Saturday, January 14, 2017
yourself in training for a godly life. Physical exercise
has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every
way, because it promises a life both for the present and for
the future. —
Timothy 4:7-8, TEV
To accomplish our purpose and mission we have developed a process to help you grow in your spiritual life and in your relationship with Jesus that we call M.A.D.E. in Christ. M.A.D.E. — an acronym for Membership, Assimilation, Discipleship and Equipment for Ministry — is our adaptation of The Purpose-Driven Life model for spiritual growth, which is based on the Great Commandment and The Great Commission of Jesus.
The Great Commandment
“ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” — Matthew 22:37-39, NRSV
The Great Commission
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” — Matthew 28:19-20, NRSV
in The Great Commission above, that immediately after Jesus
commands his disciples to baptize, he commands them to teach.
So teaching is one of the purposes of the Church, and one
of the steps in our M.A.D.E. in Christ process for spiritual
growth. We call it discipleship. And
at St. Andrew’s we take our responsibility to disciple
you — to help you continue to grow in your walk with
Christ, and in your knowledge of him, very seriously.
Paul, in the passage from his letter to Timothy, above, indicates the our “spiritual training” is an ongoing event. So we’ve used the image of a baseball diamond to show that our M.A.D.E. in Christ process is ongoing. You keep running the bases. As Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14, “. . . this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” (NRSV)
A process for discipleship that meets four basic needs: