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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 Caster of Anxiety

Key Verse Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Short Reflection Christie and I have traveled to some terrifying places: war zones, guerilla controlled areas, refugee camps, and more. People ask, “Have you ever been afraid?” Perhaps they expect us to say...
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Seized to Be A Non-Drifter

Key Verse We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1 (NIV) Short Reflection I love strategic planning. What amazes me is that often organizations that are the most successful at realizing their vision and staying the...
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Seized to Be A Light Traveler

Key Verse And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.” Luke 9:3 (ESV) Short Reflection In pursuing the upward call of God for us in Christ Jesus, the Lord revealed a practical strategy: travel...
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Seized to Be One with Beautiful Feet

Key Verse How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 (NIV) Short Reflection Feet are probably not the part of the body that ranks highest...
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Seized to Be An Unentangled Runner

Key Verse Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of...
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