INVITATION TO A PROCESS: DISCIPLESHIP
Praise the Lord to my Mount Bethel Church family, I greet you with Jesus joy. It’s another day’s journey and I am so glad about it. I pray you are excited about every new day that God has provided for us because every day is a day that the Lord has made and regardless of what my days hold for me I have decided to rejoice and be glad in it, why because he didn’t have to let me live. Thank you Jesus!
It has always been my desire in every sermon I preach, every bible class I teach, and the life that I live to help us to discover as individual believers as well as a church how we should go about having a God pleasing day every day. Since God has blessed us with another day, we must be careful to not waste His day by consuming it upon ourselves. Each day not only comes with a brand spanking new mercy, it also comes with brand new opportunities to represent Jesus through the love that he has shed abroad in our hearts to a lost world.
If we are to ever to make the most of our days pleasing Him, we all must respond to Jesus invitation to be His disciples by picking up our cross and following him (Luke 9:23). Discipleship at its core is the process of growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ through being an obedient learner of God’s word and reaching out to others to be disciples. That sounds simple. But what does it look like? This will be our focus for the next few weeks of sermons and bible study. This includes an in depth look at how we approach scripture, pray with a purpose, worship with willful abandonment and how we enter fellowship with one another.
Jesus is very serious about us being just like him, and he makes that very clear in his final marching orders to his disciples before his march to Calvary in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”. Church I do not believe that God had any intention for the church to be a place where people gather to sit, clap their hands and feel good on a weekly basis.
In my 12 years here as your Pastor I pray you have caught on to the vision that God has for our church to be disciples and make disciples. This has always been my number one goal from day one because I knew that the true test of any church is its capacity to make disciples. God’s goal for the local church was for it to be the location where disciples are crafted and made. When a church that does not have this as their number one goal, it does not matter how many members they have, or how big their budget is, or how successful their ministries are in helping the community, it has failed for why God created it to be in the first place.
So don't be content to be a church attender. Become a disciple. If you want to learn more about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, join us at Mount Bethel every Sunday morning at 11am and at our Wednesday night bible study at 7pm (Prayer starts at 6pm) as we discover together God’s idea of true discipleship so we can truly make good use of the days that Lord has given to us to please him.
July 28, 2018