On our theme of ‘making disciples’.
Money and investment is always a hot button item in churches today; Christians along with our neighbours are rightly concerned with budget, providing for our families and retirement planning. We are encouraged throughout scripture to be good stewards of our God-given resources, and generous on our giving; however at the same time scripture is also quite clear that financial security and earthly investments are not the ultimate aim for the Christian.
As disciples of Jesus, we should follow him in all things including what we treasure and what we invest in; so what does Christ treasure?
Biblical discipleship at its heart concerned with the investment of time; time in the word of God individually, and time in the lives of others. Beyond first decisions investing in discipling others means meeting regularly with other (sometimes new) Christians and opening God’s word for dialogue, correction, encouragement, or prayer, and together seeking to apply the word of God to our lives.
By investing time in the word of God and investing time in discipling others you are investing in the kingdom of God. Even if you only have 10min a day to be able to read or listen to the world of God - do it. And if you can only find 30min a week to invest in someone’s life - do it!
The dividends are eternal: treasure in heaven!
To His glory alone
Our overarching theme at St Luke’s in 2020 is making disciples.
Matthew 28:19 has come to be known as The Great Commission - the mission of every believer, the mission of the church. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,”
This is the assignment given to us by Jesus, however you will note that the punctuation is a comma, not a full stop. There is more! Jesus didn’t leave it at ‘make converts’ he went on to say in V20 “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
By doing so Jesus assures us of his continual presence as we obey his command and, just as importantly, he told us how to do fulfil his command. So, How are we to make disciples? By baptising them and teaching them to obey. So there are two parts to what Jesus is asking us to do:
1: Share our faith - evangelising/making converts
2: Intentionally help others to engage in, grow in and live out their faith. - teaching them to obey
As Christians - as disciples of Jesus this is our mission!
We don’t have to become street preachers; Jesus walked along with his disciples and taught them as He went. He shared the Good News at every opportunity, and then as people came to faith, he taught through everyday process - the familiar, such as water, wheat, and even fish to teach Kingdom lessons to those who followed Him. He gives each of us common things every day that are opportunities to teach those around us. Are we willing to take the opportunities He gives us, regardless of where we live, to advance the Kingdom and make disciple makers?
Why should we do it
To His glory alone