Sermon: "The 12 People You Love" The 12 People You Love (Part 1 of 5) by Roy Ice with Justin Ragone
Pastoral Welcome: Adrian Pressley and Joelle Reuer
Children's Feature: Jonathan Osorio
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:44-47, TNIV read by Doug Mace
What does it mean to be a growing disciple, answering Christ’s commission to “go and make disciples”? You are a follower of Christ, right? Why do you think He called you to follow Him? To save you? Of course! Perhaps because He loves you? Absolutely! But as a follower, where do you think He is taking you? What are God’s greatest hopes for your life? Let’s take a look at how Jesus’ own life defined this.
Jesus continually found Himself surrounded by people. He loved them all. He loved the 5,000+ who stayed past lunch to hear about the kingdom. He loved the 500 who followed as time permitted. He loved the 120 who gathered in the upper room to pray for God’s guidance at Pentecost. He loved the 72 who went door to door sharing the Good News. But there was something about the 12 that brought out His deepest expression of love. Christ invested the bulk of His time into these 12 disciples. They were diverse in their personalities, occupations, and religious beliefs. At least one, Matthew, was unchurched.
After living as an example, Jesus commissioned us to go make disciples as well (Matthew 28:18- 20). In principle, He asked us to find 12 people to love—to invest our God-given love, our unquenchable hope for heaven, and our true concern for mankind. He asked us to intentionally replicate His teachings and His point of view but to do so with the distinct flavor of love (John 13:34-35). Today, we launch our Discipleship Spring Training by asking, who are The 12 People You Love?
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