Day 20

Discipleship Through the Eyes of Youth: Day 20

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This morning I did my SOAP study over 1 Timothy 1. My week at camp was spent studying 1 Timothy so I thought it would be a nice recap to go over it all with the SOAP method for the rest of the 30 day challenge. I had a free morning so I was really able to dig deeper into the word than I have been able to lately. It was awesome(: Coming out of my SOAP time I really feel like God might be calling me to talk with my grandmother about salvation before I leave for college. I know that my parents have tried in the past, but I really feel like this is something that I need to do. I can’t just live on knowing that she isn’t a follower of Christ and do nothing about it. I love her to much to not try. Once I share my heart with her I’ll know that I’ve done all I can. So prayers for my grandmother’s heart would be greatly appreciated in the days to come.

I also got to catch up with different people that I’ve been praying for throughout the challenge and see how they are doing. In addition, I nailed down the 2nd and 3rd meetings for my 5 people to share my story with from the Day 18 challenge and figured out my 5th person! She wasn’t originally on my list of 25, but she easily could be and through texting her today I really feel like she is the 5th person God would like me to share my testimony with.

I’ll leave you with the verse that resonated with me the most today from 1 Timothy 1:

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

– 1 Timothy 1:5 –

Watson Scripture List

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David Watson is famous for urging that, when starting a disciple making movement in a new culture, one should always create lists of relevant and life-impacting scriptures for the discovery Bible studies in that culture. His strong opinion (does he have any opinions otherwise? : ) ) is that these scriptures should be custom-created for each context. That’s why he’s so reluctant to release general lists: for fear that others will simply copy those lists and re-use them at large. But, at the request of some of our participants here at, we twisted his arm and asked him to provide a few lists as templates so we could all get an idea of what he means. Here’s a pdf with a sampling of some of his lists — as templates for your context. : )

Day 20 – S.O.A.P.S.

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So, my verses are Phil 2:5-8; which speaks of having the same “mindset as Christ.”  The NIV used to say the that Jesus did not consider “equality with God something to be grasped.”  Now, it says, Jesus “did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.”  How much more clear, and applicable to our circumstance, the change makes.  This, I feel, is the value of SOAPS.  We realize that God’s Word, and our relationship with Christ, is not for just our own advantage or advancement; but also light and life to our neighbor.  And, if Jesus is indeed our model, if indeed our mindset is missional.  Then, as we meditate on the Word, we’ll automatically be thinking of people with whom to share it.  There-in is the “nature of a servant.”

Day 20: SOAPS with an S

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SOAPS is great.  I feel like the time I put into actually writing the verses that stuck out to me it helped me to focus a lot better.  Then when I had to write them over it made me think through them.  Many times I just quickly go through my devotions just to get done and 10 minutes later I don’t even remember what I did.  This helps me to “chew” on the scripture a little better.  I then like that what we learn we are going to obey.  The guys on this sight mentioned the book “Contagious Disciplemaking” so I chose to start reading it.  One chapter was about how we show love to God by obeying.  What if we were obedient to everything we knew?  Instead we are obedient to only about 10% of what we know because we thought Christianity was about learning.  What if as we discipled people we taught them to obey everything they learned?  That they thought it was expected and normal to obey.  I like taking action based on what God revealed to me in scripture that day.
If we are going to make disciples who make disciples the last “S” is very important.  The last “S” is sharing.  If we share we are having to teach and know what we are sharing because there might be questions.  We will learn things we have to teach a lot more that if we just learn them.  I really love this acronym and have been using it with my boys.  I want to challenge them to write down the verses now as we are doing this so they can think through these things on their own and write down what they mean to them.  ⅔ the way done with the challenge.  Really enjoying it.  

Discipleship When Life Is Busy: Day 20

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Day 20: SOAPS.  I am writing this just before bed and I just finished my SOAPS bible study on Luke 6.  I like this way of devotion because it provides a structure to think about what you are reading.  Sometimes when I read the bible I find myself reading the words on the page but they maybe don’t stick with me, or quite frankly, there have been times when I will be reading the words but thinking of something else and then I have to go back and re-read what I was reading when I was distracted.  Providing this kind of structure to my study of the bible would help me to be intentional about what I am reading and how I plan to apply that knowledge.  The main thing that I want to start doing different is the time of day that I study.  I usually study at night, but I like the idea of doing it in the morning (at least attempting to…I treasure my sleep :)).  If I would spend time doing a SOAPS study in the morning that would give me the opportunity to think throughout the day about how to apply it and share it with others.  I could say that I will study at night and then implement the next day, but I know how life gets busy and I get forgetful.  I think it would be good to have that morning reminder.

In other news, since you are my captive audience right now, let me tell you about this incredible event that I went to at our church tonight!  Each quarter a team from our church puts together a night to learn about, pray for, and support our missionaries.  We call it Global Outreach Night and tonight was the North Africa Edition.  The workers that we support who are working in northern Africa were actually there and spoke about what God is doing where they work.  The focus of their work is starting a disciple making movement, which is exactly what we are learning to do through this 30 day training.  It was AMAZING to hear about the work that God is doing through them and the team they work with.  They spoke of making disciples through a lot of the things we are being challenged to do and how those disciples are now making disciples.  Please take a moment to pray for these workers in Africa and the discipleship groups that they are beginning.

Expectant Faith

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What God desires, according to His Word, is that we have “expectant faith,” as if we could already SEE what He’s bringing about, even before it comes to pass. If we can muster that kind of faith, we will not only be very optimistic about the future, but, in addition, we’ll be excited about the present. Here’s Curtis Sergeant, trainer in launching disciple making movements, explaining what all this would mean:

“Do we Keep on Praying for the List of 25?”

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Today we received this question from a 30-Day Challenge Participant…

“Hi! I am on day 8 of the challenge now and I had a really good experience on the prayer-walk day.

I have a few questions: Should I keep on praying for the 25 people on the list every day (or was this just for that specific day). Another question; Should I study Mat.5, 6 and 7 every day of the challenge and also 4 different verses each day? Maybe stupid questions but I just want to make sure I do everything correct, and not miss out on anything the Lord has for me.

Blessings, [name withheld  as a courtesy]   (from the Netherlands)

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We answered this participant like this:

[name withheld  as a courtesy ], it was great to hear from you. Congratulations on making it to the 8th day. Keep up the good work, brother.

You asked about the list of 25. This was meant to be a one-time assignment overall, but it WOULD be great to go back and look over the list of 25 occasionally. For example, on your email for TOMORROW, we actually suggest that you pull out that list of 25 and go through it to find someone special. You’ll see that tomorrow.

As for the readings, trainers do recommend that we read 4 to 5 chapters daily — although it wouldn’t have to Matt. 5,6, and 7 EVERY day. But for the “SOAPS” assignment, the sermon on the mount just really works well. See the discussion on Day 20:

You’re doing everything great, brother. Keep it up.