Creating a Culture of Discipleship

I just came out and said it didn’t I? No beating around the bush. All the cards are on the table. This is what we’re really out to do at Celebration: Create a culture of discipleship.

Of course it might be helpful to know the why, and perhaps some of the how, at least what we know of the how at this point (Insert smiley face emoticon).

Let’s start with the why

Matthew 28:16-20 says,
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”

One of the last things that Jesus told His followers was that He had all authority and power, and that He would always be with them. Then, He instructed them to do something, based on the fact that His power and authority is supreme and that He would always be with them. He told them to go and make disciples. Followers. Not followers of themselves, but followers of Jesus.

If you were to read on from this point and follow the amazing exploits of the disciples in the book of Acts, you see them do just that. All the messiness, all the miracles, all the spiritual warfare, all the conflict, all the struggle, all the pain, all the redemption, all the healing, all the hope, all the deep and profound relationships. Ultimately, you see Jesus’ disciples living like Jesus. Loving, forgiving, challenging, encouraging, exhorting, rebuking, training people to live rightly.

We are then called to do the same. At Celebration our Community and Discipleship team have this as our vision statement:

“Jesus’s last instructions to us were to ‘make disciples’. Celebration is part of a global family of disciples - learners and followers of Jesus. Our dream is to empower a community of people living out God’s mission in their everyday comings and goings, led by the Holy Spirit, daily experiencing God’s Kingdom now, together, and forever.”

Now, the very beginnings of our how (we hope). Starting on Sunday November 15th, the Community and Discipleship team is inviting all current small group leaders, including anyone who’s interested in leading a small group, to join us once every other month after church for lunch, life sharing, worship, prayer, and training. Our goal is to invest in one another, and seek after Jesus, modeling our lives around His. The hope is that then, we’ll take this into our communities and our small groups, showing others what it looks like to follow Jesus and be part of His Body. You can find more information in the Community and Discipleship section of the monthly happenings. Come join us.

Learn. Follow. Lead. Together.

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