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Purpose Driven Plus One: Discipleship

Purpose Driven Plus One: Discipleship Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 28:16-20

I had a chance to visit with my daughter’s pastor at the church she attends in her university town. I found myself explaining what our congregation is like, and tried to describe WHY we do what we do.

Every Church Has A Reason To Exist

To Answer “Why Are We Here?”
From Warden Community Church Covenant: “…recognizing the privilege and duty of uniting ourselves for Christian fellowship, the enjoyment of Christian ordinances, the public worship of God, and the advancement of His kingdom in the world, we do now, in the sight of God and invoking His blessing, solemnly covenant and agree with each other to associate ourselves to be a church…”
Presbyterian Great Ends of the Church: “Proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; Shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; Maintenance of divine worship; Preservation of the truth; Promotion of social righteousness; and Exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.”
Purpose Driven Church: “Worship; Fellowship; Discipleship; Ministry; Evangelism”

To Respond To Christ’s Call ~ Matthew 28:16-18 – what does discipleship MEAN?

  • 16 notice “disciples” these are not casual followers of Christ, they have dedicated everything they are to the disciplines that Jesus has been teaching
  • 17 Post-Resurrection: they worshiped. They understood that Jesus was not just a rabbi, but Emmanuel – God With them (cf. Matt. 16:16 “you are the son of God”)
  • 18 highest possible Authority in heaven and earth = King over a kingdom

To Live Like Jesus Wants ~ Matthew 28:19-20 – HOW do we make disciples?

  • 19 GO & MAKE DISCIPLES… 1) BAPTIZING~ more than repentance and ritual {but that’s still a part}; covenant sign of constant significance => like a tattoo of affiliation or a BRAND
  • 20 2) TEACH to OBEY~ more than information – TRANSformation 3) ASSURANCE~ we aren’t to do this alone

“Disciple” means to pass along the disciplines taught by a teacher. As disciples of Christ, we can know WHY we’re here- to Respond to Christ’s call, and Live like Jesus.

Pastor Ed Backell

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