Transformational Disciples Part 2

God is looking for Transformational Disciples and He is finding them in nation after nation around the world. Often they are very young in their mid-teens to early twenties but God looks at their hearts and sees loyal disciples who believe in the cause of the Kingdom and draws them to Himself. These Transformational Disciples fall into three categories: Adaptive, breakthrough, and apostolic. All three categories have the common traits we looked at last time.

Let’s look at each one separately and see what we find.

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Defenders of the Faith

The Church is being shaken by the Lord and all non-essentials are being removed. All religious and historical junk is being removed (Hebrews 12:25-27 The Message Version). All that is now in His Church that is not of the Lord will be revealed and removed – removed and destroyed. This is to allow the bare essentials to remain and to be seen. Read more

Every Member a Minister

Ralph Howe Ministries recognizes that every member is a minister and all disciples of the Lord have a call upon their lives to bring the power of the Gospel to others. We also recognize that in ministry there are three types of people… Those who watch it happen, those who make it happen and those who wonder what happened. Read more

Disciples = Soul Winners

Jesus said that we, as His disciples, are to follow Him and He would make us into soul winners. Jesus said that His disciples, as soul winners, are to go into all the world and reproduce – make more disciples. In fact, His command is to go into every nation (really ethnic and language group) for the purpose of planting the Gospel of the Kingdom so that He can build His Church. This is not an option but is literally the only reason the Church as an community of faith exists. This is our mandate as the true Church that Jesus is building.

The Church’s focus is shifting from just “gathering” to “gathering and scattering.” ‘Gathering’ to be trained and equipped and then ‘scattering’ or moving out into our neighborhoods and even the world reaching others for Jesus – making disciples as He commanded each of us to do.

Our focus is to encourage you to grow in your relationship with the Lord and become strong disciples reaching out to touch the lives of others with God’s love as found only in Jesus. Then, as people respond, to see them become born again and then discipled (by you) into strong followers and fishers of men. Disciples!

Transformational Disciples

Around the world there is an emerging group of true believers in the Lord Jesus. These are men and women, often young, who are what I call “Transformational Disciples.” They are the ones who are rising to the challenge of “going into all the world and making disciples…” They are demonstrating the Great Commandment to love God with your total being by carrying out the Great Commission. After all, Jesus said that if we love Him we will obey Him and He was the One who sent His disciples into the world to seek and save the lost. Read more

A Spiritual Hired Gun

One of the great heresies experienced by Christianity is the unwritten belief that the call of God is reserved mostly for the “clergy.” When I felt called into the ministry – it was assumed that most people who felt called would enter some form of full-time Christian service. This usually meant that they would become a pastor or priest because this was the only form of “ministry” available in most religious structures. Very few people or leaders understood that every disciple of the Lord is called to full-time ministry – most working out that ministry where He has called them to earn a living – in the marketplace. Everyone just understood that “real” ministry belonged to the ‘paid professionals.’

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The one that did not get away - a 1500 Kilogram (3300 pounds) fish from the Black Sea - Russia caught during one of Ralph’s visits

We Are Ambassadors

We are called, as disciples of the Lord, to become FISHERS OF MEN. This is not an option open to us where we can accept or decline the offer. This is a fact of being a disciple.  Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you a fisher of men.”  If we are not fishing then we are not following. Plain and simple. Read more

The Experience That Changes Everything

Hearing and answering a call from God is the most awesome, life-changing moment a human being ever experiences. No one is ever the same again. Not only is the person changed, but also the way that person goes about exercising his or her faith undergoes radical transformation.  And, every disciple of the Lord is called to ministry. Every disciple has a ministry that God has planned for them since before they were saved. Read more

As Jesus Prayed…

As Jesus was facing His own death by crucifixion He withdrew to pray. This “High Priestly Prayer” or, in my mind, the real “Lord’s Prayer” is found in John 17. You simply cannot ignore it if you want to understand how to survive and even thrive in these times of change as Jesus shakes and removes everything that is hindering His life from flowing and transforming lives. Read more

Transformational Christians

God today is looking for tranformational Christians – disciples who are channged and charged on a daily basis and who want to change the world. Changing the world has always been Jesus’ intention and He does so by changing the hearts of people one at a time as His people walk in power by obeying the Great Commission and going into their daily world giving hope to the people they meet – the same hope that is in their lives and that makes them attractive and different. Read more