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discipleship journey

what is the ‘discipleship journey’?

Jesus said to his disciples before he ascended to the Father, “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.” (see Matthew 28:19)

The process of discipleship is a journey for all believers. It starts with salvation and continues for the rest of our lives. Reaching our God given potential requires us to engage in this process of growth. The Discipleship Journey is a model we have created to help people find their next step and start to move forward in their faith. Typically, as we mature as Christians, we move from inner transformation (‘me’ steps) to others focused (‘us’ and ‘them’ steps).

What is your next step? Explore the steps below and find out!

me

salvation

salvation

water baptism

water baptism

holy spirit baptism

holy spirit baptism

prayer & word life

prayer & word life

freedom

freedom

us

church

church

small group

small group

serving

serving

giving

giving

discovering your calling

discovering your calling

them

evangelism

evangelism

discipling

discipling

leading

leading

living out your calling

living out your calling

missions

missions

got questions?

salvation

Are you saved? The Discipleship Journey starts with salvation. Accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour transfers us from death to life. All our sins are forgiven, and we are gifted with everlasting life.  

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) 

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  • Attend a Sunday Service. Plan your visit here.
  • Pray this prayer: “Dear Jesus, I thank you that you love me, I believe that you died for my sins and rose again. I accept you as Lord of my life. Please come into my heart and fill me with the Holy Spirit. I choose to follow you for the rest of my days. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” 
  • Register for the next Alpha Course.

water baptism

Are you all in? Baptism by immersion is symbolic of union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is necessary for followers of Jesus since you are openly declaring that your old self, which lived independent of God’s will, is being put to death and buried, and you are now a new creation, living with Christ for Christ. 

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4) 

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holy spirit baptism

Have you been filled with the Holy Spirit? The first disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the sign was that people were speaking in tongues. The Holy Spirit gave them the power necessary to fulfil their ministry. We too need the Spirit for the life God is calling us into.  

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4) 

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  • Attend an Encounter Night.
  • Ask a leader to pray for you to receive the Holy Spirit in Small Group or in a Sunday Service.
  • Pray this prayer yourself: “Holy Spirit come and fill me.” 

prayer & word life

How is that personal time with God going? Prayer is how we communicate with God, and the bible is necessary for discerning His will for our lives. These two essential Christian devotions will fuel your spirit and renew your mind. When we devote time to them, we provide a platform for the Holy Spirit to transform us. When we go through challenges the bible provides us with a fresh perspective, and prayer brings the breakthrough.

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

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freedom

Are there habits in your life you need to break? The truth is everyone has either unhelpful or destructive habits that require breaking. When a person is saved there are immediate changes that take place, but there are also some changes that take time. Although our spirit is brought to life, our mind requires renewing, and this process can take some time. The journey to find freedom can be challenging but at the same time massively rewarding. God wants His people to get free and live the full life he has for them.

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church

Are you attending Church weekly? The word for Church in the bible is Ekklisía and it translates as, the called-out ones. In Acts 2 we read about the early church. They would gather daily to connect, fellowship and worship. Church today operates the same way. We are all called to be connected into a local church.  

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another. (Hebrews 10: 24-25) 

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small group

Are you connected and being discipled? In Acts 2 it says the early church, “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”. This is speaking of discipleship where we grow to become more like Jesus. Small Groups help people connect and grow here at Bright.  

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers. (Acts 2:42) 

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serving

Are you regularly serving? This is love, to serve one another. Everyone is called to use their gifts and talents to build God’s kingdom. We can practically do this by serving in His church. When we serve, we not only make a difference in the world, but God transforms us in the process.  

And the King will answer them, truly I say to you, as you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:40)  

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  • Attend Growth Track.
  • Already completed Growth Track? Contact us here to join a team!

giving

Are you generous with your treasure? Generosity is a fruit of the spirit and flows out of a believer’s heart. It is easy in our culture to become enamored with our possessions, but the scriptures teach us the importance of giving. Giving is an act of worship and a sign of a transformed heart.  

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9: 6-7) 

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discovering your calling

Do you know what you are called to do? A tricky question but one discovered in active pursuit of Jesus. The truth is everyone is graced and gifted by God for their unique calling. In Ephesians 4 we learn that God has appointed the APEST (Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists, and Shepherds) to lead His church. All people tend to align with one or multiple of these archetypes. If you feel stuck and unsure about what yours is, let us help you figure it out.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

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evangelism

When did you last share the gospel? Evangelism is simply telling people about Jesus. This can look like sharing your testimony, explaining the scriptures, or inviting someone to church. Our primary calling as disciples is to do this very thing.  

He said to them, go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (Mark 16:15) 

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  • Get involved in ‘Change Your World Week’, a termly missional outreach week.
  • Join a missional Small Group.
  • Invite a friend to a Sunday Service.

discipling

Who are you discipling? Discipling people looks like journeying with them, teaching them to obey the commands of Jesus. This is something we can overlook, fail to prioritize, or disqualify ourselves from. The truth is, if you are just a step ahead of somebody, you can help disciple them. 

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. (Matthew 28: 19-20) 

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leading

How are you influencing people? John Maxwell says, ‘Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.’ Since we all influence people to a degree, we all are leaders. As we grow in spiritual maturity this should correlate with stepping up our responsibility. At Bright we believe leadership centres around honour. We honour each other by being humble, hungry, and smart.

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. (Hebrews 13:7)

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  • Start a Small Group.
  • Serve on the Dream Team and look for opportunities to lead where you are.
  • Sign up for the Bright Internship (runs annually).

living out your calling

Are you truly living out the call on your life? In Ephesians 4 we learn that God has appointed the APEST (Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists, and Shepherds) to lead His church. All people tend to align with one or multiple of these archetypes. After discovering our calling, we need to live it out. Maybe you are called to be an evangelist? Or an electrician? Or a doctor? Or an evangelistic electrician! The point is we should live as we are called.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. (Ephesians 4:1)

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missions

What are you doing to address the brokenness in the world? Missions are initiatives that bring God’s kingdom into broken places. As we mature as disciples, we develop a heart that longs to see the world transformed. At Bright we have engage with our community through mission projects every term.  

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40-41) 

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  • Get involved in ‘Change Your World Week’, a termly missional outreach week.
  • Join a missional Small Group.
  • Join the Local Missions Team at Bright Church.