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Posted September 20, 2013 - 12:49pm

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God , and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands…(Hebrews 6:1-2)

The fourth component of the “elementary doctrine of Christ” as found in Hebrews 6:1–2 is “the laying on of hands.” Let’s begin exploring this concept of “laying on of hands.” The first time we see this phrase used in a ritual sense (rather than in the context of violence — “to lay hands on” someone) is in Exodus 19 in reference to the consecration of the priests and then again in Numbers 8 with the consecration of the Levites.

“Then you shall take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram, and you shall kill the ram and shall take its blood and throw it against the sides of the altar” (Exodus 29:15–16).

When you bring the Levites before the Lord, the people of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites, and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the Lord as a wave offering from the people of Israel, that they may do the service of the Lord. (Numbers 8:10–11)

The next time we see this expression used is in the transmission of authority from Moses to Joshua.

Posted September 11, 2013 - 7:20am

This is the first opportunity I've had to share an update on our recent trip across the Southeast where we stopped in to several places and shared the message of biblical discipleship. We spoke in Pearl, MS, Smyrna, GA, Macon, GA and Washington, GA. We had originally planned to speak in Pensacola, FL as well, but there was a scheduling conflict at the last minute and we were forced to enjoy the beauty of the beach for a couple of days instead. My children took full advantage of the situation.

During our time away speaking to these various groups of people, we found one thing in common in every place: People were hungry for the message of discipleship. Every where we went, the same comments came back time after time: "This is wonderful! This is so foundational and practical! Why don't we know these things???" From a small Baptist church to a mid-size Messianic congregation and everywhere in between, we were encouraged by the overwhelming reception of our message of discipleship. After one of the seminars, a woman came up to me with tears in her eyes and said,

"I just finished taking a 24-week course on discipleship and I learned more in the last two hours than I did the entire 24 weeks of my classes.

We were extremely encouraged to hear that our message was on target and timely. Here's a recent testimony I received via email which represents the sentiments of the many we spoke to in our travels.

Posted September 3, 2013 - 5:42pm

Amazon is now handling distribution of this book. You can order either the print or digital edition directly from Amazon here.

 

By Darren Huckey
85 pages
Published September 3, 2013

The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple addresses the question, "What will it take to change the world for our Master?" After many years of searching, my answer is that it has to start with you and me. Too many times we want to go out and change the world and start off by trying to "fix" everyone else. But the path to permanent, lasting, sustainable change has to begin with ourselves. Yes, we should be working to change the world, but it must begin with ourselves. In order to "make disciples" as our Master tells us in The Great Commission, we first have to become disciples ourselves.

Jesus said, 

"A disciple… when he is fully trained will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40).

One of the largest obstacles to discipleship is that too many people think of it as being an optional component of faith. We tend to relegate discipleship to the clergy or to someone with a special mission. The fact is, however, that if we call ourselves by the name of Jesus, we should be a disciple ourselves and should be making disciples of others. It's just part of the package. It isn't some special, elite group of people who are the “special forces” of our faith. No. It's you and me. Together. We are both following the same commission given by our Master. Whoever you are and wherever your station in life, you are called to be a disciple. 

Posted August 27, 2013 - 9:46am

Please forgive me! I started this post last Friday morning, but failed to publish it! Here it is…

This coming week begins a new adventure for us in a few different ways. First, my family and I will be traveling throughout the Southeast (Mississippi, Florida, Alabama & Georgia) sharing the message of discipleship with churches, messianic congregations, home groups and individuals. It will be a short trip, but one which we believe will be fruitful. We look forward to meeting to people, making new friends and sharing the message of discipleship.

The second exciting thing is the release of a booklet I have written on discipleship, called The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple. I feel it is a tangible "walk away" that will help both people who attend the meetings retain their understanding of these concepts, as well as get these principles into the hands of those who are not able to attend a meeting. It's a stripped-down version of my full book which, God-willing, I hope to eventually finish. 

Lastly, we have had an overwhelming number of people reach out to us with encouragement and support for our trip. We are very thankful to each and every one of you!

Please continue to be in prayer for this coming week.

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