Four Aspects of Disciple Making
Explore the four essential aspects of disciple-making across the next four episodes. The four aspects of disciple-making we’ll explore include: Hospitality, Offering Christ, Practices, and Engagement.
Hear stories and illustrations from individual, congregational, and circuit perspectives to help you live into our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
This week, we start with hospitality. Hear how welcoming others in the name of Jesus, creating spaces for people to encounter God’s love, and everyday actions guide people to experience God’s goodness and grace.
Let’s get one thing out of the way. Hospitality is NOT what you do, it’s who you are. Join us for a conversation about this essential component of disciple-making. Hospitality comes out of our relationship with the living God, with every person we meet. with whom we have contact.
Offering Hospitality as Individuals
The simplest way to consider being hospitable is to be who God created you to be. Then, recognize you are a disciple wherever you go. At work, at home, at church, out in the world, getting your Starbucks coffee, picking up your gro groceries on the golf course, on the ball field, kicking around to soccer ball, playing at the parks with your kids. Each place is an opportunity to be who God created you to be and welcome others in Christ’s name. Remember, wherever you go, you are a disciple.
It means disciple-making includes integrity. When you live an integrated life, everything you say and do, you are an ambassador for the living God. Do people see Jesus in you? How do they experience God’s love in you? That’s hospitality.
Create a Culture of Hospitality
As a local church seeks to welcome people, as a group of people, you also need to embody hospitality.
You can do this by welcoming people in Christ’s name. Most importantly, create an ethos and cultivate a culture that is grace filled and welcoming. If people know that there is a place for them, you’re on your way to cultivating a welcoming culture. If all you’re doing is serving coffee and donuts, someone can stop at the local gas station on the corner and pick that up. How are you different? How are you creating space for people to experience the love of God we know in Jesus?
Prayer of Hospitality
If you’re not sure where to begin, here’s a place to start. Start with prayer. Pray: God, send us the people that no one else wants and help us receive the people you send to us. The question is, “God, who is it you want us to love today? Just send them our way give us what we need to out and receive them.