Discipleship

The church’s primary job is to make disciples.  We are to become Christ’s disciples and we are to work to introduce others to the Christian faith, to help them become disciples, to become a community of Christ-followers.  But just being a community and being friendly fall short in the making of disciples.  We need to make relationships.  When you see someone at church you don’t know, learn about them, invite them back; seek to bring them into a relationship with you and with Christ.  Authentic relationships rooted in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ is the path we must follow to become and to make disciples.

In the Book of Acts the purpose of the church is quite clear.  We are called and gathered to be a community of disciples.  Disciples of Christ are students who are growing to love others as Jesus taught us.  It’s not about fulfilling a weekly obligation but following a person in steps along that path of growth. 


“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love … encouraging one another….” 

It is not enough to offer fellowship.  Hebrews said it best:  “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.... (Hebrews 10:24-25a)  Discipleship means living our faith, growing in our faith, sharing our faith, and sharing our lives.

 

 

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations."

                             Matthew 28:19