As you know from time to time “we” your pastors include a blog post into my normal “from me” blog post. So, here is one from “us” on the theme of Disciple: Be One, Make One.
A Culture of Discipleship
Most dictionaries define a culture as “the shared values, goals and practices that
characterize a group.” That’s what we have in mind when we talk about wanting to encourage and develop a “culture of discipleship” at Calvary Baptist Church.
We want to see discipling one another as an obvious characteristic of our church—not
merely as a program or activity—but as a basic part of the fabric of our church community.
While formal programs have their place, in this case we think that would fall short of the
Biblical ideal. We want to encourage a culture where it is simply normal for members, out
of love for Christ and one another, to take the
initiative to build relationships with other
members with the deliberate goal of mutual spiritual growth. One of the main
concerns of the New Testament writers is that all the Christians in the various
churches would be active in encouraging one another in the faith (Hebrews 3:13; Romans
12:10; 1 Thess. 5:11). We want to encourage a culture where members don’t have to sign
up for anything or get any special permission before they can begin to love one another in
this Biblical way. We hope and pray for a culture where member initiative, not a pastor-
sustained effort, keeps these deliberate, loving relationships going.
So, if there is not a set program, how do we go about developing a discipleship relationship
and in turn, building a discipleship culture within our church? Here are a few practical
1. Pray for the Lord to direct you to a brother (if you are a man) or sister (if
you are a lady) in our church family with whom you could develop a mutually edifying
2. Take a step of faith to initiate that relationship. See if that brother or sister would
commit to a regular meeting time.
3. When you meet, consider doing one of the following: (1) discuss how God
worked in your heart through the prior Sunday’s sermon; (2) read a book that
addresses some subject of spiritual growth and discuss a chapter each time; (3) read
through or outline your way through a book of the Bible and meet to compare and
share your study; (4) pray together about specific areas of needed growth; (5) take
the current ABF series and talk about its specific application to your own lives. (This
list is not exhaustive, but suggestive of the types of things you could do to encourage
one another spiritually.)
It’s not so important exactly what you do but that you simply decide to relate to another
member of Calvary Baptist Church with the intentional aim of encouraging them with truth
from God’s Word. Discipleship relationships are to be the norm (part of the culture) of a
spiritually healthy church, and they develop as each member commits to being part of
this kind of relationship and takes the personal initiative to engage in one.
Will you take this step of faith and get involved in a discipleship relationship within our