St. Paul's Evangelical
Free Lutheran Church
21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful
The Pastor's Thoughts
"Jesus said to them, if you abide in my Word you are truly my disciples."
Discipleship and salvation are two different things. THe disciple is one who, realizing the meaning of the atonement, give himself up to Jesus Christ in unspeakable gratitude."
Discipleship - just what does that mean in our Christian walk?
Two weeks ago, Pr. Jim Rasmussen, who is the Director of Evangelism for the AFLC made a presentation to the leaders of St. Paul's about this very topic, stressing the importance of discipling individuals and helping them to grow in their Christian lives.
I've been thinking long and hard about that ever since, especially as we continue our focus on revival and the work of the Holy Spirit here at St. Paul's. How, I've asked myself, will the Spirit work to make us more dedicated, more enthusiastic, more motivated in our life together in Christ, what will it look like for us and how will it come about?
I believe that God is answering our prayers for revival by telling us to be more focused on increasing our commitment to Christ by increasing our understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jeusu. I also think it is not an accident that in our Bible studies we are looking at the Gospel of St. Matthew which is the Gospel of discipleship.
Essentially I will be looking for people who want to make a long term commitment to meeting together and following a program of growth in discipleship. While such programs are often designed for new Christians I believe that those of us who are longer in the faith can also benefit from a deepened prayer life, a stronger commitment to service to others and a deeper commitment to the congregation God is calling together in Leitersburg.
Anyone who would like to know more or would like to begin a discipleship process should contact me and we will work out what we will be doing on an individual basis. Simply call me at the church or at home, or come and see me and we will begin working together.
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