Why Followers

Why the name Followers Church?

Originally, Christians were first referred to as, “followers of the way.” This alluded to a way of living that Jesus and His followers had become known for, a way of living that actually helped people learn about God, or find Him, while demonstrating how to follow Him. That’s what we want to be known for at Followers Church. Over everything else, we want to be known as followers of Jesus by the way we live our lives, and in doing so, to help others find and follow Jesus.

Followers have…

Faith.

When we choose to follow Jesus it is because of our faith in God. What is faith? Faith is a word used to sum up our beliefs or understanding about God as evidenced by the way we think, speak, and act towards Him. For instance, if you think that God is trustworthy, your words and actions will reflect confidence in Him. If you think that God is all-powerful, your words and actions will reflect boldness in following Him. If you think that God is awesome, your words and actions will reflect worship of Him. If you think that God is untrustworthy, your words and actions will reflect skepticism of Him. If you think that God is power-hungry, your words and actions will reflect rebellion towards Him. If you think that God is indifferent, your words and actions will reflect anger towards Him. Whatever it is that we believe about God is evidenced in our thoughts, words and actions. That is our faith and what ultimately determines our willingness to follow Him.   Followers…

Obey.

If you are a follower of Jesus, obeying Him is not optional. Jesus said, “If you love me, obey my commandments. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them. All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.” John 14:15,21, 23–24 (NLT) Obeying the commands we see in the Bible, and the guidance we’re given by the Holy Spirit, is essential to be being a follower.   Followers…

Learn.

Followers have to be committed to learning, continually. In fact, the change that we go through from being self-willed to obeying the will of God requires constant learning. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NLT)   Followers…

Lead.

While many of us will never be recognized for great leadership, God has called and commanded each and every one of us to lead and guide others by our words and actions, or in other words, to disciple them. The Apostle Paul, known for being one of the greatest leaders in Christian history, wrote this… “Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” Ephesians 4:1 (NLT)   Followers have…

Order.

We are told that God is a God of order, which means God likes system and structure and process. It shouldn’t be a surprise that God want’s the church, and His followers, to operate in an orderly way as well. This is something that is accomplished as we learn to apply the principles that Jesus taught and the disciplines required to live them out. This takes practice, a commitment to being a part of a process, and a willingness to follow an order of doing things.   Followers…

Work.

If you are a follower of Jesus you have been specifically designed to work, or function, within the church. The illustration in the Bible compares the church to a body, where followers are hands or feet, eyes or ears. Each a significant part of the body but with their own specific function that is unique to them, yet it benefits the entire body. “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)   Followers have…

Empathy.

The capacity to feel and understand what someone else is going through is crucial to building a relationship with them, but it comes at a cost. That is exactly what Jesus asks His followers to willingly incur though. God wants us to embrace the trials and hardships we face in life so that we can show empathy to others and comfort them. “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (NLT)   Followers have…

Relationships.

A follower of Jesus must be committed to being in relationships with other followers and with those who aren’t. Why? Because it is impossible for a follower to obey the command to disciple others without being in relationship with them. And the same is true if you’re trying to help a person find Jesus. It’s hard to do without a relationship. Bottom line is this… We are not doing a good job of following the Holy Spirit if we are not in intentional relationships with others for the purpose of discipleship.   Followers…

Share.

Every follower should be willing and able to share with someone why they believe in God. But one of the most effective ways to share the Gospel, which was distinctive about the way Jesus and His followers lived, is when we are willing to share our stuff with others. In a culture much like ours, where status and respect is achieved by amassing possessions and wealth, Jesus and His followers were known for seeing the needs of others and then sharing their stuff, their possessions, or wealth, or food or whatever they had to help meet those needs. “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need… all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42,45,47 (NLT)