Pastor Chinzorig from Mongolia shared at the fall session of the eighth cohort of pastors in Mongolia on Kingdom Discipleship. It was breathtaking simply sitting in and listening the first few days.
He shared how often we get stuck in a simplified gospel paradigm: that we can just be saved at a one-off event in our lives and move on.
He walked the cohort through God’s word amplifying an important thread in the bible: what he called 3D Discipleship or the Discipleship Journey.
Salvation is act 1: justification by faith.
But the process continues: act 2 is the journey this side of heaven as we are sanctified (continuously improving) as we steep ourselves in Jesus and let him transform our lives.
Act 3 happens at the conclusion of our time on earth: we are made whole in Christ and glorified when we arrive in heaven.
Discipleship Journey: 5-Fold Process
He shared a model that was helpful for the cohort using his hand as a 5-fold process (see the picture) for this discipleship journey:
- Darkness (living apart from God—in sin)
- Faith in Christ & Water Baptism
- Baptism of Fire (the refining process of rooting sin out – what he called ‘digging out the roots’)
Following God's GPS
I believe Pastor Chinzo, as we call him, has spotted the weakness of many Christians today. They allow simplistic forms of Christianity to rule their lives rather than coming under Christ’s full measure: becoming a follower of him – a disciple of Jesus. That’s what it means to follow Jesus.
Pastor Chinzo challenges us to follow God’s GPS. Just like your phone or GPS guide your drive or walk, let God steer your path and follow his course corrections. Even discipline is a good because it helps refine our hearts and minds to align with God’s intentions.
In this, Chinzo also gives some helpful advice: don’t get caught up in rules and regulations either. That is merely creating another set of principles or religious spirit. This would be like following methods, discipline, and traditions. Rather he encourages us to follow Jesus and be led by the Spirit for it is there that we will truly find freedom.
Carrying Burdens (to God)
His final challenge, before we left, was to ask – “Do you carry your own burdens or do you carry them to God?” He reminds us of Bobby Clinton’s findings: two-thirds of Christian leaders don’t finish well. In order to finish well, the key is becoming a disciple of Jesus.
Wise words from my good friend. Kingdom Discipleship is ultimately about daily following Jesus and letting Him carry you through everything in our lives!
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matt 11:28-30
Joe Handley, President