“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Hebrews 3: 12-13
Discipleship. For some, this is a term that is foreign, stiff and difficult to grasp. For others this is something that occurred only in the day of Jesus; among a select few “elite” Christians and teachers. Discipleship; however, is a vital and integral part of our faith. But what does discipleship look like? Is there a book or manual? How do you disciple someone with “big problems”? Can anyone do it? What are the prerequisites? Does discipleship happen between believers? How does one disciple a non-believer?
These are just a few of the questions the women of Restoration Church have set out to answer, discuss, and evaluate. Every other Wednesday, we are gathered to discuss Instruments in the Redeemers Hands by Paul David Tripp. In this book, Paul Tripp walks through our need for help, what it means to have a personal ministry mentality, and what it looks like to disciple one another. Paul Tripp sums up discipleship beautifully:
“Our mission is to teach, admonish and encourage one another to rest in his sovereignty, rather than establishing our own; to rely on his grace rather than performing on our own; and to submit to his glory rather than our own. This is the work of the kingdom of God: people in the hands of the Redeemer, daily functioning as his lasting tools of change.” (p. 35)
We feel that fostering discipleship relationships is what God calls each of us to do. In embarking in discipleship relationships we are acknowledging our need of a Savior. We are acknowledging that we each have spiritual blindness and continue to struggle with sin. We also acknowledge that despite our baggage, our junk- that God still elects to use us to bring the Gospel to the world. We earnestly desire for Restoration Church to be a body of believers that constantly strives to be instruments in God’s hands in the city of Wilmington.