Discipleship

What is discipleship?

The essence of discipleship is teaching and training believers to think, act, talk, and look like Jesus. (Matt.10:24, 40-42; Luke 14:25-35; 9:23-26, 57-62)

Discipleship is that development process of the local church that progressively guides Christians from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity so that they are then able to make disciples of others. (Matt.28:18-20; 2 Tim.2:2)

Discipleship isn’t a program or an event; it’s a way of life. It is not for a limited time, but for our whole lives. Discipleship is God’s primary way of transforming people by His Spirit through the Gospel of Christ from the inside out. It describes the process following Jesus.

The plan to accomplish the goal starts at the front door of membership. In our Membership Class, we will explain the expectation and opportunities of discipleship to every new member.

How do we disciple others?

Bible Study
Bible study—on Sundays at 8:45am we have Bible Study for all ages. This is a great opportunity to hear God’s Word explained in a careful manner. Our children and youth (2½ years – High School) meet at the Boys & Girls Club, just South of us at 7th Avenue and Southern. The Adults meet in the sanctuary. Nursery care is provided here as well.

Man Up Men’s Groups
Man Up Men’s Groups are designed for men to invest in one another as they deal with issues together relating to men.

Lifegroups
Lifegroups are small groups of no more than nine men and women who meet for the purpose of intentional discipleship. A curriculum is followed that covers all aspects of the Christian life.

Titus 2 Women’s Groups
Titus 2 Women’s Groups are small groups of 3-4 ladies who meet regularly for the purpose of encouragement and discipleship.

6 Truths About Authentic Discipleship

Here are six things that are true about biblical discipleship:

1.Jesus commanded us to make disciples, not be disciples. The way many Christians talk, you’d think Jesus told us to be disciples. He commanded us to make disciples.

2.Discipleship is simply linked to evangelism. You can’t be a disciple without being an evangelist. And for sure, the opposite is true. You can’t be an evangelist without being a disciple. But somehow many people would rather be disciples without being evangelists.

3.A mark of an authentic disciple includes getting it wrong sometimes. After all, Peter didn’t get it right most of the time when he was around Jesus.

4.A morally messy church is…inevitable. The fact that you have these problems may actually be a sign that you’re making progress with the unchurched. You don’t want to leave them there, but when people really start engaging with Christ, tidy categories are hard to come by.

5.Maturity takes time and is not linear. It would be great if there was instant maturity in faith and in life. But it never works that way.

6.Love compels us. If you love the world, how can you ignore it? Jesus said the authentic mark of His followers is love (John 13:34-35).