Guest speaker, Chris Watts, of Dewey, Oklahoma encourages us to follow the example of the first Christians. Chris identifies five areas that are needed for Christians to make disciples in the community in which we live.
The event of the transfiguration of Jesus showed Peter, James, and John who Jesus is. Followers of Jesus trust the testimony of those three disciples. As we learn to worship God in the way of Jesus, God provides the strength and comfort to live faithfully to Jesus's way.
It is true that Christians have the hope of "going to Heaven" at the end of God's plan for history.
But that is not the good news that calls each of us to follow Jesus.
In this passage in Matthew 16, Jesus exposes the heart of his call to discipleship--to following him and his way. It is the call of the master to his servants. Jesus warns that anyone following him for other reasons will lose the very thing they hope to gain.
Instead, Jesus invites every human being to embrace what we are: servants of God. Jesus invites every human being to devote ourselves to the only worthwhile object in this life: living for the happiness of God. Jesus sounds this call, because the truth is that God alone is worthy.