Discipleship In the Church. Coming to maturity in Christ. Discipleship. Discipleship is not a church program but a spiritual journey that leads to maturity.
Coming to maturity in Christ
Discipleship is not a church program but a spiritual journey that leads to maturity.
By providing sound Biblical teaching and facilitating transparent supportive relationships within the body, the church can help believers grow and develop on this journey.
“Making disciples” involves both an individual and group mentoring effort, in which those who have greater maturity in Christ encourage and serve those who have not traveled as far.
Small groups provide a safe environment where believers can grow during the seasons of their discipleship walk.
Process of Sanctification
Coming into Completeness
When we repent and believe, we are:
“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instructions about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.” Heb. 6:1
The feasts were divided into three seasonal harvest festivals:
These three festivals correlate with the seasons of our growth as disciples:
Growing in the relational
knowledge of God
Growth Area: Appropriating the initial blessings of Salvation by faith:
Deliverance, Redemption, Forgiveness,
Justification, Cleansing, Expiation, Consecration.
Wielding the power of the Holy Spirit
to persevere and overcome
Growth Area: Walking in the power of our salvation that edifies the body and overcomes the world, evidenced in dual form.
• The gifts of the Spirit (Rom. 12)
• The armor of God (Eph. 6)
Sharing in the sufferings of Christ
Growth Area: Coming to maturity in Christ
• Repentance from works of the Old Man
• Self denial: Taking up the cross and developing the character of Christ in service to others
• Rejoicing and peace in the Presence of God
• For believers to grow beyond the basics, there needs to be teaching on the armor and the gifts.
• Small groups are the appropriate forum to discover and exercise one’s spiritual gifts, and to recognize and respond in authority to spiritual battles; so the body can be edified, encouraged, and strengthened.
• Anyone who knows the basics of salvation can teach them to another. Those discipling others beyond the basics should be mature: knowing God, strong in spirit, overcoming the world and consistently expressing the love of Christ.
and discipleship can be found at: