Discipleship Coaching

baysidePastor Joe Faraldi of Bayside Chapel in New Jersey and was given a sabbatical to develop an exchanged life-oriented discipleship counseling manual. The document has been written is now being introduced to church leaders. Drawing upon devotional writers and including Charles Solomon’s Wheel and Line diagrams, the manual gives vital teaching and defines coaching and counselee roles. Let’s pray for this ministry at this church and beyond “for such a time as this.” You can email Joe at joe@baysidechapel.org

Online Workshop

Since Christian leaders are to equip the saints, and the Body of Christ is to develop though members edifying one another (Eph. 4:12,16), some of you may be interested in a free online workshop by CCEF. It’s on the topic of “You Are a Priest: Considering an Underused Identity” by Dr. Ed Welch. Although Nouthetic Counseling usually operates from a different model of man and of sanctification, we can still benefit from learning from others outside of our Network. As we do, it may also open outsiders to consider– or reconsider–Exchanged Life Counseling perspectives. https://www.ccef.org/events/ccef-live

Diagnosing The Flesh

magnifying glassOne of the primary tasks in Exchanged Life Counseling is to take the client’s panoramic life history in order to clarify their unique version of the flesh. This helps them deny their natural source of life, and appropriate Christ as Life (Luke 9:23; Col. 3:4).

Reginald Wallace identified the devil as our infernal enemy (1 Per. 5:8,9), the world system as our external enemy (1 John 2:15), and the flesh as our internal enemy (Gal. 5:16,17).

When a prominent devotional writer was asked about “the flesh” he replied that Theology had still not defined it. That comment was made about 20 years ago. We seek to serve the Body of Christ by contributing to this definition process.

What is “the flesh”? The flesh remains in the believer’s mortal body after salvation (Rom. 7:18). It makes him vulnerable to a carnal (fleshly) condition in his personality (1 Cor. 3:3) if/when he walks according to the flesh instead of the Spirit (Rom. 8:3-5;13:14). Here is a recent paper on defining the flesh: Flesh – Body of Sin  (See also under Doctrinal Matters menu.) And here are a couple of relevant Grace Notes:

Well-Adjusted Flesh

Maladjusted Flesh

As in all matters, balance and clarity are needed. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).


Saint or Sinner?

saintsAm I ‘only a sinner saved by grace’? As Exchanged Life disciplers, we are alert to this sentiment that relates directly to the issue of identity. I addressed this topic in a Grace Note article … hopefully in a way that’s persuasive without being combative. – JBW

Are you “only a sinner” saved by grace?

As an evangelical Christian, this is probably a statement you’re familiar with. It sounds right, but is it?

I regularly hear that this sentiment is all to common in conservative church circles. Why is that?

1. The good old hymn declares, “I’m only a sinner saved by grace!” We sing it with glee and gratitude.

2. Salvation is by grace alone through true faith that flows from a repentant heart. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8,9).

3. Liberal Christianity needs to discover that the gospel is more than trying to follow the example and ethics of Jesus. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5,6).

4. Even as children of God, we still fall short and sometimes sin: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8;see James 3:2).

Then why are we scrutinizing this popular sentiment? Because it is not true. In Christ, your identity is “saint,” not “sinner” (Eph. 1:15,18)! If you love truth, hang in there and consider the rest of this brief Bible study.  Continue reading…

EPN Tampa

An update from GFI alumnus, Jose Barreda:

Book Published

Recently Jose published a book called The Exchanged Life.

“I commend to the reader, Jose Barreda’s book The Ex­changed Life!” This thorough examination of Paul ‘s declaration “I am crucified with Christ,” unveils essen­tial truths for victorious Christian Living. Such a study leads to the conclusion that what the message of John  3: 16 is for salvation, the message of Galatians 2:20 is for sanctification. Each chapter of this book is followed by an inductive Bible Study to encourage the applica­tion of related Scriptures and insights.” – Dr. John Woodward  GFI International

The principles of this book have been used in the ministry by Jose and Marla for over 35 years. The first printing of the book was in 1978 and used in discipleship in various church­es. The updated printing brings light how to appropri­ate the finished work of Jesus Christ through the understand­ing of Galatians 2:20. It  is being used by EPN Inc. to help  Educators  know  how to bring hope in the lives of their students. It is being used in some Christian Clubs, as well as in other small group and Sunday School class settings. For your order please contact EPN Inc. at either 813-963-6770 or write us at EPNTam­pa@gmail.com.

LINK Consulting

LINK Consulting ministry is a ministry that started as a discipleship encounter training in 2004. Jose had been using Spirituotherapy model for counseling since 1978 for ministry, discipleship, counsel­ ing and ministry/business consulting. In 2014 Jose was certified using the Spirituotherapy model in the Exchanged Life counseling. In addition Jose has also been certified in Temperament Counseling and Family Counseling.  He recently finished his courses to receive a Master’s Degree in Counseling…This certification and degree has helped establish new credentials for ministry. See more about this ministry at EPNTampabay.com

The Key to the Victorious Christian Life

Key_Victory_MQOur friend Mike Quarles just published an expanded edition of his booklet on Kindle. It’s titled The Key to the Victorious Christian Life: A Grace Oriented Introduction.

“The Director of Grace Walk Recovery, calls attention to the pervasive need for Christians to live an overcoming, abundant life. In this concise biblical summary, he explains how to experience the victory, peace, freedom and joy God has provided for believers in Christ.”

This week the Kindle edition is on sale for 99 cents. It’s a great opportunity to “gift it” to others (if you know their email address).

RU Recovery Ministry

IMG_3230One of our alumni, pastor Richard Scheer, leads a chapter of RU Recovery near Buffalo, NY. He noticed strong similarities between GFI and RU content. John attended the RU basic training in Rockford, Illinois June 2,3. We are glad to report that RU Recovery has an explicit message of victory through appropriating Christ as Savior, Lord and Life. They speak of this in terms of “the Hidden Life” (Col. 3:3). Their materials feature Chuck’s body/soul/spirit wheel diagram (1 Thess. 5:23), and emphasize grace for Christian living, rather than self-righteousness. Reformers Unanimous resources are available to equip individuals and ministries, even if they are not enrolled as an official RU chapter.  See RUrecovery.com