Being a Disciple
At First Alliance, being and making disciples is at our core. There is nothing more vital than this to be and to do. It is because of who Christ is and what He has instructed us to do:
Our expectation is that every person who is a part of First Alliance Church is growing into a healthy, biblical disciple of Jesus Christ.
Being a disciple is a lifelong journey that takes time, is usually messy, but is incredibly important. The fact is that being a disciple is a normal expectation for a Christian, not an advanced state of being. The Bible says a lot about who a disciple is, what a disciple does, and how to develop as a disciple.
For the sake of clarity, we see a disciple as:
One who is totally committed to following Christ, becoming like Him in supreme love for God, selfless love for others, and sacrificial love for the world.
Being a disciple is a journey filled with next steps that we do together. It is a journey that is never too late to start. And in the end, it is disciples who make other disciples who love, know, & follow Jesus.
So, how do we grow as a disciple?
There are 3 elements necessary for growing as a disciple. The three elements are Connect to Christ, Grow with Others, and Engage the World. We call this the Disciple-making Framework.
This isn't a program. Don't think of the elements as a linear process or separate items. It is our paradigm for developing disciples at First Alliance. It shapes the opportunities we offer and gives each of us the context of what needs to be happening in our lives as disciples.
The importance of these 3 elements is that all of them must be present in order to find yourself in the Sweet Spot of Spiritual Growth. Doing these things doesn't mean you are a disciple, but doing these things is the gateway to growing as a disciple.