Mission and Vision

Definition of a Disciple

But saying we exist to make disciples without defining what a disciple is or by what process they are made is like an automobile manufacturer saying they exist to make cars. What do they mean by cars – gas, electric, hybrid, compact, sedan, truck, etc.? How do they make them – by what process are they designed, put together, delivered, sold, serviced, etc.?

The leadership of our church has gone through a study of the New Testament to come to a Biblical understanding of what is a disciple and how are they made. We have come to the following definition of a disciple:

A disciple of Jesus is a person who has committed himself to increasingly become like Jesus through the intentional and sequential process of growth that Jesus used with His original disciples.

Characteristics of a Disciple

Through our study of Scripture and the history of the New Testament times, we have come to understand the basic characteristics of a disciple to be:

  • Submission to a master
  • Memorization of the master’s words
  • Action or service in the master’s ministry
  • Imitation of the master’s life
  • Multiplication by finding more disciples for the master

We think that these characteristics are the basis of commitment to our Master, Jesus Christ.

Phases of Growth of a Disciple

Our study of Scripture also led us to see that Jesus intentionally and sequentially led His disciples through four phases of growth. Those four phases are:

  • Come and See
  • Come and Follow Me
  • Come and Be With Me
  • Remain in Me

We use the following diagram to show the Characteristics and Phases of Growth together to give a picture of the process of becoming more like Jesus.

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Levels of Relationships of a Disciple

Our study of the New Testament has also helped us to understand the three levels of relationships that each disciple is to have and that will help in the process of growth. These three levels of relationship are equally valuable and necessary in the life of a disciple:

  • Relationship in Unity
  • Relationship in Fellowship
  • Relationship in Intimacy

Responsibilities for Growth

The church leadership bears the responsibility to lead the congregation – to provide the setting and structures necessary for growth believing that discipleship is a whole-church endeavor. The church members bear the responsibility to follow Christ – to pursue growth in Christ believing that discipleship is a whole-life endeavor. In all things, we recognize that it is submission to the work of the Holy Spirit that actually brings growth.

Last Published: September 30, 2015 9:36 AM