December 15th News

December 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we will conclude our series What It Means to be a Disciple of Jesus.

Over the last 9 weeks we have seen that a disciple displays several characteristics. We talked about how a disciple is:

1) A Student— Constantly reading and thinking about the Word of God

2) A Prayer— Regularly talking with and listening to God

3) A Worshipper–Continually acknowledging who God is, who I am and how He relates to me

4) A Friend— Consistently involved with fellow believers in the context of a church community

5) A Neighbor— Repeatedly reaching out to those outside the church community to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs

6) A Missionary— Intentionally going out to spread the gospel and “neighbor” with those far away

7) A Servant— Willingly giving of yourself to benefit and bless others

8) A Messenger— Habitually sharing the gospel– Good News– of Jesus with others

9) A Giver— Commonly sharing your money and possessions with those in need

As we finish this series, we will see that a disciple then pours into others by “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20). In other words, a disciple then becomes a TEACHER– reproducing themselves and what they have learned in others.

This may seem a bit intimidating. Most of us feel that we are not really great disciples in the first place– how are we supposed to teach others how to be one?!? A key is found in the first word of each of the descriptions… Another key is at the end of The Great Commission.

To prepare read The Great Commission this week– Matthew 28:18-20.

And if you feel overwhelmed about being a teach in discipling,  remember a phrase we have used before:

God does not call the equipped, he equips the called.

Discipleship is not a mystery to be solved, a formula to be memorized, or a program to be implement… It is a life to be lived– and God’s design for using his people to restore the world.

Pretty cool stuff, huh? And just think, he chose you to be a part of it…

Looking forward to Sunday!!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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Christmas Eve Service

We will have a Christmas Eve service at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, December 24th in the Fellowship Hall of Hilltop Community Church (where we normally meet). This will be a beautiful time to bring someone to church to hear the incredible story of Jesus!

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Grace2F Bible Study

Join us Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall.

The study is on the Book of Colossians.

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Russell House Ministry

December 15th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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