Thank you for joining Lakeview for this series called DISCIPLE. During these five weeks of the series we will be looking at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
It is our desire that each of you take the Small Group Challenge and join one of our sermon-based small groups for the five weeks of this series. There is no commitment beyond the five weeks of the series. Below you will find a link to our small group page where you can find more information about what sermon-based small groups are available. If you are still thinking about joining a small group…STOP thinking about it and JUST DO IT! You can sign up on one of the sheets on the information table on the back of the sanctuary and just show up at the small group. Call one of the leaders and let them know you are coming. Or, you can call the church office (607-687-3261, Tuesday-Friday, 10AM-3PM).
What is a disciple? During next five weeks or the DISCIPLE series we will be answering that question by looking in detail at some of the final words from Jesus to His disciples:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV84)
The central idea, and the only command in the original language, is the phrase “make disciples.” Central to these parting words of Jesus is understanding what a disciple is. Week One’s sermon: Devoted In Every Way, will look at what a disciple is and what a disciple is not through the words of Jesus.
Jesus then gives three ideas that help define what someone who is a disciple does. The first is the idea of being “baptized into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Through the act of baptism we identify ourselves with Christ by two specific actions: dying to sin and becoming alive to Christ. In Week Two’s sermon: Sin Dead, Christ Alive, we will look at these two actions by which we identify ourselves with Christ.
The second idea that helps us define what someone who is a disciple of Christ does is the idea of “obedience.” It is easy here to want to count, list, and organize everything Jesus commanded. But in doing so, we would miss out on a central idea of Christ’s ministry: that all of what Jesus taught, and what God taught, is wrapped up into one action: Love. Week Three’s sermon: Loving Everyone, will look at how living out Jesus’ Great Commandment of Love fulfills His Great Commission of obeying everything He commanded.
The third idea given in these words of Jesus that helps us understand what a disciple of Christ does is the idea of “going, and making disciples.” In Week Four’s sermon: Influencing People, we will learn that ultimately we don’t “save” people, we simply have the privilege of making kingdom introductions and letting the Holy Spirit do His work.
Finally, Jesus leaves us with the key to being a lifelong disciple: He is always with us. Week Five’s sermon: Abiding Always, will look at Jesus’ promise to always be with us and what it means for us to always be with Him.
Weekly, we will be adding resources, links and thoughts to each of the webpages associated with each week’s sermon. Stop back in often and see what is new. Thanks again for joining with us. May we not walk away unchanged.