Courageous Discipleship and Scripture

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.
1 John 3-2

This year’s annual giving theme, Courageous Discipleship, focuses on the powerful relationship between being a follower of Jesus Christ, a disciple, and being a good steward. Throughout the New Testament, we are encouraged to become more like Jesus – that is the goal of discipleship. In essence, discipleship requires the surrender of ourselves and our lives through grace and choice to Jesus Christ. We are called to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit through a gracious generosity of heart. A true disciple sees all that they possess as gifts and blessings from a loving and caring God. As a disciple, we are then called to share those gifts and blessings with others for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

Being a disciple includes being grateful and generously sharing all that we have been given. Being a good steward means using your outward resources to benefit your community and church. As disciples, we are encouraged to approach financial decisions from the perspective that we are humble stewards of God’s possessions, not the outright owner. We are called to dedicate a portion of our financial resources to building and sustaining the kingdom of God.

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Suggested Scripture

1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Romans 12:4-5
For just as we have many parts in one body and all [a] the body’s parts do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually parts of one another.

1 Corinthians 12:7
But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Matthew 28:19-20
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

1 John 2:6
Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

John 8:31
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.’

John 13:35
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

John 12:26
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

John 15:8
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

1 Corinthians 11:1
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

Mark 3:35
Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.

James 1:22
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.