The final lesson in David's series focusing on discipling ends with all of North Boulevard being called to follow The Great Commission.
It’s no secret: Christianity in America is in trouble. Like Peter, many Christians have simply returned to the ordinary.
-- Since 1968, more than 8,000 Methodist churches have gone out of business.
-- In the last fifteen years, the Presbyterian Church (USA) has lost 30% of its membership. Almost 765,000 members have left the PCUSA since 2000.
-- More than 200,000 have left the Episcopal Church in the last five years; over 300 parishes have closed. In the last ten years, the Episcopal Church lost over 20% of its members.
-- Since the 1960s, the United Church of Christ has lost 44% of its members.
-- The American churches of Christ lose 200 members every week, and every single week a church of Christ closes its doors forever.
-- About 3,000 churches go under in the U.S. every year; that’s one church every three hours.
-- Most churches are either plateaued or in decline, and most Christians will never baptize a single person in their entire life.
People who do not accept Christ are lost, but Churches that do not evangelize are a dishonor to God. It doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s recover the mission of Jesus. North Boulevard has made it clear: our mission is to make disciples. Let’s take the Gospel to the whole world!
"Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, 'Friends, haven’t you any fish?'
'No,' they answered.
He said, 'Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.' When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, 'It is the Lord!' As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, 'It is the Lord,' he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards."