September 6

Matthew 27-28, Psalm 94

After 4 years of medical school I had a good deal knowledge, but needed a 4 year residency to move that knowledge into practicality so that I would not endanger patients. It was a long process with senior residents and attending physicians along the way guiding me and answering questions. I still have the scar on the palm of my hand from when I stabbed myself with a scalpel on one my first surgeries. Jesus commissioned all of us to come alongside one another and disciple so that we might lead others to live out the Christian faith and produce fruit. Jesus spent 3 years full time discipling before leaving them. Moses spent 40 years before leaving Joshua. Paul spent nearly 20 years before leaving Timothy. Discipling is not grabbing coffee once or twice, but an ongoing relationship.

Final words are important. If you knew your time was coming to an end you would make sure your final words revealed an extremely important message. Moses wrote the book of Deuteronomy. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 says, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Our Pastor, Lloyd Pulley, said that in this portion from verse 19-20, there are 4 verbs: go, make disciples(or discipling), baptize and teach. The only one in the Greek which is imperative, or a command which must be done and all the others depend on, is to disciple others.

So if you were to be asked to close your eyes and envision the individuals you are currently discipling, who would come to mind? If no one, then we are not taking Jesus' final words and commission seriously. We can not relinquish this responsibility to a ministry like Awana, Impact, Ignite, etc. This is not a once and done relationship. This is a person or persons that you are discipling continually or being discipled continually by. If there is no one who currently comes to mind, pray to God and seek out someone to disciple, you both need it. For true revival, this is desperately needed. This aspect was one of the components of the One Year Bible Challenge which never fully took off. I pray that in the Bible Challenge 2019, this will be the focus moving what God has taught us and continues to teach us and coming alongside another and developing a true discipleship relationship.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster