Discipleship 1

The Vision (Vol. 1 – 1)

 

Earlier this year we, at Heart of Faith Church, launched Vision2022. This represents our vision and plan for the period of 2018-2022.

 

The core of Vision2022 is focused on a renewed obedience and response to Jesus’ exhortation to “make disciples.” Our dream is that by the year 2022 our entire church body would become aligned with living out the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20. We see an ever-growing community of men, women, students, children, and families who are passionately committed to a life of Biblical obedience and prayer, a body of believers desperate to reach and be in relationship with the lost in all corners of our community and world in order to bring them into a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. We want to redefine what it means to “belong” to Heart of Faith Church, moving everyone closer to Jesus—from passive consumers to active and passionate followers. WE WILL BE DISCIPLES WHO MAKE DISCIPLES.

 

The church God wants us to become:

 

Therefore, moving forward, we will be a church that fulfills Jesus’ instruction to make disciples. This means there is an understood expectation among attenders and members that Heart of Faith is about making disciples and that we have a culture where discipleship is the clear mandate. Discipleship means teaching people to obey all that Jesus commanded with the goal of equipping other disciples to obey all that he commanded and lead lives guided by His Word. People will be equipped to experience continuous growth and progress in following Christ more closely and are expected to multiply that understanding and passion for Christ-filled living by sharing it with others. There will be an ever-increasing number of Christ followers who understand their true role as a disciple of Jesus and are consistent in pursuing their personal walk with Christ, the greatest evidence of which, as recorded in Matthew 22:36-40 and Luke 10:27-28, is an ever-increasing love for God with all that we are and an ever-increasing love for others. These two evidences cannot and must not be separated as the intangible fruits of our growth as disciples of Jesus. We believe that growing people change. It should be impossible to follow Jesus for any length of time and not change both internally and externally–in thought, motive, attitude, word and deed. While God is graciously patient with us, disciples of Jesus are constantly confronted with the areas of our lives that do not reflect the heart and character of God which He longs to develop within us. Disciples of Jesus grow, not for the sake of growth, nor for the sake of increased knowledge, but for the sake of loving God with all that we are and loving our neighbors as ourselves. The men and women of Heart of Faith will be passionate about introducing people to Jesus and mentoring them. We will celebrate growth we witness in the lives of people – stories will be told, the work God is doing inside of discipleship relationships will be celebrated and glory will be given to God. Our heroes will be those who are equipping others to lead lives based more fully on the Word of God and sharing the love of Christ with others.

 

In the weeks ahead we will be exploring Discipleship more fully in this Blog. We trust that you will join us in this life changing journey at Heart of Faith. Your first step is to join a Community Group and also attend our Sunday afternoon Discipleship Equipping Class.