Discipleship helps believers fulfill the command of God (Hebrews 10:25)
The Christian Life was never designed as a “go it alone” endeavor. Unfortunately, our culture has adopted the idea that we are “too busy” to be in the lives of others. We read in Acts 2:42 that the early Church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” We too have a responsibility to engage with one another in a life giving exchange of hope.
Discipleship is where believers encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13)
Encouragement goes far beyond a kind word. The point of encouragement in the Christian Life is so that we may follow more closely the one for whom we have been called. The encouragement of the believer should result in a Life that emboldens one to walk more closely to Christ. Being encouraged by others who seek to follow the Savior helps each of us to do the same with more conviction as we understand that we are not alone in the process of Sanctification to the Glory of God.
Discipleship is where believers can serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
True freedom is only found in Jesus Christ. As we grow in our walk we understand that the point of the Christian faith is not one of selfishness but one of selfless service to others. Loving our neighbor as ourselves is not simply a kind saying but a passion-filled desire given by God to draw us closer to the family of God. Acts of service take place in a Discipleship as we learn of the needs of others and God places on our hearts the desire to meet that need.
Discipleship is where believers can learn from one another (2 Timothy 3:16)
Discipleship can provide a number of great social opportunities to get to know others. However, unlike any other environment, Discipleship is a place where the Word of God is examined and people are challenged to align their life with truth. This is something uniquely offered in the Church. Our standard for Truth is God’s Word (John 17:17). As we examine God’s Word, the body of believers are there to help us to assess our lives as we carefully examine areas that are sometimes hard for us to see by ourselves. This level of care can only be done in community.
Discipleship is where believers can love one another (1 John 4:12)
Jesus said, “they will know you are my disciples if you love one another” (John 13:35). Time and time again in the Scriptures Jesus declares our need to express love toward one another as we grow in our love for Him. Love gets expressed in many ways through the community of Discipleship. Sometimes love gets expressed as we share the joy of a new born baby or a wedding ceremony within our community of believers. At other times, love is expressed as we weep at the loss of someone close to us. One thing we can count on is the fact that whatever the situation we are there for one another in an honest, prayer-filled, expression of love that God intends for His family.
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