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From Of First Importance:

“When I say that God is the Gospel I mean that the highest, best, final, decisive good of the gospel, without which no other gifts would be good, is the glory of God in the face of Christ revealed for our everlasting enjoyment. The saving love of God is God’s commitment to do everything necessary to enthrall us with what is most deeply and durably satisfying, namely himself. Since we are sinners and have no right and no desire to be enthralled with God, therefore God’s love enacted a plan of redemption to provide that right and that desire. The supreme demonstration of God’s love was the sending of his Son to die for our sins and to rise again so that sinners might have the right to approach God and might have the pleasure of his presence forever.”

– John Piper, God is the Gospel (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2005), 13-14.

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So the post beneath this one isn’t entirely true – Christ Church does exist to make disciples by equipping people to live as missionaries in community empowered by the gospel.

But…

Discipleship is not the goal of our existence, simply the means. We’re here to do discipleship but there’s a reason why we want to teach and train and coach people to follow Jesus.

Think about it this way – take discipleship and lay Romans 11:36 on top of it. Now read it back to me:

[Discipleship is] is from God and through God and to God. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Discipleship matters because it declares and displays an all-satisfying, infinitely valuable God.

We follow Jesus for the glory of Jesus.

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