Thursday, June 6, 2013

Disciples Are Us

I don't know about you but I need to be reminded about certain things on a regular basis, things such as: drink more water, exercise regularly, take my probiotics and vitamins, eat properly.
The same is true in my spiritual life. I need to know and remember certain things like; prayer is important, obeying God's word is crucial, daily submitting my life to the Lordship of Christ is necessary.
 There are certain things we need to know and remember about discipleship. Since "making disciples" is our mission as a church let me share with you some things you need to know.
  1. It takes a disciple to make a disciple (Ephesians 4:11-12)
  2. Real disciples make disciples which means if you're not actively making disciples, you probably aren't a disciple.
  3. You don't have to arrive spiritually before you begin making disciples (Philippians 3:12-14). The early church made disciples before they had a New Testament.
  4. You don't have to have a printed curriculum to make disciples. You need a willing heart and the openness to say and ask "this is what God is showing me and teaching me from His Word...what about you?"
  5. Completing a course doesn't make you a disciple maker. Actually making disciples makes you a disciple maker.
  6. Disciple making takes time. You can't hurry the process. We are constantly encouraging others and ourselves to become more like Jesus.
  7. Making disciples was Jesus' final command. It was His marching orders. It isn't optional or reserved for the pros. It is a command for all of us.
If you would like to become a disciple maker and discover the joy of investing in others but don't know where to start, call me. I'll help you be a disciple maker starting today.
P.S. You won't want to miss the "surprise" in the message from Acts 23-24-25 that Pastor Mark will bring to life this Sunday! See you there!

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