Discipleship is all about following our Lord Jesus Christ and learning to live by the wisdom of His Word. When Jesus called His first disciples, the plan was to spend time together with Him (Mark 3:14) and learn from Him. Christ called those men to follow him, and learn from Him. At the end of His earthly ministry Jesus met with those disciples and told them to spend the rest of their lives making disciples and teaching them to observe all that He had taught them.
Coastal Community Church takes seriously Christ’s commission to “go and make disciples.” Our mission as a church is to make biblical disciples by building intentional relationships.” Discipleship is more than Bible study, it is more than learning ministry skills. Discipleship in its most biblical form is entering into a relationship with one or more people with the result being the progress toward Christian maturity. The process of Christian maturity is both divine and human. The Scriptures say, “God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns (Philippians 1:6).” The Scripture also says in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” It is with that end in mind that we provide a number of opportunities for discipleship to take place.
Practices that Result in Maturity
- Through Bible reading and prayer the Holy Spirit is given more and more control of our life resulting in Christian maturity. CCC provides tools and resources to encourage this process.
- Community Groups are a great place to start the discipleship process. In our community groups, we all grow stronger in our relationship to Christ as we sharpen one another.
- iDisciple1 is a very simple three step process that will allow you to disciple one other person 45 minutes a week for 32 weeks. At the end of 32 weeks the person you disciple will begin discipling someone new and you will disciple someone new.
- Bible studies, mission projects, ministry opportunities, evangelism, serving one another all contribute to the process of Christian maturity.
- Worship is necessary for growing to full maturity in Christ.