Luke 6:40 – A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
Luke 14:26, 27 – “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
There is no higher calling than to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Nothing compares to knowing and following the Savior of the world. To know Him is to love Him, and to follow Him is a wonderful adventure. Still, the discipleship journey is full of pitfalls and snares that threaten to lead us away from the narrow path that leads to heaven. If the devil had his way, every Christian would be lulled to spiritual slumber or led into forbidden paths that would steal the heart away from God. Therefore, it is not enough to merely become a baptized Christian. It is imperative that we continue to grow into active and mature disciples of Christ.
One of our strategic goals is to: “Encourage all of our members to go through the discipleship handbook, preferably with someone else”
The Discipleship Handbook will benefit anyone seeking such an experience with Jesus. Its primary use is in conjunction with the accompanying Mentor’s Guide as part of a 6-month discipleship process for Seventh-day Adventist church members. The 26 chapters in this handbook correspond with 26 weekly meetings between member and mentor. Over these 26 weeks, indispensable spiritual habits will be formed. Without these vital components of the Christian life, we are in danger of having a form of godliness without the power (see 2 Timothy 3:5). The Discipleship Handbook, when approached with a sincere heart, is a tool that can keep the heart burning with love for Christ and the life active in ministry to others. To aid in this development is the purpose of the Discipleship Handbook.
“Under the leading of the Holy Spirit, this important Discipleship Handbook and accompanying Mentor’s Guide, adding to the many wonderful resources produced by the church, will help fulfill God’s great commission to ‘Go … and make disciples’ (Matthew 28:19). What a privilege to be part of this great commission and final loud cry to the world, sharing the everlasting gospel in the context of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14. This handbook puts into action the marvelous counsel from the Spirit of Prophecy, ‘The work of God in this earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work and unite their efforts with those ministers and church officers’ (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 117). Jesus is coming soon! So lift that banner high and tell of the One who has given us salvation and who will soon return to take us home! Maranatha!” — Ted N. C. Wilson, President, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
“One of the greatest needs in Seventh-day Adventist evangelism today is nurturing new converts. The Great Commission is to ‘make disciples’—not merely to baptize. Without a well thought through, intentional strategy of discipleship, new converts will often be spiritually weak or leave the church altogether. The Discipleship Handbook is a practical guide for new converts. It shares how they can grow in Christ and provides an understanding of the life and culture of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This ready reference guide for new converts provides the biblical foundation for them to be strong in the faith themselves and also Spirit-filled witnesses for Christ. I highly recommend it for pastors and evangelists and plan to provide it to the newly baptized converts in our evangelistic meetings.” — Mark Finley, International Evangelist
“Continuing to grow in faith is the privilege of all believers. The Discipleship Handbook will encourage your growth as a disciple of Christ, connecting you with the powerful principles of God’s Word and leading you deeper into a fulfilling relationship with Jesus.” — John Bradshaw, Speaker/Director, It Is Written
Starting on February 1, 2021 we will begin a 6-month journey as we go through the Discipleship Handbook together. Click below to join the journey.