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Religion or Relationship?

by on October 10, 2020

Key Verse: James 1:22-24 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;  for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

I was a great church member for many, many years. I was on every committee, sang in the choir, gave announcements during Sunday School, sat through every sermon, and once in a while I even prayed. I thought this was what it meant to be a disciple—a follower of Christ. I never realized there was so much more to being a follower of Christ until I came to Richland Creek. Some wonderful womenleading a class called Women Equipping Women (WEW) began to disciple me and take me through God’s Word, showing me what it means to be a disciple. This same class is offered to men in our church called Men Equipping Men (MEM).

MEM and WEW are introductory classes that teach believers who a disciple is, what obedience to God looks like, and how to practice that obedience. It was at this point I realized I had been spiritually asleep for many years. What I came to learn was that I was viewing attendance and busyness as the means to cultivating a growing relationship with God. Truth be told, I had no relationship; I only had religious practices. I am so grateful that I was shown how important discipleship is and I can now take what I have learned and share it with others.

Questions to Consider:

Is your walk with Christ based on your religion or your relationship? Are you a disciple—one who is a Christ-follower, a learner, one who is growing in your relationship and your walk with God? Are you a hearer of the Word only or are you willing to be a do-er by discipling others?

Prayer Prompts:

Lord, thank You for Your Word, for in it we find all we need for living a godly life.

Impress upon us the need for being a disciple who makes disciples.

Lead us to those who we can disciple according to what Your Word tells us in Matt 28:18-20.

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