First Steps – July 23, 2018

Last Monday, I asked you what does baptism mean?  However we define it, part of the definition is linked to mission.  Another part of baptism’s definition is a COMMITMENT to faith mentoring.  In the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20), Jesus said, “Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  Therefore, “as we go” we teach, witnessing to our faith in our daily lives.

Jesus also used the words “obey everything.”  The real challenge is not merely helping new disciples to understand all the commands of Jesus, but helping them to put his teaching into practice.  The perennial challenge facing discipleship isn’t knowing what we should do; it is doing what we already know we should do. The challenge is obedience. It is about a way of life that is marked by joyful obedience, flowing from the heart of our new identity as children of God.




This week’s reading:

  • Monday – Matthew 3
  • Tuesday – Matthew 4
  • Wednesday – Matthew 5
  • Thursday – Matthew 6
  • ​Friday – Matthew 7

Please Pray for:

  • ​Our nation and our leaders.
  • Those grieving the loss of loved ones.
  • Our families, homes, workplace, church, and community.
  • ​Ongoing Building Renovations, Modifications, and Phase 3: Construction of New Youth Building and rear parking.
  • Upcoming activities and studies planned for this fall.