What is discipleship?
In the Great Commission, discipleship involves the sacraments ('baptizing'), the Scriptures ('all that I have commanded you'), and the presence of Christ ('with you always').
Do you want to know the will of God for your life? 1 Thess 4:3 tells us, "For this is the will of God, your sanctification..."
And sanctification happens through discipleship.
HB Charles says it this way: "It is the will of God to have the Spirit of God use the Word of God to make the children of God look like the Son of God."
Why does discipleship matter?
Living things grow.
One of my favorite movie quotes of all time is, "I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying."
Growth in the Christian life isn't optional. If we are alive in Christ, we will grow in Christ. Justification necessarily entails sanctification. Being a child of God means that we are becoming more and more conformed to the image of Christ.
Discipleship matters because it is how we grow in the Christian life.
How do I grow in the Christian life?
It begins as God's people enter his presence together each Sunday for corporate worship through Word and Sacrament. We read the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, and preach the Word.
Growth also happens daily as we meditate on the Scriptures and commune with our heavenly Father in prayer.
But it also happens in the body of Christ. True flourishing in the Christian life happens as we are connected to other believers. "The eye can't say to the hand, 'I have no need of you.'" (1 Cor 12:21)
God designed spiritual growth to happen in community.
What does discipleship look like at Redeemer?
We are always being discipled. The question is: by whom and into what?
While the world clamors for our attention and the demands of life press in, we encourage you to carve out time to invest in your spiritual growth.
At Redeemer, we are creating hospitable spaces for discipleship.
We want you to find a smaller community where you can know other people, be known, and practice the Christian life together. Belonging is essential to human flourishing!
As you balance the responsibilities of family and work, we hope you can make time for Sunday School and a Growth Group. If your schedule allows, consider a Women's Bible Study, a Men's Gathering, Redeemer Young Adults, or Redeemer Community Arts.
We hope you'll join us!