“Helping Others To Know God Better”
“There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5)
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12)
You can deny it, run from it, pervert it, spin it, walk away from it, and pretend it ain’t so…but at the end of the day, the truth is still the truth and it has not changed.
It is one thing to know of God, it is another to have a relationship with God. God desires relationship over religion, fellowship over programs and truth over traditions. For too long people have desired to see God’s people reflect his love instead of an agenda; this is the will of God and it is our desire (Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 3:23, 4:7, 10-13). As God sends people into our lives we are dedicated to love everyone without judgment while fostering spiritual development, truth, understanding and in an atmosphere where everyone feels welcomed.
As Christ explained discipleship to the Jews, we must believe Christ and continue in his word (John 8:28-31). Our responsibilities go far beyond the winning of souls for Christ. We must help one another along the path of discipleship. Every Christian needs a mentor, someone deeply grounded in faith, to help them grow. What we learn along life’s way needs to be shared with those who follow.
Discipleship is a privilege and responsibility. God has entrusted us with the care of His most precious possessions. God wants to build something incredibly beautiful in everyone He created. If you supply a talented builder with a few tons of material but no plan, you might end up with a house or a storage facility. But what if you wanted an office building or a coffee shop? The builder needs a detailed master plan that clearly defines the foundations, the framework, and a finished product. Without a plan you might end up with a garage door that opens into the living room, or a staircase that misses its landing.
A general contractor hires subcontractors to complete specific parts of a construction project. God has employed us like subcontractors to build up one another according to His design (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Different subcontractors have different skills. God has distributed these skills among us so that His work in us can be carried out with remarkable efficiency (1 Corinthians 12:18, 14:12).
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12: 27-28)
When people engage in discipleship, questions are answered, wisdom is shared, growth is encouraged, pitfalls are avoided, relationships are deepened, and the Church bears an ever increasing likeness to Jesus. (See: Jesus Christ The Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever)