Discipleship pathway: Belong, Believe, Become. By Ted Johnston - January 27, A typical presentation of the gospel goes something like this:. As noted in the diagram below, theis pathway addresses both disciples and disciplemakers. Let's take a look at what it means for a disciple of Jesus, noting as we go the work of disciplemakers in assisting disciples on their journey with Jesus. We are all born into this world belonging —accepted by God who has reconciled himself to humanity in and through the incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ. But the Holy Spirit is actively at work to help people come to know that they belong. In most cases, we experience a sense of belonging even before we fully understand. It's our commitment as the Body of Christ the church to help people experience the stunning truth that they truly do belong.
Belong, Believe, Become: A New Process of Evangelism
Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. During my years working as a professional singer and actor I was often quiet about my faith, especially around my countless gay or lesbian friends. I quickly learned that their experiences with the Church and Christians were almost always negative. Many were kicked out of their churches, shunned by family members, and even spit upon by Christian roommates. From their experiences, I saw that many churches excluded rather than included LGBT people, had a closed-door policy rather than an open-door policy, and taught a type behavior modification rather than gospel transformation.
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I honestly thought Shana was making it up until she showed me the first Instagram post we made inviting people to come out for our very first small group—dated November We learned choosing a consistent date allowed more people to plan, which allowed more people to come. We just saw a need, and we believed we could fill that need. We realized that if we had the food ready and opened up the door, then the night would go from there.
Resilient Child Discipleship: The process of a Christ-follower committing meaningful, intentional, and consistent time and space to a child or a group of children so that they may know who Jesus is and are known by a body of believers Belong , to place their faith in Jesus and apply the Word of God Believe , and to reproduce their own discipleship Become so that a third spiritual generation can lead and love like Jesus Christ. It starts with a universal curiosity around, what makes child discipleship effective, long-term and fruitful? As church leaders and kid-influencers, we have the unique opportunity to let this curiosity inform our programs and our systems, ultimately resulting in more effective local church, gospel-based ministries. Belong, Believe and Become is the foundation for spiritual resilience. From child to child the environments and the variables change, but when these components are present, the probability for long-term discipleship fruit goes up—even in the face of adverse conditions. At that point, we began studying the Scriptures with specific interest in the life and ministry of Jesus. We also studied existing and accessible data as well as conducted our own research.