We envision changing our world one heart at a time by building caring, intentional relationships inside and outside the church with the hope of gaining opportunity to disciple and be discipled in Christ: one-on-one, one-on-some, one-on-many…

What is a Disciple?

Head

A Disciple is One Who Is...

Following Christ

A disciple has surrendered to Jesus as Savior and Lord of his or her life. A disciple is one who says “I know He is Lord and Savior and I accept Him as my authority.”

Heart

A Disciple is One Who Is...

Being Changed by Jesus

Jesus said we would know a tree by its fruit.  (Matt. 7:17-20) He did not mean perfect fruit. He meant growing fruit. As we spend time following Jesus, He changes us internally. He changes who we are.

Hands

A Disciple is One Who Is...

Committed to Jesus’ Mission to Save People From Their Sin

Jesus saved us for a purpose. God’s mission is now our mission, and we recognize that we are responsible to do our part to bring Him glory. Our hands are for His service.

How to Share Your Faith

Zaccheus' Story

If the story of Zacchaeus found in Luke 19:1-10 were a mathematical equation, it might look something like this: FAITH + REPENTANCE = SALVATION.

The framework of the Zacchaeus story can be modeled to develop your own personal testimony in a way that can be easily shared within your circle of influence.

Before Christ

  • He was a chief tax collector.
  • He had a desire to see Jesus.
  • His heart changed from greedy to generous.

How He Met Christ

  • He had become wealthy by dishonest gain.
  • He did something radical and positioned himself to see Jesus.
  • Repentance was seen. He wanted to make right what was wrong.

After Christ

  • When Jesus spoke to him, he obeyed and welcomed Him gladly.
  • He returned what he had taken.
  • He was assured of salvation.

My Story

Sharing your salvation testimony with someone is a great way of moving a conversation towards spiritual things, and assessing a person’s openness to hearing more about the gospel. Spend several minutes developing your testimony on paper. Write out 3-4 summary type statements for each portion: Before Christ, How You Came to Christ, and After Christ.

Consider sharing your story with Crossroads: My Baptism Testimony

Good News

Romans 3:23

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

This verse tells us there is a standard. The glory of God is His holiness. Sadly, we fall short of it because we’re all sinners. Because we fall short, we are incompatible with God, unable to have a relationship with Him.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The consequence for our sin is death, separation from God now and for eternity. We cannot have a relationship with God because of our sin and His holiness. We deserve death but we have been given the gift of eternal life through Christ.

Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Holy God loves sinners. He sent Jesus to die to pay for our sin. We receive the gift of eternal life because someone took our punishment of death and died in our place. When does a gift really become yours? When you take it! God offers to everyone the gift of eternal life, but there is something we must do to receive this gift.

Romans 10:9-10

“…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

How do we receive this gift? By confessing with our mouth Jesus as Lord and believing in our heart that God raised Him from the dead. If we will confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that Jesus died for our sin and that God raised Him from the dead, what does this verse say will happen? You will be saved!

Romans 10:13

“…for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

Who can be saved? Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord. We can go to church, teach Sunday School, and give to the poor. But in order to be saved, we must call on the name of the Lord!

Making Disciples One Heart at a Time

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