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Membership   

Every time I talk about discipleship with new members, I touch on five different facets of discipleship: worship, grow, serve, give and go.  Disciples of Jesus Christ should bear fruit in all of these area.  Let me share briefly about each area of commitment.

WORSHIP.  Scripture teaches us that we were created to worship God.  Psalms 34:1-3 is just one place where we are encouraged to worship the LORD together.  Romans 12:1-2 encourages us to make worship a holy habit - to allow worship to become an integral part of who we are.  As we give ourselves fully to worship, our appetite for worship will increase.  Are you worshiping every week?

GROW. Spiritual muscles must be exercised.  Faith that is passive will wither and die.  1 Timothy 4:6-16 likens every disciple's need to work toward spiritual growth to an athlete's need to work hard toward physical development.  There are things we need to do - and there are things we need to avoid doing - every single day.  Are you doing what you can to grow into a disciple God created you to be?

SERVE.  Christian discipleship is not consumerism.  Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and truth is that we will never find true fulfillment until we learn to give our life away.  In I Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul teaches that all of us are spiritually gifted by God.  Each of us needs to discover our spiritual gifts, and then offer them freely for the purpose of building up the whole church.  Further, each of us needs to make room for the gifts of others and learn to cooperate in ministry.  Just as the cooperation of the various parts of the body allows a healthy child's body to grow, so the cooperation of the various members of the church allows a healthy church to grow.  Do you know your gifts? Are you serving?

GIVE.  Giving in response to God's gifts is taught throughout scripture.  To develop spiritually as individuals and to realize ministry potential as a church, we must give.  In II Corinthians 8:1-14; 9:6-8, Paul teaches that all disciples are to give regularly and sacrificially in proportion to their income.  This regular, sacrificial and proportionate giving is called "tithing".  Disciples cannot see financial giving as an optional extra, nor can they delegate it to a few special saints in the church.  Do you give consistently and sacrificially?

GO.  In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus gives his disciples the Great Commission - "Go therefore and make disciples..."  Most biblical scholars believe that "Go" is best understood to mean, "As you are going."  In other words, disciples of Jesus Christ understand that, wherever they are at any given moment, they are to be in mission and to make disciples.  they understand that "going" is a daily response to Jesus' invitation to "Follow me" - to follow Jesus wherever and whenever He leads for His purposes.  Are you following Jesus?  Are you taking others with you?

God is doing amazing things at First Frisco.  He chooses to use us to accomplish His purposes.

Are you committed?  Your part matters.

If you are interested in becoming a member of First Frisco, please contact me at mark@friscofumc.org or 972-335-4380.  I look forward to meeting with you.

In Christ,

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Mark Vowell