Sunday, April 28, 2013
“Follow me...” - Jesus
It’s simple. Jesus is looking for disciples. People who are willing to follow, listen, and obey. Making disciples is the heartbeat of the church. Christ was crystal clear about His Great Commission for us in Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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."
As a church, we have a big job that we need to take seriously. According to the Great Commission we must be about the business of making disciples and teaching people to keep all the commands of Christ. A couple of years ago as a church we set out to see what it meant to be a modern day disciple of Jesus. I dug in the Word and met with the pastors, staff, and leadership team as well as a wide variety of individuals from our church family to get to the heart of what it meant to follow Jesus.
There were eight principles that kept coming up again and again in our talks and study, and it wasn’t good enough just to know about these eight principles of discipleship, we needed to be active in each of these as we followed Christ. So the name of our discipleship study became Activ8 and I look forward to sharing each of the eight principles with you in the weeks to follow.