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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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Mark 12:30-31
Matthew 28:18-20

Intro

[Harm of Radical Individualism, Citation: Chuck Colson, The Body (Word, 1992), p.32]

After  a week of reflection and one meeting after the Grow Your Church Seminar the most important aspect of last weekend was not stated in so many words but it was the  principle of relationship building.  The central message was the need to build relationships that eventually will lead to the building of God’s kingdom.

Building the Kingdom is about making disciples.  The primary responsibility, the default settings of the church it is to create disciples.

Let me define the word disciple and the word Christian. 

Never in the New Testament is there a difference between the Christian and Disciple.  In fact the word Disciple is used for those that believed and in Acts 11:26 we get the first use of the word Christian:

 

 

 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'  The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)

 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go 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 I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philip. 3:12-14
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

Matthew 6:24
"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

             

 

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