September 26, 2021

The idea that disciples make disciples is all over the Bible. Consider Psalm 51, David’s well-known Psalm and prayer of repentance. He confesses his sin to God, falling upon His mercy and receiving His forgiveness.

“Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.” (Psalm 51:9-12)

And where do his thoughts go from here? To others!

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.” (Psalm 51:13–15)

Forgiven sinners are eager to lead others to know the God of mercy and grace they have found. One pastor and missionary once wrote, “Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.” Or as Peter described it:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

This Sunday Randy Gruendyke will be preaching the fourth and final message in our Making Disciples series, answering the question Who Makes Disciples? (Spoiler alert: it’s all of us in one way or another!) Kenny Clark will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And pray the Holy Spirit would fill us with the joy of our salvation in such a fresh and powerful way that we eagerly proclaim his excellency to those He has put in our path.

See you Sunday, Grace. Come hungry!

Song Link of the Week

Shake This Place by Songs of Grace

Jolt us out of our complacency
Forge a passion and a zeal
Pour the love of God into our hearts
Every truth of Christ reveal

Holy Spirit, won’t you come and shake this place?
Breath of heaven, fill us with Your love and grace
Revive, renew, we’re more than overdue
Shake this place!