Discipleship is the path we are called to walk, to follow Christ and to become more the people God calls us to be. In fact, creating disciples is the mission of the United Methodist Church. I guess that means creating disciples is part of my job description as a pastor. I’ve been thinking about that lately.
So what’s a disciple? “A disciple is one who knows Christ, is growing in Christ, serving Christ and sharing Christ.” That’s the definition from the Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. And it’s a good one. But none of that happens without intentionality, without devotion, without making it a priority.
Every day each of us should seek to connect to God in a personal way, not necessarily in ways that other people use. The lifelong journey to know Christ, grow in Christ, serve Christ and share Christ can include what you’d expect: reading the Bible, worship, praying. But some of us connect in other ways: journaling or spending time at the ocean or through music or through service to others. I connect most strongly with God when outside, in nature. God longs to be in relationship with us!
What I believe set me firmly on the road to discipleship was the Bible study known as Disciple. That is why I have started that study at Asbury. The small group experience, and the commitment to engage in the Word and connect with God, has the amazing ability to bring people closer to the Lord and closer to each other.
Asbury will be offering Disciple II: Fast Track starting in September through spring, 2020. It is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing your Christian faith. It focuses on the disciple as learner, believer, follower, proclaimer, and servant while providing the fellowship of a small group for study, prayer, preparation, support and servanthood.
That all sounds pretty serious so I must add: it’s a lot of fun, too!! You will know some of your fellow Asburites (holy smokes! is that a word?) in a new and special way.
In Disciple II: Fast Track, we will focus on 4 books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. Folks, that amount of reading should be possible, right? The classes are about an hour and a half and are designed to allow working people to participate. Please consider joining us this fall. You will be blessed. I guarantee it! If you doubt me, ask anyone who has taken it in the past.
As I write this, I am preparing for surgery. I would like to thank each and every one of you for praying for me and sharing words of encouragement. I have received cards from lots of people and I appreciate every one. It is such a comfort to know that I am loved and prayed over, and I am so grateful to be your pastor.
Love to all of you! Pastor Cheryl