Families That Make Disciples
How does this passage lead us to be families that make disciples?
“These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
— Deuteronomy 6:1-8
How do we live a lifestyle like the one explained in this passage?
Our vision as a church is to Follow and Connect and Make disciples who make disciples. The heart of all our families needs to be to follow Jesus, connect in mutual community as families, and then teach our each other how to be disciplemakers. What would happen if each family made this their vision and promised to one another to live like this every day together? How would our families and church be different, and what kind of impact would it have on our community?
We won’t let our families physically starve to death, so why would we let them starve spiritually? We need to disconnect from businesses and the things that suck the life out of us, and we need to carve out time and space for us to feed each other’s hearts and minds spiritually.
by Ron Kirkeeng, Pastor of Student Ministries