Jesus told his followers, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20).
In addition to Jesus' other commands, we take this serious at The Church of Chicago. Our goal is to grow disciples into mature followers of Christ who are interested in living a life pleasing to the Lord.
The ebook "Be the Church" states the following about disicpleship: "Discipleship is the holistic care of a small group of people who are consistently experiencing Jesus’ life and teaching together in a healthy discipling environment where they are learning to submit every area of life to the Lordship of Jesus."
Somewhere in our walk as Christians we have mistakenly believed that discipleship only happened when we showed up for Sunday worship or any other day for Bible study. But a true disicple of Jesus Christ understands that every portion of our lives are under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Every portion means every portion.
From "Be the Church" drawings
The difficulty for most is trying to break out of that stubborn cycle which refuses to recognize the words and intent of Jesus. Often, this refusal is not because of disobedience but due to long held traditions which solved one problem but then became the "drip pan" of success. We believe Jesus is calling us back to an approach that is inclusive of the entire person's life.
Frankly, anybody can do cheap Christianity. Cheap Christianity is when the individual attends church as one would attend a perfromance by Beyonce or Pink. We are present to watch a spectacular performance and have a good time. But when it is done, we leave with conversational memories and maybe a few pcitures if we are lucky.
We invite you to personally explore the many options developed to assist you and your family in your walk with Christ. Disciples of Jesus are also apprentices who not only learn in a teaching environment but also engage and interact with those within and outside the faith.
For more information please contact us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 773.672.7230.