Discipleship is a fancy way of saying, “This is how you learn to follow Jesus.” The goal of discipleship is to know God, to love Him with all our being, and to love others as we are loved by God. This learning can happen in a Sunday morning worship service, over coffee with a friend, a group of any size, and even in Chair Time (your private times with God). To see what groups we have click here. To help you in your Chair Time try some of the things in our Disciple’s Toolbox.
If you have questions about what your next step could be, Pastor Penny would be glad to talk with you about that.
In the following links you will find some spiritual practices that many have found help them to know God and to love as He loves.
Tools – We call them tools because they are not ‘the thing’, but they can help us to get to the goal. As different tools are best for different tasks so each of these will help you relate to God in different ways.
Practice – We call them practices because we are learning to do them. Sometimes we fail; sometimes we do well, and as we keep at it, we will have more times when we do it well.
The Bible has much to say about the importance of knowing what the Bible says as we follow God. Here are a few:
- Hebrews 4:12 – The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
- Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
- 2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of person may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Because the Bible is God’s Word for us, we read and study it to hear what He has to say about who He is, who we are, and how we can be in and grow a relationship with Him.
- Here is a simple plan to start with:
- Pray ask God to show you what He wants you to see this day
- Choose a time of day when you are awake and alert
- Choose a place free from distractions
- Decide how long you will read for – try at least 15 minutes
- Decide what book of the Bible you will read
- Note what God is saying to you
The Bible has much to say about the importance of prayer as we follow God. Here are a few:
- Acts 2:42 – They (the early Christians) devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
- Luke 18:1 – Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
- Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
So what is prayer?
The simplest definition is that to pray is to have a conversation with God. I talk to Him and He talks to me, or He listens to me and I listen to Him. Here is a simple plan to start with:
Choose a time of day when you are awake and alert
Choose a place free from distractions
Use the acronym ACTS to help you know what to say
- Adoration – talk to God about who He is (Ex.: good, compassionate, creative, powerful)
- Confession – tell God you are sorry for things you’ve done wrong
- Thanksgiving – thank God for something He’s done (Ex.: beautiful sunset, help in finding a parking spot, His forgiveness)
- Supplication – Ask God for what you or others need (Wisdom, healing, help, comfort etc.)
To know Christ and make Him known
by loving God and loving people.