Take your walk with Jesus deeper
For this program we'll be using the book Deep Calling, by Tara Vincross.
"What does a disciple of Jesus look like? Think like? Live like? Coming this winter/spring, we are inviting you to take your walk with Jesus deeper as we journey through a new discipleship book by Pastor Tara J. VinCross, entitled Deep Calling. We will look at "What is discipleship?", "What is God calling us to actually do?", and that all important question, "How do we change?” The series has 21 sections that can be taken weekly or perhaps two sections per week—it all depends on the decision of the small group. Either way, we are looking to start several groups to take this trip together, so please let me know if you are willing to join or lead a group. The book is available on Amazon [printed or e-book] but we can save if we place a bulk order, so please let Ed or me know if you plan to join us. Again, we are hoping to offer multiple groups and venues, so we are asking for all hands on deck. May God truly bless us as we seek to follow the deep calling He has invited us for."
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From the book's intro:
"Essential to the ministry and message of Jesus Christ was the call to discipleship. Many conclude that the invitation of God into a relationship is a call to give assent to a given theology, to let it sink in and then preach it to a world that needs to hear it. While partially true, at the root of Jesus' invitation there is a call to the cross. He tells us that, "If any man (person) would come after me He must take up His cross and follow me" (Luke 9:23).
"His words have a far-reaching element to them. They move from the superficial and perfunctory and into the most intimate corners of a relationship. No one should deny that, for a Christian, mental assent to a theological framework, and understanding it, are important in the act of "following" Jesus. However, it primarily means that we will give our lives to Him in devotion and service; that in following Him we will be sharing Him in terms of how we live, how we work, how we play, and how we worship. Our connection with Him makes us disciples."