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Our 2019 Discipleship Blog

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 The Body of Christ

Key Verse Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV) Short Reflection Paul used the human body to give an easier understanding of the body of Christ to the church in Corinth. He went ahead to explain...
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Seized to Be An Image Bearer of Jesus

Key Verse And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) Short Reflection If you saw Jesus in the streets today, would you recognize him? Would...
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Seized to Be A Thankful Receiver

Key Verse Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe... Hebrews 12:28 (NIV) Short Reflection We who are followers of Jesus are receiving a kingdom that is permanent and unchanging. This kingdom of Jesus...
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Seized to Be A Household Member

Key Verse Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household… Ephesians 2:19 (NIV) Short Reflection Most of us remember the waves of xenophobic attacks in South Africa over these recent years. Xenophobia is the fear of strangers, which...
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Seized to Be A Citizen of Heaven

Key Verse But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…Philippians 3:20 (NIV) Short Reflection As Christians, we are citizens of the heavenly City and are entitled to enjoy its privileges while on the other hand bound to live by its...
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