Not only is this weekend Easter, but we are also launching our new sermon series Disciple Me. Here is a series description from Pastor Andrew:
Time with God, sharing the gospel, Christian character, generosity, and loving one another are all essential to the Christian life. These things make up the behavioral patterns of the disciples of Jesus. It is then good for us to ask the question: how do we attain them? We attain them through diving deep into the love of God proven to us through the sacrificial and atoning death of Jesus. In the gospel, disciples couldn’t be more loved or accepted than they are right now. When we take to heart how God sees us through the gospel, it fuels our desire to become in practice what he has declared us to be in truth.
Here is the upcoming schedule for those who want to read ahead or read along:
- New Life, New Behavior (Romans 6:1-5)
- Give Me Life according to Your Word (Psalm 119:25-32)
- Works of the Flesh; Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:19-24)
- Love One Another (John 5:12)
- Tell of his Wonderful Deeds (Psalm 105:1-3)
- The Widow’s Mite (Luke 21:1-4)
Featured Book Resource
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If there was a book that defined the beating heart of Mercy Hill, it would be Gospel. Not only was it written by our sending church’s pastor, J.D. Greear, but it also clearly explains the foundation that Mercy Hill rests on: the gospel changes everything.
“Could the gospel be lost in evangelical churches? In this book, J.D. Greear shows how moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative churches. Gospel cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints you with the revolutionary truth of God’s gracious acceptance of us in Christ. The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in us what religion never could: a heart that desires God.”
Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever
The Disciple Me series is not only about becoming a more committed disciple of Jesus Christ, but it is also geared towards equipping you to help others grow in Christlikeness. In this short book, Mark Dever talks about exactly that.
“Before ascending to heaven, Jesus instructed his followers to “make disciples of all nations.” But what does this command actually entail? What does it look like for Christians to care for one another’s spiritual well-being and growth? In this introduction to the basics of discipling, veteran pastor and author Mark Dever uses biblical definitions and practical examples to show how Christians can help one another become more like Christ every day.”
An Infinite Journey: Growing toward Christlikeness by Andrew M. Davis
This book is not for the faint of heart because it is 475 pages long. But if there was one book that I could put in your hands to read right now (along with your Bible), it would be this one. If you are looking for a book that is both deep and accessible and covers every area of what it means to grow in Christlikeness, this is the one. It also covers in separate chapters the different topics of Disciple Me.
“After we’ve come to faith in Christ, God leaves us in this world for a very clear purpose: his own glory. But how are we to glorify God for the rest of our lives? The Bible reveals that God has laid before every Christian two infinite journeys which we are to travel every day: the internal journey of growth into Christlike maturity, and the external journey of worldwide evangelism and missions. This book is a road map for the internal journey, laying out how we are to grow in four major areas: knowledge, faith, character, and action.”
-Alex Nolette (Equip Coordinator/Community Groups)