Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Jan 16, 5:30 pm: General Conference Information and Conversation
Sunday School/Small Group 9:45
Choir Rehearsal 10:30
Love in Christ,
January already?! A New Year and unlimited possibilities to grow as Disciples of Jesus Christ and to be ‘the Church in Community’. Only YHVH (Yahweh) provides us with unlimited possibilities. How great is our God?!
Here at Trinity, we will continue to find ways to live into our vision to be an Acts 2 church by embracing our purpose to be “Disciples Making Disciples to share the LOVE of Jesus Christ with our community and the world.” Our areas of focus will continue to be Worship, Connect, Grow, Serve/Give and Share. There will be opportunities to measure where you are in your Discipleship, to discover your Spiritual Gifts, to learn ways to Share Jesus through relationship building, to focus on seasons of prayer and fasting, and to learn how to live in the Kingdom of God NOW! I hope these opportunities are as exciting for you as they are for me.
So we begin by reflecting on whether you are a Convert to Christianity or a Disciple of Jesus Christ:
-Converts change religions; DISCIPLES change Masters
-Converts follow a system; DISCIPLES follow a person (Jesus Christ)
-Converts build Christendom; DISCIPLES build the Kingdom of God
-Converts embrace rituals; DISCIPLES embrace a way of life
-Converts love the command to “baptize” in Matthew 28; DISCI-PLES baptize others but only in the context of “teaching them to observe
all that I commanded you”
-Converts love conversion; DISCIPLES love transformation
Notice for Disciples it is ALL about Relationship with Jesus. We begin as converts and choose whether or not we will be a Disciple of Jesus Christ. So the question becomes, “Are you a DISCIPLE of Jesus Christ?” If you aren’t sure, please come and talk with me. One of the greatest pleasures of being a pastor is helping people grow in their discipleship and faith. If you are a DISCIPLE, are you growing in your discipleship? One way to measure is using our focus areas of Worship, Connect, Grow, Serve/Give, and Share. I will be handing out a chart for you to measure where you are and where you need to grow. As always, these are tools for you to use. Share them with others if you find them useful. God has great plans for you in 2019!
While these suggestions may be overwhelming, know that YHVH goes before you preparing the way and putting things in place for you to grow ever closer to Him through Jesus Christ with the anointing of His Holy Spirit.
Large enough to serve, Small enough to care
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