Discipleship and Faithfulness
We believe that the distinguishing characteristic of those who live in God’s Kingdom is Christ-likeness. Discipleship is the fundamental ministry of the local church which facilitates the development of God’s people. Discipleship small groups are modeled after both Jesus’ discipleship of the original twelve and after the early church.
Growing together and building unity is the heartbeat of the gospel. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus said there are two—to love God, and to love others—and that all of the laws and prophets hang on these two commandments.
Why would every law point to relationship? Because Jesus knows exactly how He made us. Every command is for our good and His glory… God designed us with relationships in mind—we are literally hardwired for relationship.
God created us to crave community. We become the disciples that Jesus seeks when we live relationally together, serve, study, pursue, and worship God together; which is discipleship. We do this when we connect with each other to grow deeper in what it means to be truly human (Love God and love others).
Love for others displayed in ministering to the poor, reaching out to people who are spiritually seeking, serving others, practicing forgiveness, and the like are all signs of the presence of God’s Kingdom and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Those with genuine faith are known by the fruit of their lives and their pattern of faithfulness to Jesus and His commandments. Thus, the local church becomes a counter-culture community, whose members live Christ-centered lives.
For a discipleship small group to be effective, we have to be honest, open, and real with one another. Relationships are messy, but we’re designed for them and God’s grace is abundant.
FCC offers a variety of opportunities to connect. click on our Connect tab
Also check out our Events tab
To join a discipleship small group please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for your small group:
- Check out items in our small group library. See Jay for details
- We provide weekly discussion guides on our Sermons tab for deeper conversations into the topic of the sermon.
- check out our book library in the education wing.
- The Bible Project videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVfwlh9XpX2Y_tQfjeln9QA