In week 3 of our Core Four series, we take a look at the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and discover how those words define and even dictate how we view and pursue our Next Generation Ministries at PBC. Above all else, we believe the most important thing we can teach our children and teenagers is to love God with all they are. This is the essence of the Old Testament Law and the essence of our ministry to children and teenagers at PBC.
The Great Commission could easily be renamed The Everyday Commission. It is a call to discipleship. It is a call to disciple. It is more than a call to evangelism, or missions or Bible study. It is a call to worship, instruction, fellowship and evangelism. It is a pattern of life for all believers. The question shouldn't be, "Are you discipling someone?" The question should be, "Who are you discipling?"
Who doesn't love an epic story with stories inside the story?! We get that in this passage about a man by he name of Apollos. Luke turns the page for a period of time to move away from Paul's third missionary journey to focus on what was happening in a synagogue in Ephesus. Apologetics and discipleship are at the core of this story. Tune into the new scene.
What are the qualities of a disciple-maker? Before we can produce those qualities, we need to know what a disciple is and how to make one. We cover all of that in today's message. Paul and Barnabas made disciples. We can too. In fact, that's what we are supposed to do.
Who has made a New Year's resolution only to watch it dissolve within the first few weeks of January? I think we all have. One thing that a New Year's resolution does, it causes us to assess or evaluate our lives. We usually see habits in our life that are out of balance or we are missing disciplines that we need to start. Either way, we have a tendency to be out of balance, unhealthy. Now is a good time to check in on our spiritual health. Are there areas in your life that are out of balance spiritually? Paul gives some examples of healthy habits to Timothy. All of them have to do with our service & life lived for Christ.