One of the primary passions of the Elders is for Westside to become a disciple-making church. They have personally committed themselves to be disciple-makers. And they deeply desire that every person in the fellowship learn to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and be regularly involved in making disciples of others.
“Making disciples” must be intentional and involve a process. It needs to include going to people and explaining the Gospel, establishing new believers, teaching them how to obey the Lord, and equipping them to make disciples.
“Making disciples” involves spending time with people within the context of life. It must also be centered in the Word of God as men and women read the Scriptures together and learn to obey what Jesus commanded.
Maybe you never dreamed God could use you to make disciples. Maybe you thought this was a special role reserved for the super-spiritual or so-called "professional" Christians.
But every Christian at Westside can learn to be a committed disciple of Jesus and have a vital part in leading others down the same path of discipleship.
How can you get started in helping someone grow in discipleship? The good news is that there are many excellent study resources available for you to use to help others grow in their faith.
Here are a few ideas. You'll find some of these books in the rack in the church entry.
"Growing in Christ" (NavPress) - This excellent 13-lesson study book covers the basics of the Christian life and is especially suitable for newer Christians. It covers such vital basics as assurance of salvation, how to have victory over sin, how to pray and how to follow Christ.
"Design for Discipleship" series (NavPress) - This series of 7 books explains more in-depth what it means to be a Christ-centered disciple, how to develop Christian character, how to have victory over sin, how to walk by the Holy Spirit and how to grow toward maturity in one's daily life in Christ. A helpful leader's guide is also available.
Emmaus Bible correspondence courses (Emmaus International) - Many Bible study courses are available in both English and Spanish on the basics of the Christian life, Bible survey, book and doctrine studies and studies that meet special needs. Some courses are geared to helping seekers understand the Gospel. Especially recommended for helping new Christians grow are "Lessons for Christian Living" and "Guide to Christian Growth." For more advanced study in Christian growth, we recommend the series of Christian Training Workbooks. "Survey in Basic Christianity" is for new or untaught Christians. "Basic Christian Training" is for growing Christians who want to grow even more. "Intermediate Christian Training" and "Advanced Christian Training" take believers even deeper in discipleship training.
The elders encourage you to get started in personal disciple-making. Follow these 5 steps:
1. Be a disciple yourself
2. Build one-on-one relationships with others
3. Identify those who are spiritually-hungry
4. Offer to help them in discipleship
5. Step out in faith and get started