This past week, I found myself spending a lot of time reflecting on our new mission at First Denton, “Changed People, Changing Lives”. I was not really sure why God had put that on my heart so much this past week, put it was very clear on Sunday as we heard a great message on one of our core values “Life Transformation” by our pastor. I truly believe that our mission is all about Life Transformation. When we received the Power of Jesus in our lives, we truly became “Change People”. It is only through His Gospel that we can have true Life Transformation. 1 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” I know that once I put my life completely in the hands of Jesus, I was a new creation and a transformed life.

Once we have experienced Life Transformation,  Jesus calls us to be a conduit for “Changed Lives”. Matthew 28:19-20 says “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This is called the Great Commandment for a reason. It is our Mission. As the Pastor pointed out in his message on Sunday,  making disciples should be our number one priority as Christians. After all, that is why we are still here.

My challenge to you is to do whatever it takes to make disciples who make more disciples. God will show you how. One tangible way to do that is to surround ourselves with people on different levels of spiritual maturity. As the pastor pointed out, we should all have at least four types of people in our lives. I challenge you to identify yours this week.

  1. Paul – We need someone in our life to learn from that has a more mature spiritual level.
  2. Barnabus – We need someone in our life that we can encourage each other on the same spiritual level.  
  3. Timothy – We need someone in our life to pour into with less mature spiritual level.
  4. Life Group – We need a community that we can do life together with and sharpen each other.

Who are these people going to be in your life?

Doug Giles

February 12, 2018