Week 10: Discipleship - Randy Parizeau
This week we learned that discipleship is “The active art of intentionally implementing the teachings of Jesus in one’s daily life, which will be evident to others you come into contact with.” We also learned what it is NOT. Is not a program (DTS or YWAM), rules, class, seminar, degree, and accidental, modeling after someone, or being a fan and sitting in the sidelines. We started by looking at the lives of Jesus’ disciples.
How did Jesus pick his disciples? Mark was a former tax collector whom the Jews hated because he represented the Roman authorities. Peter was a fisherman who later denied Jesus. Thomas is infamous for questioning his fellow-disciples declaration that Jesus was alive. Yet Jesus would tell this doubter the core truth of his nature: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
What made Jesus so attractive? There was something about Jesus that drew these people to him. He had authority when he spoke, healed the sick, forgave sins, challenged the status quo, had no fear, stirred up passion, saw potential; was approachable, a prophet, and compassionate.
What makes our hearts respond to these things that we know of Jesus? He is the Good Shepherd who laid down his life, restores our relationship with God by justifying us and taking sin upon himself, canceled our debt, made the Devil powerless, redeemed us and brought in the new covenant, killed our old self, and freed us from sin.
In a TED Talk titled ”How Leaders Inspire Action”, Simon Sinek emphasized that members of an organization will willingly die/sacrifice for their leader, because they know their leader would do the same for them. Leadership is a choice, not a rank. Leaders inspire action because they prioritize a heart count versus a head count, such as the case of a company keeping all its workers instead of making massive layoffs to cut costs.
As believers wanting to follow Jesus and become disciples, we realize our wretchedness and receive God’s invitation for relationship. In this deepening relationship we get the strength to constantly overcome sin by repeatedly laying down our self and making Jesus Lord of all areas of our lives.
The Christmas season is finally upon us with the colder air, songs in the airwaves, advent preparation and decoration, and other signs of celebration! DTS had one special reason to rejoice, because our sister Holly celebrated one year of positive life changes! After 3C night, Holly gave her life story and a season of struggling to find meaning in life. Her tender testimony of Christ’s unfailing love and pursuit for her heart moved us all.
On Friday the two “small-groups” of Jaron and Sara (our DTS staff) played beach volleyball at 6Pack Indoor Beach at Richmond. Casey Quek (YWAM staff), who is a professional volleyball player and awesome athlete, helped us book the place. In addition to that, he played with us and coached on posture, setting, spiking, and playing better. Our last game pitted the DTSers from North America (USA and Canada) against the DTSers from Europe and Southeast Asia (Germany, Sweden, Philippines). After a fierce game of strong serves, quick saves, and fast reflexes the North American team won… by a few points!
We also had the rare opportunity to be in a cooking class on Saturday! For Track this week, we visited the award-winning Dirty Apron cooking school in Vancouver, which is owned by Chef David and wife Sara Robertson. We were inspired by his incorporation of integrity and evangelism in the business environment. The students were invited back on Saturday for a free class where they learned to prepare and cook a sumptuous meal under the tutelage of a professional chef. The best part was eating what they prepared. By the way, Chef David and Sara are former DTSers!
On Sunday, Wade and Joanna Pallister invited us for a dinner of lentil-soup for the soul (topped with rosemary and feta cheese), accompanied by thick slices of yummy bread. Let’s hear a “Whoop! Whoop!” for this! After dinner we all drove to Burnaby Village Museum for its Heritage Christmas light displays, vintage-themed shop window displays, 12-days of Christmas scavenger hunt, and good old-fashioned hot cocoa prepared by Joanna.
Christmas is in the air…literally. With the initiative of Suzi and Holly, and the donations of the Parker House residents, we acquired a six-feet Douglas Fir and it is decked out! Come visit us and inhale the fresh pine scent or just gaze at the sparkly lights and décor around the tree!