Great Commission Our Product Acts 2:41-47 Developing Intentional Growth
Purpose The purpose of Blair Ridge Baptist Church is to glorify God, the Father and His Son, by intentionally training individuals to know Jesus personally; worship Him enthusiastically; apply His Biblical truth regularly; share their lives and resources generously; reproduce this purpose faithfully. (1 Corinthians 10:31; John 17:3; Psalm 100:1-3; Colossians 3:1,2; Matthew 28:19,20; Romans 12:13; 2 Timothy 2:2)
1. A Picture of Disciples
a. Redeemed - 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (41) Received (believed) Baptized Added to the group
b. Renewed - 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (42) Studying Fellowshipping Eating Praying
c. Refreshing – Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the Apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. Power of God Unity Care
d. Rejoicing – 46,47... they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people... (46-47) Gladness Simplicity – “no stubbing” Praising God Good testimony
e. Reproducing – 47 And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (47) Growing disciples create growing disciples.
2. A Pathway of Disciples
STEP BY STEP Come and See 15 Months Follow Me 9 Months Be With Me 2 Years Remain in Me Lifetime John 1:37-39 a. Evangelized Matthew 4:19 b. Established Mark 3:13,14 c. Equipped John 15:4-8 d. Extended
Disciple Making Evangelize Establish Equip Extend
Phase 1 – Seeking - Believing Those in this phase are individuals that are seeking a relationship with God. Their biblical knowledge will vary, yet their need is all the same: to place their faith in Christ as their personal Savior. Our responsibilities include unconditional love, modeling the joyous genuine Christian life and sharing the truths of the gospel. Key teaching topics include the following: the origin of the world, people and sin; that the Bible is God’s Word; God is Creator, Lord and Savior; Jesus is the sinless, Son of God; Sin separates people from God; the penalty of sin is death; Christ is the substitute that pays the penalty for sin; Jesus forgives those that repent; this transaction is completed when one believes in the sacrificial death, burial and resurrection of Jesus; assurance of salvation is possible An individual in this phase will be working on the following areas: observing believers; developing a trust in the Word of God; recognizing need for salvation and God’s provision; accepting God’s plan for salvation; be baptized as a picture of genuine faith; have interest in bringing others to the same knowledge and experience of God.
Phase 2 – Believing to Following The believer is now ready to develop godly habits. Reading, memorizing, studying, and applying the Bible begin to become a major part of the disciple’s life. The disciple has a strong desire to become like Christ and will begin putting off selfish desires and habits to be replaced with ones that are like Christ’s. Much of the training at this stage involves grounding the believer in basic doctrines and helping him/her to develop spiritual habits pertaining to prayer, the Word, fellowship, evangelism, worship, trials, conflict resolution, victory over sin, obedience and service to God. One moves from this phase at the point when the above areas become habits.
Phase 3 – Following to Leading The disciple is now ready to start leading others. Spiritual habits and a sound understanding of the Scriptures have been developed. As part of their own discipleship they begin to develop their interest in creating and leading other disciples. Activities include the following: leadership training; regularly sharing faith with others; initiating restoration of others; teaching others; defending the truth against false teachers; actively exhorting other believers; counseling others with the Scriptures; leading others through discipleship. One moves from this phase at the point when he/she is ready to train other disciple makers.
Phase 4 – Leading to Supervising The disciple is now ready to equip new leaders. He/she has led many individuals to a closer walk with Christ and is now capable of training others. Progression has been made from observing to helping, then to being helped, and on to being observed, to finally training apprentices.
How can we help you to progress in your spiritual journey?
Spiritual Journey Survey God has called this church to help individuals grow spiritually and progress down their spiritual journey. The following survey is provided to help us to determine our areas of focus as they apply to the people God has given us to lead. Please place a check in the appropriate box for each statement as it applies to if/when the following was/is true of you:
Spiritual Journey Survey Past = Developed/true before this church; Now = developed/true at this church Plan = desire to develop; N/A= not applicable or not interested. Rate = score 1-5 (1 as lowest) on how the church is doing in assisting development in the area.