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The Big Picture
Theme of the week: Create a Caring Community
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Key Bible Verse: Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me." (Matthew 16:24) Dig Deeper: Matthew 16:24-28

The return on Jesus' investment was the life-changing story of ordinary characters into the chronicles of extraordinary cross bearers.

If this kind of discipleship were unleashed in our lives and communities, we might begin to look like the connected network of God's people that Jesus created—a network of energized people beautifully portraying the life of Christ.

Leading a movement means having a clear process of transformational discipleship. It has to do with integrating this process mindset into everything our churches are doing.

[A well-designed discipleship process] aligns all resources, ministries, and efforts to work in harmony. The idea is to step back from all the intricacies of church dynamics and see the whole picture. We need to ask these questions:

  • Do all our ministry components work in sync to accomplish the same goal?
  • Are we hectically managing a complex system of ministries that compete rather than complement?
  • Are we intentionally meeting people where they are?
  • Do we have an organic process in place to move people toward the life of Christ?

—Mike Tatlock in Faith in Real Life

My Response: How can I help my church become more of "a network of energized people beautifully portraying the life of Christ"?

Thought to Apply: Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.—Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German pastor, theologian)

Adapted from Faith in Real Life (Zondervan, 2010) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Dear Jesus, help me to see the church as you see the church, not as a building, but as a community of people growing in your image.

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