Saturday, January 09, 2010

Discipleship

Recently, I heard the complaint about how so many people in our congregation are only attenders in the church and they need to be about "doing" something.  Especially, with a lost community in the neighborhood.  But, it seems that we go directly for sending them out to evangelize without giving them the "evangel" (good message, good news, gospel) to take with them.  So, sometimes we need to just sit and hear what that message is.  We need to learn the language of faith, the substance of faith.  We need to know the person and works of Christ.  That alone should be motivation enough to cause us to share what we believe and why we believe it.  So, maybe we need to be a little more like Mary in a world of Marthas.  (I believe there is a book out with that title somewhere.

Two sisters, Mary and Martha, were among Jesus' closest disciples. We are told that Mary "sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving." When Martha complained that Mary was making her do all the work, Jesus replied, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:38-42). (Michael Horton, Modern Reformation Magazine)

Maybe sitting and learning is what we need to be "doing" and gazing into the person and works of Christ.  Lets sit at His feet and learn what He wants us to learn.  Lets give the message that He wants us to Give.  Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15
The Resurrection of Christ
 1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures

We see what is of "First Importance" and we see that it is "according to the Scriptures."  And the scriptures Paul is referring to is of course the Old Testament.  We also see this when Jesus is walking after His resurrection with the disciples who are distraught over the crucifixion of Christ.  While they didn't recognize Jesus they heard Him tell how the Old Testament scriptures from Moses to all the prophets were about Him.  Luke 24:27
27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
So, here is an indication of how Christ can be preached through all of scripture both Old and New Testaments.
So, Discipleship isn't a list of things we should be out doing but it is a long process of learning and talking about the person and works of the one in whom we are grateful for the salvation, grace, and faith which has been given to us.  The Gospel Driven church should be about these very things and our worship and our evangelism should reflect our trust and our motivation for everything Jesus has asked us to do.  Not by spinning or by cleaver programs or even cleaver pastors and worship settings or styles. 
Please view the video segment below in my previous post.

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

Chris
www.Reform-Shire.blogspot.com
Coram Deo!!!

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