DISCIPLES OF THE CROSS:
Who We Are


JANUARY 6 - FEBRUARY 10
6 weeks
 
What does it mean to be a person of faith?  How does what we believe connect to what we do and how we live?  How does our relationship with Jesus as our Savior, Lord and Master shape the way we think about our mission and calling as his followers, sent into the world?  These questions are the basis for this, the first of two series on discipleship, based on the writings of the Rev. Steven King.  Our identity as a congregation is completely defined in our collective identity as disciples.  As we grow in discipleship, we come closer to living our created purpose.
 

January 6, 2019
APPRENTICES OF THE MASTER
Psalm 25:1-2,4-5;   Philippians 4:8-9;    Matthew 11:25-30

SUMMARY
Apprentices are students, for sure.  Yet, they are more.  They not only learn about, they also learn to do.  They develop abilities and skills that complement knowledge, and prepare them for successful living in the world.  As disciples of Jesus, we are learning as we do.  We watch, help and hone skills as we walk with the master.  We recognize that we are growing into our created potential.

January 13, 2019
WHAT ARE YOU IN THIS FOR?
Psalm 131:1-3;   Mark 10:32-45;
Luke 17:7-10

SUMMARY
Today we explore the theology of the Cross and its implications for our daily discipleship. Teachers other than Jesus would have us believe that Grace is cheap, or that following Jesus is a sure-fired path to health, wealth and happiness.  Jesus, on the other hand, teaches that grace, though freely given, is very costly.  He also teaches that following Him will cost us our very lives.

January 20, 2019
GOD IS THE POTTER, WE ARE THE CLAY
Psalm 139:13-15;   Isaiah 29:13-19;
2 Corinthians 4:1-15

SUMMARY
The apostle Paul tells us that, through the cross, God is actively working in the lives of believers.  Discipleship is not just what we do.  It is also what God does in us, both through His Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Today we explore what that looks like in our day-to-day lives, and how God continues that molding process in each of us, to become the vessels He will use to reach others.

January 27, 2019
BEING POURED OUR BEFORE GOD
Psalm 62:5-8;   Philippians 2:3-11;
Luke 9:18-26

SUMMARY
The apostle Paul understood his discipleship and ministry as emptying himself or being poured out for Jesus.  Just as Jesus gave His life for us and poured out His life on the cross, we are also called to pour out our lives for one another in faith and loving service in Jesus’s name.

February 3, 2019
WHAT WOULD A HAMMER PRAY FOR?
Psalm 111:2,6-8;   Exodus 3:1-12;  
Ephesians 4:11-16

SUMMARY
Like He did with Paul, God intends to use us as His tools for righteousness, both in the world at large and in the lives of our friends and neighbors.  God has set us apart in faith so that He may accomplish His work of salvation and deliverance through us.

February 10, 2019
ONE RACE WITH MANY LAPS
Psalm 116:5-7;   Galatians 3:1-9;
Luke 10:38-42

SUMMARY
The race of life to which we are called is not a Point A to Point B event, wherein we seek self-improvement and greater holiness.  Rather, it is a race with many laps, and each lap has us daily returning to Jesus.  As disciples of Christ, our daily lives move in a repeating pattern of daily dying and rising in Christ.



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