OUR Vision for Discipleship
disciple [dih-sahy-puh l] noun: a follower of Jesus that helps others follow Jesus.
Rhythms of Discipleship
This guide serves as a tool to help you cultivate a faithful and fruitful life in Christ. By His grace and power, we live a life worth imitating. The guide is divided by three postures:
My Intimacy with God
My Discipling Relationships
My relationships with those far from God
“When you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
- Jeremiah 29:12-13
A primary way we cultivate our relationship with God is by building a regular rhythm of being in God’s Word. There are many ways to enter into the Bible’s pages and learn from it. One way is the S.O.A.P. devotional method devised by pastor, Bible teacher, and author Wayne Cordeiro.
His method requires that you use a notebook or journal to record your thoughts and any actions you plan to take as you read from God’s Word daily. Your journal can be as simple or elaborate as you like, but the key is to write down what you take in each day so God’s Word can transform your life!
Here’s what S.O.A.P. means:
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible reading plan. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. Choose a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words in your journal.
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
This can be as simple as asking God to help you apply this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two- way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:19-20
We were not intended merely to be followers, but rather to be disciples who go and make disciples of all people everywhere. Making disciples is one of the greatest catalysts for spiritual growth in our lives.
Who has God put in your path that you have spiritual influence with and can intentionally invest in to help them become faithful disciples that live in relationship with Jesus and in representation of Jesus?
Jesus has commissioned us with all His authority and empowered us by His indwelling Holy Spirit to be His witnesses to all people everywhere.
Who has God put in your path that is far from Him and not living in relationship with Jesus?
- Am I consistently connecting with God through reading & meditating on His Word and conversing with Him through prayer?
- What has God been saying to me? How am I responding to what I am hearing?
- Are there any known and/or reoccurring sins in my life that are hindering my growth and maturity?
- How would I describe the condition of my soul and relationship with Jesus?
- Do I grumble, complain and have a negative attitude that fails to reflect a grateful and thankful heart?
- As I look at the fruit of the Spirit, what aspect(s) of it do I need God’s Spirit to mature in me the most?
- How would my spouse describe my relationship with him/her?
- Who am I intentionally building community with to further our faith walks?
- Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I going to do about it?
- Beyond my immediate family, how am I serving others and placing their needs before my own?
- Whom do I need to bless this week? How?
- Do I have regular ministry opportunity to serve and advance the mission of God?
- Am I stewarding my time, spiritual gifts and money in a way that reflects Jesus and making His glory known as my chief priority?
- Am I faithful being faithful in my relationship with God in regards to money?
- How can I live more open-handed with the resources God has given me?
- How am I intentionally building relationships with unbelievers?
- When was the last time I shared my grace story with someone?
- Who am I praying for that is close to me but far from God?