Jim Putman shares his views on discipleship in relationship in this workshop session from Exponential East 2014. Putman says, “Discipleship isn’t easy. There is no formula.” He insists discipleship is not just about curriculum, but is about living in relationship with people where the life of Christ is modeled, loving God and loving people. The session is followed by Discipleship.org Bobby Harrington’s interview of Jim Putman and Sal Sberna, lead pastor of The MET, Houston, Texas.
Putman’s key insights include:
- The church is God’s idea. It is Plan A. There is no Plan B.
- The church can and should win. The gates of hell will not prevail against it.
- Jesus is the greatest disciple maker in history. His message and methods are divine.
- Every Christian is supposed to be a disciple that makes disciples. Success is not in how many come to the church service. Success is in how many disciples are equipped to make disciples.
- A relationship with God is not enough. A mature Christ-follower is in relationship with God and in relationship with people. (Many pastors are very lonely and neglect deep relationships with people.)
- Personal stories from a life of discipleship in relationship.
Jim Putman will be one of six leaders participating in the National Discipleship Forum at Exponential West, Oct. 6-9, 2014, at Saddleback Church.