Worship Companion – November 1 2020

We’re taking a break in the middle of our “Faithful Then, Faithful Now” series to talk a bit about making disciples. Pastor Claran Martin, our Regional Minister will be joining us this week and talking about why we should bother with the hard work on making disciples when it is so much easier to just put on special events that deliver cool experiences and communicate information in interesting ways.

“Christ Calling the Apostles Peter and Andrew”  – Date: 1308-1311 Artist: Duccio, di Buoninsegna, d. 1319

The reality is, information alone doesn’t produce lasting change in people. The way of Jesus doesn’t look like a “special event,” instead, it looks like Jesus calling people who were hungry for God and inviting them to follow him, eat with him, accompany him in is travels and his teaching. Through faithful presence, long term commitment, imitation, and, of course, information, these disciples of Jesus began to look like Jesus and they are they ones who carried on his work after his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. 
The Theme: Why Disciple-Making?
Anchor Texts:
Mark 1:16-18
1 Corinthians 15:58
The Theme in Song:
It can be hard to walk the long road of discipleship. To let ourselves be disciplined by Jesus’ way of living rather than the world’s way is going to demand a lot of us. It’s no wonder Jesus told parables about the cost of discipleship and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book “The Cost of Discipleship” is one of the most influential Christian books of the last century. Yet, the scriptures are full of encouragement to carry on this way of living. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul’s greatest chapter of writing on the hope we have in the resurrection of our bodies into the new creation, he concludes with this statement “your labour is not in vain.” All the good work you do on this side of the resurrection is sowing seeds that will grow in the new creation. Things we think that are trivial and small, if they are done in service to The Way Jesus has shown us, are never meaningless.
This song expresses that hope and encouraging word as the speaker (God) sings this song over his people.

Theme in Art:
Disciple-making in the New Testament took on many forms. One way for the apostles to pass on the faith was to new converts to Christianity who had specific skills in spreading the gospel. In the painting below, John is portrayed dictating to Prochorus, one of the first deacons mentioned in the book of Acts (6:5), who may have written for him. This shows us about how the essentials of the faith were passed on and preserved by apostles and deacons. The apostles passed it on both in writing, but the scribes themselves were often important leaders in church plants (several of Paul’s scribes were also church leaders). We are to follow the same pattern, recognizing the gifts in new believers and inviting them into the work of the faith as we show them by our example what the way of Jesus looks like. This is how preaching, working for justice, healing, worshiping and much more is passed on to future generations.
The Theme for Kids:
This video is about how Jesus calls his disciple Matthew. You can also find “Jesus Calls Peter” on YouTube. 


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