Fruitfulness That Comes From Rootedness.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22–23, NASB95)

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Promise Made…Promise Kept

“Every promise of Scripture is a writing of God, which may be pleaded before Him with this reasonable request, ‘Do as Thou has said.’ The Heavenly Father will not break His Word to His own child.” Charles H. Spurgeon

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You Can’t Silence Worship

Worship is the single most important thing in life. A.W. Tozer writes, “Why did Christ come? Why was He conceived? Why was He born? Why was He crucified? Why did He rise again? Why is He now at the right hand of the Father? The answer to all these questions is, ‘In order that He might make worshippers out of rebels; in order that He might restore us again to the place of worship we knew when we were first created.’”

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The Exceptional Giver

“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1–4, NASB95)

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The Disciple – A Student Follower

And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”” (Matthew 4:19) 

“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:38 

Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”” (Matthew 19:21) 

The disciple is a learner. One who willingly sits under the teaching of another to grow in knowledge and experience. In our modern world, we call these people interns. Jesus called twelve men to intern under Him so that He could prepare them to become the leaders of the Church on Earth. For three years they would follow after Jesus, learn His doctrine, practice acts of service under His supervision, and eventually go out on their own to replicate His ministry. 

Discipleship is found throughout the Scriptures. For example, Samuel the Priest was first an intern for the priest Eli; Elisha the prophet served first under Elijah the prophet; young Timothy served under the Apostle Paul and eventually was sent to Ephesus in Paul’s place. Yet, the best example of all is offered by Jesus, who calls all those who believe in Him to continue in His Word, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”” (John 8:31–32) 

True church growth is based on the principle of discipleship. Jesus made disciples and His disciples made disciples. When the church stops making disciples we stop fulfilling our mission. Thom Rainer perhaps said it best, “Thriving churches have the Great Commission as the centerpiece of their vision, while dying churches have forgotten the clear command of Christ.”― Thom S. Rainer, Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

Are you sitting under a disciple-maker? Are you actively making disciples? This is the commission: “go and make disciples,” let us answer the call and obey Jesus’ command. 
 
Pastor Cary Wacker