- Faithful Discipleship is an intentional acceptance of the instruction and commitments of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Faithful Discipleship is responding to the teachings of Jesus out of love for Him.
- Faithful Discipleship is acting out of love for Jesus. Sharing His message of love and salvation.
- Faithful Discipleship is putting Faith Practices to work in our lives as we grow in our relationship with Jesus.
The experience of God’s loving touch in one’s life is a gift the maturing disciple feels compelled to share with others. One way our faith becomes active is when we put into words what God has done for us. Words of witness and acts of genuine hospitality directed toward our friends, relatives and neighbors create the opportunity through which the Holy Spirit brings others into a relationship with Jesus and His church.
The Easter message of the risen Jesus and Evangelism encourages us to:
- Hear the story through study. Hear the story in worship. Hear the story through word and sacrament.
- Live the story in our daily lives. Live the story in relationships with others. Live the story in our actions, and in
our attitudes. Live the story in trust that we are the risen people of the Lord.
- Tell the story of what God’s love through Jesus means to you through how you live your life, a visible example of how that love has changed you and continues to change you as you grow in your relationship with Jesus.
- Live your life like the Gospel means something to you.
- Evangelism is about relationships, not about numbers, not about finances, not about selling something.
- Jesus says “Follow Me.” Put your trust in Jesus; He will help us, He will guide us, He has promised to be with us.
- Don’t put Jesus back in the tomb.
The biblical model for evangelism is relational; friends bring friends to Jesus. In the Gospel of John (1:43-46) we learn the basic elements of evangelism. Philip invites Nathanael to “Come and see”. A simple invitation; no lengthy theological discussions, no threats of damnation, no reprimands. A simple invitation, to come. Come and see for
yourself what Jesus has done, what Jesus continues to do, what Jesus can do in your life. The disciple plants seeds and invites; the Holy Spirit works the miracle of faith and conversion.
Invitation Opportunities at Faith Lutheran include:
- Invite a friend or neighbor to attend worship with you.
- Invite a neighbor to an event
- Invite a Faith member to a Bible Study or committee/group meeting with you.
- Invite a visitor to Faith to join you for coffee during Faith Break.
- Invite a new mom to a MOPS group gathering.