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Seven Dynamics of Conteporary Discipleship

1. A commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord, without reservation. This means that I surrender all that I am and have to His complete control.

2. Daily Bible study and prayer. It is impossible to grow in friendship with the Lord and receive his guidance without faithful study of the scriptures and prayer. It is essential that I live out in my life what I have studied.

3. Tithing. Until the Lord controls my money and resources, He will have little influence in my heart. Giving the first 10 percent to the Lord's work involves me in His adventure and breaks the money membrane around my will.

4. Involvement in weekly worship and some extensive study to love the Lord with our minds. All Christians are called into ministry. The local parish is the seminary of the laity for in-depth preparation to share our faith, minister to human need, and follow Christ in changing the structures of society.

5. Willingness to witness. The fruit of one Christian is another. We were born again to reporduce our faith in others. We cannot stay alive in vital communion with Christ without introducing others to Him.

6. Participation in a small covenant group out in the world. We all need a small group of fellow-adventurers with whom we can share our needs, discern the next step in being faithful and obedient to Christ, and be accountable in both hearing and doing.

7. Extend the Kingdom to the needs of society. The Lord of all life leads his people into specific areas of society where the needs of people are denied, the Gospel contradicted, or the rule of Christ needs to be expressed. Every Christian should be involved in at least one area of involvement with the lost, lonely, hurting people of the world.

Adapted from this Source: Lloyd J. Ogilvie, Congratulations, God Believes in You! (pp. 121-122)

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