Discipleship is not a word that is commonly used outside Christian circles. A disciple is like a student – someone who learns from another. In Biblical times a disciple would follow the teaching of a Rabbi (teacher). The disciple or student would follow the instructions and way of life of the Rabbi.
The Bible says that all Christian’s become disciples of Jesus, they study His life and teaching and follow His ways. The New Testament teaches that faithful and reliable believers are to teach others. At Hope Church we want to ensure as best we can that ever person who decides to follow Jesus grows in their faith and develops spiritual maturity. For this reason, we are deliberate in discipling new believers.
Each new believer has a reliable and faithful believer available to them to help them get started in their Christian faith, however long that may be. They will answer any questions they may have, help them navigate life as a Christian and help them to be able to pray and read and understand the Bible effectively. This close friendship helps new believers get the start that they need.