The Bible declares the mission of the church in the gospel of Matthew:
Matthew 28:19-21, 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (NKJV)
Jesus Himself declares that we are to make disciples; transform hearts and lives. To fail at making transformed disciples is to fail as a church.
The process of making transformed disciples is a process of connection. Our desire is to move each person at Cooper FBC through a process involving four steps. To stop short of any of the four steps is to fail at making a transformed disciple.
The process leads peoples to:
1. Connect With God—Worship—Mark 12:30, 30 ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. John 4:23, 23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. (NKJV)
2. Connect With The Word—The Gospel Project Bible Study—Matthew 28:19-20, 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NKJV)
3. Connect With Others—Family Matters Ministry—Acts 2:42, 46, 47a 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. (NKJV)
4. Connect With the World—Missions & Evangelism—Acts 1:8, 8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me inJerusalem, and in allJudea andSamaria, and to the end of the earth.” (NKJV)
These four steps make up the discipleship process of Cooper FBC. As people move through these four steps their lives will be transformed as their lives become more gospel centered.