How Do I Get Involved?
Plug in. Engage. Transform. Not necessarily in that order.
Plug in to a small group community. Tune in. Join us for worship on Sunday. Make yourself at home. Grab some refreshments. Discover what we’re about. Ask any questions you like. The Orientation Table is open Sunday mornings to welcome you and answer your questions. Let us know who you are. We won’t embarrass you or harass you but we are excited to meet you.
Engage your spiritual giftedness. Discern your God-given gifts to see where you might connect best. Learn about the faith. Grow in the knowledge of God. Consider an orientation class for becoming a member. No pressure. Take all the time you need. We’re just happy you’re here.
Transform through service for others. Be transformed and be transformational. God has equipped you with gifts to positively impact and further the kingdom of God. Actively use your gifts of time, talents, and treasure in service to God. Where will you volunteer with the church or in mission? It is in giving that we receive.
What is Discipleship?
Discipleship is the diligent and intentional teachings and practices that promote the lifelong lifestyle of becoming ever more like Jesus and reproducing the Christ-life in others.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian, in his book Discipleship, places discipleship at the center of Christianity. He wrote:
“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. It remains an abstract idea, a myth which has a place for the Fatherhood of God, but omits Christ as the living Son…There is trust in God, but no following of Christ.”
Love One Another
A definition of disciple is suggested by Jesus’ self-referential example from the Gospel of John 13:34-35: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Generally in Christian theology, discipleship is a term used to refer to a disciple’s transformation from some other World view and practice of life into that of Jesus Christ, and so, by way of Trinitarian theology, of God himself. Note the Apostle Paul’s description of this process, that the disciple “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) Therefore a disciple is not simply an accumulator of information or one who merely changes moral behavior in regard to the teachings of Jesus Christ, but seeks a fundamental shift toward the ethics of Jesus Christ in every way.
The Great Commission
Jesus institutes the Great Commission, commanding all present to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20a). Jesus has incorporated this practice into the very definition of being a disciple and experiencing discipleship.