Growing in relationship with Jesus requires intentionality. We wanted to give you some resources to move forward in a purposeful way to know and love Jesus in deeper ways.
This resource is for small groups who want to intentionally grow together as disciples of Jesus. We believe small groups perhaps provide the most fertile ground for growth, and discipleship is the reason they exist. Discipleship can be characterized as “the holistic care of a small group of people who are consistently experiencing Jesus’ life and teaching together in a healthy discipling environment where they learn to submit every area of life to the lordship of Jesus.” (Saturatetheworld.com, “Creating an Environment for Discipleship”, 8.29.17)
We also want to affirm the growth that happens as a person spends time on their own with Jesus. This resource can be used by individuals who desire to nurture their relationship with Jesus on a personal level.
The CPC Discipleship team spent a year wrestling with what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. We believe the six character traits described below really capture what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and provide the framework for this discipleship resource. Start with the video below and this lesson on anchoring your identity in Jesus whether you're exploring this resource with your small group or on your own.
Traits of a Disciple of Jesus
Our relationship begins when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Because our identity is so anchored in our relationship with Jesus, spiritual practices are important in connecting our hearts to Jesus’ heart. Dig In!
A disciple sees their sin and shortcomings and puts their trust in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to make them right with God. By the grace of Christ, we are loved, accepted and stand before the Father as holy and blameless. Dig In!
A follower of Jesus becomes more dependent on Him as the Holy Spirit aligns our loves and longings to what God desires and wants. As we die to self and find life in Christ, we steadily become more like Him. Dig In!
We are called to gather in worship and live in authentic relationships with one another, to live out the 59 “one anothers” in the New Testament (eg. Love one another). Small groups, Circles, classes, and Sunday Communities are some examples of where we can connect in community. Dig In!
V. A disciple of Jesus makes disciples.
Being a disciple means we are continually helping others move towards greater joy and dependence in Christ. Web page under construction.
VI. A disciple of Jesus serves out of love for Him.
Our love for others is compelled by Christ’s love for us and what he did for us on the cross. The fruit of our dependence on Jesus is how we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. Web page under construction.
How To Use This Resource
- Discuss as a group whether you want to use this resource as a guiding framework. This resource can also be used by individuals who desire to nurture their relationship with Jesus on a personal level.
- Each trait includes a one-time lesson to get you started. Some of the lessons incorporate video teaching along with discussion questions that can be covered in one meeting.
- Meditating on foundational verses for each trait help us hook into the promises of God.
- Explore the other resources together as a group as well as those intended for your own personal use.
- The TouchPoint section is provided to help your group have some conversation about how you’re growing together in each of the character traits. Use these questions before, during and/or after working through some of the resources.