What is a church member today? Nearly every local church has three requirements:
- The member must attend the meetings
- The member must give his money
- The member must live a life of good character
If he does those three, he is considered a good church member. That is also the description of a good club member; he attends the club, pays his dues and tries not to embarrass the club. But we aren’t called to be members; we are called to be disciples. That is nothing like being a member!
A disciple is a person who learns to live the life his teacher lives. And he gradually learns to teach others to live the life he lives. So discipling is not a communication of knowledge or information. It is a communication of life. That is why Jesus said, “The words I spoke are spirit, and they give life” (John 6:63). Do you want to bring life to someone? Then speak His Word!
Discipleship is more than getting to know what the teacher knows. It is getting to be what the teacher is. That is why the Bible says we are to make disciples. That is more than just talking to them, or winning them, or instructing them. When we make a disciple it means we are creating a duplicate of ourselves! Scarey, isn’t it?
With these Morning Messages, I take you on guided tours to, as Bunyan described, the Celestial City. At times we linger at corners familiar and unseen. And explore the depths of our faith along the way.
The trail is long, but there’s no hurry. Though we do need to stock up on supplies for the way, and that’s where I need your help. If you enjoy these messages, please consider becoming a contributing member of this tour group. It will be very much appreciated.