Discipleship

At Harvest Bible Chapel, we are excited about fulfilling the word that Jesus has called us to do. Jesus’ own words in Matthew 28:19-20 best describe just what this mission looks like.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
{Matthew 28:19-20}

We believe this Great Commission statement, the call to make disciples, is the task to which every believer in Jesus Christ is called, not just those in leadership. This is the mission that energizes us and informs every single ministry that we are a part of. In the spirit of the Great Commandment, Harvest Bible Chapel is looking to make quality disciples of Jesus at every step by loving God first and others second.

But if the job is to make disciples, how is this done in our church? Describing what a quality disciple looks like along three lines is helpful:

Worship Jesus

In every setting, Harvest Bible Chapel is seeking to make disciples who worship Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth with their entire lives. By God’s grace, we strive to implant solid truth-filled and Spirit-led worship into every available opportunity from our weekend worship services, to our small group nights and so on. Worship is more than singing, and we want to see Jesus glorified by men and women who worship him in everything they do.

Walk with Jesus

The second critical component of a disciple speaks to the believer’s day to day walk in faith, and we believe that our walk in the Lord benefits directly from a dynamic fellowship with other believers. In short, connecting with the rest of the body of Christ is not only helpful, it’s critical. Most vividly portrayed here at Harvest through our small group ministry, we are looking to encourage one another to grow in Christ through transparency, accountability, prayer and Bible study.

We weren’t meant to live the Christian life alone. When God created Adam, He declared it was not good for man to be alone. That still applies today.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
{1 Corinthians 15:58}

Work for Jesus

Finally, Harvest Bible Chapel seeks to be a church in Gainesville where believers in our midst are pushed from looking at self, out into active roles of service in our church body. Taking our lead from Jesus who gave his life for us, we seek to make disciples who give of their time, energy, skills, and spiritual giftedness to build up the body of Christ through service. Whether pushing a broom, holding a guitar, or anything else, we are each shouldering Kingdom responsibilities together.