Press play anyways, Pumpkin! This one’s gonna be good.
I’m sure you’ve heard: “Jesus is enough. He’s all you need. There’s no ‘Jesus AND.’ It’s just Jesus.” Am I right? You’ve heard this, yeah? Well what if I told you that Jesus isn’t enough when it comes to discipling you?
I know. It’s a little hard to hear after you’ve been told Jesus is enough for so long, but I want you to know that both statements are true:
Jesus IS enough. But Jesus alone is not enough to disciple you.
Here’s why . . .
When we say “Jesus is enough for me and my need,” what we may be saying (sometimes) is — “I just need Jesus’ head. I don’t want His Body.” — i.e. the Church, the other kids of God, our brothers and sisters in Christ. And the thing is, you CANNOT say this about discipleship. You NEED Jesus’ Body to be properly discipled.
In this episode I’m sharing five Biblical points of proof to support why you need more than *Just Jesus* to be discipled. I’m also talking about why we may resist the process of discipleship in relationship with people, and what we need to do to overcome this reactive response when invited into real, relationship-driven discipleship. So, if you’re ready to be sharpened (and maybe a little challenged) around the idea of real discipleship, I want you to grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!
p.s. — If you’d like to join me inside The Jesus Girl Gang for a real-life, *Jesus AND His people* discipleship experience, head over to jesusgirlgang.com/membership.
Scripture References mentioned in this episode:
Luke 2:52 —
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
Proverbs 22:6 —
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Mark 6:7 —
And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two…
Matthew 28:19-20 —
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Titus 2:3-5 —
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
Acts 8:27-31 —
And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode
Sister, are you ready to step into real-life, relationship-based discipleship? Do you want to be more intentional about how you follow Jesus? Do you want to go deeper in the things of God, and do you want to do it with other like-minded, spirit-filled women? If so, I want to invite you into The Jesus Girl Gang!
You were made to make a sound for Jesus and His Kingdom. Are you making it boldly? Confidently? Would you like to be encouraged, equipped and empowered to do so? This is what we do inside The Jesus Girl Gang. Girl, it’s time to make your sound!
Head on over to jesusgirlgang.com/membership to learn more about our online discipleship community and to sign up!
Xoxo – Erica
Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.
REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:
If you’re interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:
About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.