Why Christian Discipleship



Why Christian Discipleship and Not Psychotherapy?

When life gets rough, modern Christians frequently turn to some form psychotherapy.   The model is even frequently found within churches. 

Psychotherapy means “soul healing” in Greek.   The irony is that psychotherapy rarely if ever “heals” people’s souls.  Psychology also has no solid basis for teaching truth, because it lacks an ultimate authority.   You can’t learn solid truth in psychotherapy and then apply to your life.

True healing for a Christian, however, can only come from the Spirit of God.   God wants to teach us truth, truly healing us and giving us a new life.   All truths we need to know about the human life and soul are found in the Bible.   Many people only understand these truths on a surface level.  Something holds them back from being able to boldly apply these truths to their lives.  It holds them back from radical life change and freedom in Christ.  

Discipleship is God’s Way of Transforming Your Life

Jesus frequently said “He who has an ear, let him hear.”  Many Christians have not been taught how to apply great portions of the Bible to life.  These people have “heard” the Word of God but are unable to fully apply it.  It seems impossible, too foreign, or out of reach.  This sometimes includes even ministers, people serious about their faith, and people who have read the Bible from cover to cover.   

 Back in the time of Jesus, everyone knew what discipleship meant.  As a disciple, you would devote every aspect of your life to your teacher or your particular philosophy.   You would step out of your old life to go down a new path.  This devotion would radically change how you perceived life.  It would also change how you lived on a daily basis.

 In modern times, many churches “disciple” by teaching the basic doctrines of the Bible.  They also encourage memorization and reading of scripture.  They also attempt to get believers involved in church or a local ministry.   These are wonderful things and enough for many people, but they are not the full sum of what discipleship entails.    

Breaking Captives Free: Intensive Christian Discipleship

 Breaking Captives Free focuses on “intensive” discipleship designed to free believers from what is holding them back.  People with life difficulties are frequently full of false beliefs about themselves and the world.  Sometimes these beliefs are invisible, even to themselves. 

 You may have seen it before – a believer who constantly goes from crisis to crisis.  This believer may have already repented from all known sin their life.  They may even be strongly devoted to God.  Yet, have you seen believers like this who have a rough time on a regular basis?  Someone who loves God but is never free from conflict?  Have you seen people like this who are unable to live the full Christian life? 

Our ministry focuses on allowing people to identify and overcome false beliefs.  We can transform our lives by taking bold action based on God’s truth:       

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.   Romans 12:1-2

When lies are replaced with the truth, our minds are “renewed.”  At that point a Christian’s life can be transformed by boldly acting on this newly understood truth.  We have seen Christians overcome a rough past, a past holding them back in worldly bondage.  We have seen Christians who used to live life in “crisis mode” be transformed into Christians living a fruitful and joyful life.

Breaking Captives discipleship is especially for Christians who have emotional and life problems that are difficult to understand.   It is for Christians who frequently find themselves in conflict.  It is also for certain Christians who have been labeled with various forms of mental illness.  If you are looking for personal Christian discipleship for yourself or someone you know, please contact us.    

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. “

~Romans 12: 1