Pastor Phil Cooley
This Fall, Cordova Neighborhood Church will begin a combination preaching series and small group series called Multiply. I must begin by offering a word of warning. If Pastor Josh were to mention Multiply and suggest that it is a push to improve the mathematical skills of CNC then hear me when I say that Multiply is not that.
Multiply is a series, created by Francis Chan and David Platt, that is focused on multiplying the body of Christ through discipleship. As a church body, we will explore the reality of our mission as believers of Jesus Christ. He has commissioned us to “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.
For many believers, the process of discipling begins and ends with us. Someone comes along and tells us about the Gospel. We receive the gift of salvation that Jesus offers and begin reading His word, desiring to know more about our Savior. But then we get stuck. We forget that this process of being discipled is in fact a process intended to make more disciples. We forget that the Great Commission given to us by Jesus is to be repeated over and over again. This is the message of Multiply.
Disciple making is a job for every believer.
So, this fall we as a body will pursue our commission.
What we love about Multiply is that it makes easy what can feel so difficult. If you find the idea of being discipled and discipling others a difficult task then you will love this series. Chan and Platt have created excellent materials to lead believers through the process of discipling. Our hope is that through this series all of us will feel equipped to carry out our mission.
God in his mystery and authority, invites us to join Him on His mission.
Let the adventure begin!