What is “discipleship” and what do we do about it at Forest Brook?
Most churches will tell you that Jesus left his followers with a mission before he returned to heaven. We call it “the Great Commission” and we read about it in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go, and make disciples of all people, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.”
“Disciple” isn’t a word we use very often these days. It simply means “student”. Maybe a better picture of this word, to borrow from the Star Wars movies, is that of a “young padawan-learner”. Inherent in the concept is the idea that the apprentice is intended to become more like the master over time. Discipleship, therefore, is about being shaped to become like something – or in this case, someone. And for Christians that someone is Jesus.
The important thing to understand about this mission is that it’s pretty all-inclusive. Jesus didn’t just want people to “believe” in him, if that meant nothing major in their lives. He wanted people to understand him and to follow his teaching in their own lives.
How do we “disciple” one another at Forest Brook?
Discipleship is more than a step-by-step development program. Some things can be taught, and other things need to be caught, in our journey as Christ-followers. So at Forest Brook we try to build disciples through both learning and experiential opportunities.
Such as, Small Groups, Bible School and Service Opportunities