Transformational Disciplemaking: Inner Life Part 4: “Attitudes and Values”

Fourthly, there are attitudes and values that occupy the inner place in my heart. An “attitude is a mental position, with feelings or emotions toward a fact, state or person.” [Adapted from Merriam Webster Online Dictionary accessed 31 March 2014 22:59].  “Values are the accepted principles or standards of a person or a group.” [Encarta Dictionary]. Attitudes and values deeply shape our decisions, actions and our internal disposition, and this determines what other people experience when they encounter us. Loving God with all my heart, soul and mind means that my attitudes and values reflect the person of Jesus and the attitudes and values of His Kingdom.

What are the prevailing attitudes in your inner life right now?

What values do you hold to be true in your inner life, that shape your decisions? What values do you hold that shape what is important to you?  What values do you hold that you would suffer to protect?  Are they good, right, just, etc.?

So, it is the inner life of an individual—the heart, soul and mind—that must be transformed in disciplemaking. Anything more superficial than this will not result in a person whose life is being transformed but will only change the window dressing on the exterior of a person’s life. And this will be neither permanent nor authentic.

What we are saying can be summed by the Apostle Paul’s powerful declaration in Galatians 4:19: “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” Here, the Apostle Paul talks about the core of disciplemaking. The core of disciplemaking is seeing the person of Christ formed in the inner person of another. Next we will look at Four Foundational Principles of Disciplemaking.