Life as an Apprentice

Integrate Your Old Life Into the New Life Jesus Has Given You 

Message from Pastor Tim: 

Have you ever heard of Andrea del Verrocchio? Unless you are up on your Renaissance artists and sculptors, you probably haven’t. As it turns out del Verrocchio is probably more famous for the artist he taught rather than the artist he was.
Sometime around 1467, del Verrocchio accepted Leonardo da Vinci as his apprentice. Da Vinci spent five years apprenticing and another five years working in del Verrocchio’s shop in Florence where he sharpened the skills that would give him a name recognized the world over—even 700 years after his death. 
What does an apprentice do? Through an online search, I found a general definition I really like: 
“An apprentice is someone learning how to do a specialized job through on-the-job training, under the guidance of an experienced colleague.” 
Now compare the above definition of an apprentice to how Jesus describes the job of a disciple in John 12:25-26:


“Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who
serves me.”


The question of course is, “But how? Jesus, I want to apprentice with you but I don’t know how to even begin.”
In Life As An Apprentice, I share a 30,000-foot. birds-eye view of what it looks like in real and practical ways to be an apprentice of Jesus.
We will discuss the power of expectations, having an alive faith, developing fruitful habits, growing deep relationships, finding emotional healing, and serving in your own unique way.


This course is about setting realistic exceptions for the often slow process of integrating your old life into the new life Jesus has given you.


Yours In The Journey,
Pastor Tim

About Pastor Tim Carson


 A lot of people living in Florida are from somewhere else. I’m no different. I’m a Pittsburgh boy, born and raised. I’m number four of five children who grew up in a Roman Catholic family.
My faith came alive as a teenager when I was introduced to a personal relationship with Jesus through the ministry of YoungLife. For all my life, I have found God to be so faithful, surprisingly and delightfully faithful.
Of my many church roles throughout the years, my favorites have been as a Youth Director, Church Planter, and Pastor. But my all-time favorite roles in life are as a husband, a dad, and a granddad. I am happily married to Cindy and we have four grown children and six grandchildren—all of whom, by God’s grace, are really good humans.
As I have walked this life, I have continuously found myself drawn to what a deeper, richer, more integrated, healthier relationship with Jesus practically looks like. How do we do this thing called faith in real life? How do we find healing and wholeness from the brokenness of this world so that we bring glory to God and do what we were put here to do? Answering those questions for myself and others has been the story of my journey as an apprentice to the Great Shepherd of our souls.

A Good Friday Consideration

And in that choice, Jesus enabled the great reversal. We, armed with our misguided power, fear, jealousy, religious fervor, ruthless expedience, dehumanization of others and justifying ourselves for the rightness of our violence killed the God who came to save us. It was the worst thing we could have done. 

And it was the very thing God used to redeem us.

1000 Years Before Good Friday

It seems to me it would take a great deal more faith to believe that it was possible for someone to write, with exacting detail, how his famous offspring would be executed a thousand years before it happened by chance than it would to take this as another piece of evidence that Jesus was who he said he was.

Wisdom = Obedience

Think of it this way. It is possible to study hard and become an expert on the right technique for doing every meaningful exercise with free weights. But if you never pick up a free-weight and actually do the exercises all of your knowledge will be of no benefit to your muscles or health at all. 

A Dangerous Lenten Journey

So what do you think might happen if you spend the 40 days of Lent this year expectantly praying these two verses every day? You would be asking God every day to help you know your heart and your anxious thoughts better and to help lead you out of any way you might be offending Him and into the way everlasting. 

The Point of Grace

The point of grace is to give us imperfect people a foundation of love and acceptance that will enable us to grow into the people God intended us to be.

Realistic Expectations

I believe it is of the utmost importance on this journey of faith to set realistic expectations. Expectations can be an incredibly powerful force. If your expectations for what the life of a Christian should look like are out of touch with the reality of what...

Peter’s Gamble

Matthew 16:13-23  “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is? They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about...

Known BY Their Fruit

In many cases, the church in the West has circumvented the process and procedures because we believe we know how to form ourselves better than God does. We go all-in on shortcuts that make it easier on us and in so doing greatly undermine the quality of the product produced.

Quiet Presence 

That’s when the old familiar anxiety I haven’t felt in years rose up in me.

Almost involuntarily the cry of my heart came, picking up momentum as it tumbled out of my head.

“Pick me, Jesus. Please, please, please pick me. Not out of pity and please don’t just settle for me. Pick me because You want me on Your team, not because You’re so nice You have to take me.”

Be Careful Who You Crucify

I found myself shocked and frightened, because I realized we live in a world where a soundbite from a bad sermon in the random town of Malden, Missouri (Population: 4,277 – 3 hours south of St Louis), can become FRONT PAGE NATIONAL NEWS. . .I’m concerned, because we seem to live in a culture where we have an overabundance of religiously and politically motivated rock-bearing Pharisees and a critical shortage of extravagant grace.