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“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.”  (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)

 

Many people in America are spiritually hungry, even in the “Bible Belt” where I live. In fact they are starving for spiritual experiences. And a person who is starving will eat anything to survive. I believe the lack of genuine discipleship in the American church is the root of the problem, and we the church should take responsibility for this. (Some churches are doing a good job at making Disciples)

Recently I was having coffee with a couple of friends at a local coffee shop. As we talked about our spiritual life with God, we began to notice two ladies at a table nearby, they were listening to our conversation. Well, we were also listening to them as they talked, and one of the ladies mentioned Kabbalah. To make a long story short, one of the ladies was seeking to make a disciple of the other one. She had found a spiritually hungry person who was eager to pursue new spiritual experiences.

The local Church gathering on Sunday mornings is important, and it is where we should be exposed to sound biblical teaching and to experience corporate worship. But if we are to make disciples of Jesus we must be willing to teach and share with people in everyday life. We can do this in conversations with coworkers, setting across the table at lunch or at a coffee shop. Our job is to interact with people and speak into their lives, about Jesus, and help them on their on spiritual journey’s.

 At one point in the coffee shop my two friends and I began to experience the gentle presence of God. People are hungry for spiritual reality. And every Christian should seek to live in the presence of God and help others experience God for themselves. If we fail to do this, the New Age and other mystical religions will fill the void.
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