Dream Teams: Part 1 – Discipleship

Kicking off our Dream Team series with part 1, Pastor Chris shares about Discipleship. What does it mean? Where do we get this idea? What does the Bible have to say about discipleship? In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus tells us to make disciples. These are actually some of the last words of Jesus on earth after He had raised from the dead and just before He ascends into heaven. He also says to “teach them to obey” and the best part, “I am with you!” The good days, bad days, days you want to stay in bed, days you want to shrink back, days you feel awesome, dark days, blah days, all the days of your life! But what is discipleship? It is Christian Character Development. In our relationship with God, our Heavenly Father is our source and out of Him we get our identity. He is our creator and each of us is created in the image of God. No matter your background, you are apart of the family of God. Scripture tells us that we are the sons and daughter of Christ. And when we begin to look at our life, we begin to see and identify things that do not line up with being a son for daughter of Christ. There are some habits, actions, things that we do that are not of Christ. We need to come into a place of obedience and get in line with who Christ has created us to be. And when we do that we come back to the Father and become more and more like Him. This is the cycle of discipleship. So how do we structure all of this? We have identified this to be played out in 3 different areas which are highly relational. First in Training. Just once a month for 5 months with videos and articles to read through before a couple hour training session together. Second is in mentor groups of one on few, guys with guys and gals with gals. Third is in small groups. It is all about doing life together. These groups get together and talk about the sermon in a question and answer setting. We pray with one another and walk alongside each other in this thing called life. Patrick Oden and Brian Gillespie share their heart for discipleship and what they dream for it to become here at The River Church.


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