Week 2: Days 8-14
Emphasis: A Study of the Disciplines of Great Commission Churches
Day 8 Sunday – Proclomation:
Title: The Disciplines of a Great Commission Church
Text: Romans 12:1-2
Thought for the Week:
The cost of discipleship is explained by the instruction of Jesus to take up one’s cross and follow Him (Matthew 10:38; Luke 9:23). What does it mean to take up one’s cross and follow Him? The cross of Jesus is the cross of sacrifice, the cross of giving oneself away for the sake of others. As followers of Christ, we, too, must give ourselves away; as Jesus prayed in the garden, “not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).
A good place to begin taking up one’s cross is Romans 12:1-2. The Apostle Paul tells us that each of us is to become a living sacrifice. Unlike Jesus, we might not be called upon to die physically for our faith, but we are called to die to our own volition, or will, as we live for the will of God. Paul refers to this sacrificial living as holy and acceptable to God. In fact, he describes this way of living as our spiritual worship.
Further, Paul informs that living the Christian life calls for noncomformity to the world and transformation of the mind. How? We are transformed as we fill our minds with the word of God. In so doing we are able to discern God’s will.
The practice of sacrificial living, engaged consistently, leads to healthy spiritual disciplines. These habits, while healthy for us individually, are also healthy for us collectively as the church. Great Commission Churches reflect certain habitual practices:
Great Commission Churches Pray with Power – the Discipline of Preemptive Prayer
Great Commission Churches Build on Bible Basics – the Discipline of Basic Bible
Great Commission Churches Raise the Bar – the Discipline of Cost Commitment
Great Commission Churches Reach the Lost – the Discipline of Missional Multiplication
Pray through the Thought for the Week as the Spirit leads you in your heart and in your mind. Amen