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What is The ELEVENone Project? It is the conviction that what Paul implies in 1 Corinthians 11:1 is more than some trite or off-handed comment. This one verse sets a tone for what kingdom-oriented discipleship seeks to accomplish.
Paul says to the church in Corinth, he challenges them, to follow his example in Christian growth. Paul intentionally and undeniably puts himself between Jesus and the readers, not to create a barrier to seeing Jesus. No, that would be a complete misunderstanding of what Paul did. Paul stands between Jesus and the believers he is writing to as a living example that all that Jesus promised has been made reality in his very person.
Here is the outrageous and unbelievably astounding challenge of the discipleship process. Here is, what I believe to be, the issue that has been removed and has ultimately short-circuited the spiritual development and maturity of generations of Christians. What has been missing is the role of one maturing believer standing as a beacon of light pointing to the One that has split history in half!
Do you see it? Paul took upon himself the responsibility to BE Jesus to and for those that had never seen nor heard Him! Only someone who had seen and known Jesus could make such a claim. Could this be the reason that many of us do not want to make disciples? Could this be the reason that many of us do not want to be discipled?
The danger of discipleship is to own your faith in Jesus to such a degree that people SEE Jesus in you! Fear of becoming what Jesus promised should not keep us from pursuing the one who pursued us. With this danger of owning our faith comes the eternal satisfaction of knowing Him whom we have believed AND seeing others come to that same knowledge. We are not working the miracles, but we become witnesses to the miracles that God will work, and has worked. This is the call and the hope of The ELEVENone Project. We are called to become Jesus to the world around us with the hope that in doing so we will see the wonderful things God is doing!
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You will get thoughts, rants and commentary on a wide range of topics, but every week we will dive into God’s word reading the Scripture in a different way. The man who taught me how to read this way said that God would change me and that it would seem effortless. He was right. There is one catch though, you have to fight through to the end.
Read the following scriptures and allow them to sink in. This is the challenge that is set before you.
7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8, ESV)
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV)
24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, ESV)
12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16Only let us hold true to what we have attained. (Philippians 3:12-16, ESV)
Tomorrow I will explain how this process will work. I am excited about what this means for me and for you.
As a gift to you, I will also send anybody who joins to get the email updates to the blog a free copy of my book Gospel Basics. (This is big announcement number #2 that I mentioned on Tuesday). I will send it to you as a PDF via the email you provide.