In another extended, live episode, Cameron and Dr. J take a closer look at fasting and how it is only one part of normative Christian disciplines. As Christians, we must fast — not because it is the latest diet fad — but because we are disciples of Jesus Christ. What discipleship look like exactly? Well, let’s dive into this episode and find out more about this call to follow Jesus.
02:30 — We read in Scripture that we ought to take our thoughts captive. What does that mean? Sometimes we have fleeting thoughts but what if there is a more persistent thought? How do we take that thought captive? Is there a right way to do this?
08:26 — Do you have any recommended books or sermons about the subject that might be helpful to us? What are some verses or Bible chapters to meditate on while fasting?
12:55 — What do I do if the fast ends and my prayer request isn’t answered?
19:08 — In an age where fasting has become a bit more mainstream, what differentiates Christian fasting from the world’s fasting?
22:11 — What does it mean for a fast to be God-initiated? How do we know when it is the Lord who initiates the fast?
26:41 — What does fasting and serving and making disciples really have to do with one another?
30:12 — Is there a difference between a Christian and a disciple? Are the two synonymous?
32:33 — What does it really look like to be a disciple? How do we identify a disciple?
39:03 — Jesus taught in Luke 14:26, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” What is going on here? Why does Jesus say we must hate family to be a disciple?
44:18 — Why is church attendance important? Why does it matter?
For more content on this episode’s questions, we invite you to check out a sermon by Dr. Jason Karampatsos in the second week of the Be Ready series at https://nlag.net/sermons/be-ready-to-serve/.
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