Some of Jesus final instructions to the church are some of the most important: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" We aim to take that call seriously as a church.
There are three aspects of being a disciple, these are things we learn from Jesus himself and we're aiming to be followers of him and that means we aim to live as much like Jesus as we're able by the Holy Spirits help.
Jesus lived a life marked by worship. As we follow Jesus this would include private worship in ones private devotional time. It would include corporate worship each Sunday with the gathered church. It would also be a life marked by worship in all the practical things that make up life.
Jesus lived a life marked by community. We become the best kinds of people when we learn to live in community with the people Jesus has called us to fellowship with. Jesus had the twelve disciples and like them we're called to encourage and help each other grow towards maturity of the faith and we help pick each other up when we stumble and fall. Our life groups are our primary places of community.
Jesus lived a life marked by mission. Disciples understand that they have been sent by Jesus into the world to make disciples of the nations. That job is not reserved for church leaders, the leaders job is to "prepare the saints for ministry" everyone is a missionary sent by Jesus into schools, universities workplaces and homes - that is where the gospel has always found root, in the ordinary places of our lives.
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There are 4 key questions I believe we need to be asking each other in helping ourselves and others grow towards faith in Jesus and then to grow in Jesus:
How is your relationship with Jesus?
- What is God saying to you out of the bible?
- How can I hold you accountable to what God is saying to you?
- Who are you currently sharing your faith with?
If we do not make disciples we fail at everything Jesus calls us to be and do. Its disciples of Jesus who can affect the lives of those around them in a way that brings life, healing and hope. It’s disciples of Jesus who can leave a lasting legacy of faith. It’s disciples of Jesus who will take the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Here is the important question I’d love every one of us to be able to answer: Who are you discipling?