LIFE NOTES

Serving the servants who lead life change.

3 Affirmations About Discipleship

“Making disciples and multiplying disciple-makers.”

It’s more than simply a tag-line. It’s our ongoing assignment as believers in Christ. Individually. Collectively. To worship God by proclaiming His glory so that others may come to know Him. To live a life that seeks to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. In living this way of life centered on Jesus, we will naturally focus ourselves on the task of discipleship.

But how does one actually engage in discipleship and spiritual formation?

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Two Things That Promote A Healthy Pursuit Of Our Vision

Throughout this month we’ve tried to answer “the whys”. “Why do we do what we do?” “Why does our vision matter?” “Why do we pursue our vision in the manner that we do?”

Knowing the answer to “the whys” gives us clarity and freedom to pursue our goal of growth.

Knowing “the whys” gives us the foundation we need, but there are still two things that will encourage a healthy pursuit of our vision.

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Communities That Make Disciples and Multiply Disciple-Makers

During the month of March we’re taking a closer look at why Warren pursues discipleship through “Life Group Communities” and not through “Sunday School Classes”. We discussed why it matters which name we use. We looked at Acts 2 and saw that spiritual formation in the early church happened primarily through relationships within communities not classrooms.

Warren is a community of believers surrendered to the authority of Jesus Christ and dedicated to advancing the gospel together in our neighborhoods and around the world as we make disciples and multiply disciple-makers.

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“Communities” not “classes”

During the month of March we’re taking a closer look at Warren’s strategic decision to pursue discipleship through “Life Group Communities” and not through “Sunday School Classes”.

Until 2006, Warren employed a Sunday School model and many people came to know and grow in Christ during that time. We want to honor our past, but we cannot remain there. Foundationally, Life Group Communities more closely align with our vision for the future. So, we encourage you to change your “c” word from “class” to “community”. Here’s why.Continue Reading

Why We Choose “Life Group Communities”

What follows is an actual real-life conversation that I recently overheard on a Sunday morning at Warren.

[ESTABLISHED MEMBER]
“How long have you and your family been attending Warren?”

[RECENT GUEST]
“About three months now. We recently relocated to Augusta due to a job transfer.”

[ESTABLISHED MEMBER]
“So, did you know anyone here in Augusta before you moved? Do you have any family here?”

[RECENT GUEST]
“No. But we got connected with a Life Group early on and they’ve really become close friends for us.”Continue Reading

Links for Life Groups

In 2015 Warren Augusta Life Groups will demonstrate our embrace of a way of life centered on Jesus by:

  • Abiding in The Word of God.
  • Accepting Spirit-filled accountability.
  • Appropriating our faith for the Mission of God.

Here are a few links that will help you and your Life Group pursue this mission. Please share these links out with your Life Group through email and social media.

Abiding In The Word

Scripture needs to be something you know and carry. Are you learning The Word? Are you committing the 52 verses to memory?

Here are two resources that will help you be successful with Bible memorization:

Accepting Spirit-Filled Accountability

Christians were not saved to live in isolation. We were saved to do life together. To be iron sharpening iron. Within the fabric of our Life Groups communities at Warren, Discipleship Partners are designed to support believers as they surrender to the authority of Jesus Christ.

Click here to learn more about Warren’s Discipleship Partners and how you can launch these discipleship groups.

Appropriating Our Faith For The Mission Of God

God isn’t interested in us simply learning The Word and loving The Word so that it’s all an interior thing, God wants us to live The Word. The Bible is not just a book to know, it’s a book to do. James challenges us “to be doers of the word and not hearers only”.

Here are two ways you can mobilize your Life Group to appropriate their faith for the mission of God:

  • Support the Mega Yard Sale. Click below to watch a video from Grant Janik, Warren’s Student Pastor.
  • Adopt an Upward Baseball Team. Click below to watch a video from Drew Robinson, Warren’s Sports Director.

Thank you for all you do to make disciples and multiply disciple-makers!

Multiplying Disciple-Makers | Jesus’s Example

Last week we defined a disciple-maker as a disciple of Christ who uses God-given spiritual gifts to lead others to become disciples of Christ. Making disciples is one task. Multiplying disciple-makers is another.

We multiply disciple-makers when we prepare disciples to “go and make disciples”. We do this through ongoing equipping, mentoring, challenging and encouraging, empowering and sending. It requires investment, commitment, and patience.

Jesus multiplied disciple-makers. It is an obvious statement but one that we need to be reminded of. Jesus came not just to make disciples but to equip those disciples for service in His Kingdom. The Gospels give a very clear picture of how Jesus went about this task.Continue Reading

Discipleship Partners

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

What are Discipleship Partners?

Within the fabric of our Life Groups communities, Discipleship Partners are designed to support believers as they surrender to the authority of Jesus Christ.

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What is a “disciple-maker”?

Our Mission

Warren is a community of believers surrendered to the authority of Jesus Christ and dedicated to advancing the gospel together in our neighborhoods and around the world as we make disciples and multiply disciple-makers.

Most of us are familiar with what a disciple is but what exactly is a “disciple-maker”?

What is a Disciple-Maker?

A disciple-maker is a disciple of Christ who uses God-given spiritual gifts to lead others to become disciples of Christ.Continue Reading

What is a “disciple”?

Our Mission

Warren Baptist Church is a community of believers surrendered to the authority of Jesus Christ and dedicated to advancing the gospel together in our neighborhoods and around the world as we make disciples and multiply disciple-makers.

But what exactly is a “disciple”? And how do we go about the task of making them? Let’s start by looking at Scripture.

Biblical Perspective

The biblical word that translates to our English “disciple” is the Greek word mathētēs (pronounced mah-thē-tēs). Mathētēs mean “learner” or “student”. Jesus says that a disciple is first and foremost a student of God’s word. “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in My Word, you are truly my disciples…’” (John 8:31)Continue Reading