Having considered why we are to make disciples and what a disciple is, our question this week is, “How are disciples made?” With the why in view, we could frame that question like this. “By what means is God redeeming and gathering together a people for His own possession around the throne of Christ Jesus the Lord?” With the what in view, we could ask it like this. “By what means is God creating lifelong learners of Christ, forgiven sinners who now learn from, depend on, and are transformed by Christ?”
One of the most, if not the most frequent image for disciple making in the New Testament is farming. In Mark 4:26-29, Jesus told a short a simple parable about how God’s kingdom grows that beautifully answers this question. And as we look to the book of Acts and the letters of Paul, we see that parable in action as God builds His church.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth… we are God’s fellow workers (1 Corinthians 3:6, 9).”
Join us this Sunday as we consider how we plant and water in full dependence upon God as His fellow workers. Kenny Clark will be preaching and Walt Harrah will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And would you continue to be praying and asking the Lord for guidance and direction as to how He wants you to participate as his fellow worker? Here are some ways to make that prayer more specific.
- Who has God placed in my proximity that does not yet know Christ, and what steps can I be taking to engage them and build a relationship?
- With whom can I initiate opportunities to evangelize by presenting the good news of Christ?
- Is there a newer believer I can help more firmly establish in the grace and knowledge of Christ?
- Is there a more mature believer I can help equip to look left and pursue the work of disciple-making?
- Am I regularly committing these people and these desires for fruitful ministry to prayer?
See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!