The importance and need for effective, life-changing discipleship has been evident from the beginning of Christianity. A life changing discipleship model has been available for about as long – its just not very popular. The New Testament story of Peter being stirred to disciple Simon the sorcerer in Acts 8 is a great example.
Peter showed us that discipleship must be “heart” focused not behavior focused – regardless of how people respond. While the Christian culture has tended toward the behavior modification approach, Peter went straight for heart sin repentance – not behavior sin. Simon demonstrates the struggle for all believers to be transformed when he refused Peter’s guidance by asking that the consequences of his behavior be prayed off instead.
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