This series of articles grew out of talks that I gave throughout 2011. Throughout the articles I will be quoting a number of Bible verses.
These are the words that changed the world. It was these words, planted in the disciples’ hearts, that moved and motivated them to spread the Gospel throughout the world. The words Jesus spoke to His friends are the words which contain His heart, His vision, His commission to those who follow Him. They express the foundational principles which guide us in our spiritual lives. They show us who we can and should be. These are words of spirit. These are words of life.
These words connect us as individuals and as an organization to the core of Jesus’ teaching. They contain His commission to us. They direct us and attach us to Him. They are the words which determine our core purpose—the mission; our core beliefs—our faith; our core values—how we live and interact with others, and the basis for how we make decisions. It is from the seeds of Jesus’ words that we will grow and bear fruit. As Jesus said:
Those [seeds] that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.
This series will address principles that are vital to each of us who love God, who want to follow Him, who want to live our lives according to His teachings, who want to be His disciples, who want to preach the Gospel and make disciples of all nations.