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Marks of Discipleship

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?

At the Gaylord United Church of Christ, we practice being disciples who make other disciples. We ask our members to consider making this pledge:

I will strive to be a passionate follower of Jesus Christ who…
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Prays Daily

Pray daily to communicate humbly with God in word or thought, either to offer praise, to make a request, confess sins, or simply to express our thoughts and emotions. The words of prayer can be either a set hymn or incantation, or a spontaneous expression of our own words. The Bible teaches that Jesus often went off alone to pray early in the morning. When we pray regularly, as the Bible teaches, our relationship with God is boundless. We can nurture prayer in our own way, begin the day with it, end the day with it, or pray throughout the day. Praying daily is sharing our hearts with God and opening our hearts to hearing God’s voice. Praying daily is expressing gratitude to God, praising God, and asking for God’s help and mercy and care for others and ourselves. Praying daily is offering the power of God to heal and save. The Bible teaches that God hears our prayers and prayer does make a difference in God’s heart and ours.

Worships Weekly

Worship weekly to honor God with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion. Worship is open religious praise, honor, or devotion, directed to God, performed individually, in informally organized groups, or as part of an organized service with a designated leader. The Bible teaches the importance of worship and following Jesus together with others. The Bible teaches about worship together regularly, confessing our sins and receiving God’s forgiveness, praying together, singing praises to God, hearing God’s Word, confessing our faith, and sharing the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. Worshiping together is better than worshiping alone for together we can better support each other. When a whole congregation worships together weekly, they can gather one time each week to hear God’s Word and share the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion through which the Holy Spirit creates faith in our hearts. Worshiping together is gathering to confess our sin to God and receive God’s forgiveness, lay down our troubles to Christ, and pray for God’s help and presence during suffering or hard times, for friends and neighbors who need God’s healing, and for God to care and protect people at risk and in danger. Worshiping together is singing songs of praise to God, rejoicing and thanking God for all God has given us, and proclaiming God’s grace and mercy.

Reads the Bible Daily

Read the Bible daily to interpret the meaning or significance of God’s Word. The Christian Bible is sacred scriptures in two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is the account of God’s dealing with the Jews as his chosen people. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox versions of the Old Testament are slightly larger because they accept certain books and parts of books that Protestants consider apocryphal. The seven Old Testament books at issue are Tobit, Judith, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach (or Ecclesaisticus) and Baruch. The Roman Catholic Bible’s Old Testament also contains some extra verses or chapters in the books of Daniel and Esther. Authoritative only to Christians, the New Testament, the fulfillment of the promise of the Old Testament, is the account of the life and teachings of Jesus, the letters of Saint Paul and other disciples to the early church and the book of Revelation. The Protestant Bible has 66 books, the Old Testament has 39 books and New Testament has 27 books. Glade Church offers educational opportunities (e.g., Sunday School, Confirmation, Adult Education) for reading and applying God’s Word to our lives.

Serves our church, community, and world

Serve at and beyond the Gaylord United Church of Christ to benefit or help others. The Bible teaches that Jesus came to be of service to others and to give his life for many. When we give more of ourselves in service to others, as the Bible teaches, the more we will enjoy our Christian life. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10 New International Version) The Bible teaches that Jesus calls us to serve others in whatever we do. Whatever our vocation or calling, God can work through us to benefit or help others. Whatever we do, we can do to God’s glory and our neighbor’s benefit. Talk to your pastor about ways and opportunities to serve Christ and to witness for Christ.

Relates with others

Relate with others to encourage spiritual growth. The Bible teaches that God calls on people to follow Christ together. Christian living is about our relationship with God and our relationship with others, Christian and non-Christian. A practical truth, as the Bible teaches, trusted caring relationships with other people of faith shapes faith, our belief, trust in, and loyalty to God. Most people come to faith in Christ through some person of faith who made an impact on their lives (e.g., parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles, Sunday school teachers, confirmation mentors, other caring adults or peers). This is reason alone why to get involved with groups in the church (e.g., to build relationships with other people of faith). While self-sufficiency may seem easier, we need the support and the challenge that being with others provide. When we go our separate ways, not only are we less as effective at sharing God’s love with others but during tough times we do not have the support of other people of faith to help carry us.

Gives generously

Give generously and joyfully toward the goal over the next five years of a tithe (10%) and beyond. The Bible teaches the importance of giving. Many of Jesus’ parables and teachings center on our attitudes toward money and possessions. For many people, for example, money easily becomes an idol in our lives, taking the place of God in our hearts. Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21 New International Version) The Sermon on the Mount teaches that we should trust in God instead money, have generous hearts, live generous lives, and focus on the eternal that will not perish. Stewardship is all about this basic biblical teaching of generosity.

To the glory of God, I believe I am called
“…to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13)

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