Article II of our Constitution states that our purpose is to make known the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the preaching and teaching of the Holy Bible, Bringing the Unsaved to Jesus Christ, Building up and discipling the Saved, and having a vital part in missions. Based on this information Reformation Christian Fellowship offers a discipleship process that expounds upon this by making known the Gospel of Jesus Christ thru Declaring, Discussing, Doing, and Delivering the Word.
Our process is based on the following fundamental truth…
The Word of God is God’s tool for making disciples. It is powerful and effective and is able to equip God’s people for every good work.
- Hebrews 4:12-13—For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17—All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
*optional, designed for everyone, but meant to reveal and prepare future teaching leaders and counselors — a replacement for topical study small groups
Declare the Word
Sunday morning expositional preaching and Corporate Prayer. Paul gave his son in the faith Timothy this very charge and it applies to us today.
- 2 Timothy 4:2— I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching
Newcomers find out about RCF primarily by members sharing the gospel (see Deliver the Word) in their community and invite them to attend Sunday morning worship and corporate prayer with them. Newcomers, after a period of time, are invited to attend the 411 class offered Sunday morning before corporate prayer to learn more about RCF and what membership means. Faithful attendees will have opportunity to confess and demonstrate their faith and walk in Jesus and decide to sign a membership covenant. For those that complete this step, the 411 instructor encourages them to join one of the many Bible Study Life Groups, showing them where to get information on their meeting days, times and locations.
Discuss/Delve the Word
Bible Study Life Groups and classes through the RCF Academy. This is where the body has an opportunity to discuss the truth of God’s Word together, ask questions regarding meaning and personal application, pray for and fellowship with each other. After a period of time, life group leaders will understand the gifting and passion of each in their group, as well as their faithfulness in attending and participating, and will recommend a ministry for them to serve. Through the venue of the RCF Academy, we will conduct classes that will prepare future leaders for teaching and/or counseling. After a period of time, the academy instructor will assess the gifting and passion for teaching and/or counseling for each in the group, as well as their faithfulness in attending and participating, and will recommend they lead a Bible Study Life Group or support the pastor in counseling.
Do the Word
After sitting under the Word declared and discussing the Word together, our people go Do the Word. Here they serve the church body by loving and caring for one another, participating or leading in particular ministries endorsed by the elders (as described in Do the Word.), lead their families in family worship, catechize their children, and of course walk in holiness before the Lord.
Deliver the Word
Lastly, our people, faithful in attending Sunday worship and corporate prayer (Declare), Bible Study Life Groups (Discuss), and serving the church body (Do), are invited to attend the evangelism class offered (TBD 2017) to learn more about how to share the gospel with neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc., care for the needy in their community, and becoming the hands and feet of Jesus to a lost and dying world. The class will include role playing and field work to practice the skills learned in the classroom.