Affirmation of Discipleship

We said the following Affirmation of Discipleship in worship at First Baptist Church of Asheville yesterday: 

I take up my cross to follow Jesus.


Because Jesus commands me, I will love God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength.  I will love my neighbors as myself. 

Because Jesus invites me, I will pray and work for God’s kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Because Jesus calls me, I will serve “the least of these”—the vulnerable, the marginalized, the lonely, and the poor. 

Because Jesus commissions me, I will share his good news with the world.

I take up my cross to follow Jesus.

I will listen for his voice in the Scriptures.
I will make his ways my ways. 
I will let his example guide me, his spirit energize me, and his joy renew me. 

I take up my cross to follow Jesus.

Whatever he gives, I’ll receive.
Whatever he asks, I’ll give.
Wherever he leads, I’ll go.  Amen.