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Disciple Others Part 2

Do you feel like a lost cause? God loves finding lost things. He is constantly pursuing and tirelessly chasing after those who are lost. There are times when we feel God is done with us, that we’ve messed up too much and failed too often. But He is never done with us! He finds us and carries us Home. There are so many in this world who walk closer and closer to destruction every day. Are we willing to go to them, to bring them to Jesus? He came to seek and to save the lost. We must make His purpose our own.

Scripture References:  Ephesians 5:14; Luke 15:1-7; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 23:37; Romans 3:10-12, 23; Matthew 5:13; Luke 19:10

 

Disciple Others

The mission of the New Testament Church is not to build buildings, not to stock pile cash, not to pad our pews so that we can sit in comfort. Not that there is anything wrong with these things, but they are not the mission of the church. The mission of the church is to take the good news of Jesus to the whole world and make disciples of all nations. What is the purpose, the plan, and our part in the great commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

Scripture References:  Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Luke 15:4; Luke 19:10; Luke 15:5-10

 

Contribute to His Church Part 2

Everyone wants power and position, but Jesus came to serve. To be like Him, we too must be servants. Humility is a foundational and definitive characteristic of the Christ-follower. We must not esteem ourselves the way those in the world do. Most people evaluate themselves by earthly measures of success – by education, position, and accomplishments. The true measure of greatness, however, is the measure of Christ in us. Are we loving like Jesus, serving like Him, giving to others as He gives to us? God has called and equipped every one of us to serve. Like a body, if one member doesn’t do its part, every other member suffers. We have each been given spiritual gifts – Let’s use them!

Scripture References:  Matthew 20:25-28; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:13; Romans 12:2; Matthew 25:31-40

Contribute to His Church

In a world of consumers, we’re called to contribute. In a world of takers, we’re called to be givers. Jesus came to give and His followers must give if we want to be like Him. It’s in giving that we gain the greater blessing. Jesus cares about our giving and He sees what we give; however, He is more concerned with how we give than with how much we give. Jesus always cares most about the heart, and giving allows Him to cultivate a generous heart within us. When we give sacrificially and trust God’s provision, it’s then we learn that we can’t ever out-give Him. He gave everything for us and continues to give everything to us. Are you a generous giver?

Scripture References:  Acts 20:35; Matthew 20:28; Mark 12:41-44; Matthew 6:1-5; Malachi 3:10; Romans 7:6-7; Matthew 15:8; Psalm 24:4; Proverbs 3:9; 1 Timothy 6:17; Mark 10:21

 

Belong to Community

It’s not good to be alone. We can’t really grow as disciples of Jesus without living in true Christian community. While most of us like the idea of community, the reality is far more difficult. Human beings have a seemingly infinite capacity to irritate, annoy, disappoint and hurt each other. So, then: Is it really worth it? Although it can be hard at times, community brings many wonderful – and even vital - things to our lives. We can accomplish much more together than we can on our own. When we fail or fall, others are there to help us and lift us up. When we suffer, we have comfort; when we’re attacked, we have protection; when we’re tired, we have support. Have you been struggling in your Faith? Are you discouraged? Do you feel you’re not really becoming more like Jesus? Stop trying to do it on your own. Take the step to belong to Community.

Scripture References:  Galatians 3:27-28; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; James 5:16, 19-20; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Romans 12:15

 

Answer His Call

Our mission is to "Make Disciples.” The call of Jesus is “Follow Me." It speaks first and foremost of Relationship.  “He appointed twelve…so that they might be with Him.” (Mark 3:14). That is the first priority of discipleship. Our desire is that every person in our church understands what it means to actually be a disciple - a learner and imitator - of Jesus Christ. The need for knowing Him.

Scripture References:  John 1:35-51; Luke 14:25-28; James 2:18-20; Matthew 7:21-23; Mark 3:14; Matthew 22:35-39; 1 John 4:7-8; John 13:34-35