It’s been said, “What we routinely do communicates, reinforces and shares who we are, often far more than what you teach.” In other words, “what I do, is often who I am”. The truth of that statement really cuts deep into my soul when I stop to think about it. The behaviours I engage in are either dictated by what I believe or are the outcomes of what is shaping how I think about life and the world around me.
This gets pretty tricky when we think about it from a faith perspective. If what I do is who I am, then what does that say about me and what I believe. What lifestyle, actions, behaviours do I communicate to my friends and family around me? And I wonder if the corollary is also true, ‘does what I believe dictate what my behaviours should be?’ I think it is.
This September we want to attach this idea of belief and behaviours together by looking at the convictions we hold about something critical to God’s mission on earth. Specifically, if we take seriously Christ’s command to “make disciples” (Matt 28), then what convictions should we hold to as followers of Jesus Christ and members of His body, especially regarding what discipleship is and how we should go about making disciples here at Calvary. Over that last year, our Elders have studied these convictions and have had to do a lot of soul searching about what the Bible says about how we are to be a disciple-making church.
So beginning on Sunday mornings in September we will explore these questions in our sermons:
- Why make disciples?
- What is a disciples?
- How are disciples made?
- Who makes disciples?
- Where to make disciples?
I am looking forward to delving into what the Bible says about these questions and I hope that you will be too. I believe that our best days as a church will come when we make Christ’s convictions our convictions. Won’t you join us?
As well, our Lifegroup ministry will be moving through curriculum we designed in-house specially for the purpose of taking a further look into the answers to these questions and apply the teaching to where you are right now in your spiritual journey. Our Lifegroups are designed to connect people together in smaller groups so that they can grow together and encourage one another. If you’re not signed up yet, contact us and we will make sure you get connected. If you can’t get into a Lifegroup right now I would encourage you to take a copy of the curriculum and plan to meet with someone weekly to work through it. You will be able to listen to our weekly podcast (insert link) of the message and then be able to talk about how we can get the topic deeper into our lives.
This Fall, my desire is to create a renewed vision to help people take a step towards spiritual maturity. It is not going to happen by chance; we must be intentional about it. I am very excited that all our Elders are behind this and we are all on the same page and moving toward the same goal. There will be many opportunities for you to find a place to get established in your faith and also equipped for making disciples. It’s going to be a great series and a great ministry tool! Let’s do this!
Pastor Aaron Groat
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