Discipleship in Action

James 2: 14-26, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (NIV)

Disciple:  a student of a teacher (Merriam-Webster).

Discipleship progresses way beyond simply a school classroom; students being taught academic content from a professional educator.  The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible terms Christian service in faith as a “deed”.  Most dictionary references define a deed as, “An action that is performed intentionally and consciously” (www.dictionary.com).  Some deeds are sin (Proverbs 5:22).  Many deeds are loving, kind acts at least accomplished with caring for others as the motivator and, hopefully, out of faith in Jesus as this is a sign of spiritual maturity (Hebrews 6:1). 

In our personal relationships some of us would admit we commit more unloving deeds than loving deeds in a month’s time even though we know Jesus and His teachings and so we know better (Romans 7:15).  Maintain perspective and focus on the reality that this too is a vital portion of the discipleship process.  To live in the world but not of the world translates into the fruit of a depth of knowledge and eventual wisdom which is soundly grounded in the Word of God and is manifested in our actions and words; our deeds (John 17:14). 

On the church side of the ministry in which Shellie, Anthony and I have been privileged to participate there have been many blessed, memorable opportunities to manifest our faith by serving through loving deeds.  Some of these are represented in simply how we respond to those around us.  We’ve attempted to worship, pray and live alongside our fellow church members while honoring them with Christ’s Love and truly appreciating who they each are as individual creations of the Most High God.  As well, we’ve ministered beside many wonderful fellow church goers who have fed the poor, comforted the widow, provided homes for the homeless, cared for children and prayed with the downtrodden (James 1:27).  We are continually encouraged, challenged and empowered by witnessing the deep compassion of Christ in the hearts of God’s people as they obey and live their faith in action through loving deeds.

On the school side of the ministry in which we are honored to serve it is a constant strength to us to watch school students serve in faith through deeds of love.  Including here at CCS, we have seen students touch the lives of residents in nursing homes, those in need in the central city, single mothers, children, families in crisis, their communities and their churches.  

When one is truly discipled for Jesus Christ it will manifest faith through proactive, loving deeds.  This is a primary instilling which occurs at CCS daily.  Every student will be a more consistent, stronger disciple of The Lord.  Thank you for the support you provide so that this discipleship training can happen.  We appreciate and honor all of you!

 

James 2: 14-26, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (NIV)   Disciple: a student of a teacher (Merriam-Webster).   Discipleship progresses way beyond simply a school classroom; students being taught   academic content from a professional educator. The New International Version (NIV) of the   Bible terms Christian service in faith as a “deed”. Most dictionary references define a deed as,   “An action that is performed intentionally and consciously” (www.dictionary.com). Some deeds   are sin (Proverbs 5:22). Many deeds are loving, kind acts at least accomplished with caring for   others as the motivator and, hopefully, out of faith in Jesus as this is a sign of spiritual maturity   (Hebrews 6:1).   In our personal relationships some of us would admit we commit more unloving deeds than   loving deeds in a month’s time even though we know Jesus and His teachings and so we know   better (Romans 7:15). Maintain perspective and focus on the reality that this too is a vital   portion of the discipleship process. To live in the world but not of the world translates into the   fruit of a depth of knowledge and eventual wisdom which is soundly grounded in the Word of   God and is manifested in our actions and words; our deeds (John 17:14).   On the church side of the ministry in which Shellie, Anthony and I have been privileged to   participate there have been many blessed, memorable opportunities to manifest our faith by   serving through loving deeds. Some of these are represented in simply how we respond to those   around us. We’ve attempted to worship, pray and live alongside our fellow church members   while honoring them with Christ’s Love and truly appreciating who they each are as individual   creations of the Most High God. As well, we’ve ministered beside many wonderful fellow   church goers who have fed the poor, comforted the widow, provided homes for the homeless,   cared for children and prayed with the downtrodden (James 1:27). We are continually   encouraged, challenged and empowered by witnessing the deep compassion of Christ in the   hearts of God’s people as they obey and live their faith in action through loving deeds.   On the school side of the ministry in which we are honored to serve it is a constant strength to   us to watch school students serve in faith through deeds of love. Including here at CCS, we have   seen students touch the lives of residents in nursing homes, those in need in the central city,   single mothers, children, families in crisis, their communities and their churches.   When one is truly discipled for Jesus Christ it will manifest faith through proactive, loving   deeds. This is a primary instilling which occurs at CCS daily. Every student will be a more   consistent, stronger disciple of The Lord. Thank you for the support you provide so that this   discipleship training can happen. We appreciate and honor all of you!

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