IMPACT is a holistic approach to relational discipleship, impacting individuals, families and our community.
Wednesday Nights *Temporally suspended*
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Cost: $20 person/$50 per family
Leader: Amy Renieccius
Some of us have been given special abilities as apostles; to others he has given the gift of being able to preach well; some have special abilities in winning people to Christ, helping them to trust him as their Savior; still others have a gift for caring for God’s people as a shepherd does his sheep, leading and teaching them in the ways of God.
Why is it that he gives us these special abilities to do certain things best? It is that God’s people will be equipped to do better work for him, building up the Church, the body of Christ, to a position of strength and maturity; until finally we all believe alike about our salvation and about our Savior, God’s Son, and all become full-grown in the Lord—yes, to the point of being filled full with Christ. -Ephesians 4:11-13 LB
IMPACT-ING OUR CHURCH
For you, me, and every Christian, discipleship is not an option but a command given to us in Matthew 28:19. Some of us can look back in our lives and name more than one Christian who either disciple us or had a significant impact on us. Here is the question for us today: How many children do you know who are being intentionally disciple by a mature Christian? The children in our church family need to be disciple, and they need to have several different disciplers in their lives:
- The Parents: The parents are the primary spiritual disciplers of their children (Deut. 6:6-9). Parents will always be the greatest earthly influence in a child’s life. This is both an amazing responsibility and opportunity that should not be taken lightly. We see specifically in the life of Timothy just how vital this parental discipleship is, through the example of his mother and grandmother (2 Tim. 1:5).
- The Church: Children need to be discipled by other Christians in the church body. A quick study of the New Testament church reveals that Christians in the local church would regularly meet and build each other up (Heb. 10:25; 1 Thess. 5:11). The Bible doesn’t exclude children from this. There is not an “age requirement” for being included in the local church. It is essential that the local church works together to disciple and build up the children in our church.
- A Mentor: The parents and the church body are essential disciplers in the lives of our children, but we should not forget about the importance of mentors. We have two strong biblical examples of a mentor. The first example (and best example) is Jesus Christ’s mentor-ship of His disciples. Jesus purposefully spent time pouring into them, helping them grow and mature. The second example is Paul’s mentor-ship of Timothy, which shows the importance of intentional discipleship by mature Christians.
This is one of our purposes behind IMPACT which I am so excited to be a part of. We will go on this discipleship journey together. Our call as Jesus followers is clear; go make disciples. To intentionally disciple a child is to equip them for a life full of Christian Service, dedicated to the sharing of the gospel and to discipleship others. Which will lead to our ultimate purpose, bringing glory to God. Discipleship is vital, for not only raising our children, but also helping our whole church family to grow spiritually.