Steps of Discipleship:
Begin, Belong, Become, and Bless
At First Frisco United Methodist Church, our mission is: “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the
transformation of the world.” This mission could be interpreted in a variety of ways, but we
like to define it using the steps, “Begin, Belong, Become, and Bless” to describe what it means to
live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
BEGIN. Discipleship begins with our relationship with God. Scripture teaches that God has reached out to initiate relationship with us. “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (I John 4:9-10)
Have you accepted God’s gift of love, forgiveness and adoption? If you have questions or are ready to BEGIN by responding to God’s offer of a relationship through Jesus Christ, contact Pastor Mark at email@example.com.
BELONG. Discipleship requires relationship with a church family. Psalms 34:1-3 is just one place where we are encouraged to worship the LORD together. Romans 12, I Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 describe the local church as a human body, and the individual members as important and valuable parts of the body. We are called to gather as disciples of Jesus Christ, and to grow and serve in a way that promotes unity and honors God, collectively as well as individually. Beyond worship, we need to find a small group where we can know and be known, and where we can be challenged and encouraged in our faith.
Are you worshiping every week? Are you connecting to the body of Christ? If you need help BELONGING, contact Pastor Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BECOME. As we open our lives to relationship with God through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit begins to transform our thoughts, words, actions, hopes, dreams and objectives. “To all who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13) This transformation can only happen as we continue to give the Holy Spirit access to our lives through prayer, Bible study, confession, and forgiveness. We learn to “love God back.” “The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” (John4:14)
Are you being transformed by the Spirit? Do you see God’s transforming power at work in and through your life? If you need guidance in BECOMING, contact any of the pastors to learn more.
BLESS. Christian discipleship is not consumerism. Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and the truth is that we will never find true fulfillment until we learn to give our life away; he also said that discipleship requires both loving God and loving others. (Matthew 22:37-40) In I Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul teaches that all of us are spiritually gifted by God. Each of us needs to discover our spiritual gifts, and then offer them freely for the purpose of building up the whole church. Further, each of us needs to make room for the gifts of others and learn to cooperate in ministry. The cooperation of the various members of the church allows a healthy church to be fruitful in making disciples of Jesus Christ. Discover your spiritual gifts by taking the online spiritual gifts inventory.
Financial giving in response to God’s gifts is also taught throughout scripture. To develop spiritually as individuals and to realize ministry potential as a church, we must give both our time and talents, and our money. In II Corinthians 8:1-14; 9:6-8, Paul teaches that all disciples are to give regularly and sacrificially in proportion to their income. This regular, sacrificial and proportionate giving is called “tithing.” Disciples cannot see financial giving as an optional extra, nor can they delegate it to a few special saints in the church.
Are you blessed to be a blessing? Do you want to know more about being the blessing you were intended to be? Contact any of the pastors for ways to serve Christ’s Body here at First Frisco.
In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus gives his disciples the Great Commission - “Go therefore and make disciples…” Most biblical scholars believe that “Go” is best understood to mean, “As you are going.” In other words, disciples of Jesus Christ understand that, wherever they are at any given moment, they are called to make disciples. They know that “going” is a daily response to Jesus’ invitation to “Follow me” - to follow Jesus wherever and whenever He leads for His purposes.
Are you following Jesus? Are you taking others with you? Where is God leading – and are you following?
To join the church is to make a commitment to Christian discipleship. And, every member is asked to reaffirm their own commitment to Christian discipleship every time someone new joins the First Frisco Family. Begin, Belong, Become, and Bless. Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World. AMEN!
If you are interested in becoming a member of First Frisco, please contact me at email@example.com or 972-335-4380. I look forward to meeting with you.