DiscipleshiP

We exist to educate God’s people!

We are to equip people to minister in today’s world through teaching and mentoring. We must train and mobilize our Sunday audience into a Monday through Saturday army.We can accomplish this only by training and equipping each individual who is a member of our church - DISCIPLESHIP.

Everyone must move from believer in Jesus to disciple of Jesus. Only disciples are willing to pay the price of following Jesus alone.

We must assist our congregants in finding authentic Christianity and challenge them not “to accept forms of godliness while denying the power thereof.” (2 Timothy 3:5) This process is best accomplished through teaching the individual through instruction called mentoring.

Making disciples is a critical component for implementing the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands his disciples to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (NASB).

A disciple is much more than simply a believer in Jesus Christ – a disciple is an obedient follower. Unfortunately, discipleship is not automatic. There is no pill or class which one can take after which one will automatically become spiritually mature. Paul taught Timothy an important spiritual truth comparing the achieving and maintaining of spiritual maturity with achieving and maintaining physical fitness:

discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 for bodily discipline is only of little

profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the

present life and also for the life to come.

1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NASB)

We need to understand that the pursuit of becoming a spiritually mature person is the responsibility of every Christian. Too many churches have allowed the misconception to remain in too many Christians that discipleship is like physical maturity. They have wrongly assumed that after salvation spiritual maturity would occur automatically all by itself. As a result too many churches have no strategy for leading their members to grow spiritually.

Our church has asked and answered two questions:

1. What does the spiritual life of a devoted follower of Jesus Christ look like?

2. How do we lead individual Christians to practice that kind of spiritual life?

There are many strategies for developing spiritual depth in every member. Perhaps the best means in developing devoted followers of Christ occurs during the evangelistic process. As an individual evangelist shares the gospel with an unbeliever, he/she needs to be careful not to diminish the personal responsibilities for living the Christian life including the costs of discipleship. None has better stated this price than Dietterich Bonhoffer in the opening line of the book, “The Cost of Discipleship,” when he penned, “When Jesus bids a man, he bids him come and die.” The perception that one may get saved and never live for Christ needs to be eradicated from all those who hold it.

There are many means for being discipled. The most effective form of discipling is one-on-one mentoring. We have a new members class in which we explain the expectations that our church has for its members, our church’s structure and strategy for reaching our community for Christ.