FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
God calls us to strengthen our faith
while we share with others
the transforming love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
as guided by the Holy Spirit.
Summer Sermon Series
As I look toward the summer, I wanted to find a theme for a sermon series. As in the past, I try to do something a little different than following the Revised Common Lectionary and our Sunday School curriculum. Similar to our Lenten themes, I find an outline and fill it out with my own spiritual reflections. This year we will explore seven marks of Christian discipleship.
When I went to Sean Walkers ordination and installation at the Chapel on the Hill, I discovered my inspiration. They list in their bulletin 7 Marks of Discipleship. I did not get a chance to talk with their pastor Bob Bardin or Sean about the origins of this list of Christian discipleship, so I did a little research and found the exact list as a theme for Chapel by the Sea (PCUSA), in Fort Myers, FL and a few other articles providing similar lists and resources.
As disciples of our Lord, we encourage all who worship at Chapel to embrace the Seven Marks of Discipleship:
1. Pray daily
2. Worship weekly
3. Enjoy spiritual friendships
4. Read and study the Bible
5. Engage in service and mission
6. Share the Good News with others
7. Practice Generosity with time, talent & treasures.
So during the months of June and July we will explore these themes of Christian life. I hope you will be encouraged in your faith as you practice these spiritual disciplines. I challenge us to take a fresh look at these basic practices of Christian faith to deepen our commitment to Christ and grow in our relationship with the Lord and our neighbors.
Rev. Dr. Bruce A. Jones
Minister of Word and Sacrament