The Promise

You have been called by God to live a life of purpose, moving toward Jesus and taking others with you. This is what it means to be Jesus’ disciple. The essence of moving toward Jesus and taking others with you will include loving, abiding in, and declaring Jesus. When Jesus called the early disciples, they were willing to give up all that was important to them for the sake of following Christ. In the same way, Jesus’ call is still disruptive and all consuming. When you recognize the radical love of God for you expressed through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus you can’t help but want to respond to Him in love returned. Having experienced His love you want to abide in Jesus because you recognize that any spiritual fruit in your life will only come from the work of the Holy Spirit. As the fruit takes shape in your heart and you experience the joy of obedience you long for opportunities to declare the goodness of God in the person of Jesus. These values shape us as followers of Jesus. Identifying these values of loving, abiding and declaring give us a framework for imitating Jesus.