The words “disciple” and “discipline” are closely related; this is not coincidental. To be a disciple is to be a “learner” or a “follower”. In our case, a follower of Christ. The words “disciple” and “Christian” can be used interchangeably because every Christian is called to follow Jesus; there are no “super-Christians”. Because our flesh wars against our spirit, we must be disciplined to stay on the path of following Christ, day by day and moment by moment, just as any athlete must be disciplined in order to win their upcoming competitions or a musician must be disciplined in order to put on a beautiful performance.
Because we know that love is much more than a feeling, we could say that the spiritual disciplines are simply different ways that we show our love for God, not to earn His love, but simply to respond to His love and act in love towards Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 says, “this is the will of God, your sanctification…” Why? Is it because God is a tyrannical king who demands blind loyalty? Is it because God demands that we perform entirely pure and flawless works in order to enter heaven? NO! It is for three main reasons--which are really one:
1) that we might be holy as He is holy
2) that He may be glorified
3) that we may have joy!
These three reasons are so intertwined with one another that we cannot separate them and say one without saying the other two, but for clarity’s sake we will look at our one goal of discipline from these three different viewpoints.
Grace and peace,
Upcoming Event: New Mexico Mission Trip!
Last year a group from our church went to New Mexico to minister to Tohatchi Baptist Church and their surrounding community. Most of the people in the area are Native Americans that still hold to ancient forms of animism. Poverty and familial oppression are very real parts of the culture as well as intense spiritual warfare. This year, our group will be gone from June 28th through July 6th. Please pray for our team this year as they encourage the church there to persevere, minister to the physical needs of families, and provide counsel for the emotional and spiritual distress of the community. Projects this year include revivals, Vacation Bible School, and various construction opportunities. If you would like to support our team financially, you can drop off a donation any time at the coffee house. You can also join us on Friday, March 8th for our open mic night where all donations will go towards this mission trip! Church members, if you would like to go, please talk to Pastor Joey (Cost is $200/person or $400/family).