The Bible uses many terms to describe those who place their faith in Jesus for salvation. They are the saved, the church, the family of God, brothers and sisters in Christ, and Christians. But one of the terms that Jesus and the gospel writers used a lot is Disciples.
The Greek word disciple means “student” or “learner”. In New Testament times, a disciple entered into a master-apprentice relationship with his teacher. A disciple’s hope was to acquire his mentor’s wisdom and skills, and to imitate his life. And the leader’s expectation was that, once trained, his disciple would repeat the process. This process is what the church today calls “discipleship”.
In recent years Faith Baptist Church has been focusing a lot on discipleship. We have tried a number of approaches to do a better job in equipping and encouraging disciples to go out and make more disciples. Two years ago, this led us to begin something that we hope all adults who attend here take part in sooner or later: Discipleship Groups.
Discipleship Groups are small groups that are made up of 3 to 5 men, or 3 to 5 women, that agree to meet together over a period of 32 weeks, beginning in September and ending in May. These groups are given weekly homework assignments and will meet weekly to go over these assignments at the time and place of their choosing. What we have discovered these past two years is that these groups provide adults a time of intentional, relational, and accelerated spiritual growth that is easily reproducible. In other words, it gives disciples here at Faith a great opportunity to be a part of a process that is easy to repeat…and this is what discipleship should look like.
On Sunday, September 9th, at 6:00pm, we will kick off “Year Three” of our Discipleship Groups. If you are a new believer, or a Faith Group attender, or someone who just loves coming on Sunday to worship whenever your schedule allows, you are the right person for a Discipleship Group. All you have to do now is take a couple of small steps of faith:
Step 1) Click Here to Sign Up to be a part of a Discipleship Group.
Step 2) Show Up on Sunday, September 9th, here at the church at 6:00pm.
At this kickoff, childcare will be provided for kids, from birth thru 5th grade. Dinner will not be served…but finger foods and drinks will be available for kids and adults. At this meeting you will meet your group, receive your first workbook, and decide on the place and time of your next meeting. And that’s how Discipleship Groups will begin.
It’s going to be a great year here at Faith Baptist Church…and we are believing that Discipleship Groups will play a great role in this. If you have any questions about Discipleship Group, please contact Larry Dean at email@example.com