I don’t remember much from my high school Latin classes, but I do remember learning the Latin word discere, which means to learn. And it’s from a related Latin word, discipulus, that we get our English word disciple, which means pupil, student, learner. Being a disciple of Jesus means that we are always in student mode. We never finish the course; we never graduate. The business of discipleship is a life- long learning enterprise.
As we get into the swing of the new academic year, I encourage you to consider ways in which you might grow in your own discipleship. Our congregation offers several small groups that meet regularly for study and growth together. Watch your Sunday bulletin for a complete listing or contact the church office to find out which group might fit your schedule. And during the fall we will be hearing from members of our congregation about what being a disciple of Jesus means for them not only in the context of our worship life together, but in the setting of our weekday lives away from our campus as well.
As disciples of Jesus, we follow Jesus, share the truth, and serve others. As disciples of Jesus we are called to a life of constant learning and growing so that, in the words of an ancient prayer, we may “know Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, follow Thee more nearly.” And that is my prayer for us all as we learn together the Way of Jesus Christ.