And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
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 20:18-20
What is Discipleship?
Discipleship is the process of helping Christians better follow Jesus. Discipleship is for all Christians; both to be a disciple and help others be disciples. There are many different pieces to discipleship and many ways it can be done. The two main categories of discipleship at Grace Church are Relational Discipleship and Family Discipleship.
One way that discipleship happens is through relationships. Whether it’s meeting 1 on 1 or in a smaller group, we have a variety of tracks to help you grow in your faith with a particular emphasis.
One of the largest roles parents have is to disciple their children. To help with that important responsibility, we’re introducing a tool called the Family Discipleship Roadmap.
As a tool to help with relational discipleship, we have several tracks to help people each other through different aspects of following Jesus.
If you are interested in taking someone through a track, start by reading this Discipleship Track Training booklet.
The good news of Jesus Christ is the most important thing in the world to understand and believe. Therefore, whether you are not a Christian, a new Christian or just new to Grace Church, we must begin with the gospel. For everything, in this life and the next, hinges on our response to it.
This track is designed to help you understand, love, receive, and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ unto eternal life—to follow Jesus to the cross.
There is more to the Christian life than conversion and eternal life. Being a Christian is not simply about making a choice to trust in Jesus and then going to heaven when you die. To be a Christian includes those
things, but it is also about becoming more like Jesus in every way. But what is Jesus like and what does he call me to be like? What does it look like to live and grow as a Christian in this life; and how do I know and do these things? All of that is what this track is designed to help you with.
In short, this track is meant to help you understand, and by faith grow in, following Jesus—from the cross to glory.
While all people everywhere are called to follow Jesus in many common ways, there are also unique ways in which God calls certain groups of people to follow Jesus. Men are one such group. As we combed Scripture, we gathered together the distinct commands, virtues, descriptions, and categories of what it means to be a Christian man.
Borrowing from Douglas Wilson’s book Future Men, we’ve settled on four unique categories for godly masculinity: lords, husbandmen, saviors, and sages. The purpose of this track is to help guide you through these speciﬁcs of masculine Christ-following.
While all people everywhere are called to follow Jesus in many common ways, There are also unique ways in which God calls certain groups of people to follow Jesus. Women are one such group. As we combed Scripture, we gathered together the distinct commands, virtues, descriptions, and categories of what it means to be a Christian woman.
We’ve settled on four unique categories for godly femininity: helpers, life-givers, ladies, and managers. The purpose of this track is to help guide you through these speciﬁcs of feminine Christ-following.
The most signiﬁcant earthly relationship that we can enter into is that of marriage. God designed marriage for the expressed purpose of reﬂecting the invisible gospel to the world. What follows is our attempt to help you enter into and/or grow your marriage for the glory of God according to the Word of God by focusing on four key components of marriage: the theology of marriage, communication, ﬁnances, and sex.
Parenting is a high and noble calling. It is also a challenging and relentless calling. While it is easy to abdicate our responsibility to know and implement God’s will in our parenting, it is hard to discover God’s will and remain consistent in it in our parenting.
This discipleship track is designed to help you parent for the glory of God, according to the Word of God. That is, it is our prayer that this track will help you love God with all you are in order that all of your parenting will ﬂow from that love.
God has determined to save mankind by grace, through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has also determined to use Christians as the primary means by which the gospel is shared with the world. It is our privileged duty, then, to purposefully, lovingly, and truthfully share the gospel.
The purpose of this track is to come alongside you as you seek to follow Jesus in the way of evangelism.
Jesus’ last words to the apostles prior to his ascension charged them to be witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). The Apostle Paul made it his ambition to “preach the gospel, now where Christ has already been named” (Romans 15:20). The church has been given a command to take the gospel to places it is not currently and this happens through people proclaiming the gospel in words, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This track is designed to help you understand what your role in missions is (goer or sender) and equip you to live it out in a God-honoring, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered way.
The main way God has spoken to us is through the Bible. It is our standard for faith and life. Anything that God requires of us in life he has revealed through His Holy Word. But it’s a big book, written thousands of years ago by numerous authors. How do we make sure we can correctly read and understand what God requires of us?
This track is designed to give you some basic tools to be able to study and understand the Bible yourself. As we grow in our knowledge of scripture, it should change how we live and increase our love for Christ and His Word.
If you are new to Grace and interested in someone taking you through a discipleship track, talk to you DG Leader or Pastor Mike.
While parents are the primary disciple-makers of their own children, the church plays a vital role in supporting parents in this glorious work. At Grace Church we see thisas three things: training, opportunities and resources.
Like any map, there is a starting point (birth) and a destination (launching into adulthood). There are also some markers along the way, but different people will arrive at them at different times. For example, we can’t determine when conversion and baptism will happen in a person’s life, but it’s important to pay attention to this and also pray and work to prepare your kids for this. Even if a child isn’t professing faith in Jesus, it is still important to work toward maturity and godly character.
Now What? (PDF) – What do we do between now and when we go to heaven?
Helping Parents Think Through Baptism With Their Kids (PDF)
Following Jesus Questions to Ask Yourself and Others (PDF)
Follow Me – From the Cross to Glory (PDF)