Following Jesus

Being a Christian may be the most difficult thing you could do, but it’s also very simple – it means you follow Christ.

The name “Christian” was first given to Jesus’ disciples in the city of Antioch (Acts 11:26).  Just as the term “Canadian” describes someone’s citizenship, loyalty, home, and certain a-fisherman-in-a-boat-castig-a-net-in-watercharacteristics, so “Christian” became a way to describe those who followed Jesus Christ.  They belonged to Him.  They obeyed Him.  They were becoming more and more like Him.

Jesus began his ministry calling people to “repent and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:14-15).  Immediately afterward, his first command to His soon-to-be disciples was to “follow Me” (Mark 1:17).  He had plans for them: to make them “fishers of men,” who would make more followers of Christ.

What does following Jesus look like?

While some things never change – God’s eternal purpose to call and save us, God’s loving and holy character, and our God-given mission to Follow Jesus and make more followers (Matthew 28:19).  But how this looks in our particular time and place can depend on the people, gifts, and opportunities that God has given us.

At NWEFC, we seek to Follow Jesus in light of His words in John 14:6:

“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

And so, we seek to Follow Jesus as we Walk in His WayUnite in His Truth, and Share His Life.

Following  Jesus is what we’re called to do as Christians.  We call this ministry “Discipleship,” and it involves everything we do,  everywhere, all the time.

Here’s a summary of what that involves (click on each green link to learn more):

Jesus’ Work Jesus Gives We Are We Do We Value
Walk in
His Way
Incarnation Reveals to us
our Purpose
A Light Worship:
Loving God
Unite in
His Truth
Death Reconciles us
to Belong
A Family Fellowship:
Loving others
His Life
Resurrection Restores us
to Fruitfulness
A Body Mission:
Making disciples