Sunday School, D-Groups, or Both?
by Bill Wilks
In today's culture, should churches do Sunday morning Bible study classes or discipleship groups throughout the week? This is an important question to consider. In the sports movie, "Radio," James Robert "Radio" Kennedy was a young mentally-disabled man living alone with his mother in Anderson, South Carolina. He developed a special relationship with Coach Harold Jones who invited Radio to assist with the T. L. Hanna High School football team.
In a humorous scene, Coach Jones and Radio were having lunch at a local diner. A waitress showed them a dessert menu and suggested a couple of her favorites. Coach Jones and the waitress shared a laugh when Radio promptly replied, "I'll take both." In response to the question raised above, I agree with Radio. My reply is that "I'll take both." I think both are vital to the mission of the church.
Discipling the Broken and Lonely
by Bill Wilks
There are a lot of broken and lonely people in the world today. For the most part, the church is not doing an effective job of reaching them. Studies indicate that six to ten thousand American churches permanently close their doors every year. How can this be? When the need is so great, why are so many churches boarding up and calling it quits?
Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers in to His harvest" (Matthew 9:37-38). As I consider Jesus' words, I realize the failure of many churches to reach the broken and lonely is not about what they do inside the church. It's about what they are not doing outside the walls of the church.
by Bill Wilks
Every child needs a father who will teach him how to fish. I was blessed to have such a father. When I was seven years old, my dad said, “Son, I want to teach you how to fish.” I was so excited. My dad loved to fish, and I wanted to do everything that he did. One day we loaded our fishing gear and headed out to my Uncle Bill’s lake. It was a beautiful private lake just outside of town on my uncle’s farm.
When we arrived, my dad told me there were a lot of fish in this lake and that we were going to catch them. But how? I was only seven; I didn’t know how to fish. Then my dad did something that was a game-changer. He placed in my hands a fishing rod and a reel. “This is a Zebco 33,” he said, “It’s the most simple and reliable fishing reel that you will ever use.”
Dr. Bill Wilks, has a passion for equipping common people to be Christ-like disciple makers. Bill and his wife, Rondie, have traveled extensively to train thousands of believers how to make disciples who make disciples. Bill and Rondie live near Trussville, AL, where he serves as Lead Pastor of NorthPark Church and Founder of D-Life.
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