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Rev. Mark Stauffer and Lynn

Have Christians Neglected What It Means to Be Disciples of Christ?

David Watson, in his book Called & Committed says, "The vast majority of Western Christians - church members, pew-fillers, hymn-singers, Bible readers, even born-again-believers, or Spirit-filled charismatics, are not true disciples of Christ. If we were willing to become disciples, the church in the West would be transformed, and the impact on society would be staggering."

Makes sense to me. In the first century, a dozen inexperienced, shy, bunch of no-names, began a revolution that set the world on fire. Within a few hundred years even the powerful Roman empire gave way to the power of the gospel of Christ.

And until we become again more like Jesus, we will continue to be, what Watson calls, not true disciples of Christ.

Jesus' plan was simple. He drew around him a small band of dedicated disciples. For three years he lived with, shared with, cared for, taught, corrected, trusted, forgave, and loved them. They often failed him, disobeyed him, misunderstood him, hurt him, and disappointed him, yet never did he withdraw his love for them. And later, empowered by the Holy Spirit, this small group of trained disciples turned the world upside down.

As Christians, we have been accused by many of "being afraid to soil our hands."

If that's what others think of us, what are we going to do about it? Should we ignore them? Should we fight back? Or should we prove them wrong? I'm for the latter. Let us go forth and show the world they're wrong. We are called. We are committed. We must desire with deep compassion to turn our world upside down for Jesus Christ. Let us not let him down.

In Him,

Pastor Mark

To know Christ, and to make Christ known
Highlawn Baptist Church  *  2304 Jefferson Avenue  *  St. Albans WV  25177