Who Is Jesus?
Vinnie didn't kick up much dust when he walked, but if he had, I definitely would have got some on me. Unlike Jesus, Vinnie and I walked on mostly paved sidewalks. Jesus and His disciples walked the dusty unpaved roads of Israel.  I have never seen Jesus with my physical eyes  but I learned to follow Him, first from my parents, and then from Vinnie.  I met Vinnie in college.  He was part of a program that purposed to disciple college students.  We studied the Bible together, prayed together, taught Sunday School together, shared our faith in Christ with those who did not know Him together and hung out together. Vinnie's training prepared me for a life of ministry in ways that nothing else could. It was the closest thing to being " covered in the dust of Jesus " in a world where Jesus is not yet physically present. Now, just to be clear, Vinnie is not Jesus! But, in the power of the Holy Spirit, he modeled Jesus's life and teaching in a remarkable way. I hope, in the almost 30 years since I followed Vinnie, that I have had a similar influence on those I have discipled.

One of the most significant things that Vinnie taught me was to disciple others. He would share the Good News of Jesus with someone we knew and then he would tell me to disciple them. The first time he did that I panicked.  I didn't feel trained enough, old enough, mature enough to disciple anyone. But before I knew it I was leading 3 different groups of guys in learning more about Jesus.  I would meet with anyone, anytime they were available to meet. I learned to disciple others because Vinnie challenged me to, whether I felt ready or not. I am so thankful he did.

Discipleship is rare in the the church in Western culture. Ask most people in the church if they have ever been discipled and they get lost in a fog of trying to identify a specific individual that influenced them in their walk with Christ.  We (Sunlight) filled out a survey at the beginning of the year and one of the questions was: " I am spending time with others with the intent purpose of mentoring them in their walk with Christ." Over 50% of us indicated that we had not yet started this or we were just beginning to move in that direction. It was one of our weakest areas on the survey but my hunch is we are far stronger in discipleship than most churches in our country.

As we dive into this message series to learn more about the person of Jesus Christ, always remember that an hour on Sunday morning is not enough to be discipled by Jesus Christ. It will take personal initiative in study and meditation and it will also take finding someone who will disciple you and someone you will disciple. It is the life that Jesus modeled. Once his earthly ministry began, he never went anywhere without his disciples. That is a pretty good indication that we should be engaged in the same practice!  Discipleship in our context may look a little different than it did for Jesus but a few ingredients are essential: God's Word, Time, Prayer, Modeling, Witness and Reproduction. It is my hope and prayer that as we journey through 2018 we grow closer to living out the kind of discipleship Jesus modeled for us.  I pray that we are dustier at the end of this year than when we started.

To prepare your heart for this weeks message, read and meditate on the opening chapter of John's Gospel.  See you Sunday! -Kris

You can still be a part of Alpha. Our 4th session is THIS MONDAY!!!  The topic is: How Can I Have Faith? - February 5, 6 pm.  Mark your calendar and plan to join us.  We will begin with a meal together then watch our fourth Alpha video in the series.


We is doing a 9-week study on the Fruit of the Spirit.

Alpha: This Sunday, February 4 at 5 PM,  we will continue a study on the foundations of Christianity. Check out the information at www.alphausa.org  and contact Pastor Kris if you are interested in providing a meal for the group.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: This Saturday - 8 am to 11 am. The Lake Worth Kiwanis is hosting a pancake breakfast on February 3rd. It will be held at Sacred Heart Church - 425 North M Street.  Our very own Pastor Kris will be flipping pancakes for this event.  Tickets are $5 and go to support the work of Kiwanis in our community.  See Pastor Kris for tickets.
RAY VANDERLAAN HOLYLAND SERIES: Starting on Thursday, February 15, a group of our seniors and winter residents will be getting together on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm to watch the Ray Vanderlaan series of the Holy Land. They are meeting in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited to join them for fun and fellowship!
For the meeting on February 18, we will be reading "Small Great Things" by Jodi Piccoult. The selection for March 11 is "Inside the O'Briens" by Lisa Genova. We meet at 7pm at members' homes. Talk to Jean Bosman or Kim Vanderlaan for further information.
Prayer Concerns

Bill Masselink: Bill will be having heart surgery on Monday.  Pray that all will go well.

Harvey and Gail Schans' son, Josh's MRI came back good! His next MRI will be in about a month. Josh went back to work! He's tired but happy to be back with the kids.  Pray for God's continued healing and grace!

Jo Schans remains at Courtyard Gardens of Jupiter, 1790 Indian Creek Dr. West, Jupiter, FL 33458. Room A-109.

Berta Dorhout, Dolly VanPeursem, Betty Thomson.
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