The Daily Growth Discipleship Podcast

Can the Church Move Beyond Making Enemies? - David Fitch - Episode 59

Can the Church Move Beyond Making Enemies? - David Fitch - Episode 59

In John 17, Jesus prayed, "Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one." You don't have to look far among Christians these days to realize we are terrible at this thing Jesus prayed for in John 17. Legitimate issues of racism and how we can best love our neighbor become an arena in which we attempt to prove our point no matter the cost. In this episode, David offers a solution that we believe hits the nail on the head. Instead of choosing one side or the other, he calls us back to the Christ who saved us and to our calling as Christ's presence in the world.

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Finding Grace & Purpose in Your Brokenness - Josh Havens - Episode 58

Finding Grace & Purpose in Your Brokenness - Josh Havens - Episode 58

God loves you… It’s almost cliche when you hear it, but think about each one of those three words… God… Loves… You… You might be thinking, “Yeah he does, but that’s just who he is, right?” Or maybe, “Yeah, but he doesn’t like me. There’s a lot of me that’s still broken… I don’t even like me.” Or maybe you just don’t believe it at all. In this episode, Josh Havens unpacks how you can find God's grace and purpose in the middle of your brokenness.

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The John 3:16 You Don't Know - Paul Borthwick - Episode 57

The John 3:16 You Don't Know - Paul Borthwick - Episode 57

Making disciples is one of the crucial components of a lifestyle of discipleship. We are called to reproduce disciples. It's normal for Christians to think of spiritual disciplines and other practices as part of our own discipleship, but we rarely think of making other disciples as part of that process. This is why Paul's latest book is so valuable. John 3:16 is one of those verses many of us could probably quote. We've heard it so many times it's almost cliche. And the depth of the meaning Jesus was communicating to Nicodemus in that chapter is sometimes lost on us. Really, it's an invitation to something more than just getting saved. It's an invitation to God's redemptive work in all of history.

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Learning to Walk Together Through Racial Trauma - Sheila Wise Rowe - Episode 56

Learning to Walk Together Through Racial Trauma - Sheila Wise Rowe - Episode 56

As we once again talk about Race and Racism on the podcast, we wanted to address this issue from a different perspective. Racism, being rejected and persecuted because of the color of your skin, traumatizes its victims. So how should we as disciples respond? As we learn from Shelia in this episode, people of color need to develop resilience through their relationship with Christ and His community that gives them the strength to withstand the racial injustice they experience. And for white people and others of privileged status, we have an opportunity to listen and learn from our marginalized brothers and sisters. In the fight to see God’s Kingdom come to earth and his will done in our midst, may we mourn with our brothers and sister who mourn and show them love that affirms who they are as Image bears of God.

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Why Disciples Should Be Lifelong Learners - Kevin Folk - Episode 55

Why Disciples Should Be Lifelong Learners - Kevin Folk - Episode 55

Dr. Kevin Folk serves as an international missionary committed to advancing discipleship and training around the world. Through the strategic worldwide network of Global University, he teaches and trains emerging national leaders to reach their local context and beyond. His focus and specialty is the Spanish-speaking world, including Latin America and Spain, although he also partners with local ministry educators and Bible schools in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

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How to Worship in the Age of Social Distancing - David DeGarmo - Episode 54

How to Worship in the Age of Social Distancing - David DeGarmo - Episode 54

As disciples, worship is an essential part of our life in Christ. It’s more than singing songs or going to church. Worship is meant to be part of a lifestyle of discipleship as we follow Jesus in the everyday moments of life. And this is what we talked about in our first conversation with Dr. De Garmo. But in this 2nd episode, we explore how we can maintain that lifestyle even in the midst of a global pandemic that changes the way the church meets together. 

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How Can the Church Respond in Turbulent Times - Andréa Snavely - Episode 53

How Can the Church Respond in Turbulent Times - Andréa Snavely - Episode 53

The way we respond to an issue says a lot about who we are. And as the Church, we have to make sure that our desire to tell the truth doesn't push us to respond in a way that sours people to the truth we have to communicate. In these tense times we live in, this conversation with Dr. Snavely is exactly what we need to be thoughtful about what we're saying as the Church.

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Rediscipling the White Church - David Swanson - Episode 52

Rediscipling the White Church - David Swanson - Episode 52

David is the founding pastor of New Community Covenant Church, a multiracial congregation on the South Side of Chicago. He also serves as the CEO of New Community Outreach, a non-profit organization working to reduce causes of trauma and raise opportunities for equity in Chicago. He previously served as a Director of Church Planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church. David and Maggie have been married for 21 years and have two amazing sons.

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When Narcissism Comes to Church - Chuck DeGroat - Episode 51

When Narcissism Comes to Church - Chuck DeGroat - Episode 51

Chuck DeGroat is Professor of Counseling and Christian Spirituality at Western Theological Seminary in Holland MI, and Co-Founder and a Senior Fellow at Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco. He is a licensed therapist, author, retreat leader, and spiritual director. He's spent the last 20+ years in a dynamic combination of pastoral ministry, seminary teaching, and clinical counseling. His books are practical and pastoral, meeting readers at the intersection of our spiritual journeys and the very real struggles we experience.

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How to Follow God's Call on Your Life - Justin Zoradi - Episode 50

How to Follow God's Call on Your Life - Justin Zoradi - Episode 50

Justin Zoradi is the founder of These Numbers Have Faces, a social enterprise investing in the next generation of African leaders. After ten years of running the organization, Justin successfully transitioned and is now the President of GivingFuel, an innovative fundraising platform empowering thousands of organizations worldwide. He's the author of two books, Made For These Times and Doing Work That Matters. He holds a BA in communication studies from Westmont College and an MA in international conflict resolution from Portland State University. An obsessive soccer fan and weekend landscaper, Justin lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

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God's Work in Us Is Never Done - Paul Smith - Episode 49

God's Work in Us Is Never Done - Paul Smith - Episode 49

Paul W. Smith was an on-staff editor for Gospel Publishing House for over thirty years before retiring April 1, 2018. During this tenure, he worked on Adult Sunday school curriculum, books, magazine articles, letters, and other publications that were produced by the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Still an ordained minister, he serves as ministry leader for a Celebrate Recovery chapter in Republic, Missouri. He keeps busy doing freelance editing and page layout, and trying to downsize a lifetime of memorabilia and books.

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Why Theology is Essential for a Lifestyle of Discipleship - Episode 48

Why Theology is Essential for a Lifestyle of Discipleship - Episode 48

We love to ask the question, "Why?" Why do we do the things we do in the Christian life? Things like knowing our identity, practicing the basics, and walking with someone are great, but why do these things? It's about understanding the practical application of the things we know or hold to be true. In short, it's doing theology! In this special, one-chapter episode, Chis and Josh talk about a few of the reasons behind the steps in creating a lifestyle of discipleship. They also discuss a few questions from a listener about the authority of Scripture. Be sure to let us know what you think of this longer format if you want to see more of it!

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