Inspiring Discipleship

Jesus is the one who calls us ‘come follow me’. The call to be a disciple of Jesus demands a wholehearted, whole life response, which identifies Jesus Christ as Lord.

What would Jesus look like in your shoes and situation? From the very first disciples until now, Jesus has been shaping and forming disciples to follow him in every place. Seventy-two recognises the nature of being life-long followers of Jesus gets tough for all of us, in different seasons of life. We aim to be a community of like-minded Jesus followers and invite all who recognise the Lordship of Jesus Christ to share in our journey of mutual discovery and encouragement. We follow as individuals, but if you have a leadership role within the church you will want to do your very best to cultivate an environment in which other disciples can grow and thrive. Today, personal discipleship is the most crucial issue for the church across the UK and we are calling everyone to this priority.

Inspiring Discipleship Articles and Resources

Will I be better next year?

Will I be better next year?

Do you plan to grow as a disciple of Jesus next year? I always take some time out, at the beginning of each year, to plan in what I sense need to be my priorities for the year ahead. If the time I need to do that wasn’t already in my diary it wouldn’t happen. The...

Baptists are inherently Evangelical

Baptists are inherently Evangelical

Every Baptist Church, belonging to the Baptist Union, has at some stage of its development, freely chosen to opt into a mutual understanding of what it means to be churches in covenant together. That’s the history and background for the overwhelming majority of...

The Right Place at the Right Time

The Right Place at the Right Time

Have you ever been to some of the places where Jesus, His disciples or bible characters actually walked? At the beginning of the year, I was in Jordan standing on the same mountain that Moses stood on, overlooking the “promised land”. It’s amazing how the bible...

Too Lazy?

Too Lazy?

My hunch is nearly everyone you consider to be a part of your church wants to draw closer to God, wants to be purposeful in following Jesus, wants to live a fruitful life. The problem is that many of us are lazy and often just can’t be bothered. How do I know that?...

Wellbeing – where do you start?

Wellbeing – where do you start?

Wellbeing is such a buzz word isn’t it? Everyone is talking about it but I’m not convinced we are all speaking the same language.  My husband works for a city council as an I.T manager and every Wednesday they are reminded by email that it’s Wellbeing Wednesday. When...

No ‘wow’ without the ‘how’

No ‘wow’ without the ‘how’

If less than 10% of the people I preach to in church on a typical Sunday morning go beyond their apparent listening, what can I do to help? That was my particular question and the challenge which has led Seventy-two to produce The Discipleship Cycle App. What can you...

Opening our doors to God – Revival

Opening our doors to God – Revival

“Hello I’m looking for a Donald John Smith. I don’t know if you can help me, but he’ll be quite elderly now and may not even still be alive, but I understand he lived here in Shader.” “Do you mind me asking why you’d like to meet him?” “It’s in connection with the...

Opening our doors to God – Revelation

Opening our doors to God – Revelation

The Bible passage which has provided a key focus in fuelling our praying this month has been the letter ‘to the angel of the church in Laodicea’ in Revelation 3:14-21. As I’ve read and re-read this passage, listening for the heart of God, I’m struck again how this...

The Discipleship Cycle App

The Discipleship Cycle App

I’m super-excited the launching of the Discipleship Cycle App is finally here! Am I allowed to say that? At the risk of sounding American that’s how I feel; super-excited! I’m under no illusions a digital application (I think that’s what ‘App’ is short for) will not,...