Episode 15 of the podcast features and interview with Scott Perkins. He is a discipleship coach and the author of the book Tree of Lies: Transforming Decisions, Behaviors, and Relationships By Gaining Perspective On Your Identity in Christ. We have a fantastic conversation about what identity in Christ really means, and the dangers of basing our identity and value in other things.
- “Ministry happens wherever you are.”
- “In our weakness and vulnerability there can be great power.”
- "The central lie that we tend to believe is that we need something in addition to or in place of God for wholeness.”
- "If your first thought when it comes to developing a rhythm of life is 'I don’t have the time' this might be an on-road to understanding your identity."
In this episode, we discuss:
- The challenges of ministry in the Church
- Challenges for congregational leaders, trap of numbers, double standards for pastors
- The problem of using results as a measure for our spiritual life, rather than our identity in Christ.
- How our identity must only be in God and not in other things (even things that are good!)
- Doing spiritual practices not to earn God’s approval, but to live as who God created you to be.
- How to build a rhythm of life - just start something - set small goals.
- What is discipleship coaching?
3 things to move forward in your identity in Christ:
- Know what you look to as your defining characteristic (e.g. other people’s approval)
- Know how you’re created (e.g. introvert or extrovert)
- Finding a rhythm of life
Spiritual Practices that we touch on:
- One-line prayer in the morning - a way to remind ourselves about our identity in Christ
- Journalling based on Scripture
- Walking and Hiking as prayer. Repeating a short scripture passage while walking.
- Silent Meditation - used as a reminder to listen for God and to shut down lies that you tell yourself.
- Using a word or a phrase as a way of focussing in prayer.
- Leaving time for quiet, stillness, listening.
- Once a week - Examine (looking back on the week)
- An open Bible near the door and a commitment to reading at least one verse.
- Trinkets and icons as ways of reminding you to pray or read the Bible.
Once again, I mention the book Mini-Habits by Stephen Guise - http://amzn.to/2seGkL5
Examples of one-line prayers:
- Lord Jesus, have mercy of me, a sinner. (The Jesus Prayer) - good prayer for living in grace.
- Holy Spirit come and fill me with your joy.