When Jesus gave the apostles their mission at the end of his earthly ministry, he instructed them to go to all people, proclaim the gospel, baptize and teach them to walk in obedience with God. These men and women are commonly called disciples. Discipleship is the path we walk in honoring and living into a covenant relationship with God. Here at Christ Church, we define a disciple as “a follower of Jesus who earnestly seeks to become more like Him.”
As we live into our faith and our mission to “love God, love others, and live out the gospel life,” we will experience six different but interrelated dimensions of spiritual growth.
We love God by:
Responding to Jesus
When Jesus invites us to “follow me,” we are called to respond. Responding to Jesus is about practicing spiritual disciplines such as reading scripture, prayer, fasting, reflection, etc., and adopting personal patterns of worship throughout the week.
When Jesus invites us to “take my yoke,” he is asking us to embrace his life. Embracing Jesus is about learning and truly owning essential beliefs of the faith as well as applying to our lives what we read in scripture.
We love others by:
When Jesus invites us to “love one another,” he asks us to become present. Becoming present is about participating consistently in the life of the church through worship, faith groups, classes, programs, etc. It is also about becoming present in the world outside of the church as a representative of Christ.
When Jesus invites us to “come and see,” he is setting an example for us to follow. Cultivating hospitality is about learning how to tell our stories of faith and to share the gospel with others, how to build relationships outside of the church, how to develop accountable relationships within the church, and how to come alongside others we don’t know well in their spiritual journey through patterns of personal invitation.
We live out the Gospel life by:
Growing in Generosity
When Jesus invites us to “lay up treasures in heaven,” we are called to give. Growing in generosity is about giving our time, talent and treasure; becoming effective stewards of our material possessions, our relationships, and the world.
When Jesus tells us that we will “do greater things,” it gives us a sense of purpose. Discovering purpose is about serving others in- and outside the church, discovering how our SHAPE (our spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experience) informs who God created us to be, and living into our God-given calling.
As you grow in your faith, understand that each of these areas, though interconnected, can grow at different rates. Each of us have a unique spiritual journey ahead of us. Just remember that all six dimensions are needed to be well rounded in the faith, to be the most effective disciple of Christ you can be.
To see where you are in this journey and to learn what your next step might be, click on this resource "Growing in Your Faith".
Being connected with others is the most effective way to grow in your faith. To learn more about how you can get connected, visit our Faith Essentials (click here) and Faith Groups (click here) pages.