On journey with Jesus

Jesus' disciplemaking pathway
Scripture, viewed through the lens of an incarnational Trinitarian theology, tells us that by God's grace, all humanity is on journey with Jesus. Those who follow the Spirit as disciples of Jesus progress from non-believers, to believers, to workers (and some to leaders) who actively participate with Jesus in what he is doing to fulfill the Father's mission to the world.

That mission involves helping people journey in the power of the Spirit from union to communion with God. It's a journey that originated in the Father's heart before creation and was acted out in Israel's experience under the Old Covenant. It then came to fullness under the New Covenant in the union that was forged between God and humanity through the Son of God's incarnate life, death, resurrection and ascension, and the sending of the Holy Spirit.

We become aware of and embrace our union with Jesus as the Holy Spirit opens our hearts and minds to believe the stunning good news that the Father loves us, forgives us and includes us in his life forever (Ephesians 1:4-6). The journey continues as we follow the Holy Spirit into communion with the Father, sharing in Jesus' own faith, love and hope (1Thessalonians 5:8).

That communion then deepens as we walk with Jesus (1John 2:6) participating in his disciplemaking ministry in and through his church (Matthew 28:18-20): seeking the lost (unbelievers) - nurturing believers - equipping workers - and multiplying leaders, ministries and churches. This is Jesus' disciplemaking pathway (illustrated above)---and he invites us to participate with him, making disciples who make disciples.

For more about disciplemaking with Jesus, click here. For a related Surprising God post, click here. For a related message from the director of GCI-USA Church Administration and Development, watch this video:

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