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The Seven Verbs of Discipleship is a disciple making tool created by Justin Ulmer; it consists of seven principles that point to the ongoing actions of effective disciples of Jesus Christ.

The 5th Verb of Discipleship:  Build
Maintaining a vineyard in 800 BC was dangerous work.  You were constantly out among the elements, and everything from jackals to wolves to thieves would try to come and steal from you, kill you, and destroy what you accomplished.  As a result, strong, tall watchtowers would be built from stone in the middle of the vineyard.  These watchtowers were used as places to gain understanding of all that was going on in the vineyard, and to keep an eye out for danger.  They were also used as a place of rest, and as a place to meet with God.  In the spiritual life, the watchtower represents our personal faith in God.  It’s our place of peace and rest; our assurance of safety.  It’s where we wait on and watch for God.

How is Building an act of discipleship?
Great understanding comes from looking at life through the lens of faith.  Great security comes from believing God’s Word and doing what it says. Great peace comes from knowing that Jesus was God in the flesh, and that he gave his life as a sacrifice for all mankind.  Great joy comes from sitting alone with God and sharing your burdens with him.  Great testimonies come from living so securely in Christ, that everyone around you knows exactly where you stand.  Every disciple needs to build a strong, unshakable faith in God and his Word.  Every disciple needs to build their faith like a watchtower.

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