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From the Pastor's Desk

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Mt. 28:19-20). These final words of Jesus have become known as the Great Commission. They are the church's marching orders. All authority is in Christ's hands, and He commands us to make disciples.

A disciple is a learner who seeks to become like the one he is following. The goal of discipleship is to help people become progressively like Christ in character and conduct, attitudes and actions. Discipleship is the key element of God's kingdom agenda. The effectiveness of a church is evaluated, not by numbers, but by her disciple making. It is the absence of discipleship that keeps a church impotent and ineffective.

We are given the promise, "I am with you always, to the end of the age." The Holy Spirit is uniquely engaged and involved with believers and churches that are making disciples. The church's mission in history is only possible because of God's presence. He is with us until the end. We are to boldly live our lives as disciples and diligently equip others to do the same. It is our mission.

Discipleship primarily happens one life at a time. Much like what we refer to as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, this happens in a spiritual dimension. Are you engaged life on life with others?

-Pastor's Mark and Jennifer

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