Through the study of scripture we believe there to be four identities of a disciple. That a Disciple is a Family, Teacher, Servant and Missionary who is committed to Love, Grow, Give and Go.
A Disciple is FAMILY
committed to LOVE like Christ
Our family has a Father (God) and a Son of preeminence (Jesus). God declared, “It’s not good for man to be alone.” We exist to be in community with God and with each other. God adopts us as his children through the blood of Christ that was shed, initiating an everlasting relationship with his Son for the glory of his name. Our family is defined by our love for the Father and for each other. We are known by the unity and peace we have among us through the Holy Spirit, and we seek to live that out in every environment. We strive to grow the family, to sacrifice on behalf of the family, and to care for those in the family.
1 John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-20; Genesis 2:18; Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 1; Psalm 79:9; Romans 8:15, 23; John 15:9; 1 John 4:7-12; James 3:18; 1 John 3:16; 1 Peter 3:8; Colossians 3:1-17; Philippians 1:27; Ephesians 4:4-6, Ephesians 4:15-16; Philippians 4:14-20; Genesis 1:22-28; Ephesians 1:3-12
A Disciple is a TEACHER
committed GROW and grow others
From the beginning God has been instructing his people through his inerrant and infallible Word to know him and grow in spirit and truth. All of God’s ways and instructions are fully embodied by the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. Each member of the family of God enters by hearing and receiving the gospel of Jesus Christ. The goal is not to simply hear and gain knowledge, but rather to be transformed by the gospel. The gospel’s truth persists throughout every aspect of human life; therefore, we seek to know God fully.
Deuteronomy 4:6; John 1:14-18; Colossians 1:15; Romans 10:13-15; Deuteronomy 6:4-11; Titus 2:2; Romans 2:21; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 3:10; John 17:3; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Proverbs 27:17; Ephesians 4:12-16
A Disciple is a SERVANT
committed to GIVE for Gods glory
Jesus, the Son of God, humbled himself by taking the very form of a servant. Christ’s example guides God’s design for his family to operate as a unified body of servants. The Holy Spirit gives each member of the body spiritual gifts, displayed through talents and passions to serve one another. Also God calls the body to use these gifts to serve those who are far from God so that they may come to know the love of Christ.
Philippians 2:5-8; John 20:28; Ephesians 4:1-7; Hebrews 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:7
A Disciple is a MISSIONARY
committed to GO share God’s story
God is revealing himself as the missionary God. God, out of his great love, invites all people to know him for the sake of his glory. His redemptive plan to rescue those who are far from him is to send out missionary disciples. The ultimate missionary example is the incarnation of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. As the adopted sons and daughters of God, we follow Jesus Christ’s missionary example to take his gospel into all the world. As missionary disciples, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. The mission is for every man, woman, and child to have multiple opportunities to see, hear, and respond to the gospel in every community, tribe, and nation.
Exodus 19:6; Psalm 67:2; Romans 15:8-13; Genesis 12:2-3; Isaiah 6:8; Jeremiah 29:4-7; 1 Chronicles 16:23-24; Romans 15:8-13; John 20: 21; John 1:1-18; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Luke 10:1-3; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21; John 14:16-17; John 16:7-11