The Call to Grow
At the very end of Matthew’s Gospel and following the resurrection, Jesus leaves his disciples with one final command. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matt. 28:19-20)”
This final instruction has three components. The first is to make disciples. For many Christians, this process ends at conversion. However, as disciples we are called to more than simply a change in mentality towards God. We are commanded to take up everything and follow Christ on a daily basis (Lk. 9:23). Secondly, we are called to baptize. While this certainly includes the symbolic ritual of immersing a new believer in water, Jesus is referring to a transformation in the person’s life. Finally, we are called to teach. These components of sacrifice, transformation, and teaching help us to grow into a deeper relationship with Christ.
To leave a person at their point of conversion with no tool for growth would be failure on our part. We believe it is our call to continually make disciples of one another. For us, our process for discipleship involves a three layered approach of helping believers to engage God in worship, develop through Bible study, and fulfill their calling through serving.
Our greatest platform for personal growth is our Bible Study classes. These classes provide each of our members with the opportunity to grow in safe, supportive community.