Jesus offered a very simple invitation 13 times in the Bible,
And for those who accepted that invitation he also said,
‘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…’
As Christians we are all called to be disciples, followers of Jesus. We will be very different, some will be better at it than others, some will look different, some will act differently, but it is for us all. As soon as we respond to the invitation of Jesus to ‘Follow me’ we are undertaking the most exciting and fulfilling journey.
Being a disciple will mean us recognising that our faith isn’t something that can be put into convenient compartments – it is a ‘whole of life’ activity! It is something we will need to :
- Keep working on – so below there are examples of different courses and resources to help with this, that will be helpful for churches or individuals. Getting to know our Bibles better and praying are essential for disciples, as is talking about our faith.
- Recognise it isn’t always easy – Jesus’ first disciples made lots of mistakes and we all will too, but God continues to love us and journey with us.
- Talk about – Small groups are a great way of doing this for lots of people, but we may also find that talking to a friend or someone from church or a Christian minister will be helpful.
- Share – People say faith is personal, but we go back to the instruction of Jesus to tell others, and we find that it might be personal, but it’s also to be shared. As we grow as confident disciples, we will want to tell others.
There is no stopping; every day, every hour it goes further. Whoever sets his foot on this way finds that his life has become a journey on the road. It leads through green pastures and through the dark valley, but the Lord will always lead on the right pathway.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffered...
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Beginning in Faith
These resources are useful for helping those new to the church or who are exploring Christianity for the first time.
Growing in Faith
These resources focus on helping people to explore more about knowing God and where God is active in their lives.