Are you looking for the next step to take in your relationship with God? We believe that means taking Jesus’ invitation to become His apprentices (disciples) very seriously. An apprentice of Jesus is marked by at least three things:
1 – Knowing Him
2 – Growing in Him
3 – Showing him to other people
There are seven steps you can begin taking on this simple but powerful pathway. We suggest starting at the beginning, and cultivating all seven.
1. ATTEND SUNDAY GATHERINGS REGULARLY
Part of being an apprentice of Jesus is by gathering inHis presence with the church on a weekly basis (Acts 20:7; Heb 10:25). Regularly taking part in our Sunday morning gatherings is an important part of the formation God’s people.
2. LEARN THROUGH OUR CLASSES
Part of apprenticing Jesus is by learning about what Jesus loves (John 17:3; Matt 11:29; Phil 1:9). There are many things to learn about following Jesus. Here are a handfull of classes that will help you get started on what we believe to be fundamental.
3. BELONG TO A SMALL GROUP
Part of being an apprentice of Jesus is by forming deep, spiritual relationships in the church (Acts 2:42; Acts 4:32-34; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 John 1:7). Small groups are the way we do that.
4. SERVE ON A MINISTRY TEAM
Since Jesus was the greatest at serving (Mark 10:45), part of what it means to follow Jesus is by servingothers both in and out of the church (1 Pet 4:10).
5. CULTIVATE DAILY DEVOTIONS
Following Jesus is foremost about being with Him (Mark 3:14; John 15:4-5). One of the most powerful ways to do this is by slowing down to be with him through His Word (1 Pet 2:2) and in prayer (Dan 6:10; Psalm 119:164; Mark 6:46)
6. GIVE OF YOUR FIRST FRUITS
Part of being an apprentice of Jesus is learning how to be a good steward of money and by giving generously as an act of worship (2 Cor 9:7). God calls his people to this is through the practice of giving tithe, which is the first 10% of what we make (Mal 3:10; 1 Cor 16:2).
7. REACH AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS
Followers of Jesus are known by their love for one another (John 13:35), their love for their neighbor (Mark 12:33), and are commissioned to make disciples (Matt 28:16-20).