Discipleship is a journey in developing your personal faith walk with Jesus.
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said.
What is discipleship?
Discipleship is an open door for growing as a Christian. A disciple is simply someone who believes in Jesus and seeks to follow him in his or her daily life. Discipleship is an experiential commitment to the process of following Jesus. This means opening the heart to learning, accountability, and applying the truth of the Gospel of Jesus to our daily faith walk. This is best accomplished when we can meet with a mature Christian mentor/discipler who can guide us in an authentic process of Christian growth.
Discipleship happens in the context of relationship. This is exemplified and modeled by Jesus Himself. In the three years following their initial call to follow Jesus, the disciples would grow in their relationship and understanding of God's promise, but also in their relationship and fellowship with one another as they walked through real life together. Discipleship is for us today one of the most, if not the most, important commitment we can make! Practically speaking, discipleship is most beneficial in one on one settings, or in “micro-pods” of two or three.
SALVATION is a one-time event. It happens the moment someone believes in Jesus for everlasting life. DISCIPLESHIP is a long term process of growth. Jesus advised us to be His disciples!
Are you ready?
If you are interested in being discipled, please check out the following opportunities!
A prerequisite (required) course for Discipleship (for men, women, couples) is:
“Pathway to Freedom” a Christian life study course written and taught by Pastor Glenn Brown.
Find true freedom in your life from past hurts, unforgiveness, unresolved issues, and trauma.
Pathway to Freedom Class starts Wednesday, October 7th, 7:00-8:30PM, in the Fellowship Hall.
The class includes a personal ministry time. All materials provided at the first class. Sign up below! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This class fully unravels the realities of our faith journey in the context of lives being lived out in a world fraught with sin, temptation, and trials. It is an extremely important curriculum for those wanting to be discipled and engage in a discipleship experience, as well as those individuals who would be interested in mentoring or discipling others. It is filled with valuable insight into spiritual warfare and the impact of living in an imperfect world with imperfect families and imperfect life experiences. That includes all of us.
This course is far more than a teaching in deliverance (although that is part of the instruction)…it is a course that will prove helpful in all areas of our personal faith journey and in our understanding of those around us. It provides solid, practical input for “life,” based on the Word of God. If you have already taken the course, please sign up again for a “repeat,” as it is the kind of curriculum that can expand with each journey through it.
Resources for Discipleship
Books That May Be Used for Reading and Discussion:
Going through the Gospel of John is great for new believers. Reading one Psalm and several verses in the book of Proverbs provides a great discussion base!
Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan David C. Cook Publishing, 2012
(See reference below for accompanying videos).
Set Yourself Free by Robert D. Heidler - Published by Glory of Zion International Ministries, 2010.
Basic study in understanding the attempts of our enemy (the devil) to influence and oppress us. This book is a valuable resource for every Christian! It serves as a basic manual for pre-deliverance, deliverance, and self-deliverance so the believer can walk in new freedom. Great resource for Christian growth!
Experiencing the Spirit: Developing a Living Relationship with the Holy Spirit by Robert D. Heidler - Published by Glory of Zion International Ministries, 1999.
Canyon View Vineyard Church Discipleship Guidebook Printed by CVVC.
This book is available for free, upon request through CVVC office. Great for new believers!
You can also access this booklet online here: CVVC Discipleship Guidebook
Community: Where God Dwells by Eddy Leo
Great condensation of the purpose for gathering and growing according the the scriptural, new testament model of discipleship. The relational aspect is emphasized! Simple, concise, & short! Available only on Kindle.
Videos That May Be Used for Watching and Discussion:
Through Canyon View Vineyard Church, you have free access to an exciting new video library called RightNow Media. After signing up, you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more. You can view these videos from your phone, tablet or computer. And you can also view them in a group setting through a TV or projector.
Series to dive into within RightNow Media:
Multiply Series by Francis Chan
Discipleship, the Road Less Taken by Greg Laurie
Recommended Online Courses
This course is purchased an online course, with no deadlines on completion. Once you purchase it for $117, you can access it and use it for your entire lifetime. It is a great course.
Ministries that lead to discipleship
Cell Groups are our primary vehicle for discipleship. Being in a cell group will provide you with the opportunity to move into discipleship relationships and to experience living more missionally week in and week out.
This discipleship model is not a classroom/pew sitting style of learning, but a relationship based model where people are raised up by "alongsiders". These are people who come alongside others and focus 1x1 with other cell members so they can be a 'world changer'; dealing with one's obstacles to growth in life. The goal is to help people move into God's purposes for their lives.
Our Cell Groups are growing in number at Canyon View. Hosted in homes, coffee shops and even at the church, there are many groups for you to explore as you search for the one that’s right for you. Cell groups are your next step for spiritual growth and development.
For more information call the church at (970) 242-7970 and ask for Marty Estes or email Marty at Martye@canyonviewchurch.com
Relating to each other is so important to us at Canyon View Vineyard Church that it is one of our core values. One of the ways we relate to one another is through one-on-one discipleship. We know that in a large church like CVVC, it can be hard to get to know new people; that is why we host "Gatherings" so that men, women, young adults and families can fellowship together in hopes that stronger relationships can form.
More on this to come soon!
The Second Thursday of every month
6 PM - 8:30 PM
Chapel Reception Hall
A light meal, fellowship, worship, an encouraging message and free childcare.
The third Wednesday of every month
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Awaken Building (West of Main Building)
Fellowship, worship, an encouraging message and free childcare.