One Person, One Story At A Time
A disciple, George Vanderwoude. One person, one story at a time.
I was very excited to hear about a movement at one of our Fearless Churches toward one on one discipleship. My wife Deb and I moved from Chicago to Zeeland last November, and we knew we would be attending a Fearless Church. I was searching for a way to connect with men wanting to share in one on one discipleship.
I have known I have a calling, it is on my heart, to be involved in discipleship. Many years ago (more than I care to admit), and soon after accepting Christ, the pastor of my church suggested we study Romans together. There is no way I could ever repay him, I learned so much from him; love for the Word, the importance of daily devotion time, prayer, the humility to change and grow in trust, and to be clear in my belief in Jesus. My joy and gratitude stemming from this experience compelled me to pursue discipleship.
I was asked to connect with Hunter, a young man attending our church. We met to get to know each other somewhat, and now meet each week on Tuesday at Biggby Coffee. I asked Hunter to choose a Gospel to study and we are studying the Gospel of John together. We were led into a discussion of truth, who and what truth is, and growing as men with integrity in our relationships. It has been a very rewarding time together.
Long ago I scoffed at the suggestion that I would be qualified to share in discipleship with another guy. It was hard to put aside the thought that I was not qualified. But God’s Word has taught me that since I had experienced the grace of Jesus, and was willing to share what I had learned about Jesus, I was qualified. Hunter and I are really enjoying our time together and learning from each other. He is a blessing in my life which I am thankful for. I am thankful that the Fearless Family of Churches is moving into discipleship and very blessed to be participating in it.
Thanks so much, George! So, the question isn’t “can I do this”? Or, is there someone who could use me, or me them? The question is “are you willing”? The Spirit will do amazing things—in His time—if we are willing to be His instrument in someone else’s life. Please let us know you are willing. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
Let’s “Run this Race” together.