LEADING CHRISTIAN DISCIPLES TO BECOME FULLY DEVELOPED LEADERS
611Academy leads followers of Christ to become fully developed Christian leaders for their families, workplaces and communities through deeper Adult Christian Education and Spiritual Counseling.
Christians are meant to live and grow in community with one another. The simplest form of community we share is the LifeGroup: a place to build connections with Christians who share our interests, to support and encourage us in faith. Most LifeGroups meet weekly or bi-weekly. Some meet locally, others meet online.
Through the Gospels, we witness Jesus lead his disciples on a pathway consisting of four basic phases or learning stages*:
Come and See
"Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for humankind!" - Psalm 66:5
As we see in the quote from Psalms above, and also reflected in John 1:39 and 46, our first step is an introduction to the reality of God. It is often experienced in church worship, but can equally happen at other places or events. At this stage, we have an encounter that convicts us of the truth of God's love and desire to seek God with purpose.
Come and Grow
"Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you."
- Jeremiah 7:23
Luke 10:38-42 and Matthew 13:19 particularly reflect this stage. Discipleship is a time of learning. It is more than understanding the basics of faith: it explores the depths of God's love. Disciples learn to listen to God, and embrace God's teachings for themselves.
Go and See
"Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
- Exodus 4:12
In Mark 6:7-13 and Luke 10:1-12, Jesus sends his disciples out on their own to test what they have learned and see that they can do: first the 12, and later 72 other disciples. The calling to leadership is not just for a select few, but for all.
In this stage, we explore our gifts and practice living our faith in ways that are both personally fulfilling and produce fruit for others. We begin to understand what gifts God has provided us and how to more fully use them.
Go and Grow
"Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers them from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand." - Psalm 20:6
In Matt 28:19-20 and John 20:15-18, Jesus commissions his disciples as leaders for God, continuing the work he began, doing even greater things than he did (John 14:12).
At this stage, are no longer "disciples," but "apostles:" a word that literally means "ones who are sent." Not that we are ever done learning and growing in faith; but at this stage, we have such confidence in our faith and have seen how to produce fruit through our spiritual gifts. We are sure in our ability to provide faithful guidance to others.