Working to help people grow!
You’ve heard it said around here that it is “Our mission to help people to
have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” It is certainly what we’ve
been called to do in scripture…”Go therefore into all the world and make
So, let me ask, are you helping someone to grow in Jesus, are you
I’ve asked myself that question recently and I wasn’t too happy with the
answer I discovered. I want people to grow, I do things around here to
help provide opportunities for people to grow, but I cannot say I’ve
walked with someone and helped them to grow in Jesus.
So, what do I do from here?
1. First realize that it takes work
Helping someone grow in Jesus doesn’t just happen by osmosis or
overnight or even only by fervent prayer. Discipleship takes work.
It takes identifying someone (or multiple someones) and intentionally
scheduling time with them to help them to grow in their relationship with
Jesus. That’s no easy task. But it is a worthy one.
2. Sunday morning groups are a good place to start
We have some great groups that meet Sunday mornings and some great
group leaders (I think we have some of the best) and I would encourage
everyone to begin their own discipleship journey by getting into a
group. Spiritual growth happens best when you’re in Christ honoring
community with other believers and Sunday morning groups are a great
place to start.
If you are a Sunday group leader, you are already a disciple maker and I
hope you see it that way. But, you don’t have to be a Sunday morning
group leader to be a disciple maker and Sunday school isn’t the only
place where discipleship takes place. Discipleship could take place once
a week at a coffee shop. Discipleship could take place by you meeting
together with a small group once a month in someone’s home. Find one
or two people form your current Sunday morning group and ask them to
meet with you outside of Sunday school every so often. And read
scripture together and invite someone who isn’t in Sunday school to be a
part and try to get them plugged into a group at church and encourage
them to serve. Walk with them and help them to grow in Jesus.
Discipleship is no easy task, but it is a worthy one and it takes us
working to help people grow!