April 18, 2016

I Commit to Discipleship

Philippians 3:17

One of the five needs identified and selected by the Long Range Planning Committee for FBC Lewisville was a renewed and stronger emphasis on discipleship and disciple-making.

Probably the greatest missionary ever for Christ’s church, the Apostle Paul, was also a disciple-maker. He worked and taught individuals like Timothy, Titus, Epaphroditus, Philemon, and Silas, in addition to working with the congregations he helped start.

As a missionary, Paul typically began his work in new cities by going to the established Jewish synagogues. He spoke with those who already worshipped God (Yahweh) and were anticipating a coming Messiah. Paul shared how God sent the Messiah in the person of Jesus, God’s one and only son. Paul described Jesus’ life and ministry, as well as death on a cross to fulfill God’s plan. Paul would sometimes include his own personal testimony of how Jesus revealed himself on the road to Damascus.

Paul found common ground with people in order to share God’s good news of salvation through Jesus. Pretty much wherever Paul went, the Holy Spirit was working and Paul was able to lead others to Christ.

In our scripture for today, Paul says we are to follow his example. Paul showed us how we are to live our lives, making Jesus known, and leading people to become disciples (followers) of Jesus. This process doesn’t happen automatically. It takes intentionality. If Paul were here today, I believe he would tell us: “You can do this!”

Pray and ask Jesus to show you where and how he is at work today.