where are you on the discipleship journey
Check off your status on this map of the discipleship journey, and submit the form to let us know you're with us.
Tell us who you are and where you are on the journey.
The Discipleship Journey map is just below this form.
It can help you know where you are.
Start Your Discipleship Journey Today
Discipleship is following Jesus on the path He has shown us through the Scriptures. This Discipleship Quick Start Guide will give you practical steps to begin your lifelong journey to become like Christ. It begins with a commitment from Bay Area’s church leaders and family members (because we are a family).
Commitment of This Church
Our elders, ministers and family members will provide each other and those who are beginning the discipleship journey with acceptance, love, understanding, encouragement, teaching, training, and guidance to help each one know God and surrender to him daily. Bay Area leaders are accountable for equipping and caring for each family member.
Step One: Self-Check
The first step on the Discipleship Journey is to become aware of your level of commitment. It doesn’t matter where you start. But it’s essential to know where you’re headed. Use these guides to see where you are. Check off each one that applies to you.
Everything Jesus said and did seemed focused on teaching people lessons about life and God. When he spoke, crowds gathered. When he did miracles, people followed him to learn more. Those who needed help came to him. And so it is today. His teachings command our attention, challenge us, and point the way to hope, for those who seek truth diligently. If you are hungry to learn more, check this as your status.
Do you believe that Jesus is all that he said he is: the promised Messiah; the divine king; the Son of God, who came from the Father to overcome death and save the world? He is either all of these things, or he is a lunatic, or a liar, and long dead. And if he is Lord and King, he must be obeyed. We are believers, and we are committed to following as he intended, as revealed in the Scriptures. If you’re ready to follow Him in this way, check this as your status.
In Acts 2, the city that crucified Jesus faced a harsh reality: they had unjustly murdered the Son of God, their Messiah, their King. His identity had been proven by the empty tomb and his many appearances after rising from death. Thousands of the citizens of Jerusalem were appropriately terrified, knowing they deserved God’s judgment and wrath for killing his Son.
The apostle Peter confronted them with this guilt, and they sought a way out. To their surprise, Peter made an announcement like no other in history. God had foreseen all this. When Jesus laid down his life, it was on purpose. And the purpose was grand: to save the world from all of its sin.
Peter’s announcement was a promise that had been prophesied throughout the Jewish scriptures, and it’s worth stating explicitly right here, because it changed everything.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
About 3,000 people were baptized on that day, and they became the church of Christ. It’s what they became next that we call the Acts 2 Vision of Bay Area Church of Christ:
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
The repentance of these people in Jerusalem was life-changing. In thankfulness for the mercy and grace they were given by God, they became the most, or one of the most, loving communities ever. And they didn’t just love each other; they loved others, and helped them to become disciples, too. They were disciples who made disciples.
We want to be like them in every way. If you understand and support the Acts 2 Vision, check this as your status.
Step Two: Develop the Ongoing Habits of a Disciple
In Acts 2, God promised to give his Spirit to those who repented and were baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. Living within us, that Holy Spirit helps us on the Discipleship Journey. He is always there, ready to transform us as we yield and submit to the Lord and King whom we follow—Jesus, of course.
So, as disciples, how do we yield and submit? We seek his kingdom and his righteousness above everything else. That means doing the same things the Christians did in Acts 2: devoting themselves to the teaching (studying and applying in real life), devoting themselves to the fellowship (gathering, encouraging, eating together, and sharing our lives), devoting themselves to prayer, and serving the immediate and wider community, all while sharing the Good News.
Where to start? We have four suggestions to help you get the knowledge, encouragement, and relationships to make progress on the Discipleship Journey.
Attend Sunday Worship Consistently
The Acts 2 church was devoted to meeting together daily. We know the early church gathered on the first day of the week and broke bread together. They shared the Lord’s Supper and recalled his death and the promise God made as a result of his sacrifice. Sunday worship is a great start to being like the Acts 2 Christians.
Join a Lifegroup and Participate in a Bible Class
Acts 2 Christians lived life together in community. We get encouragement, support, learning, and friendships that help us on the daily Discipleship Journey. The joy and strength we absorb helps us to be true disciples whose joy overflows and helps us to make other disciples of Jesus. Become a part of this fellowship and be blessed!
Serve with Bay Area Church of Christ
Jesus came serve, not to be served. Service changes us from the inside out. Find your place to serve. We’re all different, with different gifts and strengths. And there’s always work to do to help the community, teach the children, advocate for justice, help the poor, encourage the broken-hearted, paint a classroom, and much more.
Pray and Read Your Bible Every Day
Prayer and Bible study allows the Holy Spirit to work on our hearts every day. If you want to be transformed, these are essential activities. And of course, you want to be transformed, because you’re a disciple who wants to be more like Jesus. The Scriptures are like a surgical instrument in God’s hands. And how we need prayer! To speak directly to God, to order our thoughts, to bring our requests to the Father. Do this, and you will be blessed!