DEVELOP. DISCIPLE. DEPOLOY
HERE AT HOPETON CHURCH, THE HEART OF THOSE IN LEADERSHIP, IS TO GET THE JOB DONE AND DO WHAT IS PLEASING TO THE LORD. WE WANT TO SEE WELL, HEAR WELL, AND ACT ON WHAT WE SEE AND HEAR--TO BE DOERS OF THE WORD, NOT MERELY HEARERS.
We have a vision statement that can be reduced down to three words: INFLUENCE. INVITE. INCORPORTATE.
INLFUENCE- WITH EVERYTHING YOU ARE, YOUR LIFESTYLE AND YOUR WORDS.
INVITE- WHEN YOU GET AN OPEN DOOR AS A RESULT, INVITE PEOPLE TO JESUS AND HIS PEOPLE.
INCORPORATE- PULL THOSE PEOPLE INTO LIFE GIVING GROUPS AND SERVICES, PRODUCING LIFE IN THEM THROUGH FELLOWSHIP.
Mr. Holy Spirit has made it clear: we are incomplete and need to move forward. Three more words were dropped before Pastor Hadsell: DEVELOP. DISCIPLE. DEPLOY.
If we stop at influence, we fall short of the mandate of the scripture.
If we stop at invite, we fail to do what He said: make disciples.
If we stop at incorporate, we stop the gospel from proceeding.
It is really easy for the church here and across the land to focus on getting people to come, so we have events and end up satisfied with the numbers in attendance and the results it produces. But satisfaction must not be our goal. We must produce depth.
You are unique; the Lord Himself created you with specific gifts for specific purpose. One of the blessings of being a believer in God and His Word is the understanding that we are born for a reason. No one is an "accident," and Psalm 139 depicts this truth beautifully. The Creator of the universe personally formed each one of up in the womb; He knew us before the dawn of time, and we are "wonderfully made."
In 2 Timothy 2:1-7, we see that the reason and the power for discipleship comes from the grace that is in Christ Jesus. We see that the goal of discipleship is to make disciples who can make disciples who can make disciples of Jesus. As Paul notes, it's not easy; it requires work and sacrifice on behalf of the disciple and the one who is doing the discipling.
Discipleship is usually much more focused for a limited season and a specific purpose or specialty. It's like school, or apprenticeship: there is a time of teaching and equipping and then a time of graduation and release.
If you want to make disciples, you first have to be a disciple yourself. Jesus gave the Great Commission to His disciples, not random rogues. They could be commissioned because they had been discipled.
We make disciples because that's what we've been discipled by Jesus to do. It's in our spiritual DNA, implanted in us from the moment we were born again. Sometimes, to our own detriment and to the detriment of others, we have hesitated. We have worried about the high cost of discipleship. But time is moving forward quickly; the clock is ticking. God is STILL CALLING YOU. Your race is not finished yet.
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