Christian Formation & Discipleship in the Wesleyan Tradition

18/07/11 4:34 PM

“[The disciples] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers…they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all as any had need.” ~ Acts 2:42,45

Are you a disciple-making disciple? Long ago, Jesus said to his disciples, “Go and make disciples.” By this commission Jesus formed a community of disciples making disciples in themselves and in others.

In our Wesleyan and Methodist tradition, “Christian disciples are formed by shaping their lives according to the General Rule of Discipleship: ‘To witness to Jesus Christ in the world, and to follow his teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship and devotion, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.’[1] The time has come for Wesley United Methodist Church to claim its roots and live out its promise. That means YOU!

How will you live out your call to discipleship? In the coming weeks, I will be engaging you in this prayerful conversation. Join me in embracing the grace of God which is leading us to grow in faith and in spirit.

Pastor Shandi

[1] Definition provided by David Lowes Watson in the book “Forming Christian Disciples: The Role of Covenant Discipleship and Class Leaders in the Congregation.

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