making disciples who make disciples
Matthew 28:18-20 tells us, "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."
Jesus' commission to his followers here is powerful, and it starts with a simple command: make disciples. But there's a cyclical nature to making disciples that is revealed in the rest of the verse.
Making disciples involves helping people to respond to the gospel and take their first steps in faith by making an outward testimony of their inward decision to follow Christ. It involves helping people to understand and learn about God's Word and what He has commanded us to do.
And what has God commanded us to do? Matthew 28:18-20 makes it pretty straightforward: make disciples. And so, the cyclical nature of discipleship leads our mission to be this:
Ephesians 4:11-13 tells us, "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."
The people of the church are specifically set apart for some particular responsibilities according to this passage: equipping the saints for the work of ministry, and building up the body of Christ.
Put simply, the church is moving people toward spiritual maturity as they become disciples who make disciples, and we've broken that responsibility down into three distinct roles that encompass our vision for our community:
We want to help you Connect with God and others, Grow individually and together, and Impact our church and community.
Hyland Heights exists to make disciples who make disciples.