Justin and Rosita
It is our firm conviction that the message of the gospel is that we are all invited into right-relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It happens on his terms, by his grace and mercy, and that relationship is called discipleship.
According to Matthew’s account of the gospel story, Jesus’ last words to his disciples were: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
As Christians, we’re called to be disciples of Christ, and commissioned to make disciples of Christ.
To that end, we each lead 2 discipleship groups that meet regularly where we play the role of facilitator. Together, we:
• Read a book that applies to our common interest. For example, the youth group worship team’s discipleship group might read a book on biblical worship or Christian leadership, while the young, recently-married men might read a book on family or marriage.
• Establish a culture of confession and accountability, both of sin and of our persistence in personal disciplines like Bible-reading and prayer.
• Share life. We all have ups and downs. Some days the agenda goes out the window, as we feel led to encourage, comfort and pray for a member who is hurting. Other days we meet just to fellowship and share a meal.
May God continue to make us apt disciples, who follow him no matter the resistance the world applies, and make disciple-making disciples of those around us.