Why I Love My Church – Discipleship
BY RYAN WORL
September 6, 2017
In conjunction with the “I Love My Church” sermon series, this Northview writer shares what he loves about his church. Enjoy!
As for me and my family, yes we will serve the Lord, but in addition to that, we strive to mature through discipleship and one of the main reasons is I love my church. It only takes one service at any campus to see the emphasis Northview Church puts on spiritual growth through discipleship. Lead Pastor Steve Poe in a recent sermon quoted Jesus saying, “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15). Jesus’s last words before He ascended into heaven are known as the Great Commission. His first command in the Great Commission is to, “Make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Northview takes this command seriously and provides many avenues to be become a disciple and grow spiritually.
For many the first steps of discipleship come in the form of relationships.
The chance to be around genuine people who are open and honest about their brokenness in life helps to create a pathway to learn about Christ and become more like Him.
The opportunity for this to happen can begin in such places as Life Groups, Life-Recovery Groups and Growth Groups. As our website states, “Life Groups focus on encouraging one another, doing life together and growing together spiritually. Life-Recovery Groups are like Life Groups but lean into a specific life issue, such as seeking support during difficult times or living in a way that is consistent with one's values. Growth Groups help people grow in their knowledge of the Bible and live out their Christian faith.” To find out more about Northview’s group, click here. Poe also recently said, “I love my church not because of how big it is but because of how great God is!” Our love for our great God should motivate us to seek out the opportunities Northview provides to continually mature as Disciples of Christ.
“We should measure success not merely by the size of our church or the number of baptisms or decisions, but also by the depth and quality of spiritual growth in people's lives.” — David Kinnaman
This post is entirely the opinion of this week’s writer and does not necessarily reflect the view of Northview Church as a whole.