Discipleship is growing in imitating Christ. It means growing in the character of Christ (becoming more like Him), and the competency of Christ (doing what He did). One helpful way to pursue growth is to focus on these seven basic marks of discipleship:
- Constant in Prayer A disciple has an active prayer life, and is growing in praying with and for others.
- Grounded in the Word A disciple is constantly in the Word – reading, studying, memorizing, following and applying the Word for daily life.
- Faithful in Worship A disciple is dedicated to faithful worship, worshiping with others weekly, and cultivating a personal/family devotion life.
- Spiritual Friendships A disciple lives his or her faith in relationship, participating in a discipling group or study group.
- Loving Service A disciple seeks to love all people, and strives to serve people inside and outside the St. John’s family.
- Intentional Generosity A disciple is growing in generosity, giving time, talent and treasure to be a blessing to others and to serve God’s mission.
- Compassionate Witness A disciple shares the love of Jesus in word and deed, and so seeks to make more disciples.
It is God who grows us as disciples as we place ourselves where He can work on us by the power of the Holy Spirit, through His Word and Sacraments
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