Following the theme of Matthew 28:19-20 from last week, we're looking at the idea of being a disciple and what that means.
The definition of a disciple is someone that follows Jesus. In the session with the younger group I showed this video. I've been looking for an excuse to use it since I started as a youth worker. I love the video and how it declares that despite any obstacle they will follow their Lord.
If you are a believer in Jesus you are probably a disciple. However, the word has come to mean broader things. It means a follower of someone or an idea.
But it also calls us to make disciples. We need to be disciples who create disciples who create disciples. This is what really riles the secularists of our day, the idea that the church wishes to perpetuate itself. But that's probably another post for another day.
I'm really trying to get the teens thinking that church should be a messy affair. It should not have cleanly cut edges, it should not be middle class, easy, wash-your-hands-and-be-done-of-all-the-filth affair. It should get its hands dirty, it should rub shoulders with the prostitutes and the cocaine addicts.
There was a good video on the Guardian website this week, that has been doing the rounds. So I showed the first few minutes of it.
And of course, I gave out some stickers.
- Who are you a disciple of?