Disciples Making Disciples
“Because the story of Jesus is so impressive – God among us! God speaking a language we can understand! God acting in ways that heal and help and save us! – there is a danger that we will be impressed but only be impressed. As the spectacular dimensions of this story slowly (or suddenly) dawn upon us we would easily become enthusiastic spectators and let it go at that – become admirers of Jesus, generous with our oohs and ahs and in our better moments inspired to imitate him.
It is Luke’s job to prevent that, to prevent us becoming mere spectators to Jesus, fans of the Message. Of the original quartet of writers on Jesus, Luke alone continues to tell the story as the apostles and disciples live it into the next generation. The remarkable thing is that it continues to be essentially the same story. Luke continues his narration with hardly a break, a pause perhaps to dip his pen in the inkwell, writing in the same style, using the same vocabulary.
The story of Jesus doesn’t end with Jesus. It continues in the lives of those who believe in him. The supernatural does not stop with Jesus. Luke makes it clear that these Christians he wrote about were no more a spectator of Jesus than Jesus was a spectator of God.” -Eugene Peterson, Intro to Acts)
For our 20th year our focus will be on us continuing the story of Jesus and the command of Jesus to “go and make disciples.” So on Sunday mornings Kirk and Allyson will guide us through the Book of Acts and a number of our small groups will study the disciple principles in Francis Chan’s book, “Multiply.” Together we will take the story as disciples to make disciples. It all begins Sept 17th!