Discipleship is the process of passing on the knowledge and practices of the Christian life to a less mature Christian. Discipleship is not a specialised ministry; it is the natural result of correctly practised evangelism, and it is at the heart of the Great Commission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
Our Lord’s last commands to His church all come back to one thing – making disciples. Because discipleship is a priority of Jesus our Lord, it is a priority of One Hope Baptist Church.
Discipleship within One Hope Baptist Church is fleshed out in different ways:
Parenting from God’s perspective is basically a discipleship relationship. When a Christian couple receives a child from the Lord, with that child comes the responsibility of evangelizing him and then equipping him for Christ’s service.
Biblical training for children
Speaking of the heritage of God’s revelation to His people, Psalm 78:4-7 says:
We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children; That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children, That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments; NKJV
There is no better investment than to spend time and resources on setting in place the foundation stones of God’s Word in the hearts and minds of children, depending on the Holy Spirit to bring illumination.
Biblical training for adults
All Christians are in need of training in how to apply the truths of Scripture to the many facets of their lives. We try make use of every opportunity for this kind of hands-on teaching. Sunday discipleship hour and mid-week Bible studies are specifically used for this purpose – times when the application and implications of the Word can be discussed and brought home.
Edification of one-another in the body of Christ
Ephesians 4:12-16 clearly speaks of the role of each Christian in the lives of others. Every member, seeking the growth and edification of others. Working together to “grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ.”
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