Ministry Process

In Matthew 28:18-20, some of Jesus’ last words to His disciples are in the form of a command. He tells them to go and make disciples. This command applies to all Christians, in all places, at all times. They are to do this by going, baptizing and teaching, this is referred to as the Great Commission. In order to help our members at Faith Crossing better understand what a disciple looks like and how they are made, we have developed a simple diagram to give them some handles, we call it the “Disciple of Jesus.”

At the center of the Venn diagram you will notice a cross, an open Bible, a person kneeling in prayer and two Bible verses, though not exhaustive, these represent essential facets of the inner life of the Disciple of Jesus.

LOVE GOD Worshiping God is central to all that we do at Faith Crossing. The church is made up of all true followers of Christ from all around the world. God has instituted local churches to help Christians grow into the likeness of Christ, this is called discipleship.

We believe that Scripture puts a high priority on worshiping the Father in Spirit and in truth. Jesus said to the woman at the well,

“But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24 (NLT)

Worship can be expressed in many different ways but at Faith we worship God through lifting our voices in praise, giving our resources—money, time and talents, and we believe that our faith is strengthened through the preaching of God’s good news–the Good News about Christ.

SHARE LIFE When we read about the New Testament church in the book of Acts we see that the believers spent a lot of time together studying God’s Word and hanging out with each other. We believe that the same is true today. The healthy church is the one whose members enjoy sharing life together.

“They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer.” Acts 2:42 (NLT)

MEET NEEDS Studying God’s Word together is awesome and can be transforming, but if it stops there we’re missing the point. God’s Word is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If we don’t obey, we are only fooling ourselves. Jesus is our example He was always meeting the needs of others.

“Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.” Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)

Although there are no guarantees that if a person is involved in these three facets of church life, Loving God, Sharing Life and Meeting Needs, they will be well rounded disciples, but we do believe that this is a good starting place.