Stages of Discipleship

What an incredible day at North Side!  We jumped into week 2 of “Intentional Discipleship” as we studied the stages of discipleship.  It was one of the most incredible days I can ever remember at our church!

I was shocked at the growth in our services.  God keeps bringing such a diversity of people to be a part of our church and watching God unite this congregation is amazing!  Jeff’s message on the different stages of discipleship was so powerful.  It made me evaluate where I was on that circle, and I’ve got a long way to go!

Nancy West shared her testimony, and God used her so much!  She was so passionate, articulate, and authentic.  Knowing Nancy even makes it even more powerful.  Her testimony was powerful, her life is even more powerful!  I have loved watching her stay faithful to God during these years.  If you ladies want to sign up for the Beth Moore event, you can do so here.

Today, we worshiped to:

I have never heard our worshipers sing louder!  It was an incredible day of worship and I do believe that God was honored!  Wednesday night at practice, you would have thought that our worship team was leading for thousands of people at some huge conference, but we were just worshiping our God.  It was amazing time of worship at practice, then this morning, it went to another level!  As we have changed some of our service approaches, there is an even more unity to our services as we tell a story throughout it.  After we went through the service and got to “it makes me wanna shout,” I thought the roof was going to come off the place!

I had gotten Jamie Strutton to select a passage of Scripture for reading before the last song.  When he gave it to me this morning, I thought to myself that there were probably more appropriate portions to be used, but I let it be.  As Nancy wrapped up her testimony and Angela prepared to read the Scripture, I was floored at how God united our service even more than I could ever do:

1 Corinthians 1:26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,t not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,29 so that no human beingt might boast in the presence of God.30 And because of himt you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”