Discipleship Faith Development
I attended church all my life. As a young boy, my participation was mostly confined to Sunday school. When I grew older, I drifted away until I joined the Air Force. Occasionally, I would go to the chapel service and it made me feel like I had done my "Christian" duty.
I had never confessed the LORD as Savior, but thought my merits of doing more good than bad, would get me into heaven. I strongly rejected the ministries within the African-American church community because of traditions I did not understand. When I asked about the things that concerned me, no one could give me the answers that I needed. This lack continued even after I was saved.
I rejected the call upon my life to teach God's Word because I had been so critical of preachers. Then the LORD impressed upon me that if I think those preachers are wrong, then you go and do it right. It was at that point I began to pray and study. God gave me a love for learning and that led to intense research in the field of the African-American church.
I discovered that most of the traditions that I did not understand came from the slave experience of oppressed people. But I also discovered that when people come to faith, they are not taught the difference between being a Christian and becoming a disciple. This concept was the theme of our annual Vacation Bible School last week. If you want to know more contact me.