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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. 





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.

Culture & Evangelism

Daniel Williamson

            Cultural understanding is an extremely important aspect of evangelism. If we fail to comprehend the customs, dynamics, and cultural aspects of our target people group, we will fail to properly connect them with our Savior, Jesus Christ. As evangelists, we all have the responsibility to study the activity and culture of people, so we can win more people to Christ. As Paul states in 1 Cor 9:19 (NLT), “Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ.” This takes a greater level of patience, but when we connect with people inside the context of their culture, we can readily bring them within the context of the gospel proclamation. We are indeed called to have a certain level of cultural intelligence in evangelism, as we should learn how to operate in a capacity that brings the truth of Christ to every variety of culture we face. As David Livermore states, “Cultural intelligence is the capability to function effectively across national, ethnic, and organizational cultures.”[1] We are to simply have a spiritual, ethical, and intellectual awareness to the people we are seeking to reach with the gospel.

          Secondly, we find the evangelistic examples of Jesus display cross-cultural understanding as he interacted with the People of Israel.  Though he reached both Jew and Gentile with his truth and life, his primary focus during his earthly ministry was to the nation of Israel (ref. Matt 15:24). Thus, he intermingled with Jews (ref. John 2:1-12), observed their lawful customs (ref. Mark 1:21), attended their feasts (ref. John 2:13), and addressed cultural values (ref. Matt 15:1-20).  Even though he himself was the fulfillment of their promises from God and the very source of their livelihood, he humbled himself and dwelt among them with love, sincerity, and wisdom.  By Christ’s example to the Jews, we can learn how to represent the truth of the Gospel in every culture we walk into.  As disciples of Christ, we carry the hope of everlasting life within our mortal bodies (Col 1:27), and are asked by Jesus to bring this hope to every tribe, tongue, and nation (Matt 28-18-20). This can only be done by humbling ourselves within the cultures we find ourselves in, intermingling with the people in love, observing their customs and feasts (within biblical reason), and even addressing cultural values; all for the purpose of reaching them with the Kingdom message of Jesus Christ, the only way of hope for man.


[1] David Livermore, Leading With Cultural Intelligence – 2nd Edition (New York, NY: American Management Association, 2015), 4.