Just before Jesus’ ascension, He gave His disciples the “Great Commission,” the charge for the church to be in the disciple-making business. The command gives a single focus the church’s energy and time…and yet it doesn’t direct us in mechanical or formulaic steps towards growth. In Jesus’ own words, this endeavor begins with the Holy Baptism, where God connects us with Jesus through His grace and by the power of his Word—we have new life and become followers of Jesus because we there are joined with Him. This ongoing adventure of walking with Jesus is designed by God to be guided by a life-long learning of God’s Word (“teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you,” Jesus tells His disciples). As a baptized follower of Christ, how are you continuing to learn and put into practice what Jesus commands in His Word? Have there been times when you have sensed that you were growing daily to be more like Jesus, walking more closely on the path He has laid out for you? How was God at work in your life during those times? What would you say are the identifying marks of those who are following Jesus?
Sermon Topics: Discipleship