THEME: CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
-During the great commission, Jesus sends His eleven apostles around the world to spread the gospel. He made it clear that the function of a disciple was not only to preach the gospel but to make disciples. Jesus shares what He means by making disciples, that is; baptizing people in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey God’s commandments. Matthew 3:11 reveals the importance of baptism saying, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 7:21 also reveals that it is prime to follow God’s will saying, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” As disciples of Jesus, we should realize that preaching, teaching and other forms of discipleship as each one is called; should not be centered on ourselves as some do it, but on Jesus Christ. For one to make disciples he/she should be a follower of Christ so as to point others to Jesus Christ. Jesus should be at the center of all ministry work to ensure that everyone believes in and knows Jesus Christ for who He is and His sacrifice on the cross, for the glory and honor of His name. The work of discipleship ensures that there is continuity and advancement of the kingdom of God as He wills. All authority belongs to Jesus and He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us, even to the end of the age.
We love You Jesus, our Strength, our Rock, our Fortress, our Deliverer, our God, in You we put our trust. You are our Shield and the horn of our salvation, our Stronghold, we will praise You all the days of our life. We bless You Jesus, Most High for only You are worthy to be praised. We praise You and honor You forever. Your dominion is everlasting and Your kingdom transcends from generations to generations. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing, we are nothing without You Holy Spirit and can do nothing without You. You do according to Your will through Your army in heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain Your hand or say to You, “What have You done?” Only You are the Lord of lord and King of kings, our everlasting Father, Your reign endures forever. Search our hearts, minds, hearts desires, relationships and remove everything that is not of Your kingdom from us we humbly implore You. We are priests and kings to You Almighty Father, may all that we say and do bring glory to Your name. Strengthen each one of us in our callings and empower us with Your fruit and gifts Holy Spirit. May Your divine wisdom fill our hearts and minds, that we may realize our divine mission and radiate Your love to the whole world, that others may see and glorify You. Allow many to know You and believe in You Jesus, as You impart in them Your gift of salvation, for the glory and honor of Your name. All authority and power belongs to You Jesus, fill us with Your divine power and strength, for the glory of Your name. You have promised never to leave us nor forsake us, we thank You and praise Your holy name, now and forever. Amen
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