This ‘Growing Disciples’ program is a plan to help us follow Jesus in this way, as his disciples.
“Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” So says a crusty old leadership tome on the back of my bookshelf. But the point is a good one, especially when we want to take our living for God seriously. The Lord Jesus has called us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him. This is not something that happens casually or without intent. Our life of discipleship is something that we choose. We weigh up the cost, we count ourselves dead to our old life, and then we turn and follow.
Follow. Following means going somewhere. It is a journey. We leave behind somewhere, and we set our path to another place. Our destination. The graphic ‘hiking’ theme of this site reminds us of this truth.
Following also means that there is someone in front of us, someone who treads the path before us– a pioneer, our master. Jesus.
When we choose to be Jesus’ disciples, we embrace each of these truths. We have died to our old selves. We have turned our back on our former allegiances. And instead, we now go the way of Jesus our master.
Being Jesus’ disciples means more than merely doing what we’re told: it also means becoming. It means that we follow Jesus such that we are inwardly changed, such that we become like him. Disciples are transformed by Jesus.
This ‘Growing Disciples’ program is a plan to help us follow Jesus in this way, as his disciples. It seeks to have him change our lives through the course of this year. I look forward to your company as we follow Jesus throughout 2021.