Monthly Archives: September 2014
Disciples, then, are people who first and foremost belong to Jesus. They are personally committed to him, with a loyalty which transcends even natural family ties. It is their relationship with him which forms the basis of their community with one another, and in this community they are therefore able to recognize one another as brothers, and to care for one another with all the concern of members of the same family. Indeed they are themselves ‘little brothers’ of Jesus. None of them can claim pre-eminence in terms of status in the community, but all must recognize themselves, and each other, as ‘little ones’. …
From R. T. France’s section on “DISCIPLESHIP” in Matthew: Evangelist and Teacher
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:9 ESV)
Ambitious for God?
Or just Ambitious?
I just read a column about friendship. You know, that illusive thing that requires an investment of time and, likely, many other things. Near the end of the column, I began to think about church and how it should be a facilitator of friendship. But the friendships facilitated at church would, presumably, have a deeper meaning as they are centered on Jesus. How many deep friendships do you have that are centered on Jesus? How about shallow ones?
Read the column HERE and think about investing in friendships.