A disciple is simply a learner or a pupil. Thus, we are all disciples. The question that must be answered is who or what is our teacher? Whom or what are we devoted to or identified with? In Acts 2:42, we are told that the early church was “devoted to the Apostles teaching”. Their devotion was directly connected to their learning, and the gospel was at the heart of everything they learned.
A disciple in the Christian sense is one who is devoted to Jesus, a learner of Jesus, a pupil of Jesus, and a reflection of Jesus.
A key way to grow in your faith is to go deep into discipleship with a few other people. At Redemption City Church, we call these intentional discipleship groups "Core Communities". Core Communities are small, simple groups of 2-3 men or women who meet regularly to help one another fight for faith in the gospel. Steer clear of religious performance and spiritual indifference by centering your faith in the gospel. The goal of a discipleship group is to repent from sin, rejoice in Christ, and reproduce disciples.
How to Get Started
Getting started with a Discipleship Group is a simple 3-step process:
Step 1: Download and follow the process outlined in the Core Communities Material.
Step 2: Choose a friend or two.
Core Communities are relationally driven, so meet with people you want to go deep with. Start by checking with those you know in your City Group. Establish an agreed upon level of confidentiality within your group. Make a commitment to one another. Core Communities of uncommitted people simply don’t promote gospel-centered discipleship.
Step 3: Set a regular time and place to meet.
One of the first things you should do is sync your calendars for a regular meeting time. If you don’t schedule a regular meeting time, you won’t meet regularly. Meet once a week or every other week. Allow at least an hour for discussion and prayer.
We believe that following this simple Biblical process will absolutely transform your walk with Christ. Remember, fight for faith in the gospel. For every look at sin, look ten times at Christ!