We’re either making disciples or we’re missing the mark.
I believe that in the local church we’re either making disciples of Jesus, or we’re missing the mark. A disciple is simply a “follower” of Jesus. Some people communicate that the mission of the church is “making fully-devoted followers of Jesus.” I think that’s a good way to put it.
We’re only four Sundays away from beginning our next book study at LifePoint, and I’m currently praying with our Elders about the exact details of that study (announcement coming soon). We’ve just finished 7 weeks of a sort of “systematic theology” study of the character of God in our series Between the Trees. This Sunday we start a brief series (4 weeks) called Disciple: Learn, Live, Lead.
Disciple will be a key series for the life of our church. This fall is a strategic time at LPC, where we are making some big changes and moving forward on some things that we’ve been praying about and preparing for over the last year-plus. We are simplifying things, clearing away some things, and working to implement a very clear and definitive discipleship process as a church. We’ve hired a couple new staff members and realigned the portfolio’s of others, along with our months of prayer, fasting, and prep, to put ourselves in position to implement these changes effectively. It’s going to be an awesome season of transformation for us as a church.
With all of this ahead, the Disciple series will serve as the major vehicle for vision-casting and teaching on the shifts we are making. We’ll be looking at four passages; this week’s text is 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, and the following three come from the book of Acts (Acts 2, Acts 4, and Acts 17). Join us on our journey, I think you’ll be glad you did.