If you were unable to join us this past Sunday for the first week of our September series Making Disciples, we began with Jackson answering the question WHY MAKE DISCIPLES? from Colossians 1:13-14.
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
We make disciples “because God’s goal for the world and the whole of human history is to glorify his beloved Son in the midst of a people he has rescued and transformed (The Vine Project, Colin Marshall & Tony Payne).” That is where everything is headed and the stakes couldn’t be higher. As Jackson put it, though this world has been plunged into darkness, God is writing a much bigger and better story built on the foundation of the redeeming work of His Son and carried out through His Spirit-empowered church.
Our next question for this Sunday is WHAT IS A DISCIPLE? We can look to many passages in the New Testament to help us answer this. Consider Colossians 2:6-7.
“As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
Another way of saying this is that a disciple is “a forgiven sinner who is learning Christ in repentance and faith (The Vine Project, Colin Marshall & Tony Payne).” The same gospel that calls us out of darkness into God’s glorious light also renews our minds and transforms our lives into greater and greater alignment with the likeness of Christ, to the praise and thanksgiving of God. As we’ll sing this Sunday, “Not the same! I am changed! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!”
Erik Thoennes will be preaching this Sunday and Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? One way to pray for our own hearts in preparation this week might be, “Jesus, help me to keep following you. Help me to keep walking in you. Help me to be rooted more deeply and built more firmly upon the foundation of what you have done for me through your life and death and resurrection. Make me a disciple-making disciple.”
Join us this Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!
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Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb by the Worship Initiative