Desiring Discipleship

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As you know the four gospels tell the marvelous story of how Jesus brought lasting hope to a lost and dying world.  As a result of His death and resurrection He extends the invitation for all to call upon His name and be saved from the curse and condemnation of sin.  For over 2,000 years people have been responding to this message of salvation just like you.  The message of the cross has been effective in reaching Christians but we must ask ourselves whether the church has been effective in making them biblical disciples?

There is no denying that the church has been commissioned with this lofty task.  Jesus gave her the assignment in Matthew 28:18-20 when He said “…“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Generation after generation of church leaders have wrestled with how to go about the work of making disciples.  Books have been written and read, conferences have been organized and attended, and task forces have even been formed in recent days to address the discipleship deficit in the church culture of our generation.  Yet, we continue to struggle in naming the problem and identifying the solution.

I submit to you that the answer may be more simple than we think.  Does it involve introducing another program? No!  A new curriculum?  I don’t think so!  A new way to do small groups?  Nope not that either.  Is it finding that one trendy church in the community that everyone seems to be flocking to by the masses?  I’m afraid not!

No matter what programs your church may or may not offer.  No matter what curriculum your church may or may not use.  No matter what system your church has in place.  It doesn’t really even matter what church you actually attend.  You will never be on the path to biblical discipleship until you have a personal desire to be Jesus’ disciple.         pexels-photo-238105.jpeg

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