What should be our main focus as a church? Sometimes churches focus just on survival – paying the bills and making sure that the facilities are in order. Other churches focus on comfort — am I comfortable when I come to worship? Is everything to my liking (songs/sermon) ? Were the people friendly enough to me today? Still there are other churches that worry about relevancy — are we cool enough to attract persons A, B and C? Hopefully we are not focused on any of those things. Jesus told us that we are to be about two things, both as a church and as individual members of the body of Christ: the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. We are to be primarily focused upon two things as a church: loving God with all we are and out of that love being obedient to make disciples and help them to grow. Anything else must be secondary to Christ’s command.
How do we make disciples? We make disciples the same way you taught your children to play ball or learn to cook or mow the lawn. You
demonstrate before them what the desired result is. You spend time with them helping them with the task until they have mastered it. And, you probably enjoy the time together. That is discipleship. Disciple making means to get involved in people’s lives, to love them enough to spend time getting to know them and sharing Christ with them through our life. It means being able to share the hope that we have in Christ and to live our life before them, showing them what it means to live out that hope. It means to share with them how you are growing and how they can grow as well. Discipleship is not an option if we want to be faithful to Christ. Remember, Christ said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” We have a mission field right at our door (and inside our church). Pray with me that we keep the focus of Aldersgate United Methodist Church on what is on God’s heart.