“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 who, as the New Testament teaches, is gradually becoming more like Him.
"Discipleship" is the core process by which we make more disciples.
HEAD, HEART & HANDS
We believe true discipleship must engage the head, heart and hands.
Head: what we can learn and comprehend with our minds
Heart: what we sense or feel in our hearts (desires, passions, motives)
Hands: the outward expression of service and love
When one of these elements is missing, the process will be incomplete.
Head + Heart - Hand = Lazy or Lying (hypocrisy)
Head - Heart + Hand = Legalism
Heart + Hand - Head = Liberalism
When discipleship engages the head, heart, and hand, 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
There are at least 5 spheres (5S's) of discipleship within the church. If we only focus on one sphere we lose the benefits of all spheres of discipleship. A disciple must strive to involve him/herself in all spheres of discipleship to maximize growth and maturity.
Rhythm for Discipleship Groups
The church typically provides Spheres 5 & 4 of discipleship. Sphere 3 come as Community Group leaders are raised up and the community life of the church is established. Spheres 2 & 1 will involve Disciple Makers taking initiative to intentionally meet with Discipleship Groups and individuals to provide the more personalized and individual forms of discipleship.
Below is a proposed schedule for 1-on-1 and 1-on-few Discipleship Groups.