Discipleship at Real Life
Discipleship is immensely important to our leaders at Real Life. The Biblical mandate is not to make mere converts, but to make disciples. Yes, making disciples presupposes that conversions will take place, but the process of discipleship goes so much deeper.
Often, we celebrate the salvation of new converts, and then we leave them to teach themselves. This would be like celebrating the birth of a new baby and then leaving it to fend for itself. As a result, many churches are replete with biblically-illiterate converts. This is dangerous! People are confused today—maybe more than ever— about what the truth is. We must become more intentional about training up believers to be disciples, that they may know the truths of God’s Word.
A disciple, in its simplest form, is one who follows a teacher. In the Bible, the original disciples referred to Jesus as “Master.” They dropped everything to follow Him; He transformed their lives. A disciple of Christ is one who knows, understands, and follows the teachings of Jesus. We are called to go into the world and preach gospel, so that more and more people will call Him “Master.” When that happens our job is not complete: our duty is to help them understand and to follow the teachings of Jesus (i.e. the whole Bible).
Pastor Chris's Message on Discipleship
Discipleship on Wednesdays | 7pm - 8pm
Halftime for Kids
Kids, 5 – 11, will enjoy a warm meal followed by Bible Study, Music, and Crafts. Parents always know what we are studying, so they can talk though those truths throughout the week with their children.
Real Life Youth
Students, 12 – 18, meet in our youth room (located in the church basement). They will be inspired through a relevant message and heartfelt discussion. We believe church should be formative, not just fun. Older students will learn fundamental Biblical doctrines and a good defense of the faith, preparing them for college and/or the work force when their beliefs are challenged.
Adult Bible Study
We enjoy going deep into God’s Word on Wednesday evenings. Beginning in February of 2018, we will be going through some of the Fundamental Truths of our Fellowship. Bring your Bible, and join us on Wednesdays at 7!
Cat a What?
One of the most proven discipleship tools, to help believers learn and understand the basic doctrines of the church is through a catechism, which is simply a systematic summary of the principles of Christianity, in the form of questions and answers. A Catechism is not a replacement for the Scriptures, but rather serves as a reinforcement of Biblical doctrines; it is not meant to draw you away from the Word of God, but instead, to draw you deeper into it.
Most catechisms are long and are written in antiquated language, making it difficult for the modern learner. That is why I am so excited about the, recently published, ‘New City Catechism.’ This Catechism—Published by crossway—is written in more modern and simplified language, making it a good tool for the entire church to grow in their understanding and memorization of the teachings found within the Scriptures.
As a church, we are utilizing the New City Catechism as one of our tools for discipleship. The New City Catechism has a free app that you can download; included in this is the youth/adult version of the 52 question and answers and a simplified kid’s version, complete with songs to help children with memorization.
Join us by memorizing one answer and corresponding Scripture, each week this year.
PC gives a brief overview of the New City Catechism
This Week's Question
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How and why did God create us?
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Question: What is God
Answer: God is creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him.
*We decided to take off the last part, “… by His will.” We believe God allows things to happen (such as evil & sin) that He doesn’t necessarily “will.” That being said, He is absolutely sovereign; God allows certain bad decisions, evils, and sins, and yet, supersedes all of these things to accomplish His good and perfect, ultimate plans and purposes.
** The kids version remains the same.
Question: Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?
Full Answer: No, only those who, through repentant faith, are in Christ Jesus.
Kid’s Answer: No, only those who have faith in Christ Jesus.
Additional Scripture to Read: “…because, 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9,10)
Question: What is the Church?
Full Answer: The community of believers, united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.
Kid’s Answer: A community of believers, united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together.
Scripture: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.