Sermon Topic: Discipleship
Jesus was always telling stories, always using everyday illustrations to span the gap between the reality of most humans and the "more real" of the Kingdom of God. This week, we look at Mark's take on those stories in chapter 4, and through them we'll learn what it means to walk in faith ... even in the storms.
This week, we finish a series of messages to take us three steps forward. We've learned together how to open the Word, listen to it, and let it take us into the heart of the Father. And this week we will learn how to let it send us out into the world. The story of Philip, a missionary and evangelist, teaches us something about Kingdom economics. We'll learn what matters in the art of sharing Jesus.
Our new message series begins, and it's all about what it means to follow Jesus. This week, we'll hear the charge from Jesus himself. And you'll get to see what our ministry leaders have been working on all summer. We will introduce a discipleship tool for every age -- a card we hope will become so useful to your devotional practice and small group life that it becomes our culture.
John's death (John, as in "the Baptist") should have been the subject of a soap opera. It is the ultimate good vs. evil storyline, complete with romance and vengeance. And all because John wouldn't stay quiet about Herod's affair. But here's the thing (spoiler alert for Sunday's message): discipleship is costly, but holiness has benefits.
Let's talk about renewing community relationships and getting a plan of action for spiritual formation. In a race, community and discipleship are the "lead leg" -- the one that puts us into the race. So, let's get ready to run the race together this fall.