Hello Calvary Family,
I pray you are basking in the glory of the Lord. Certainly, we are grateful that God has provided a milder winter for us this year as we transition to Spring. This year we look for God to continue to “Spring” forth new life into our ministry. But you know, God is constantly offering us opportunities to walk with Him in the flow of His creation. In the beginning when God breathed into Adam and Eve and made them a living soul, He presented the Garden as a place to grow and provide growth (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:7, 16). This new growth would replenish the earth and yield a bountiful harvest for everyone. As Christians we are in a unique place to still yield a harvest of souls. However, before the harvest comes, we must do something. We must prepare for it. For example, it’s not enough to ask, “Why don’t we have new members at our church like we did years ago?” We have to rediscover our roots of faith. People come to church to meet Jesus. But if we forget our roots in evangelism/discipleship we will be ill-equipped to introduce anyone to Him.
In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus tells the disciples to go into the entire world and make disciples. We love to quote this Scripture but neglect the charges that lie within these verses. Jesus says, “Go.” He says, Go in my authority over the universe! Go make disciples of all nations! Go, baptize them. Go teach them to obey my commandments that I have command you! If you are truly a disciple of Jesus there should be some action to your faith. Is there any growth in you or around you? Have you led anyone to Jesus since He saved you? Have you walked with authority and taught them to obey His commandments as He taught you? Do you know His commandments (St.John 13:34-35; St. John 15:11-15)?
Be honest with yourself and take a moment to assess where you are in your walk with Christ. If you find there are some areas you lack in discipleship, ask God’s forgiveness and seek opportunities to follow Jesus. One such opportunity to grow is joining us on Thursdays at 12 Noon and Wednesday nights for prayer at 6:30 p.m. Another chance to grow is at our small group Discipleship study series on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Tomlin Room. You have a detailed repository of excuses as to why you “can’t” come to pray and study God’s Word, now it’s time to take seriously your growth in Christ so that the world will know that the Savior lives and still saves today. God bless you!
Pastor Jabulani McCalister