What is Discipleship?

by | Jan 12, 2024 | Faith

What is discipleship, and why is it important to our faith? As discipleship takes center stage for this year, we want to dive into what it is biblically. Join us on a journey through the transformative power of discipleship. The teachings of Jesus will serve as our guide as we delve deeper into the meaning of discipleship.

Biblical Foundation of Discipleship

The cornerstone of discipleship rests firmly in scripture. In Matthew 28:19-20, known as the Great Commission, Jesus imparts the command to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them His ways. Additionally, Proverbs 27:17 emphasizes the iron-sharpening-iron nature of discipleship. This scripture underscores the communal aspect of spiritual growth. 

At the core of discipleship lies Jesus Christ, the epitome of a compassionate teacher. Throughout the Gospels, we witness Jesus investing in the lives of His disciples. He imparts wisdom and demonstrates unwavering love to all of them. His model of servant leadership in John 13:13-17 showcases humility as a cornerstone of discipleship. By examining Christ’s teachings, we uncover a blueprint for discipleship. His example illustrates not just a commitment to imparting knowledge but a profound investment in fostering spiritual growth within a community. In understanding Jesus as the ultimate example, we glimpse the profound impact of discipleship on both individuals and the broader Christian journey.

Our Perspective on Discipleship

At Oak Ridge Baptist Church (ORBC), discipleship is a philosophy deeply ingrained in the fabric of our community. Rooted in the Baptist tradition, our approach to discipleship is centered on the principles of love, community, and spiritual growth. Drawing inspiration from the teachings of Jesus, we view discipleship as a dynamic journey. This section unfolds the distinctive philosophy that shapes discipleship at ORBC. 

Discipleship is not a compartmentalized endeavor at ORBC. It is interwoven into the very DNA of our church values and mission. We integrate this vital component into every aspect of our church life. Our values of compassion, authenticity, and service find expression through discipleship. We strive to foster a culture where individuals are active contributors to the spiritual growth of others. As we align discipleship with our mission, we strive to create an environment where every member is equipped to live out their faith authentically and impact the world around them positively.

Components of Discipleship at ORBC

At ORBC, the power of discipleship is realized through our small-group studies. These gatherings, rooted in fellowship and shared learning, are beneficial for spiritual growth. Acts 2:42 provides a biblical precedent, highlighting the early Christian community’s commitment to breaking bread together and sharing in each other’s spiritual journey. Our Adult Bible Fellowship at ORBC goes beyond mere information exchange. They create bonds, help authentic discussions, and provide a supportive environment where individuals can grapple with their faith questions and experiences.

Mentorship lies at the heart of discipleship at ORBC. We aim to reflect the biblical model of older believers guiding and investing in the lives of the younger generation (Titus 2:3-5). Personal mentorship goes beyond the surface. It offers a one-on-one connection where individuals receive personalized guidance, wisdom, and prayer support. We offer one-on-one mentorship for men, women, and married and engaged couples so you can grow in every stage of your life. Sign up for mentorship with us today! 

Biblical studies is another huge part of discipleship. Daily study of the bible allows us to grow in our relationships with Christ. That is why we provide a daily reading program so our congregation can grow individually as well as in our fellowship opportunities.

Discipleship extends its reach beyond the church walls at ORBC. It manifests in our vibrant community service program “Kindness Culture“. James 2:14-17 underscores the inseparable link between faith and action. It emphasizes the significance of demonstrating love through tangible deeds. Involvement in community service becomes a living expression of discipleship. As believers, we need to actively participate in meeting the needs of others. 

Challenges and Growth in Discipleship

On the discipleship journey at ORBC, challenges are expected and seen as essential for personal growth. This part explores the common hurdles individuals may face—doubts, setbacks, and balancing faith with daily life. We recognize and address these challenges as integral to our discipleship approach, drawing insights from passages like Romans 12:2, which speaks of transforming the mind. 

Facing challenges becomes a transformative element, not just a victory but a profound journey toward resilience and a deeper connection with God. James 1:2-4 emphasizes the transformative nature of trials, showcasing how overcoming challenges contributes to the development of faith, character, and a resilient spirit. This process fosters profound growth that goes beyond surface-level understanding.

Discipleship Beyond the Church Walls

Discipleship at ORBC transcends the confines of the church building, finding relevance and application in the tapestry of everyday life. This segment explores how the principles of discipleship are not isolated to specific times or places but seamlessly integrate into the routine and rhythm of our daily existence. Drawing inspiration from passages like Colossians 3:17, which encourages doing everything in the name of the Lord, we delve into the practical aspects of living out discipleship in our workplaces, homes, and communities.

The call to discipleship extends to every corner of our lives, and in this section, we extend an invitation to readers to embrace discipleship beyond the church setting. Matthew 5:16 serves as a beacon, urging believers to let their light shine before others. By fostering a mindset of continuous learning, intentional living, and purposeful engagement with the world, ORBC encourages individuals to view discipleship as a lifelong journey rather than a sporadic church activity. This call to embrace discipleship beyond the church setting is an invitation to make every moment an opportunity for growth, service, and a living testament to the transformative power of faith.

Learn With ORBC

In conclusion, discipleship at Oak Ridge Baptist Church (ORBC) emerges as a dynamic and transformative journey deeply rooted in biblical principles. From the foundational scriptural references to the real-life impact seen in small group studies, personal mentorship, and community outreach, discipleship at ORBC goes beyond rhetoric—it is a lived experience. Acknowledging the challenges that punctuate this journey, we find that overcoming them becomes a springboard for profound personal and spiritual growth. 

As we wrap up this exploration, we extend an open invitation to embrace discipleship not as a confined church activity but as a continuous, everyday expression of faith. At ORBC, discipleship is not just a program; it is a way of life—a journey where the teachings of Jesus resonate in the hearts of individuals, forging a community that embodies love, growth, and a shared commitment to a faith that extends beyond the church walls.

Contact us to learn more about discipleship and how you can be involved!

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