The first part of the discipleship process is knowing God. Knowing God begins with salvation.
Where do you stand with God?
Romans 10:9 says, “...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
1 John 5: 11-13 is clear: “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
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The believer’s relationship with God and the transformation that results from it form the foundation for the acts of love, service, and evangelism that characterize disciples of Jesus Christ. As illustrated on the previous page, knowing God begins with salvation. This is the moment an unbeliever realizes and accepts the free gift of eternal life and is justified, or welcomed into the family of God on the basis of Christ’s redeeming work on the cross. From that point forward, the focus of the life of the believer is sanctification, which is the process of knowing God and being transformed little by little to be more like Him.
Every believer is a work in progress, being continually sanctified, until the moment of glorification. This is the glorious transformation that occurs when a believer leaves life in this world and enters into eternal life in God’s presence. For disciples of Christ Jesus, sanctification is an ongoing process. We learn to know God and to become more like Him through time spent in worship, the study of His word, and prayer. All of these happen on an individual basis, as well as corporately, as we gather together on Sunday mornings.
It is important to understand that while church activities such as care groups, ministry service and other church sponsored events certainly may contribute to your personal journey toward knowing God, it is not their primary purpose. Rather, these types of activities are intended to enable you to work toward the other two goals of the discipleship process:
Loving His people and Reaching out to an unsaved world.