Tag Archive: Discipleship

Changing The Perception Problem

The Apostle Paul concerning a change in perception about his life after his conversion to Christ wrote this verse:

“And they praised God because of me.” Galatians 1:24

I came across this verse while reading the other day and a question jumped out at me. The question is, “How many people praise God because of me?” So, let me ask you, “How many people praise God because of you?”

I believe the answer to this question can say a lot about you as a disciple of Jesus Christ. When you are a witness for Jesus Christ and people are being saved through your testimony, people will be praising God because of you, when you take time for others and really care for them and their interests not in a superficial way, but sincerely, people will praise God because of you. When you are a servant and are looking for ways to serve others and be a blessing. When you decide to be a giver rather than taker, an eternal investor rather than a consumer, people will praise God because of you. So, what does it take to become that kind of disciple that people praise God because of?

The apostle Paul had an encounter with the risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that turned his world upside down. A new perception and a new report begin to out about Paul. The Jewish Christians said of him, “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy” (Galatians 1:23). Then Paul wrote, “And they praised God because of me.”

What are some perceptions people have about you? Do people run when they see you coming? Do people speak well of you? Do people seem to want you around? Do you have close relationships with others? Does anyone depend on you? If you find it difficult answering any of these questions or perhaps you don’t like your answers to these questions, then may be you need a fresh encounter with Jesus Christ like the Apostle Paul. Because a fresh encounter with him and a fresh outpouring of His Spirit is what you need to shake up your world and get you living as a true disciple of Christ. Then in time, you’ll be able to say, “and they praised God because of me.”

Chris Knipp


The 2011 Vision

The past week we have celebrated the first year serving at our current ministry assignment at Westmore Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. It’s been an eventful year getting adjusted to doing ministry in a new town with new people and living with your in-laws :). We’ve had a lot of great experiences and have gotten to know some real good people.

I look forward to closing out a strong 2010 as we plan ahead for a great 2011! I’m excited and await, with great expectation, a fruitful new year. This week, I’ve finished writing up the 2011 vision, goals, calendar and budget for the children’s ministry. Habakkuk 2:2 says,

“ Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.

So, here is our vision and goals for 2011 written plainly on one of my many “modern day tablets.”

We seek to establish norms within the culture of our church/ children’s ministry cultivating a family approach to discipleship through which we perform ministry together with the combined influences of church and family preparing us for the harvest God wills to send to Westmore Church of God as we endeavor to expand His Kingdom!

• Connect families i.e. parents, grandparents, children and members with the vision, to each other, to ministry and to mission
• Train families i.e. parents, grandparents, children and members to embrace vision and Christian community and to fulfill ministry and mission
• Provide opportunities for families i.e. parents, grandparents, children and members to adhere to vision and Christian community and fulfill ministry and mission

I’m ready to be used by God to “equip the saints for the working of ministry.” I’m ready for a ripe spiritual harvest this next year. I’m ready to be the man of God, husband, father, friend and pastor that God has called me to be. I’m ready to walk in and fulfill the heavenly vision God has given me.

It’s Time To WAPP Your Kids!!!

What is a WAPP??

The WAPP is an acrostic that means “Week Ahead Parent Paper”. It is designed to help parents be the primary disciplers of their kids by helping them engage their kids with principles from God’s Word a “week ahead” of the lesson they will be learning in High 5 Kids Church. Ultimately, it is our mission to make disciples. God did not say go into the entire world and teach Bible lessons. He said, “…go into all the world and make disciples…” Part of the discipleship process is preaching/ teaching Bible lessons, but discipleship at its best takes place in the home. According to Deuteronomy 6:4-9, parents have the primary responsibility to disciple their children. The WAPP is a tool designed to help parents with this process. So, go ahead, WAPP your kids. They’ll be glad you did…eventually.

How does the WAPP work??

We hand the WAPP out on Sundays. You read over it and sometime through the week go over memory verse, big idea, and bible story and do the practical action steps with your kids. The following Sunday we will reinforce the WAPP material that you went over with your kids by making the Bible stories come to life through dramatization, worship experiences, object lessons, engaging illustrations, preaching and prayer. Then, Sunday night during our FOCUS time, the kids have a chance to discuss the messages taught and reinforced throughout the week and that morning. They do this through games, worship, discussion and prayer. The WAPP helps unify and maximize our discipleship efforts combining the influences of church and family.