In Matthew 28:18, Jesus commissioned the church to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”. Even before Jesus’ resurrection, when we would find Philip, he would often be bringing people to Jesus. In Acts 8:26-38 (NRSV) we find Philip continuing to faithfully execute his commission. In response to a prompting from the Holy Spirit Philip left the crowds and went to the country where he met an Ethiopian official struggling to understand a section of Isaiah as he was returning to his home country. We read in Acts 8:35 “Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.”
Ministry of Discipleship
Mission: To live “The Great Commission”
Jesus’ last words to his disciples in Matthew is called “The Great Commission”, which commissions the faithful to baptize new believers, and teach them everything that Jesus taught first. Jesus tells the disciples that it is their duty to do it, and by fulfilling their mission, they will ensure that Jesus is with them always, to the very end.
Goal: Encourage and Enable Jenkins Church to invite others into the community of faith.
As Christians live out our faith in Jesus Christ as Messiah to all, it is our joy to invite others into the community of believers. It is good news that we have, and good news we share by how we love God and others through deed and word. One goal of the Ministry of Discipleship is to identify modern methods of evangelism that focus on engaging 21st century nonbelievers through our obvious love of God and neighbor.
Goal: Offer eclectic and excellent discipleship opportunities.
While our history holds “faith alone” as a central tenant, we also recognize that faith demands our growth in discipleship, what our tradition terms “sanctification” The Ministry of Discipleship should then offer a wide spectrum of discipleship opportunities, and invite participation in conjunction with other ministries. These might include hands-on service opportunities, travel, in-depth formal study, women or men’s groups, covenant groups, Christian introduction classes, unique off-campus studies, or any other idea which furthers people’s understanding of the Faith.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
One of our most popular discipleship opportunities occurs on Wednesday nights when Pastor Jason leads a Bible study. We typically start the study at 6:30 pm following a fellowship dinner at 5:45 pm. It is an academic presentation on a topic or section of the Bible, but Jason keeps the mind-provoking questions firing to keep us all engaged. It is not uncommon for some who regularly attend other churches to sit in on this class. You will be welcome and we promise not to proselytize. We have adults of all ages as well as an engaged group of youths who attend. We don’t regularly have daycare but the younger folks are welcome, and a room is available where the service is streamed if a parent wishes to take them out for a bit while still keeping up with the study. This news post lists a few of the past studies, with links to their video recordings. Here is a short video clip from one of the studies to give you a flavor for it.