JESUS GAVE THIS ONE FINAL INSTRUCTION TO US BEFORE HE LEFT:
Matt 28: 19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The question became obvious to us here at Greater Mount Olive Ministry Baptist Church – As a Christian, what habits must I practice in order to live the Christ centered life as a disciple? How must I be led, if I am to lead others in the Kingdom?
We have defined this in four categories:
1. Word – Discipleship. The word teaches me character and conduct for my everyday life. In addition, it reveals the plans and purposes of God, in order for me to align my life’s goals and direction. The word of God is critical to overcoming life’s challenges.
2. Prayer – Fellowship. Communication is important in any relationship. Faith in God is seen as you talk with Him each and every day. It demonstrates our dependency on Him. A great man of God once stated, when asked how much time he spends in prayer each day – I never spend an hour in prayer but I never go an hour without praying. Prayer is essential to peace and confidence.
3. Community – Relationship. The body of Christ is designed to build itself through being relationally connected. We need each other on this journey. No matter how strong we may think we are, there will always be that day or moment when we cannot do it alone. Community is having common unity with others. Caring and sharing the Christian journey. Community is vital to healthy living.
4. Serving – Building Platforms. The strongest Christians are those who keep themselves accountable and in demand through serving others. Our lives are supposed to be sacrificed, to the extent that we lay them down through serving. This allows others a platform to stand on. Serving and building platforms is about preferring others. Serving is defined as living the greatest life.
So, for us at Greater Mount Olive, the answer to living in the kingdom each and every day is having a lifestyle that practices staying in the word as a disciple, having fellowship with God through prayer, living in strong relationships within a community of believers and serving the body through building platforms.