Have you ever noticed that your children or other people’s children begin to take on something of the manner of their parents? My daughter said to me the other day, “You’re looking more like Granddad (my father) as you get older”. Or maybe you’ve caught yourself saying, “I’m sounding more like Mum“. The influence of those significant figures in our life can leave good or bad impressions which can greatly affect us.  The men and women who followed Jesus in his life time where shaped by that experience greatly. They were called DISCIPLES— called followers, teachable students, committed believers who dedicated their lives to him. Peter summed up Jesus in this way, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:6869).  As disciples, we know that these men and women walked in obedience that for many cost them their lives, or their homes or their freedom. They did this because they experienced love and life that they had never known before and knew it was why they had been created—relationship with God through Jesus.  If we know Jesus, we are his disciples—followers and learners. Shaped by the master by his Word, by the Spirit, through surrender and obedience and through the family of brothers and sisters in Christ. Over the coming weeks we will examine who is a disciple, how they are made and what is our role in making disciples.  Let us be encouraged—as we are influenced by the master, so we influence the word around us for Christ. This is our call—to Love God, love others and make other disciples.
God bless
Pastor Stephen