Saturday, September 8th, 2018
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of a foundation. Without a foundation, a building crumbles to the ground. It topples in a windstorm or an earthquake. Engineers go to great lengths to dig down deep to pour a firm footing before they begin to build upward.
In our spiritual lives, foundations are very important as well. Without a foundational understanding of God’s Word, our faith is subject to the whims of culture, our experiences, or the latest article or meme posted on Facebook.
That’s why discipleship is so important. That is . . . a practical study of the Word of God, with another believer, with the aim of understanding God’s ways and priorities for a follower of Christ.
At Graceway, we call this the Discipleship Course. In reality, discipleship is the life-long sanctification process of changing to become like Jesus Christ. However, the 16-lesson course we call the Discipleship Course lays a firm foundation for our lifelong journey. Therefore, we are going to begin calling this course, “Foundations.”
Foundations helps us understand the nature of salvation, eternal security, baptism, the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, prayer, etc. Without a biblical understanding of these subjects, future studies, sermons, and discussions may leave you confused or your contributions to these discussions may leave others confused.
Foundations is best completed with a brother- or sister-in-Christ who is further on in their walk with Christ, but it doesn’t have to be a pastor or anyone with an official title. The fellowship and accountability that comes with such a discipling relationship is invaluable as you strive to learn and obey scripture together.
If you have never completed the Foundations (“Discipleship”) Course, I urge you to do so. You can reply to this email and express your interest and someone will follow up with you, match you with a discipling partner and get you started on this potentially life-changing pathway.
Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13, ESV)