This past Sunday 13th October 2019 we began the engage stage which is the fifth and last of the discipleship series referred to as the Safari. The Safari is a comprehensive and intensive discipleship program that is aimed at enabling all those who thirst for righteousness to Know God, Grow, Bond, Serve and Minister. The safari program intends to achieve these major steps through establishing the foundation for believers who are deeply rooted in Christ, have a Godly appreciation for themselves and are willing to prioritize their walk with God. The inclusion of the teens and children in the Safari makes it a holistic learning experience that will ensure integration and smooth transition in all stages of life. To foster effective growth, the safari has a three-dimensional approach, which is the individual level, group level (Safari Groups), and congregational level. The safari was developed as a Five Step Pathway:
The call to know: Laying the foundations of our faith (1Corinthians 3:11)
The call to Grow: Growing through persistent and consistent experience of God (Colossians 2:6-7)
The Call to Bond: Living in love with one another (John 13:34-35)
The Call to Serve: Being equipped for Service in the church and society(Ephesians 4:12-13)
The call to Go: Impacting the world as salt and light. (Matthew 5:13-16)
In preparation for the Engage stage, the Safari groups did a short recap of the previous Safari lessons as well as engaged in prayer. The recap involved listing various lessons from the previous Safari stages. The members were also required to state how they had applied the various lessons practically in their personal lives as well as in ministry.
The engage stage, which is the Call to go, requires that we as believers heed the call to spread the Gospel through our actions. The call to go is our great commission as believers and Jesus commands us to go. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). The bible expects all believers to make an impact in the world for Christ. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” (Matthew 5 :13-16). It is important that our salvation impact the world for it is considered no longer good for anything if our faith is hidden.
Through the knowledge imparted in this final step of the Safari series, may we heed to the call and let our light shine in whatever position we are in, and may every action we take reflect God’s image.
“We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.” C.S. Lewis.
Have a blessed season as we engage in our call to go.
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