“What might happen if all of God’s people recognised that the whole of their lives mattered to God, not just because He cares for them (though, of course, He does) but because their ordinary lives can be directly involved in God’s mission?”
Imagine Church: Releasing Whole-Life Disciples Hudson (2012) p.16
Some people think that discipleship is some advanced form of Christianity, reserved only for the few. But nothing could be further from the truth. Discipleship is about how we encourage, support, and motivate each other to live our lives fully for Christ on our frontlines – those interactions and situations that make up our everyday lives in the office, the classroom, and amongst our family and friends.
The apostle Peter writes:
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you — from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.
Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.
1 Peter 2: 9-17, The Message
Here at BPC, discipleship takes place in so many different ways. Here are just a few examples:
Lifebuilders – For 30 minutes after Sunday morning service – an opportunity to feedback on the sermon, hear from a missionary speaker or explore big ideas about faith and culture.
Library – Books covering a range of topics including Christian fiction, apologetics, missionary biographies, Christian living and so much more, are available to borrow from the Welcome Desk and the Resource Room.
Courses – From time to time courses like the Network Course or Contagious Christianity are available to help equip and inspire.
Marriage Course – This course is for any couple who wants to invest in their relationship, whether you have been together for 2 years or 50 years, and whether you have a strong relationship or are struggling. This course usually runs once a year.
If you would like more information about discipleship at BPC, or have ideas for topics to cover at Lifebuilders or a course that other you think other members of the congregation might be interested in then please do contact us at email@example.com