“Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
What is Discipleship?
At One Hope Church our mission is to make disciples who worship, serve, grow and make disciples. A disciple is simply a follower of Christ. But as the New Testament teaches us to be a disciple of Christ is to become more like him and so for each of us we must answer the question: Where is Jesus leading me? And will I follow him?Discipleship, then, is the process by which we make disciples.
HEAD, HEART & HANDS
We believe true Discipleship must include the head, heart and hands. When you are missing one of these, our discipleship will suffer.
Head: What we can learn and comprehend with our minds.
Heart: What we sense or feel in our hearts, our desires, our passions, our motives.
Hands: The outward expression of service and love.
Head + Heart - Hand = Lazy or Liar (hypocrisy)
Head - Heart + Hand = Legalism
Heart + Hand - Head = Liberalism
When bring all of these into our discipleship, we begin to be wholly transformed into the image of Christ.
The Path of Discipleship
Unbeliever → New Believer → Disciple* → Disciple-maker → Shepherd (Leader of Leaders)
*Also, nominal believer → Disciple on Mission
Spheres of Discipleship in the Church
In the Church there are at least 5 spheres (5S's) of discipleship. If we only focus on one sphere we lose the benefits of all sphere of discipleship. The disciple must then strive to involve himself/herself in all spheres of discipleship to maximize growth and maturity.
Rhythm for Group Discipleship
The Church will provide Spheres 1 & 2 of discipleship. Sphere 3 will come as Community Group leaders are raised up and the community life of the church is established. Spheres 4 & 5 will involve Disciple Makers taking initiative to intentionally meet with D-groups and Individuals to provide the more personalized and individual forms of discipleship. That being said, our schedules are always tight so below is a proposed schedule for 1:1 and One on Few discipleship groups.