2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
This passage emphasises the importance of biblical training necessary for attaining maturity in Christ.
In the Hebrew tradition, training in the scriptures was simultaneously theoretic and practical, compared to the Western mindset which accentuates primarily theory. Instruction according to the heart of God is meant to provide the believer not only with knowledge, but direct application as well. During his earthly ministry, Jesus invested his time in teaching and instructing his disciples so that after his departure they would be able to continue the mission. Once they were baptised in the Holy Spirit, the disciples gave themselves to the teaching and preaching of the gospel in order to make disciples, who would in turn make other disciples from generation to generation until today.
In our local church in 2015 was created CFH (Centre de Formation Horizon, or Horizon Training Centre) to pursue this biblical model of making disciples. Its goal is to accompany born-again Christians in their spiritual growth, to equip them for building a solid relationship with the Lord Jesus, and to help them find their place in the body of Christ.
This coming September 22nd, the new semester of the discipleship school will begin and will last two years. A commitment to this program requires a thirst for God, a passion for the kingdom, a certain amount of perseverance, and a readiness to die to self.
We are living in exceptional times and we need Jesus and His Word to be the cornerstone of our faith. It is necessary to pay the price in order to build a solid foundation of our faith for the times ahead. The discipleship school is one way to do so.
Today, take a moment to examine your heart and your objectives.
Lord, I don’t want to be among those who are tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. I want to be a man or woman on whom you can count. Lead me this year, show me in which areas I need to be trained, or further trained, in order to see your Kingdom come, in Jesus’ name!