About three months ago a friend from Gracepoint reached out to me and asked if I was willing to join him for breakfast. It was unexpected. He is not someone I frequently see at church. Part of me was concerned something serious might be wrong and he needed to talk to someone about it quickly. But when I arrived that morning to share a meal, the exact opposite was in fact the case. Instead, we spent a couple of hours talking about our lives and praying for one another. Now, three months later this has become a regular occurrence. Our conversations still include family updates, but have gone on to include areas of struggle we pray for, what we have been learning in our time in scripture or devotional reading and what we have been trying to apply to our hearts in light of the sermons being preached. What began as a casual breakfast, has now become a time of intentional discipleship. God has made us for community. The first time He says it is NOT GOOD is when he notes Adam is without a suitable partner in Eden. Jesus, began his ministry by calling 12 men to follow him. During their three years together, He taught them, they watched him, they prayed together and they served. We are called to do the same. Are you walking alongside a brother or sister and intentionally using that time to grow as a disciple? As the summer is in full swing, consider coming out for the men’s and women’s groups. They are one way of starting on the path of discipleship we are called to as followers of Christ.
Names are powerful. “Names often reflect the characteristics of a person or the aspirations or wishes for that person of the one bestowing the name”(The NIV Thematic Bible). The Scripture reveals many names of God, such as Jehovah Sabboath (The LORD of hosts), Jehovah Shalom (The LORD of Peace), Jehovah Nissi (The LORD our banner). His names tell us about His character and reputation. His names reveal who He is. His name also identifies His people because we bear His name. We bear His name because we have been made righteous through Jesus Christ, God’s begotten Son’s suffering, shedding of His precious blood, dying on the cross and resurrecting. While other people may walk in the name of their gods, we believers, who are called by the name of the living God will walk in His name, who is God for ever and ever. Let us go to Him with our fears and anxieties in faith for,“the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10).” Halleluiah!!