Vision & Values
To help people know and grow to be like Christ (2 Cor. 3:18)
Our process of helping people know and grow to be like Christ involves 1) loving God (Mk. 12:30–Worship); 2) Supporting one another as the body of Christ (1 Jn. 3:16—Relationship); 3)Serving others (Mk. 12:31—Service); 4) Reconciling the Lost and helping them become mature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21; Col. 1:28; 2 Tim. 2:2—Reconciliation).
HOW THE BIBLE DEFINES DISCIPLESHIP?
Matthew 4:19 (NIV)
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
“A follower” – someone who understands and accepts Jesus’ leadership = HEAD
“Being Transformed” – someone who is willing to be changed = HEART (Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; Jn. 15:1-2; Gal. 5:22-23) from a spiritual response to the Holy Spirit (Eph. 3:14-18).
“Set on Mission” – someone who cares about the cares of God, i.e., “be about the Father’s business” Lk. 2:49. Acts to accomplish the mission = HANDS (2 Cor. 5:15-20; Eph. 2:10; Col. 1:28)
Exhibits “Three Dimensions of Discipleship” Head—Understanding (and following) God’s commands; Heart—Willingly transformed by God’s Spirit; Hands—Engaging God’s mission
The spiritual stages of life/death and new life in christ?
Dead in Sin/Lost – Separated from God by sin (Eph. 2:1-2)
Born Again/Infant – Ignorance, Confusion, Dependence (1 Peter 1:23; Heb. 5:13; Matt. 21:16; 1 Cor. 3:1; Eph. 4:14)
Child – Self-Centered (1 Cor. 14:20; 1 Tim. 3:15; Matt. 21:16)
Young Adult/Servant – desires to serve (Matt. 17: 14-20; 1 Jn. 2:14; 1 Tim. 3:8-9, 12-13)
Mature Adult/Fruitfully Reproducing and/or Nurturing – Concerned for the welfare of the lost, the children, etc., and able to win people to faith in Christ, able to nurture them to spiritual adulthood (Deut. 6:5-9; 1 Tim. 1:2; Mk. 2:5; Gal. 3:7, 26; Phile. 1:10; 1 Jn. 2:14; 2:1, 12-13; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9)
Individual Discipleship Process
G – Getting what you need
R – Relating to other Christians like family
O – Others-centered service
W – Witnessing/Winning others to Christ
CHurch Discipleship Process
L – Love God through Worship and Devotion
O – One Another minded Relational Support of the Church
V – Voluntary Service to Others
E – Evangelistically Reconciling the Lost Helping them To Be Like Christ
Our ministries promote movement through these processes rather than serve as an end in themselves. Worship Ministry celebrates God’s goodness and glory! Relational Ministry promotes mutual support of one another in the church through personal and small group interactions. Service Ministry creates/guides opportunities to help the needy. Reconciliation Ministry seeks to Win the Lost helping them GROW to Be Like Christ and join the ministry process of the church to LOVE God and others.