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Discipleship

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Whether you are a new member or have been with us a long time, Jesus invites you on a journey – the most important journey you will ever take that leads to the full and abundant life in Christ. Grow and keep growing – this is the life of discipleship. We have many changes coming this fall that are moving us deeper into a culture of relational discipleship.

Discipleship Resources (FAQs and other documents) – click on this link.

 

Madison’s Definition of a “Disciple”:

“Disciples are those who love and follow Jesus,

who are becoming more and more like Him in their attitudes and actions,

and who seek to make other disciple-makers”.

 

What does that mean? Here are four aspects of discipleship:

1) We are called to an intimate relationship with God:  Mark 3:14-15, “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.  He appointed twelve – that they might be with him and that he might send them to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.”  THis is the “With Him” principle.  Jesus invited the disciples to join him and to be with him before he ever asked them to do anything.

2) We are called to a life of discipleship:  Col 2:6-7 (The Voice)    “Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives, continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives.  Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just a you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness.”

3) We are called to a life of discipleship in community:   Eph 4: 15-16 (The Voice)   “by truth speaking in love, we are to grow in every way into Him – the Anointed One, the head. He joins and holds the whole body with its ligaments providing  the support needed so each part works to its proper design to form healthy, growing, and mature body that builds itself up in love.

4) We are called to make disciples:  Matt. 28:19-20 (the Voice)  “Go out and make disciples in all the nations.  Ceremonially wash them through baptism in the name of the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Then disciple them. Form them in the practices and postures that I have taught you, and show them how to follow the commands I have laid down for you.  And I will be with you, day after day, to the end of the age.

2 Timothy 2:2 – “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable people, who will also be qualified to teach others.”

 

Focus on Smaller Group size

  • We will encourage people to develop smaller groups such as One on Ones, Triads, Quads, and Small groups.  We will encourage these groups to meet at times convenient for them, using an intentional curriculum.
  • We will encourage all existing small groups to deepen their small group experience by getting intentional and to begin using one of the recommended resources that are on display in the bookstore.
  • We are working on developing core curriculum under two themes:
  • “GROWING” (Spiritual formation) – Spiritual Formation.
  • “GOING” – Leadership Development.
  • Materials will be selected and made available in curriculum form for use.  Samples will be available for sale in the bookstore.

Provide more intention around intergenerational experiences – Children’s Church changes.

We seek to consolidate and decrease ministry programming to create space for relational discipleship to begin to occur.  Focus will be on smaller relational groups, which have the most transformative potential of all.

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