May 15, 2022
How to Make Disciples
Imagine being a disciple in Jesus’ day. Just before Jesus returns to heaven, He commands you to tell all nations the story of the gospel. In your travels, you encounter new people and cultures and share all that God has done through His Son, Jesus. People’s lives are changed because of God’s salvation and His working through you. God asks us to continue to make disciples in His name because His is the only name that can offer salvation. Disciple-making starts with loving others as God has loved us. It involves thoughtful teaching and instruction that points people toward a loving relationship with God. We can teach others about discipleship as we go about our daily lives. Here are two ways to get started…
But as for you, promote the kind of living that reflects right teaching. Titus 2:1 NIV
If we want to help people know God, it is important to have hearts that demonstrate Jesus’ teachings. Jesus cared for the poor and the oppressed. He cared more about inward heart attitudes than outward demonstrations. He sacrificed Himself for the good of others. When we model Christ’s sacrificial love and compassion in our relationships, we are illustrating that we have been transformed by God’s love. The way we live will invite others to experience the same sort of love that transformed us.
Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still; teach the righteous and they will gain in learning. Proverbs 9:9 NRSV
As each of us grows in intimacy with God, we can offer wisdom to people we know. Taking time to listen to people’s stories and encouraging them to walk with God through their experiences can lead to a powerful mentoring relationship. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave His disciples the command to make more disciples. He declared that all disciples should be made in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a comforting reminder that when we make disciples, we aren’t doing it by our power. God’s grace goes before us, and the Holy Spirit works in our hearts to transform us. This is all possible because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
So take a moment to think about someone you would like to see draw closer to God. How can you show up in their life today?
EVENTS & INFO:
Trustees Meeting. Monday, May 16th, 7:00 pm
Bible Study. Tuesday, May 17th, 1:00 pm
Confirmation Class. Wednesday, May 18th, 3:45 pm
Choir Practice. Thursday, May 19th, 7 pm
YABS Meeting. Thursday, May 19th, 7:00 pm
God’s Blessings & Peace to you all,
God’s peace & Blessings,
Confirmation. Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. This will be our regular confirmation time until further notice.
Choir Practice. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Anyone can sing in the choir, so anyone can join the choir practices!
Alcohol Anonymous, Saturdays, 7pm
Items for Homeless. Friendly reminder that YABS (the young adult Bible study group) are continuously collecting items to include in packages for those who are homeless. You can contact Kayla at email@example.com for the Amazon link.
Trustees Need Help. The trustees have a number of projects they could use some volunteer help for. Click for list of project. Contact Gary Picard to let him/trustees know that you'd like to take care of one or more of the projects on the list.
Sermon Talk-Backs. Pastor will be hanging out in the sanctuary for about 45 minutes to answer any questions you may have from the sermon or about faith and life generally, or to explore further with you about how you are hearing God's speaking to you. Come and prayerfully discern what we believe and how God is leading!
Southbridge Volunteers. Our sister church in Southbridge is looking for more volunteers to help with their food and clothing ministry to those who are marginalized, down and out, and homeless in their town. Especially after having Matthew join us recently, we hope many will prayerfully consider helping with their Friday (or Monday) time. You can reach out to me, Jean Anderson, or Cindy or Kim Constantine.