The secret to the “NO SWEAT” Workout: Time passes but no growth happens.
I’ve discovered the secret to “NO SWEAT” Disciplemaking: Time passes but no real growth happens.
In the New Testament model of life together we’re all believer priests… and in a priesthood of all believers—we’re all gifted, all called, all chosen and all working out together where the church is a gym, and pastors/youth workers are our workout trainers… [our trainers who are of course working out just as hard right besides us—1 Thess. 5:12-13.]
Just like the commercials that follow… YOU GOTTA BE SWEATING TO GET IT!
And we all need to SWEAT disciplemaking, not programs. We sweat disciplemaking friendships. Rich mutual community and one anothering are at the heart of the workout.
In the words of Inigo Montoya, TO THE PAIN!
Core Exercise #1: Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Core Exercise #2: I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them.
Core Exercise #3: Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.
Core Exercise #4: A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
Core Exercise #5: So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Remember: No Sweat, No Get!