1 John 5:13-15
Last week was potentially a very significant Sunday in the life of our church family. We noted that according to the Hemorrhaging Faith study, two thirds of young adults who attended church as a child no longer do so. And half of those who leave no longer identify with the Christian tradition in which they were raised. We recognized that Jesus did not call us to go and make decisions for Christ but disciples of Christ. We identified a gap that must be bridged after initially connecting to Christ to growing and maturing in Christ. We recognized that every Christian is called to grow as a disciple and a disciple maker of Christ. We talked about fathers, parents and grandparents taking seriously their role to disciple their children and grandchildren in Christ. We looked at a picture of components of a disciple’s life. We declared that it is totally unacceptable for us to remain as a come, be baptized and listen in one place community. We want to step forward to become a more intentional disciple making community of Christ followers. If you were not here last Sunday or you were here but didn’t listen, I would encourage you to go online and listen to last week’s message so you get a fuller sense of where we’re headed. I also invite you to pick up a copy of our next step picture.