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Learning How to Extend More of Heaven to Earth

Discipleship. Jesus’ Core Strategy.

Jesus had a great vision: for the kingdom of heaven to come to earth. It was no small task, and it would take people willing to give up everything to make it possible. Those people are called disciples, and it is the desire of every disciple to join Jesus in embracing, experiencing, and extending the kingdom.

PEER Servants chooses a kingdom-centric discipleship theme every year that shapes the spiritual encouragement of our volunteers. The discipleship training takes place in larger chapter meetings, smaller discipleship groups, and online through this blog. Blog contributors include our PEER Servants volunteers, board and staff members from our partners, and other friends. We hope these posts will encourage you in your desire to live like Jesus and thereby extend His amazing kingdom to others.

2019 Theme: Seized for Something Greater

Next to Jesus, there’s probably no one God has used more to further extend the kingdom of heaven to earth than the Apostle Paul. Yet, as we see in Paul’s writings to the Church in Philippi, he felt he had not yet fully embraced the reason for which Jesus had taken hold of (or, better translated, seized) him. Paul realized he was “Seized for Something Greater”. The great news is so are we!

Our 2019 discipleship theme is anchored in this Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV) passage…

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

As we search the Scriptures, we find MANY things Jesus has seized us to be. In this year’s discipleship series, we will explore how we have been Seized to be…

More Than A Conqueror (Romans 8:37)
A Living Sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2)
The Light of the World (Matthew 5:14-16)
An Unentangled Runner (Hebrews 12:1-3)
A Friend to the Unfriended (Luke 14:12-14)
An Ambassador of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)
A Hero in the Faith (Hebrews 11:6)
A Citizen of Heaven (Philippians 3:20)
An Image Bearer of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Join us for an exciting adventure-filled year where we will follow Paul in learning to focus on the one thing, to live a life that is headed heavenward, and to take hold of the reason for which Jesus has taken hold of each of us!

Blog Posts: Seized for Something Greater

Seized to Be A Plank Remover

Key Verse “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 (NIV) Short Reflection This blog has been wrestling with what Jesus has seized you to be. More than a conqueror. A...
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Seized to Be A Forgiver of 77

Key Verse “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18:35 (NIV) Short Reflection In this parable of the unmerciful servant, Jesus tells Peter – who has asked how often he should forgive a brother who...
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Seized to Be A Slave of Jesus

Key Verse “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a...
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Seized to Be A Life Loser

Key Verse “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39 (NIV) Short Reflection “You’re a real loser!” No one likes to hear those words coming from anyone, unless they come from Jesus. As the above quote from Jesus...
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Seized to Be A Living Sacrifice

Key Verse Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your...
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Seized to Be A Multiplier

Key Verse And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. II Timothy 2:2 (NIV) Short Reflection Jesus’ core strategy to extend the kingdom of heaven to earth is discipleship. Discipleship is simply...
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Seized to Be An Evil Overcomer

Key Verse Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 (NIV) Short Reflection There’s lots of evil in our world today. Our PEER Servants global family has felt this very acutely in these recent weeks given our partnership ties to Sri Lanka. Often the evil...
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Seized to Be A Hundredfold Crop Producer

Key Verse “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:20 (NIV) Short Reflection Jesus describes four types of people in this parable from Mark 4. The first three have little...
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