There is nothing quite like hearing the beginning band play “WE WILL ROCK YOU.” No really. It truly is a thing of beauty. This morning I had my third opportunity to hear a group of young musicians put on their first concert. This time, as with each of the other two, I was amazed at this group of students, who 11 weeks ago, had never played their instrument of choice.
Before the grand finale, the middle school band instructor stood before his students and began to show the parents how they had learned the absolute basics of music. They went through breathing exercises, all to the beat of the metronome. They performed basic scales, instrument by instrument, mimicking the sounds of the band director. Then, they compiled it all into one final piece… “WE WILL ROCK YOU.”
As I watched, I was thankful for my son’s band director, a young man who is so clearly living into his God given calling. And then another thought came to me…what I was watching was a clear picture of discipleship. Just twelve short weeks ago, most of these young people knew nothing about music. Someone had to teach them the basics, little by little. Their instructors modeled, corrected, and encouraging them as they learned to make music. Isn’t that the Biblical call to make disciples? Isn’t that a picture of Jesus’ ministry with his disciples?
How many of us have had such a person to bring us along in the basics? Sadly, not many. For some of us, we’ve never thought about it. Our experience of the Christian life has been limited to Sunday mornings. We didn’t know there was, or could be, more. For some, we’ve longed for just such a relationship, but have not had a person who could, or would, invest in this way in our spiritual growth.
Let me just say that as a church, we don’t have this figured out. It is something we have prayed about for some time. So while I see a picture of discipleship in the 2nd period Beginning Band class, and am now writing about it, I don’t have a “program” to fix whatever might be lacking in this area of our church. The truth is, I don’t want a program. My prayer is that the culture at Christ Church would be such that discipleship is simply part of our DNA…that we would be a place where people are living life together centered in the Word, taking baby steps toward spiritual maturity…together.
We don’t have a program, and most likely we won’t have a program. But we do have a desire…and are praying towards that desire. If you find yourself, trying to breathe to the beat of the gospel metronome and need the help of a mentor, please talk with one of our elders. Our desire is to shepherd you. Sometimes that means spending time, one-on-one, with Bible and a cup of coffee in hand. Sometimes it means helping to find the right person who will. Either way, our desire is to come alongside of you, and walk with you, to the beat of the gospel.