By: Steve Hable
We are all familiar with Mathew 28: 19-20, when Jesus commanded “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 obey everything that I have commanded you.” The theme of going out in the world making disciples is usually part of a vision statement for nearly every Christian church. In one of my classes for Lay Ministry, we read “Classic Devotions” which contained an article by Dr. Dallas Willard (1935-2012). Dr. Willard was Professor of Philosophy at USC from 1965-2012 and wrote many books on Christianity. In this article Dr. Willard states that the problem with the modern Christian church is it consists of “undisciplined disciples.”
Dr. Willard contends being a Christian today does not necessarily require being a disciple because the goal of the modern American church is only membership. He contends that modern churches believe the requirements of being like Christ are too demanding in the contemporary world. Churches decided to be less demanding and more “entertaining.” Consequently, many churches delay instilling discipleship in order to grow or maintain membership. Dr. Willard strongly suggests in the short term and the long term only a church of disciples is well equipped to meet the challenges we face both individually and as a group.
Foothills believes strongly in discipleship and we offer several ways for us to be disciples of Christ. There are short term classes throughout the year, longer term classes, small group discussions, and an on-going Bible study groups on Sundays between services, just to name a few. You can even go to the Brewing Faith group with Pastor Eric for questions of faith. Equally important are the many options to put discipleship into action. There is UMW, UMM, Common Ground, Kairos, FUMY, Prayer Quilt and several other ministries that always have room for you. Need to find a class or ministry group? Have a discussion group or service ministry you need help in starting? Feel free to contact me and we can discuss your thoughts and ideas. Be a disciple of Christ through regular worship, study and action. See you on campus.