Kandi Gallaty on Her New Book ‘Disciple Her: Using the Word, Work, & Wonder of God to Invest in Women’

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Ed Stetzer: Today I am glad to welcome Kandi Gallaty to The Exchange. Kandi is a trainer at Replicate Ministries. Below I talk with her about her newest book, Disciple Her: Using the Word, Work, & Wonder of God to Invest in Women.

Ed: How would you define discipleship?

Kandi: Discipleship is intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to replicate faithful followers of Christ. It means you’re coming alongside other women and spending time in the Word of God, memorizing it, journaling, holding one another accountable, and praying together.

Sharing your faith, fasting, and worship are other spiritual disciplines that you can do individually but are also highly effective when practiced in community. Discipleship is not a program; it’s a way of life. It’s how we maintain a healthy, balanced spiritual journey. We discipline ourselves and practice these activities to be more like [Christ].

Ed: What do you believe to be the most important spiritual discipline?

Kandi: It’s the daily reading of God’s Word. This is a strong statement, I know, but it is one I believe with every fiber of my being. Spending time in Scripture is of the utmost importance because our lives ebb and flow in and out of different seasons. It never stays the same for very long.

Sometimes, those seasons will be times of joy and celebration; sometimes, they will be filled with suffering and difficulty.

Nevertheless, the Word of God remains the same. In a world of flux, it is our one constant for direction, guidance, encouragement, motivation, inspiration, confrontation, conviction, and remembrance. God speaks to us through his Word as he does the work in our lives. Coming alongside others to read and discuss the Word of God is the crux of discipleship and gives us the ability to navigate life’s changing terrain with the right compass.

Ed: How did Jesus demonstrate the idea of having a quiet time?

Kandi: He demonstrated over and over that he wanted to spend quality time with his Father and with his disciples. Not only did he intentionally withdraw to spend time with God, but he always spent that time in prayer.

As a devout Jew, Jesus would have committed enormous passages of Scripture (what we call the Old Testament) to memory. It was part of the education every Jewish child would have received. He frequently referred to these passages with verbal cues, like quoting the first line of a psalm or outright referencing a story his audience would have been familiar with.

Because he had hidden God’s Word in his heart, he carried it with him everywhere—especially to those places to which he intentionally retreated in order to spend quality time with the Father.

Ed: Talk to me about the three different groups Jesus ministered in.

Kandi: First, he taught in crowds. He would teach masses from a boat and feed thousands on hillsides. He would be among the citizens healing and performing miracles. While he would engage with large crowds on occasion, the second group—his disciples—is where he spent most of his time. Most of his ministry was spent around the 12 disciples he’d sought out and determined to invest in.

This was his community. He lived, traveled, and ministered with these men, and he modeled for them what living on purpose looks like. After the 12, we see that he had an even more intimate relationship with a third group—who many know as “the three.” In his inner circle were Peter, James, and John. This core group was where he modeled a lifestyle of discipleship. These three were included in numerous accounts that the other disciples weren’t.

Ed: What is the most difficult part of sharing life on this level of intimacy with other women?

Kandi: Christians have gotten fairly good at sharing the gospel over the years, but we aren’t good at sharing our lives. We have already noted that you need a regular daily time with the Lord, but it is equally important to allow others into your life so that you can share it with them.

You may have a past that you feel shame from. You may feel like you are not special like others you’ve met. I can absolutely relate to you in both of those cases, but here is the deal: If you are a born-again believer, you have already been saved by God’s grace and redeemed by his blood and forgiven from your former ways. You have already received the gift of the Holy Spirit to strengthen you in the areas where you feel deficient.

More than ever, we need authentic, transparent believers who share their stories and give glory to God because of it.

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Source: Christianity Today