1 Timothy 4:8 1 Peter 5:5 Corinthians 15:58 Corinthians 16:13 1 Timothy 4:12 James 5:16
As mentioned above, this year Shiloh Men’s ministry wanted to focus on building a Godly character so to be better disciples for Christ. In the church of today, we must clearly understand that there is a big difference between
“membership” and “discipleship/Godly men”. A member is someone who can claim affiliation based on a
criterion that is determined by the particular group. One may be a member of some group
because they simply signed up, or because they paid some money, or even by going through
some type of intake process or procedure.
In the Bible, Jesus never once told the church to make “members”. In fact, Jesus never uses that
language because the church is unlike any other organization of human origin. The Christian
movement that Jesus started and His church, are not simply based on human rituals or standards for membership. Even though we are often tempted to think of the church as just another organization like the others we join, it certainly is not! It is not like a club, a fraternity, sorority, a social organization, professional guild or any other group like that. One of the ways that the devil has stolen some of the relevance and realism of the church as Jesus intends it to be is by making the church appears as if it is just another group that can be easily substituted for in a person’s life.
So, for people both inside and outside of the church, at times it is unfortunately viewed as
something that is irrelevant, man-made, and secular in nature.
Jesus told the church to make “disciples”. A disciple is a learner, one who embraces and chooses
to live by the teachings of someone that they are learning from. The church’s clear calling is to go
into the world and make disciples for Jesus Christ. Not only are we supposed to witness and
Evangelize to people so that they will come to know Jesus for themselves, but we are also
responsible for nurturing them, caring for them, teaching them, protecting them and leading them
so that they can grow into who God wants them to be and then replicate themselves and help
someone else become Godly in their character. Yes, we are supposed to multiply by making
disciples who will then go forth and influence others. That is how the church
and the Kingdom of God grow and prosper here on earth. With all of the other things that we are
busy with in the life of the church, we must never forget to keep the “main thing as the main thing.”
The main thing, the most important thing, the thing that God commands us to do and holds us
accountable for doing is to make disciples for Him. However, in order to do so, we ourselves must show a Godly Character in our homes, work, school, and around our friends. This will be easy, but with Christ it is possible. The life journey of a disciple is filled with both
joys and challenges, and Jesus shows us in His teaching and preaching in the Bible how we
should do it in a way that will please God. We are true disciples of Jesus Christ when we learn
about Him, and most importantly live the way He has taught us in the world.