We recently celebrated Promotion Sunday at Calvary. What a wonderful time it was to honor our students and to pray for them, their teachers, school administrators, and school personnel. I was surprised at how many people in the Calvary family are part of this group. We are so grateful to everyone who faithfully serve in this important area of ministry. What an impact they make!

So, with Promotion Sunday comes the beginning of school, which in many respects is the beginning of a new church year. So, what is next on the calendar for Calvary? This fall, our sermon series and small group study will focus on completing the Discipleship Essentials that we started last spring. Specifically, we will explore what it looks like to become like Christ. This involves learning how to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Also, it means learning to live out Christ’s values of trust, love, and justice. Furthermore, we will examine what it means to serve Christ through our witness, obedience, money, and ministry gifts. Along the way, we will also visit topics like the persecuted church, spiritual warfare, and the importance of pouring our lives into someone else’s spiritual growth and development.

So, why this focus? Well, the short answer is that it is what Jesus called us to do and to become. Jesus called the church to be the family of God on mission to make disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20). It is who we are supposed to be. It is what we are supposed to do.

Question: What exactly is a disciple?

Answer: A disciple is one who surrenders all of life to the empowering presence and lordship of Jesus Christ.

What is discipleship?

Discipleship is leading others to surrender all of life to the empowering presence and lordship of Jesus Christ.

What is my vision for Calvary?

I hope and pray that Calvary will become a disciple making church.

Please join me in this prayer, this vision, and this mission. To God be the glory through Christ Jesus our lord!


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