I am about to contradict what I am teaching in our latest series. Our current series is about the small changes that can make a big difference in our lives. In this devotional, however, I am getting off the reservation for a moment and talking about something I consider big: discipleship. I am doing so because the new year has begun and with it the opportunity for new beginnings, for changes in our lives.
Discipleship requires actions. For example: Read the Bible, worship God and hear from His word by regularly attending worship services. Participate in a Northstar group consistently to help develop relationships with other Christians. Find other Christians that help you grow in your walk with Christ. Attend discipleship classes occasionally to grow in areas of need or areas of interest. And serving others. Serving can range from helping in preschool, or students, to going on a mission trip, serving coffee, or helping set-up the worship center.
Anytime we help someone meet Jesus or grow as a follower of Christ, we are making disciples. Anytime God’s people open His word together, pray together, and share life in and around his gospel, we are making disciples. From gathered worship to small groups to one-on-one relationships—at every level and in each relational context, where the gospel of Jesus is brought to bear on people’s lives in a transformational way, we are making disciples.
At Northstar Church we have a number of training classes that are structured to help you on your spiritual journey in an understandable and doctrinal way. It starts with 101 Membership class. This class is a basic introduction to the Northstar Church family and will help you understand church membership.
201- Maturity is a class that guides you through the essential beliefs every Christian needs to find success in their walk with Christ. We will cover the practical ways to begin spiritual growth and how to continue growing throughout your life.
301- Ministry is a newer class that will help you discover how your personality, gifts, passions, and life experiences work together to fulfill God’s plan for your life.
401- Missions is another newer class about being on mission with God wherever you are. We want to help you learn how to share your story with others in an effort to help others come to know Jesus.
501- Worship is a class that addresses the common misconception that worship is just singing in church on Sundays but it is way more than that. This class is designed to equip you with biblical knowledge of worship in regards to your everyday life and when we gather as the church.
I encourage you to take a big step as you take some other small steps by taking advantage of the next big thing, the classes our church offers. Every one of these classes will help you grow in your walk with God. For information on the classes, talk to your campus pastor, or visit our website at northstar.cc.
1. Have you taken a class at Northstar? If not, why not?
2. Do you understand the process of discipleship?
3. How do Northstar groups play a part in your spiritual development?
4. Which class or classes should you take in 2015?