Tomorrow morning at Redeemer I am going to speak on "The Real Jesus Came to Make Disciples and Disciple-Makers."
One thing I will share is how Jesus-following mentors discipled me via their influence. One of them was my father.
I remember seeing my dad read his Bible, usually in the evening before he went to bed. Dad read his Bible so much that his thumb wore through the leather cover. I have it now, Here it is.
I received a leather-covered Bible when I was confirmed in our Lutheran Church. I was twelve years old. My mother put my Bible somewhere - I don't know. I never picked it up and read it.
Until I was 21. That's when Jesus rescued me out of a deep enslavement to evil. My life began to change for the better! And, I needed a Bible.
I drove to my parents' home. I asked, "Mom, do you know where my Bible is?"
She got it for me. I began to read. And read. I wore the leather out on it so much that the cover finally broke off. I still have this Bible. Here it is.
Like father, like son, right?
As the apostle Paul wrote:
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. (Philippians 3:17)