Monday, June 29, 2015

Walk the Discipleship Circle

Walking the Discipleship Circle

The gathered delegates, pastors and attenders of the North Central Conference Annual Conference 2015 made a radical commitment. 

We all committed to weekly and intentionally “Walk the Discipleship Circle” with at least one other person. The Discipleship Circle is a simple way of living out daily devotion to Jesus and grow as His followers. 

We will encourage each other to daily BE with God, in His holy and loving presence through intentional prayer and searching the Scriptures.  Consequently, we have faith that as we spend more time with our Lord we will SEE more clearly his will for our lives – how to treat others, how to bless our communities, how to treat ourselves, how to bless the church, how to honor God. We believe that in so being with Christ and seeing the Spirit’s direction, with community encouragement and spiritual empowerment, we can actually do what God desires. Jesus said, “Those who love me, obey me” (John 14:23, 24, & Ps.119:167, 1Peter.1:22, 1John.2:5, etc.). 

As a conference, we have identified together a startling definition of “disciple.” 

A disciple is a radical follower of Jesus living out self-sacrificial love for God and others, and helping others do the same.

Radical means at the root, an event or change that affects the fundamental nature of something, thorough and comprehensive. The concept of being a radical follower of Jesus flows directly from a principle distinctive of the Free Methodist Movement – entire sanctification. Entire sanctification is simply the hope, possibility and reality that God can and does answer the scriptural prayer (1Thessalonians 5:23) “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through” and that as a gift of the Holy Spirit, nurtured through our being, seeing and doing, we really can “Love the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves.” 

It’s radical – not complicated. With whom are you going to walk the discipleship circle?    

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