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From the desk of Rev. Danny Barrett

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What is Discipleship? Part 1

Theology is not just about God. It is also about us. We live out of our understanding of who we are in relation-ship to God, to one another, and to the world. The Christian faith is grounded in the love and grace of God, experienced through Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Christian life is our response to God's love and grace. The church calls our response to God Christian discipleship. Discipleship focuses on actively follow-ing in the footsteps of Jesus. As Christian disciples, we are not passive spectators but energetic participants in God's activity in the world. Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God. We order our lives in ways that embody Christ's ministry in our families, workplaces, communities, and the world.

Loving God

When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment was, his response was: “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 com-mandment” (Matt. 22:37-38. See Matt. 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34; and Luke 10:25-28.)Discipleship is about lov-ing God .... It is more than an acknowledgement of God's existence or a statement of belief regarding God. It is total devotion, head-over-heels-in-love-with adoration. It is the deep desire to know God, to be one with God, and to worship God.There are a variety of ways that we can develop our knowledge of and love of God. These include:

• Prayer
• Bible study
• Worship
• Fasting
• Conversation with other Christians

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, called these practices means of grace. They are means for developing our relationship with God and for experiencing God's presence in our lives. These practices help us spend time with God, a significant factor in loving God.

Be Blessed
Danny B