Following Jesus requires three steps:
1. In order to follow Jesus, a person has to believe Jesus is who He says He is. Paul explains it this way: "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). Salvation
2. In order to follow Jesus, a person will not only read Scripture, but also, through obedience to the Word, allow the Holy Spirit to transform their lives by intentionally engaging in a discipleship community. In John 8, Jesus "turns to the Jews who had claimed to believe in Him and said, "If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will set you free" (The Message).
3. Those who follow Jesus will live out His mission. In Matthew 28, Jesus tells His disciples, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matt. 28:18-20).
How do you know if you are following Jesus? Have you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord? Are you allowing Jesus to disciple you through His Holy Word by being part of a discipleship community? Are you telling others about Jesus? These are the marks of a person who is following Jesus.
In order to live life together, people must move beyond the safety of his/her community and engage people where real life happens. Jesus lived life with others in two ways:
1. He lived life in community with disciples where He taught them and empowered them for the work of the ministry.
2. Jesus always led His disciple to engage people outside His community group.
So, we live life together in community where we grow spiritually and receive training for the work of the ministry in order to engage the outside communities with the message of Jesus. This is the essence of following Jesus, while living life together.
1. Living life together with a small Bible Study group.
2. Learning, through the small Bible Study group. how to live life together with the outside community so that they might know Jesus.
All Bible Study group are intentionally meeting together, off campus, on the second Sunday evening of each month where people can have fun, enjoy fellowship, and engage in authentic discussions about life events and Jesus.
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