Discipleship

Real Life Discipleship

 What We Are Doing Now:

We want to make discipling the center of what we do as a church because it is the mission of the church (Matthew 28:18-20).  Real Life Discipleship is not a program, but a process.  It’s biblical in its foundation and relational in its focus. It is not superficial, but a transformative approach to being the church.  I believe the life group model will help people grow and mature as disciples. 

 What’s a disciple?

  1. The invitation is the definition!

Matthew 4:19, “Follow me  and I will make you  fishers of men.” 

 A disciple is a person who is:

  • Following Jesus (head)
  • Being transformed by Jesus (heart)
  • Joining in the mission of Jesus (hands)

 Why We Are Doing This:

Most churches do not have an intentional discipleship process!  As a result, they are more oriented toward membership (connection to church) than discipleship (connection to Jesus).  With a discipling process, we are more likely to grow people unto maturity so that they too are making disciples.  Life groups are composed of the people you are “doing life” with already—just with an intentionality toward discipling.     

  •      Intentional leader (life group leader)
  •      Relational environment (life group)
  • +   Reproducible process (the five life stages)
  •      Disciples who make disciples 

Where We Are Going:

Every believer, by virtue of their baptism, has the potential to be discipled and become a disciple maker!  We want to have you be a part of this process.  Right now, we are building a culture of discipleship at FCLC.  In some ways, it is a return to the more relational approach that marked our beginning.  The discipling model is described in the book Real Life Discipleship by Jim Putman.

How to Be Involved:

Join us Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45 am in the sanctuary for DiscipleShift (also by Putman) as we learn of five changes churches must make in order for discipling to be the main thing.  I recommend you buying and reading this book.  Sessions of the class are also available on DVD.  Life group leaders will need to be selected and trained but we are not at that point yet.  

Miss a class or cannot attend? Click here for class review & notes.