Our Core: Discipleship the Jesus Way series has been all about taking a look, first, at how Jesus' himself defines what it means to be his disciple. Using the four parts of Jesus' definition, we are able to see how our Core Values connect to, and help us, grow and mature in our own discipleship journey moving from Seeker to Apostle. Here is a recap of the major highlights from this series, as well as links and direction to additional resources to help you do the "dark work" of following Jesus.
Four Parts of Jesus Definition of His Disciples
Jesus' disciples remain in his Word (Biblical Rootedness)
Jesus' disciples deny themselves (Prayer)
Jesus' disciples love one another (Koinonia)
Jesus' disciples bear fruit (Stewardship)
Disciple of Jesus: someone who follows Jesus
Discipleship: the process of moving from Seeker to Apostle
Seeker: someone whom Jesus has been called to follow him
Apostle: someone who has been sent out into the world to share the gospel
"Dark work": the "work" we do in the shadows (in private) that makes up the discipleship process
If you commit and follow-through on the "dark work" of discipleship, you WILL hear God say, "Well done, good and faithful servant!
Biblical Rootedness ("Remain in my Word")
Biblical Rootedness points to Scripture being the foundation for everything a person does. A disciple who is Biblically Rooted submits their entire life to the authority of God's Word.
Signs of Biblical Rootedness
A Scripture-shaped life
Knowledge of Biblical teaching on various topics
A desire & practice of regular time in the Word
Able to identify specific ways the Bible informs personal decisions/action
Strategies to Become More Rooted
Commit to spending daily time in the Word
Read the Bible like a novel
Read with others
Follow a reading plan (Pastor Jason's 1-year Bible Reading Plan)
Memorization (Navigators Bible Memory System)
Prayer ("Deny yourself")
To "deny ourself" is to say No to us and Yes to God. Prayer is one of the most tangible ways we do this, because Biblical prayer always carries a sense of "not my will, but your will, be done on earth as it is in heaven."
Signs of Prayer
Regular private and public prayer
Authenticity in prayer
Stories of answered prayers
Strategies to Develop a More Vibrant Prayer Life
Practice makes perfect; schedule time for regular prayer
Family prayer rotation; everyone takes a turn
Regularly ask: "How can I pray for you?"
Attend quarterly Prayer Services or other prayer gatherings
Koinonia ("Love one another")
"Koinonia" the the Greek word for community, or fellowship. For the early church, the experience of koinonia was one of the most effective tools they had when it came to outreach and evangelism.
Signs of Koinonia
Love & Compassion
Transparency, Respect, and Empathy
Strategies to Practice Koinonia
Show up (watching the livestream from home doesn't count!)
Talk to someone different (use F.R.O.M)
Start a small group
Invite someone to lunch or dinner
"Be the change"; don't complain, take active steps to create koinonia where you want to see it
Stewardship ("Bear much fruit")
Everything we we think we have had really been given to us on loan, by God, to use to further his kingdom. The challenge of Biblical stewardship is not about staying out of debt and using our finances responsibly, it's about how much of everything God has given us can we give away!
Signs of Stewardship
Sacrifice & Generosity
Humility & Generosity
Multiplication & Growth
Strategies to Become a Better Steward
Discover your unique spiritual gifting (Discover Your Gifts, ChurchGrowth Spiritual Gifts Survey)
Take a literal inventory of everything that you possess and consider how God may be calling you to use each item for his glory
Make a giving or service commitment and STICK TO IT!
To explore specific ways you can move through the discipleship process, or to develop a personalize discipleship plan for you, just ask Pastor Jason (me) - I'd love to take a look at, or guide you through the steps of discipleship so that you come grow to serving God to your full potential!