From the Pastor's Desk - March 2015

From the Pastor’s Desk – This morning I read an article by Thom Rainer in which he articulated 15 reasons why churches are less evangelistic.  One that stood out to me was number 11 on his list: Churches have lost their focus on making disciples who will thus be equipped and motivated to reach the lost.

Those who know me know that I highly value the Word of God.  I believe that it is true from cover to cover.  Many of you have the same opinion that I do.  But until we OBEY what God’s Word says, we can’t really say that it is really important to us.  One of the last things that Jesus told his disciples was for them (and us) to go into the world and make disciples.  That is called the Great Commission – going and intentionally making disciples. As a church and as individual believers Christ’s commission to us is ‘making disciples’.  I shared a couple of weeks ago a definition of what a disciple is, based upon Matthew 4:19 (Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.)  According to this verse, a disciple is someone who:

  • Knows and follows Christ

  • Is changed by Christ

  • Is committed to the mission of Christ

When Jesus gave this call to Peter, James and John they were fishermen. They were not Bible scholars or preachers or prophets. They were ordinary men who had heard the call of Christ to follow Him.  The first step of making disciples is to become a disciple who knows Christ and follows Him.  We know Christ through receiving Him as our Lord and Savior and commit to follow Him. 

Then Jesus told them that He would make them fishers of men.  A disciple is one who is changed by Christ.  No one can know Christ and not be changed by Him.  Jesus spent three years with His disciples, teaching and living out before them the kind of follower He wanted: the life of a disciple.  Notice today that the Lord uses our relationship with Him (through His Word and prayer) and with His people to make us like Him. 

Lastly, Jesus calls us to be committed to His mission of going and making disciples.  How do we do that? Jesus made disciples through relationships. He spent three years training them, spending time with them daily.  We are committed to making disciples the way that Jesus did: in relationship. We call them community groups at LLBC. Will you join us can learn to be a  disciplemaker? I love you. Pastor Keith

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