Markers & Characteristics of Discipleship at C3
We’ve identified certain markers or characteristics that are associated with a person’s growth and spiritual journey at C3. When a person turns from their sins to Jesus and is saved, we rejoice. However, our work as a church and leadership is not done, actually it’s just the beginning. We want to raise fully devoted followers/disciples of Jesus.
Jesus didn’t tell us to: “Have an invitation and you’re done.” He said, “Make disciples.” We are C3 are fully committed to this disciple-making process. While each step in a person’s spiritual journey is taken deep within the heart, and done at different stages and process, we still believe that these are the markers that we can use to gauge each of us on our walk with Jesus Christ.
ACCEPT CHRIST: BAPTISM
Baptism is a picture of what Jesus did for us. It symbolizes His death, burial and resurrection. He has commanded those who follow him to be baptized.
Acts 2:41, “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day…”
Colossians 2:12, “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the might power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.”
Romans 6:4-5, “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.”
Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
WORSHIP TOGETHER; ATTEND SERVICES
Another marker/characteristic is attending the corporate gathering of the church in worship. Bottom line is this: if you are fully devoted to Jesus and claim to be a follower of Him, you go to church.
Hebrews 10:23-25, “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
PARTNERSHIP/MEMBERSHIP: GIVING & MINISTRY
We believe every follower of Jesus Christ should be a committed to the local church family. Anyone can attend a service, but partnership/membership means that a person is committed to the vision of the church by giving. It is one of the surest ways of checking your trust in God’s plan for your life to start tithing/giving to the mission of the local church. In that act of tithing/giving we put our trust in God that he will provide for the physical lives of our families and help us see the larger kingdom work outside of our local church.
Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
CONNECTED & GROWING: LIFE GROUPS/BIBLE STUDIES!
Spiritual growth happens best in community. It happens when we build relationships with others through the study of God’s word and living and experiencing life together. Our Life Groups and Bible Studies offered here at C3 provide a comfortable environment to all of this.
Acts 20:20, “I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes.”
REACHING OUT/SERVING: THROUGH SERVING & MISSIONS
We truly believe that another huge part of our growth and discipleship at C3 is through the involvement of the mission and life of the church. C3 provides numerous avenues of service and areas to volunteer.
We encourage our partners/members to serve as Life Group Leaders. Volunteer in our tremendous Guest Services Ministry, by working as a Host or Greeter, Parking Ministry, Ushering, Cookie Deliveries, Children’s Check-in and many, many more areas. We have opportunities for service in our Children’s Ministry as Host, Teacher, Small Group Leader, Early Childhood volunteer, and Wednesday night Station 4.19. Also our Youth Ministry has many areas of service to fit personalities and abilities with our teenagers.
Also we encourage all of our members to be involved through our Service Projects to C3 and the 4-State Areas, along with one of our Short-term Mission Trips around the world.
Colossians 4:5, “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.”
“Therefore, go and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19