To celebrate the release of the updated third edition of Building a Discipling Culture, I’m publishing a series of posts based on some of the new content in the book.
In a previous post, I discussed how the ideas of the Five Capitals and the Person of Peace are related.
In this post, I want to look at the idea of what those in the movement have taken to calling the Three A’s. These are the basic temptations that each of us faces, just as they are the temptations that Jesus faced. They are:
I discussed what these temptations are in a previous post, and in the third edition of Building a Discipling Culture, we see how these things can prevent us from fulfilling the Great Commission call to make disciples.
The third edition also includes an appendix that discusses how these temptations can be more common depending on your personality type (as measured by the Enneagram).
These are important ideas that can serve as kairos moments for us. To help in that process, I wanted to provide some questions that may be worth reflecting on. You can do this individually, but you may find this to be even more powerful when you discuss your reflections in the context of a Huddle or other group that uses the Learning Circle Lifeshape.
- Which of these three temptations seems to pop up most often for you? Why do you think that is?
- Which of these temptations are you most likely to fall into? If possible, think of and discuss some specific examples.
- What helps you resist each of these temptations? Be specific about some success stories.
- How can you build repeatable tools into your life to counteract one or more of these temptations?
I pray that these questions will provoke kairos moments for you as you seek to fight these temptations. If you have ideas for additional questions that have helped you or your Huddle reflect on these temptations, please share them in the comments.
As you do so, let me leave you with a parting thought: The reason we resist temptation is not to avoid sin, although that is tremendously important.
Ultimately, the reason we resist temptation is to leave room in our lives to become more like Jesus in his character and competence. In his character we emulate his love and so obey the Great Commandment in his competence we learn to make disciples and so obey the Great Commission. This is what Jesus wants our lives to be about.