:: Woven Community Discipleship & Missions
At Woven Community our understanding of discipleship and missions are tightly intertwined, or woven together. Discipleship is far more than gathering knowledge. At its root discipleship is the act of following Jesus across the boundaries that sin and this world use to separate and divide us.
In Matthew's account of Jesus calling the first disciples he asks only one thing of them - to follow him. Following Jesus is their entire Job description. He promises to form them ("I will make you fishers of men".) Jesus only asks that they follow him.
Then Jesus immediately leads them to the least of the people among them. He leads them across boundaries that were not crossed. The ESV says, "And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them."
Jesus leads the disciples continually across the boundaries that separated and divided people. He leads them to the sick, possessed, poor, sinful, tax collectors, and centurions. The Sermon on the Mount begins immediately after Jesus calls the first disciples. In the sermon Jesus says, "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:43 - 48)
Jesus tells us to cross the boundaries and love our enemies and those that persecute us. Jesus tells us to greet those that are not "our brothers" but to include those unlike us. This theme runs throughout the Scriptures, especially the New Testament. Jesus was leading the disciples then, and us now, across the boundaries that sin and this world use to separate and divide us.
So, we gather together to follow Jesus across these boundaries and pour his love extravagantly on those we do not necessarily find it easy to love. Then we process our experiences and see that the Gospel way is true and right and trustworthy - God is as He has always been.