"Intimate Discipleship"

“To WHOM shall we go…” John 6:68

Without a word dark silhouetted figures filed out of the dimly lit Kontraktova metro-station into the raw-foggy winter morning. At 5.30 am  Saturday morning in Kyiv the only people I saw on the streets were Babushkas sweeping the streets and the occasional blank-faced derelict wandering home after a night at the bar or at an intimate’s home. One such young man walked by me looking at me with a look I’ll never forget – the look like the gaze of someone dying with a terminal disease. After buying fresh borodinska black Ukrainian bread and kefir I made my way back to our team house persuaded in my heart that what we are doing here is so needed. People need intimacy – an intimacy that the world cannot offer but only that they can find in intimate discipleship. People need Bible School - what I call a “Honeymoon with Jesus Christ”

In the popular Christian culture of church growth there are a growing number of people that have become discontented with the shallow commercial version of Christianity. You can find some of them blogging that church planting has become more of a MLM endeavor rather than a passionate plea to people that they’d turn from the ever closer burning gates of Hell on the broad way that many find their selves on.

When we look carefully at the Great Commission Jesus did not command us to build churches but to make disciples – He Himself would build His church with the disciples we’ve led to Him.

Judas in Mark 14:11, began to seek how “he may conveniently betray Him”. Judas sought betrayal in a way that it would not be so painful for him. Intimacy in discipleship is painful – it costs something – everything, but what is gained cannot be measured or weighed. It is eternal.  That’s why when Jesus asked Peter – “will you also go?” Peter’s answer was so brilliant – “to WHOM shall we go?”. That is intimate discipleship.

This week we began our Bible School in Kyiv – “Kyiv Bible Institute & Missions” where we had 15 our first night. Five were first time visitors to our church – they had heard about our school opening by word of mouth and came out. This truly a miracle, thank you Jesus for this privilege. We are already planning our first Bible School Mission trip in the summer.

After EuroCon 2011 we are planning a trip with some MBC&S Bible School students to Ukraine with Pastor Morrison. Pray about joining us!