October 2011 - A disciplined disciple

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Led by the Spirit: A disciplined disciple

In today’s modern church, the gospel message is being watered down, affecting our churches, schools, and faith communities. As a disciple of Christ, God has challenged, inspired and even convicted me about changes I need to make towards holiness. I’m one person in a body of believers called the church. If the church doesn’t change, who will?

Do we recognize the destructive philosophies in today’s world leading to a radical decrease in faith? Individualism that says, “what’s it in for me?`` A false notion of freedom that says, “I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, without the interference of any other person or party.”

 

 

Hedonism - if it feels good do it. It’s a philosophy that places pleasure as the ultimate aim of life, but is a passport to the enslavement of 1,000 addictions, and in the end produces not pleasure, but despair.

Minimalism - what is the least I can do and still get the maximum reward? It’s infected every aspect of society, and tragically, is one of the diseases eating away at the church. Consciously or sub-consciously, people everywhere seem to be asking, “What is the least I can do and still keep my job? What is the least I can do and still keep my marriage alive? What is the least I can do and still get to heaven?``

Jesus never asked, “What’s in it for me?” He was motivated by a spirit of service. Jesus didn’t advocate pleasure but proclaimed a life of self-denial saying, “Whoever wishes to follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross.” Jesus did not ask himself, “What is the least I can do and still bring salvation to humanity?” He asked, “What is the most I can do? And that was His death on the cross. The life that Jesus invites you and me to live is very different than the lifestyle our modern culture invites us to live. It is easy to be a follower, but to be a disciple requires discipline.

 

 

October scripture study:

Hebrews 12:11

No disipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Lorraine’s upcoming events:

Oct. 15 - “Be Real” Park Meadows Baptist Church, Lethbridge, AB
Contact Derra (403) 752-3358

Oct. 22 - “Be Real” Southview Church Of God Medicine Hat, AB -
Contact Marlene (403) 527-0207

Oct 28-29 - “Awaken” Women’s Journey Of Faith Saskatoon, SK.
Special guest appearance.