New Discipleship Process
In the fall of 2018 we adopted a new Discipleship Process. Here is the process and the explanation of key words:
Genuine Faith – Our desire is for every person of our church and as many as possible from outside our church to come to a full, complete faith in Jesus Christ. We don’t just want Sunday Christians or cultural Christians. We want genuine followers of Jesus, who will live their faith out.
Real Community – The only kind of Christianity the Bible knows is in the context of community. Remember, GFC is a faith community in a broken world. Therefore, we want as many of our people as possible to be part of a faith community of some kind. This can include Sunday School, Kingdom Kids, LIFE Groups, prayer breakfasts, etc. We are striving for reality in our communities. In other words, a community in which we can be real about who we are as broken people, a place where we can bare our souls and be lifted and built up rather than torn down. A place where you can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that the other members of the community have your back and love you in spite of what you’re like.
Tangible Service – Nobody grows well as a Christian unless they are serving others. The teacher usually learns more than the pupil, the caregiver usually receives more than the one cared for. Jesus sent out the 72 disciples to begin putting into practice what he taught and modeled. We want our people to be serving others both inside and outside the church. We use the word tangible, which means ‘perceptible by touch’. This service is perceptible by those serving and those being served. It’s a service that is felt and that makes a difference.
Clear Witness – We have said we’re about “sharing the hope of freedom in Christ”. What’s the definition of sharing our hope? Does it include feeding people? comforting them? or clothing them? Well, let me put it this way; it’s never less than verbalizing the good news of Jesus to a non-believer. Good deeds may lead to sharing the gospel, but sharing the hope of freedom in Christ means that we must ultimately tell them of the good news in a way that is clear and makes sense.
This process becomes the grid through which we evaluate our current ministries and plan for new ones.
GFC THIS WEEK:
Mon. May 20 - Perplex at 7:30 pm
Wed. May 22 - Midweek Life off to UGM. Meet at church at 5:50 pm
Sat. May 25 - Church Board Half-Day Meeting, starting at 8:30 am