What is discipleship?
Discipleship is the biblical process by which one is conformed into the image of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ; and according to Christ, no earthly relationship, possession, or interest, can or should compete with discipleship. (Luke 14:25-33) Simply stated, discipleship must be the heartbeat and priority of every New Testament local church (Matthew 28:18-20) and every New Testament believer (Colossians 1:28).
What are the goals of discipleship?
We have 4 goals for each and every member of OHBC. These goals are accomplished over a period of time and serve to keep this church a healthy, functioning body. The 4 goals of discipleship are:
• To establish the believer in the worship of God.
• To establish the believer in the word of God.
• To establish the believer in the local church.
• To establish the believer in the work of the ministry.
How does discipleship work at OHBC?
We view discipleship as the central ministry of the church. Given this, we take a very systematic and formal approach to discipleship. Below are the three steps we have in place to begin the process of discipleship.
Cost of Discipleship- This six week class provides a biblical overview of discipleship and is designed to help one discern to what extent they are willing and ready to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. The Cost of Discipleship class is required before beginning Personal Discipleship.
Personal Discipleship- Personal Discipleship is a Bible study consisting of eighteen essential biblical lessons. This Bible study is used as a guide in the discipleship process to establish fundamental doctrines core to laying a proper foundation in the life of the believer.
Ministry Tools and Training- This course helps our members continue to grow. The core classes will include two semesters' worth of teaching that will take the believer to a deeper level of understanding of God, His Word, and our mission. Personal Discipleship is the prerequisite for Ministry Tools and Training, and Ministry Tools and Training is the introduction into the courses available in the Living Faith Bible Institute.
Leadership Tools and Training- This course is designed to help members learn how to lead and disciple others. At this point in the journey, the goal is to be equipped and ready to lead a group, disciple others, and share your faith. Ministry Tools and Training is the prerequisite for Leadership Tools and Training.