My Discipleship Journey
We believe that all disciples of Jesus are on a journey, we call this My Discipleship Journey. In scripture we see that there are 4 dimensions to our journey as disciples. As a disciple, we are charged to love, be on mission, gather together & equip. Below you can see a description and scriptures that describe the discipleship journey in more detail.
The first component of the church is Love. The concept is that we must exist like a close family unit. When you want to describe the church, love must be your starting place. When we use phrases like “God is love”, “God so loved the world” you must conclude the centrality of love.
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (NLT)
“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” John 17:23 (NLT)
“We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NLT)
The second component of the church is Mission. They had this desperate passion to get the message of the Gospel out to all people. They were on mission… always! It wasn’t that they didn’t have a life outside the mission. No, their life was the mission.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28:19-20 (NIV)
The third component of the church is Gathering. Every week they would not forsake the gathering together of the body of Christ. During which they first and foremost focused on communing with the Lord around His table.
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 (NLT)
“On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper.” Acts 20:7a (NLT)
Finally the fourth component of the church is Equipping. The goal is that we would all serve, be built up, be united, and mature to the extent we would be like Christ.
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth” Ephesians. 4:11-14 (NLT)