Rhythm of a Disciple
MOMENTS teach the importance of awareness and grace with the goal of helping disciples and future disciples become aware of those ‘special God-ordained moments’ (‘KAIROS’ in Greek) in life, where God is trying to get our attention, to lead us to repentance and belief. Those times when grace abounds.
RELATIONSHIPS teach the importance of UP – IN – OUT: relationship with God above via worship (UP), with those whom we are connected in smaller settings, as in a small group or discipleship group (IN) and the relationships we have with neighbors and co-workers and/other ‘other’, on the margins of society (OUT).
SPIRITUAL FORMATION is learning and practicing the SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES, as well as prayer practices and inductive Bible study. Formation shapes the core of a disciple. Some of the disciplines and prayer practices are as follows: Contemplation, Silence, Solitude, Fasting, Rest, Simplicity, Contemplative Prayer, Practicing the Presence, Secrecy, Examen, Centering prayer, Shema, St. Patrick’s Breastplate, etc. Practicing these are essential parts of one’s Spiritual growth.
STORY is a key element to presenting and living the Gospel. It is vital for disciples an future disciples to learn and understand the story of God (and his plan for redemption and restoration of the world), discerning how that story intersects with their own personal story. It is also vital that disciples learn to listen to the story of others. Listening is the lost art of evangelism. After hearing and interpreting the story of others, one can better know how to present the story of God to them and can better understand how to serve them. Learning, practicing and sharing stories has been a part of our faith since the very beginning.
CALLING helps disciples begin to fully realize and comprehend where God might be leading them. Disciples are best utilized when serving in areas of passion. The goal is to help disciples find their sweet spot – for the purpose of living our their God-given calling in life, for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 4 and the Five Fold ministry is one of a few places that offer guidance for all disciples, so that they might understand how to live out their gifts and abilities.
GOING is often the easiest, yet most misused aspect of discipleship. When we think of ‘GO’ we think of mission trips and service projects. Both are certainly major parts of the churches mission and vision, but ‘going’ also means leaving the comfortable confines of the church building or our homes for the purpose of ministering, discipling and building relationships with the ‘other.’ Just like what Matthew 28:16-20 tells us, we are to ‘go’ and ‘make’ disciples an to teach them to obey. The going and the making are not mutually exclusive.
When we embrace our SENTNESS as disciples, we live out our generosity through acts of kindness and ordinary attempts to bless others. It is also in our GOING that we discover those ‘persons of peace’ (Luke 10:5-7) that God places in our path, in which we have the opportunity to bless, serve and disciple.
Disciple-making comes out of our GOING.