April 20, 2016

I Commit to Discipleship

Acts 11:19-26

Although the Apostle Paul (formerly Saul) had been taught from a child about God and had been trained by knowledgeable Jewish teachers, their instruction led him down the wrong path.

Jesus, after his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, made himself known to Saul on the road to Damascus. Jesus radically changed Saul’s life, so much so that he took on a new Christian name, Paul.

And just as Jesus still does today, he used other Christ-followers, including Barnabas and the church at Antioch, to disciple, encourage, equip and train Paul to be a follower of Jesus and a disciple-maker.

Our scripture reading for today says, “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” Wow. What a compliment. People—probably some outside the church—were taking notice because they saw something so radically different in their lives and heard them speaking about their leader, Jesus Christ, so much that they called them “Christians,” or “little-Christ.”

Some questions we need to consider: What are we known for at First Baptist Church, Lewisville? When guests walk onto our campus, what do they see? Who welcomes them? Who invites them to their Bible Study class? Who befriends them and includes them in their circle of friends? When we are out and about in the community, what do they see in us? Do our words and actions reflect well or point to Jesus Christ?

Barnabas saw first-hand how Christ-like and effective the Antioch church was. He immediately wanted to invite Paul to join him there. Pray that our church will be seen and used in the same way—to be Christ’s hands, feet, and voice, and to be disciple-makers right here in Lewisville.