Or maybe Bob gets wind of the study you've chosen for the fall church-wide campaign and lets you know that it's nowhere deep enough or challenging enough for them.
Even worse, he finds out that "hosts" aren't required to be members and are being encouraged to fill their groups with their own friends!
Hey...if you're working hard to connect the people at crowd's edge, you've talked to Bob. We all have.
Here's the thing, though. One of the most overlooked and misunderstood aspects of Jesus' model of discipleship is that His first invitation was "come and see."
Even a quick reading of the opening chapters of Matthew, Mark and John will give you what you need to grasp this important understanding. It ought to be clear that the events of John 1:19-51 precede those of Matthew 4:18-22 and Mark 1:16-20. "Follow me" was later. "Take up your cross" was even later.
If we want to help adults in the 21st century become followers of Jesus, disciples, we need to begin the way Jesus did in the 1st century. "Come and see." Yes, it is vital to understand that the call progresses to "come and die." But it doesn't begin there. It begins with "come and see." See also, Even a Lizard Can Respond to "Come and See."
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