Men's Disciplemaking is a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Our purpose is to assist churches in developing healthy ministries to men. We encourage local churches to build effective and intentional methods for creating, capturing and sustaining a ministry to men that is unique to its own situation. To assist churches in building on that framework, we seek best practices and success stories in discipling men from across The Alliance. Our vision is to see churches move men from the community and disciple them into service. The website is based on the "No Man Left Behind" model developed by Man in the Mirror. For more information on the model go to: www.nomanleftbehind.org.
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For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. (Mark 11:23)
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13)
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
Is there anything harder to grasp than what Jesus is saying in these verses?
Moving mountains was a Jewish metaphor for doing what seemed to be impossible. Those who believe in God can have confidence that He will accomplish even the impossible according to His sovereign will.
All things are possible if we only believe, even moving mountains. Even as believers, our logical minds sees this as impossible. “I can’t just think and move a mountain.” “It has never been done before.” If Jesus speaking figuratively, as some suggest. What is His point?
In Mark 9:23 Jesus promises results to those who believe. First, what we ask for must be in alignment with the sovereign will of God. In other words, what benefit will it be to God to move the mountain? Secondly, how often have we prayed and not seen the result we wanted when we wanted? The Lord may be saying, “No.” or “No, I have other plans” or it may be, “Yes, but not now.” Third, we are not the ones who perform the miracle. It is the work of the Holy Spirit. We are not called to do the work. We are called to be instruments of His plan.
Where do you need faith? What impossibility is facing you? Do you believe God can do it?
Who am I? I am a person of growing faith.
Did you Know?
The majority of church employees are women (except for clergy, who are overwhelmingly male).