Church Discipleship

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Pulpit Ministry (preaching) is part of a balanced environment includes the education, exhortation and encouragement of believers.  Discipleship takes place in a balanced environment of personal study of the Word, small groups, individual mentoring and discipleship, prayer, and the pulpit ministry.

Relevant teaching and preaching of God’s Word is critical for Discipleship to take place (Acts 2:42a; 2 Tim. 4:2; Col 1:28; 1 Cor. 1:23; 2:1-5). The exposition of the Scriptures and their application to the hearers are fundamental to the spiritual growth and development of God’s people (2 Tim. 3:16; 4:2). It is the responsibility of the pastor (and others who have the gift of preaching and teaching) to instruct God’s people in the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).

Sound Biblical teaching equips the saints “for the work of the ministry”; and (3) builds up the body of Christ, so that God’s people “come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:7-16).

Discipleship involves six elements.

  1. Salvation: receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  2. Maturity: growth in Christ through worship, study, prayer, meditation, and private devotions.
  3. Fellowship: communion with other Christians for encouragement, accountability and mentoring.
  4. Inreach: using one’s gifts for service and ministry within the church.
  5. Outreach: using one’s gifts to minister to people outside of the church.
  6. Evangelism: bringing others to Christ.

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