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Speaking Louder Ministries is an evangelistic ministry founded by Jeremy Camp. Our central goal is seeing lives transformed by Jesus Christ through music, testimony, and service. 

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Communication with the "lost"

Daniel Williamson

In presenting the concept of being “lost” to those who do not share “Christian standards” it can be helpful to bring up three important truths, being God’s original intent in creating man, the fall of man which brought sin into the world, and God’s solution to that problem.

We must first help those we are communicating with understand why God created man in the first place. As we see in Genesis 1:27-28a, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them.” Mankind was created to walk in the blessing of God and to be in perfect fellowship with him. God supplied man with responsibility, favor, provision, and open communication with himself. In addition to this blessing of life that was bestowed upon man, it is evident that man was also given free will to choose the goodness of God or resist it and experience the consequences. As seen in Genesis 2:16-17, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Secondly, we must help bring understanding to the reality of sin, which was first brought into the world through the fall of man. As Adam and Eve succumbed to the devil’s lure of temptation, and ate of the forbidden fruit (ref. Gen 3:1-14), sin was brought into the world. The result of this sin was death and man was separated from perfect fellowship with God (ref. Gen 3:18). This sin would mark all of mankind from generation to generation (ref. Rom 5:12), as everyone since Adam has taken on the nature of sin and the imprisonment of pending death (ref. Rom 6:23a). Thus, because of sin, mankind as a whole is separated from a perfect and holy God.

But God, who is rich in love and abundant in mercy, provided a solution for this problem of sin, death, and separation. As John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Through faith in the Person and work of Jesus Christ, man can be redeemed from sin and death, find restoration in his relationship with God, and have the hope of everlasting life in Christ.

Thoughts on Discipleship

Daniel Williamson

Thoughts on Discipleship
The goal of all our teaching, instruction and spiritual investment in all- pastors and lay
leader alike is to encourage all followers into further obedience of fulfilling two things. The
Great Commission and the Great Commandment. The Great Commission is to make
disciples of all people, therefore this opportunity puts us in the privileged position of being
able to disciple makers. “A disciple is a person who has trusted Christ for salvation and
has surrendered completely to Him. He or she is committed to practicing the spiritual
disciplines in community and developing to their full potential for Christ and His mission.”
In order to reach the world with the hope of Christ, the Gospel, the message about the life,
death and resurrection of Christ must permeate and consume every individual believer.
The beginning of all discipleship should begin with an accurate understanding of the
Gospel message. It is from an accurate understanding of the Gospel that the power of
God is unleashed in the life of the believer to then fulfill the mission of God. The goal is not
to make more disciplined, knowledgeable followers; but to see transformed lives that
prayerfully labor for the transformation of others.
In all our teaching and instruction, the most rudimentary principles that are at the core of
being a disciple of Christ that cannot be forsaken and should form the basis of all
discipleship training that transcends culture are- Sacrificial, Relational, Transformational.

Characteristics of a Disciple—
Sacrificial- A disciple has not only embraced the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, but in
light if His great sacrifice, the disciple is prepared to make every sacrifice for the glory of
God and expansion of His kingdom.
Relational- While we are saved as individuals, we are saved to something bigger than
ourselves, the body of Christ. The disciple recognizes that the Christian life is not intended
to be lived out in isolation, but with a community of believers. The Church is God’s remedy
to loneliness and isolation in the World.
Transformational- While we come to Christ as we are, because of the power of the
Gospel and Spirit we are not staying as we are. The Gospel is the good news that God
saves, changes and transforms lives. A changed life brings God maximum glory; it shines
as a city on hill. Moreover the goal is constant spirit empowered development and growth.
This happens in the life of the believer as they is exposed to Christ in the reading, teaching
and meditation of the Word of God and prayer.