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Come experience reality- discipleship as a lifestyle, not just a buzzword!

If you are "churched", you've probably heard the word "discipleship". People talk about it all the time. You might even have experienced some form of it, and that's ok... but it's

  • More than just “Accountability Partners”
  • More than just “memorizing verses”
  • More than just “good ideas” and “good strategies”- Discipleship is about encountering Jesus In Real Life.
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INTRODUCING: JESUS IN REAL LIFE- Discipleship as a lifestyle- Building our Household of Faith

We start with the Gospel (represented by the roof). The Gospel is the good news that Jesus preached, demonstrated, and lived In Real Life. In daily, real-life interactions with his disciples, He showed us not only how to live our lives in relationship with Him, but also how to teach others to do the same- no manuals, strategies, or even exquisitely crafted models required- just a Bible and an open heart to receive God's truth as revealed through His word.

We choose to start with the roof (representing "The Gospel") because, if we don't have a right relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, we'll never lead a complete life of true discipleship. Understanding our Foundation (being the Apostles and Prophets) does little to teach us how to live our faith effectively, nor demonstrate it compellingly.

Likewise, knowing The Commands of Christ (represented by the "icons" or "symbols", serving as "building blocks"), while certainly an admirable goal, will only leave us frustrated and "religious", with a performance/merit based view of what it is to be a follower of Christ. Frankly, that's been the difficulty (if not the failure) of other "discipleship" models- they give a head knowledge, and lead people to an intellectual assent to various facts, but never empower us to truly live as Servant Ambassadors, or what we call "Jesus In Real Life", because they never grasp the centrality of the Gospel in the simple yet profound way that the Godhead represents it.

Similarly, the Boundaries of Priorities (represented by the windows and doors of our "Spiritual House") are important- knowing that our Personal, Intimate, Eternal Relationship with God (Priority 1), and our Personal, Intimate, Until Death Do Us Part Relationship with our spouse (Priority 2), our Personal, Intimate, Until they leave home Relationship with our children (Priority 3), plus our Personal, Intimate, Until the Return of Christ relationship with our church (Priority 4), and our Personal, Intimate, until we retire relationship with our work (Priority 5) is a great way to live life with balance and boundaries, but those Priorities alone do not make disciples- only the Truth of the Gospel can set people free!

The Commands of Christ- the building blocks of our household of faith

Once we've discovered our Identity, we are on our way to discovering what it means to become a Disciple of Jesus. We follow Him by obeying Him and His calling to live like Jesus In Real Life, in obedience to The Commands of Christ.

  • Repent and believe- Command: Mark 1:14-15

    Story: Luke 7:36-50 (Jesus and the Sinful Woman)

    Additional: Romans 3:23; 5:1-11; 6:23; 10:9-10; Acts 2:38-39; John 3:1-21

    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_1A_-_Repent_and_Believe.pdf

  • Be baptized- Command: Matthew 28:18-20

    Story: Acts 8:26-39 (Philip and the Ethiopian)

    Additional: Matthew 28:19: 3:5-6,11,13-17; Mark 1:4, 9; 16:16; Luke 3:16, 21-22; 24:49; John 1:29-34; 3:5-8; Acts 1:5, 8; 2:1-4, 38-39, 41; 8:9-12-17, 26-39; 9:17-18; 10:44-48;16:14-15, 30-33; 18:8; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; Romans 6:3-4

    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_1B_-_Be_Baptized.pdf

  • Obey the Word- Command: John 14:23-24

    Story: Matthew 7:24-29 (Wise and Foolish Builders)

    Additional: Matthew 4:3-4; 5:17-19; 28:20; Luke 24:27, 32; Acts 16:6-15; Mark 14:32-42; Matthew 28:19-20; James 1:22-24; 1 John 5:2-3

    Study Guide:Command_of_Christ_2_-_Obey_the_Word.pdf

  • pray- Command: Matthew 26:41

    Story: Matthew 6:5-13 (Jesus Teaches About Prayer)

    Additional: Matthew 14:23; 26:36-46; Mark 1:35; Acts 1:14; 4:23-31; Luke 11:1-13; Ephesians 6:18-20; Luke 10:2; Acts 4:23-31; Luke 18:1-8; 1 Timothy 2:1-6; 1 John 5:14-15

    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_3_-_Pray.pdf

  • Go & Make Disciples- Command: Matthew 28:18-20

    Story: John 4:4-42 (Jesus and the Samaritan Woman)

    Additional: Luke 9:23-27,57-62; 10:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:2

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    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_4-Go_Make_Disciples.pdf

  • Love- Command: Matthew 22:37-39

    Story: Luke 10:25-37 (The Good Samaritan)

    Additional: John 14:14; 15:9-17; Luke 25-37; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 1 John 4:19- 21; Romans 5:8; 12:9-21; Philippians 2:3-7; James 1:26- 2:17; Ephesians 4:25-32; Colossians 3:12-17

    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_5_-_Love.pdf

  • Overcome Through Worship- Command: Matthew 4:10

    Story: Acts 16:25-34 (Paul and Silas in Prison)

    Additional: Matthew 10:16-33; 24:9-14; Acts 5:17-42; John 4:23-24; 2 Corinthians 4:5-18; Hebrews 5:7-10; 10:33-39; 12:1-2; Romans 12:1-2; James 1:2-5, 12

    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_6_-_Overcome_through_Worship.pdf

  • Observe The Lord’s Supper- Command: Matthew 26:26-30

    Story: Luke 22:7-20 (Jesus’ Last Supper)

    Additional: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 6:25-58; Acts 2:42; Matthew 26:26-28

    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_7_-_Observe_the_Lord_s_Supper.pdf

  • Give- Command: Matthew 6:1-4

    Story: Mark 12:41-44 (The Widow’s Offering)

    Additional: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; 9:6-11; Acts 4:32-37; Galatians 6:6-10; Matthew 6:1-4, 19-24; 19:16-30; Romans 12:3-8; Hebrews 13:16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_8_-_Give.pdf

  • Obey your Leaders- Command: Hebrews 13:17

    Story Acts 14:21-23 (Paul and Barnabas Appoint Leaders)

    Additional: Acts 2:42-43; Ephesians 4:11-12; Luke 7:1-10; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Matthew 20:25-28; Mark 10:42-45; John 13:12-17; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-6; Philippians 3:17; Hebrews 13:7

    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_10_-_Obey_your_Leaders.pdf

  • Gather- Command: Hebrews 10:24-25

    Story: Acts 2:36-47 (The Jerusalem Church)

    Additional: Acts 5:42; Romans 16:3-4; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:1-2

    Study Guide: Command_of_Christ_9_-_Gather.pdf

the five-fold ministry- the foundation of our HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH- Ephesians 2:20&21

The Household of Faith starts with the foundation of the Five Fold Ministry, as described in Ephesians 4:11-16, which states: 11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Boundaries and Priorities- The Windows and Doors of our Household of Faith