A Bittersweet Ending….

Tonight was the last of a 34 week study for 4 people who started an adventure in becoming a disciple for Jesus almost 9 months ago.  This is the 3rd time Richard and I have taught this particular discipleship class titled “Becoming a Disciple Through Bible Study.”  It is a life changing journey that will bring you closer to God, teach you how to study the Bible, and most certainly strengthen your walk with Jesus.

I say it was a bittersweet ending because of the commitment that it takes to fulfill a 34 week study.  When you start it seems that week 34 is so far away, and by the time you get to week 18, the half way point, you are praying that week 34 comes sooner than later.  Then when week 30 hits we start saying “wow, we only have 4 more weeks.”  So the end is here and we all will be sitting around in a few weeks anticipating the arrival of Discipleship II class to start.

So what exactly is Discipleship class?

It is moving out of our comfort zones from who we are, or were in this case, to who we have committed ourselves to be for Christ.  You study scripture together and discover, with God’s help, how to become a better follower for Him.  Since no one has the market cornered on understanding Scripture, it is important for us to listen to each other and welcome other people’s input on what the scripture means to them.  As we better understand the scripture, we can grow in our faith and in our walk with God.  To become a disciple, means to trust the Holy Spirit to instruct us and empower us through Scripture to find and use our gifts to love and serve God to the fullest of our abilities.  It also means reaching out to tell others about the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

Matthew 28:19-20 says “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, evento the end of the age.” Amen.”

We are to go, whether it is next door or to another country, and make disciples.  It was not a suggestion, but a command to all who call Jesus “Lord.”  We are not all evangelists in the formal sense, but we have all received gifts that we can use to help fulfill the Great Commission.  As we obey, we have comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is always with us.

I am very proud of the 4 individuals that stuck with it and finished this class.  They have reason to proud of their accomplishment.  This Sunday it will be my honor to present them with a special gift and a certificate of completion.  They will be commended for their willingness to step out in faith and fulfill the great commission.

 

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