What is a Disciple?

What is a Disciple?

A disciple is someone who in repentance has come to faith in Jesus as Savior and is growing in faithfulness to Him.[1]

What are the marks/characteristics of a disciple?

Simply put, we believe that the marks of a growing disciple are the “Three Loves.”

Love for God

A life of worship, growing in biblical wisdom and knowledge, a prayerful life, evidence of the fruits of the spirit

Love for One Another

-Discovering and using spiritual gifts to serve one another as a church family, a life of generosity, living sacrificially and humbly

Love for the Lost

-Living on mission to see friends, family, neighbors, and co-works come to love and follow Jesus


[1] Acts 6:1-2, 7; 9:1, 26; 11:26; 14:21-22; 15:10; 18:23; 19:9

 

What is at stake?

The task of making disciples is becoming increasingly more challenging as North America becomes less and less spiritually inclined.  The following is a brief summary of the sobering reality the church faces in the 21st century as the church seeks to be faithful and fruitful to the mission Jesus has given us. 

As many as 80 to 85 percent, if not higher of American churches are plateaued or dying.[1]  The numbers reveal that between sixty-nine percent (69%) and ninety-four percent (94%) of churched young people will leave the church after graduating from high school, and few will return.[2]  A study done recently with young adults between the ages of eighteen- to thirty-year-olds indicated that more than two-thirds of these young adults in America were dropping out of church between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two.[3]

Additionally, the following is a breakdown of the unchurched by generation.  The unchurched are “those who are not members of a church or have not attended services in the previous six months.”[4]

Builders (1927-1945) – 46 percent unchurched

Boomers (1946-1964) – 51 percent unchurched

Busters/Generation X (1965-1983) – 70 percent unchurched

Mosiacs/Millennials/Generation Y (1984-2002) – 65 percent unchurched


[1]Malphurs, Aubrey.  Strategic Disciple Making.  Pg. 24

[2] McDowell, Josh.  The Last Christian Generation.Green Key Books.  Holiday, FL.  2006. Pg. 13

[3]Rainer, Thom and Sam.  Essential Church.  B & H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN.  2008. Pg. 3

[4] George Gallup Jr.  The Unchurched American-Ten Years Later

 

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