D2: Developing a Plan for Spiritual Growth with Expectations (Jody Garner & Tony Griffies)

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Week 6 of our D2 (squared) series. What are the “greatest” passages in Scripture? Matt. 22:34-40 & 28:17-20 gives you an answer. The “greatest commands” and the “great commission.” In short, 1. Love God, 2. Love Others, 3. Make Disciples. How can we develop a plan to grow Spiritually based on those three things?

Well, for one thing, we are expected to live these three things out within the context of being a functioning church member. If you are, there are expectations we have at PT. 1. Attend and participate in weekly worship, 2. be a part of a Bible Community, 3. be in a Connect Group, 4. Serve in at least 1 area per quarter, 5. actively and intentionally discipling someone.

Matthew 22:34-40 NRSV
34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Matthew 28:16-20 NRSV
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Acts 2:42-47 NRSV
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.