Being disciples. Making disciples.
No one comes to God on their own but is drawn by the Holy Spirit (John 6:44). A person is saved by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation is expressed by repenting of sins and believing in Jesus for salvation. A person is then identified with Jesus through the act of baptism not as a means of salvation but as a response to salvation (Acts 2:38). They continue in growth by receiving sound Biblical teaching and through the community of believers (Acts 2:41-47).
NEXT STEPS: The Process of Spiritual Growth
|Step 1: Into Curiosity
Head: The gospel story
Heart: Attraction to Jesus
Hands: Looking in the Bible, asking questions, attending a worship gathering
The Biggest Question DVD
Reading the Bible one-to-one
Christianity Explored Bible study
|Step 2: The decision to follow Christ: Trusting in Jesus alone for salvation
Head: Knowing the truth and valuing the Bible
Heart: Wonder, excitement, and gratitude for saving grace
Hands: Turning from known destructive sin, be baptized, join church, love and serve others
New Believers Workbook
Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves
|Step 3: From casual to committed disciple
Head: Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, learn spiritual gifts and spiritual disciplines
Heart: Desire to obey. Growing love for God and hatred for sin.
Hands: Learning and practicing the habits of grace (spiritual disciplines)
Tools: The Disciples Path
Habits of Grace by David Mathis
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
Step 4: From growing disciple to disciple-maker
Head: Understanding that your life is a model for others, learning how to help others grow
Heart: Love for lost people, enjoying seeing others learn new things, energized by prayer, worship, and God’s Word
Hands: Giving generously and sacrificially, leads by serving, uses spiritual gifts to build the Body of Christ.
A Praying Life by Paul Miller
Multiply by Francis Chan