EMBRACE THE GOSPEL
The first step in our discipleship process is to embrace the gospel. This means understanding the truth of God’s saving work on our behalf through the person and work of Jesus Christ, having a heart-response of faith and love toward God for that work and making that "good news" our ongoing hope and joy. This is what every person does as he or she begins a relationship with Christ, and it is what every person must do on a continual basis to remain in Christ. The gospel is the power of God to save us and to keep us. Embracing the gospel is the main goal of our weekly gathering as a body on Sundays.
EMBODY THE GOSPEL
As we begin to desire God, the next step is for us to make the gospel a part of who we are. We call this embodying the gospel. It’s the process of becoming more and more like Jesus as we apply the gospel to our lives. It means continuing to grow in our understanding of and amazement at what He has done for us on the cross and then living out that same sacrificial love with our fellow believers. Within the life of our church, this step in the process means participation in a Life Group or Focus Group.
ENTRUST THE GOSPEL
In his second letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul charged him to take the truths that he had learned as a fellow minister of the gospel and entrust them to faithful men who would be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). We see this process of passing on our faith and godly living to other believers so that they also can become mature followers of Jesus Christ as an indispensable part of our calling as Christians. This may happen in the context of a men's or women's study, for example, or in a one-on-one discipleship relationship. To learn more about our discipleship process click here.
ENGAGE THE CULTURE WITH THE GOSPEL
The fourth step in our process, and the fourth aspect of our vision, is to engage the culture with the gospel. This was the “great commission” that Jesus gave His disciples before He left them— to go make other disciples wherever they went. When the gospel becomes part of who we are, then it will be natural to share it with others. As we realize more and more that the grace of God is our only hope, we will also increasingly see it as the only hope for others in the world around us. Our families, our jobs, our neighborhoods, our circle of friends—we begin to see these places as our mission fields and God’s calling on our lives.