Summary: Becoming a Christ follower is conditional. We have the choice to say, “Yes” or “No” to becoming a disciple of Jesus. Jesus said, “If anyone will come after me…” Jesus gives the invitation and then leaves the choice up to us.
The Three “Cs” of Discipleship
During my twelve years of ministry here the mission of the Willow Vale Church has been: “Bringing people to Jesus, loving, equipping and sending them out to make more and better disciples.”
Jesus gave us the mission and purpose of the church clear.
Luke 19:10 Jesus said, “For the son of man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
In His great commission Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Throughout His ministry Jesus was involved in making disciples. Jesus called people in all walks of life to surrender all to Him and become a fully devoted disciple.
For the past twelve years we are used many different ways to reach out in the love of Christ and call people to become followers of Jesus.
On one Saturday we handed out 500 packets of Light bulbs with a note declaring that Jesus is the Light of the World.
We did several events showing acts of kindness expressing God’s love without any strings attached: washing car windshields of the three recovery groups meeting at the church. We did several cook outs for the recovery groups.
We did five prayer walks in our neighborhood. We did a religious survey of 500 homes asking two or three questions: How long have you lived here? If you attend a church what would kind of ministries would you want the church to have? How can our church better serve this community?
For the Alpha studies and dinner we visited 2,500 homes giving invitations to attend the Alpha studies. We formed five groups at the church and one in Morgan Hill. Several people came to Christ and were baptized as a result of the Alpha outreach.
We handed out cherry covered chocolates door to door to our neighbors around the church.
We handed out the Jesus video to our neighbors around the church. We have handed out several hundred of the videos.
We have invested thousands of dollars in outreach during the past 12 years.
I have had the privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus with scores of people during the past 12 years. I’ve shared Bible studies in homes, at places of work, over lunch in restaurants and at Starbucks on many occasions. I’ve had the privilege of baptizing many of you who have made confession of faith in the Lord.
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
All who follow Jesus with all their heart are called disciples. A disciple is a life long learner.
Becoming a Christ follower is conditional. We have the choice to say, “Yes” or “No” to becoming a disciple of Jesus. Jesus said, “If anyone will come after me…” Jesus gives the invitation and then leaves the choice up to us.
A disciple is one in training. A disciple is teachable and constantly studying to himself or herself approved unto God. The key word go becoming a disciple of Jesus is “obedience.” The call of Jesus is a demanding call. If a person says he wants to follow Jesus and continue to live as he is living, is fooling himself.