Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cross Training for Christ

In worship Sunday I mentioned a program I had heard about known as Cross Training. Our youth are thinking about trying something new this year and that program sparked some interest. Here is the way I interpret to program.
Cross training is training your spiritual body for serving Christ, loving God and neighbor and doing good works. It is the essentials of living your faith in the world.
The United Methodist Church has a heritage of 3 simple rules.
1) Do no harm, 2) Do good, and 3) Stay in love with God.
Those are a good way to remember to stay focused.
We also receive people into membership through
"prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness".
We encourage members to read their Bibles daily.
So the 7 point Cross Training System might look something like this:
Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, Witness, Fellowship and The Word of God.
Our Bishop has five practices. There are also the five purposes of the church from Rick Warren.
Every church needs to decide how to explain the process of becoming a disciple and then what followers of Christ should do next. If no options or explanations are given, then what are we inviting people to in joining the church except just providing another number on the year end reports?!
The process of discipleship cannot be ignored. It must be intentional.
Where are you in your faith journey?
Go in peace and go with God.

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