Discipleship and the Church

This is our future lay-leadership training at The Orchard that is called, “Leverage.” Last Thursday, pastor Tom Olson came to teach us “Discipleship and The Church.”

We learned that true discipleship happens in the church. Why? Christ loves His church and even died for the church. We are follower of Jesus Christ to be discipled where Christ gave his life for the church!

Pastor Tom said, “The Bible is one story about Jesus Christ from start to finish.
And, the Bible is a story about the Bride of Christ – God gathering a people to and for himself.”

“Disciples’ discipleship plan is the local church! Matt 28:18-20”

Then, what the Bible says about discipleship in the church? He mentioned more, but I picked some verses from his teaching in here.

Heb 10:24-25, 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Eph 4:11-14,11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds  and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

I agree with what pastor Tom said, “local church is the center of discipleship.” We should see this more in our local church. Pastor Tom also said, “Life of the church creates maturity.”

Then, how we are discipled in the church?

Pastor Tom taught us that at The Orchard, we are discipled through 3 categories in “Roots, Life, and Fruit” faith growth strategies.

Roots: we are discipled in singing, in prayers, in reading Scriptures, and in preaching of the Word.

Sing the Word: Col 3:16
Pray the Word: 1 Tim 2:1, 1 Tim 2:8
Read the Word: 1 Tim 4:13
Preach the Word: Co 1:28

LIFE: we are discipled in participating our LIFE Groups. the each word L-I-F-E stands for…

Leader: Heb 13:7
Intercession: James 5:13-16
Fellowship around the Word: Eph 4:15-16
Encouragement & Care: Eph 5:15-16, Eph 5:18, Eph 5:21

Fruit: we are disciple in serving inside and outside of the church

Prayer: Col 4:12
Giving: 1 Cor 8:1-2, 1 Cor 8:4, 1 Cor 8:9
Serving: Mark 10:43-35
Invite: Matt 28:20

I am committed to be discipled in the church where Christ gave all his life and died for it : )

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