Good Folks, it is Friday, January 12, 2018. Our Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) is 14 days away. The congregation will be invited to share their ideas, dreams and hope for the church on Saturday, January 27, 10-3pm, Aldersgate. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. I begin my sermon series on God’s Promises: On Baptism this Sunday.
A Culture of Discipleship: Most would say, “Sunday School.” Today, the way to learn about the Bible, what it means to be a Christian, how to live like a Christian, and the list goes on and on…can be in more than “one setting.” I have known of groups gathering at McDonald’s at 6:00AM for a meal and study. BYOB (Bring your own Bible) is part of this character. Recently, some churches have started small groups in taverns (Bar). The concept is to me, folks, where they are… literally.
Wherever people gather, that is a good place to start. Be creative, yet intentional. Sunday school still works when folks show up for a time of social gathering, study and reflection, and on to worship. Some worship services are formatted to include a “teaching-preaching-teaching format.”
Encarta Dictionary defines discipleship as: “…somebody who believes in and follows the teachings of a leader, a philosophy, or a religion.”
When an individual says “Yes!” to Christ as Lord and Savior, the discipleship journey begins with a fresh purpose. I was faithful to church, Sunday school, choir, Wednesday evening services, but did not fully embrace Christ as Lord of my life. I went through the motions. I tithed my income. I did all that was expected. But my inner soul was not at peace until it rested in the very soul of Christ. Then, my studying of scripture, reading about the life of a Christian and how to believe and follow the words of Christ (in red letters) took a whole new meaning.
You are invited to be part of a Sunday school class. If there is one where you might not relate with, then we will start a new class…for there are others like yourself. Everyone can be part of a small group…so that studying God’s Word happens with mutual encouragement and support, and teaching the life of Christ will begin/continue in a new way.
A Culture of Discipleship, like Hospitality, is a way of life for the church… See you Sunday. Invite someone you know, or leave a church bulletin in a place where someone might just pick it up and read about what we are doing in the community and world.
Be that “faith-presence” in the world. Blessings from Duncanville.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23(NRSV)