A Fully Devoted Follower, or FDF, of Christ has an all-consuming passion to follow the Lord and serve others. We recognize a FDF possessing three basic characteristics:
We seek to Connect people to Jesus Christ. John 8:28-32 says, "Then Jesus said to them, 'When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.' As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'"
Acts 16:30-31 tells us how to get connected to Christ: "'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' So they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.'"
Romans 10:9-11 says, "That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."
Romans 10:13 says, "For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
We must intentionally cultivate relationships with non-believers and pray for their salvation. We must have the courage to obey when the Holy Spirit prompts us to speak up, even in uncomfortable situations. We must lead lives of character and integrity, since our actions speak louder than our words.
We believe that three spiritual disciplines are essential to becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ. The second discipline is growing in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and others believers.
1. Togetherness in the Body of Christ: We seek to Grow with one another in the family of God.
Acts 2:42 says, "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers."
1 Corinthians 1:9 says, "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the
fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
2 Corinthians 8:4 says, "Imploring us with much urgency that we would receive
the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints."
2. Disciplined in Growth
Education: We need to be reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word. 1
Peter 2:2 tells us to “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word,
that you may grow thereby.” We should be memorizing Scripture. David
memorized Scripture and wrote of it in the Psalms – “Your word I have hidden in
my heart, That I might not sin against You" Psalm 119:11. We will be amazed at
our rapid growth in Christ as we fill our minds and hearts with God’s
Communication: We must spend time communing with God in prayer. Just
like any personal relationship, we cannot get to know one another or build a
healthy relationship without quality communication. The same applies to our
relationship with God. “Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your
heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” Psalm 62:8. Conversing with God,
communing with him at the deepest levels of our soul, and listening to His voice
are non-negotiable elements of spiritual growth.
Implication: We need to be growing in obedience, not just in knowledge. In
I Samuel 15:22, we learn that “to obey is better than sacrifice,” and James 1:22
urges us to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Jesus adds in John 14:23 "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word."
We believe that three spiritual disciplines are essential to becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ. The third discipline is serving in your God-given ministry for Jesus Christ.
It was Jesus who exemplified service when he took a towel and a basin of water and washed the feet of His twelve disciples. He said so clearly, “ the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve" Matthew 20:28 and “I am among you as one who serves” Luke 22:27.
Every great leader in the Bible exemplified service to God. The Apostle Paul’s most common title for himself was “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ.” Peter, James, Jude, John, Daniel, Elijah, Nehemiah and Isaiah all referred to themselves in the same manner. Mary, when presented by the angel with the news of Jesus’ upcoming birth, responded, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word" Luke 1:38.
In Romans 12:1 the Apostle Paul writes, “ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service (of worship).” In light of Christ's sacrifice for us on the cross and His mercy to us, joyfully serving Jesus Christ with all of our hearts is our only reasonable response to Him
In Matthew 10:39, Jesus points out that "he who finds his life [by not serving Christ] will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it." Jesus was saying that those who lose their lives in the service of Christ will find the real meaning for their existence. To serve in this way requires discipline, time management, and prioritization." "It also requires the humility of a sacrificial attitude." "Servants know that the ultimate objective of all service is to become a fully devoted follower of Christ and to help others become FDFs of Christ also.
Serving God does not end when we leave the church building. As Paul commands us, "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men;" Colossians 3:23. Therefore, fully devoted followers sacrificially serve God everywhere – at work, at home, at church, in their communities, and with all their lives, time, talents, and treasures.