Decision Day - October 26, 2014
Theme: Fortifying our Faith While Focusing on Leadership

The Book of Discipline of our Church directs that every Sunday Church School shall emphasize “Decision Day” annually in the month of October. It further directs that each Sunday Church School should undertake an evangelistic quota for active membership. In the recent past, the Decision Day Observance has also been an opportunity for the local churches to share financial gifts in support of the Department of Church Growth and Development: Evangelism - Home Mission - Church Extension. While financial gifts will be welcomed during this observance, the Department of Church Growth and Development is placing its greatest emphasis upon decisions for Christ.

The 2012-2016 Quadrennial Theme: "Fortifying Our Faith, While Focusing on Our Future Through: Worship, Discipleship, Leadership and Stewardship" serves as a guide for our evangelistic endeavors. Making Christian Disciples must be more than a cliché; it is a mandate from Christ. The ministry of making Christian disciples includes Evangelizing the world with a Christ-centered gospel; Initiating Converts into a Christ-Centered Church; Teaching Believers to Obey Christ’s Commands. and finally, Training Christian Disciples to Make Christian Disciples.

Our theme for Decision Day 2014 is "Fortifying our Faith While Focusing on Leadership". A vital step in the disciple making process is that of Teaching Believers to Obey Christ’s Commands. Disciple making is a cycle that is not complete until the individual who has been discipled is equipped and empowered to disciple others. This is exactly what Jesus did with His disciples during the last days of His earthly ministry as He taught the disciples some vital lessons. The church must not only make disciples, it must prepare disciple makers to continue the process. Only then, can the church be assured that disciple making will be ongoing. Leaders must teach, model and lead by example in the Church today.

Leadership is critical in the disciple making process. Since the Church of Jesus Christ has been charged with the responsibility of making Christian disciples, we need to revisit Christ’s example and teaching during the final days of His earthly ministry. Jesus clearly modeled servant leadership. In doing so, He amplified the importance of obedience, fruit bearing, sanctification, unity and dependence on the Holy Spirit. As we focus on our future as a denomination, our leaders must amplify disciple-making as the true mission of the Church. What we teach, how we act, where we focus our attention and spent our resources all reflect the mission of the local church. Everything rise and fall on leadership!

Decision Day is rooted and grounded in the quest to see our members, children, youth and adults move beyond religion and ritual to authentic relationships with God through Jesus Christ. While still targeting our youth and children, the Decision Day Observance must broaden its scope in order to reach people of all ages who are in need of making a life-changing decision for Christ. Visit www.beamezion.org/wp for resources and more information.


 

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