  I then asked her if i could ask her a couple of questions which she was more than happy to answer.

Me: Are you a Christian?  Her: Yes

Me: Have your ever heard of the Great Commission?  Her:  No, I haven’t.

Me: Did you know that you have a calling on your life that Christ has given you?  Her: What do you mean?

It was an amazing exchange that only lasted about 1 minute but it highlighted something that is more common place than it should be.  Most of the Churches aren’t talking about what Christ has asked us to do.  When is the last time you heard the word Disciple come from the pulpit?  We seem to be simply overlooking the last thing Christ said on this earth to his 12 disciples.  He gave us a very clear directive, he gave us more than that, He gave us the Great Commission in Mathew 28:16-20.

We here at D1 hope that you’ll join us in simply raising awareness about the calling that Christ has placed on our lives.  We weren’t just saved, we were saved for a purpose!

Thoughts?

Mike Whitmer