From The Pastor's Desk

Staying Focused on Discipleship

In our day it is good to stay focused. We have seen many changes lately, even in the weather and with sharks. The Great Commission has not changed. Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."


The mission of the church is still to make disciples. We have summed up that process as having three main parts Reaching, Teaching, Releasing: Reaching people for Christ, Teaching people in Christ & Releasing people to mission with Christ. That statement has come to represent both our purpose and mission through evangelism, discipleship and missions. Wrapped up in those three components are many parts. That is what I am going to be working on in August, putting together a clear discipleship plan for Newington. There are many discipleship plans out there written for the good of the church. Bible Studies, Membership Classes, Christian Classics, Apologetics Materials, Mentorships and Family Plans, are but a few components. But it is not all about literature, classes and study. There are other important components to the Christian life such as worship, prayer, stewardship, fellowship, service God's will, and the empowering and leading of the Holy Spirit.


In today as time there are many distractions that can take our eyes off the mission that Christ has given the church. I am also easily distracted and for that reason I ask for your prayers as I work on discipleship in August; that I will be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and faithful to God's will for NBC.


Speaking of distractions, the changing social climate of our nation will be a component in how we do discipleship. The rewriting of some of our church's guiding documents continues to progress with Pastors, Deacons, and Trustees involved. An unexpected surge in the Newington Courthouse Preschool registrations and the search for now two additional workers, a Director and an assistant, is also grabbing for my attention. I will be in Gloucester and available for ministry needs that may arise.


I am confident that through this month you are going to hear some challenging and inspi-rational sermons from God-called preachers and missionaries. Every week will feature NBC members filling the pulpit, eager and ready to honor Christ through testimony and preach-ing. Their sermons, lives and testimonies are part of the results of their discipleship through the years.


Grace and Peace in Christ,

Pastor Mike