Be a Disciple

Our church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Having said that, though, what does being a disciple at Stone Hill look like? If someone attends our church for four years and then moves across the country, what do we want her to take away in terms of values and beliefs and practices? What key commitments do we want to pass onto the next generation of disciple-makers? What features shape our plan of discipleship? The core answers to these questions are found in the profile below, "30 Core Commitments of a Stone Hill Disciple."

I encourage you to think of the following profile in light of God Himself. After all, we are making disciples in cooperation with Him as Father, Son and Spirit. So, on the basis of what God the Father has spoken in His Word, we seek to disciple the mind. That is why the profile begins with core beliefs (ten in all). In light of how God the Son has lived, we seek to disciple the life: hence, ten core practices. In light of how God the Spirit seeks to mold our affections, we seek to disciple the heart: hence, ten core attitudes.

The format of each of these thirty commitments intentionally reflects the “I believe” format of the great confessions and creeds of the Christian faith. To say “I believe” or “I choose” or “I participate” is not, in this context, to be understood as a statement of self-reliance or self-righteousness. Rather, as in all things, we only believe and respond and grow by the grace of our great God and His Son Jesus Christ. To Him alone be the glory!

Ten Core Beliefs

  1.  Trinity: I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19-20
  2.  Authority of the Bible: I believe the Bible is God’s Word and has the right to command what I believe and how I live. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  3.  Creation: I believe God has created the world around me and continues to exercise care and control over it. Psalm 24:1-2
  4.  The reality of sin: I believe sin has entered God’s created world through the Fall and has impacted every human being. Romans 3:23
  5.  Salvation by grace: I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by His grace, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8-9
  6.  Identity in Christ: I believe that, as an outworking of being made a new creation in Jesus Christ, I am being transformed into Christ’s image. Philippians 2:12-13
  7.  Humanity: I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. John 3:16
  8.  The church: I believe the church in Jesus Christ is God’s primary way of accomplishing His purposes on earth today. Ephesians 2:19-22
  9.  Community: I believe God has called his children to live in meaningful relationships with each other. Galatians 5:13-14
  10.  Eternity: I believe in heaven and hell, and that Jesus Christ is returning to judge the world and establish his eternal kingdom. Hebrews 9:27-28

Ten Core Practices

  1.  Worship: I join other believers in worship of God for who He is and what He has done for us. Psalm 34:1-3
  2.  Prayer: I pray to God, on my own and with others, in order to know and love Him, ask Him for things and join Him in what He is doing. Matthew 7:7-11
  3.  Bible study: I read, learn and reflect on God’s Word and its teaching so that I may know Him better and find direction and strength for my life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  4.  Fellowship: I meet with other believers in order to strengthen and be strengthened in the faith. Hebrews 3:13
  5.  Service: I use my gifts and abilities, in partnership with my Christian brothers and sisters, to help those in need. 1 Peter 4:10
  6.  Stewardship: I sacrifice my time, money, gifts, resources and life in order to fulfill God’s purposes. Romans 12:1-2
  7.  Peacemaking: I respond to conflict in a way that demonstrates the redeeming love of God. Matthew 5:9
  8.  Evangelism: I wisely share the gospel with those who have not yet trusted in Jesus Christ. Colossians 4:5-6
  9.  Engagement: I interact thoughtfully with the culture around me so as to be salt and light on behalf of Christ. Matthew 5:13-16
  10.  Missions involvement: I participate in God’s plan to make disciples of people all over the world. Matthew 28:19-20

Ten Core Attitudes

  1.  Faith: I live my life and plan my future in light of the unseen God and His redeeming work in Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:8-9
  2.  Hope: I cope with the hardships of life and the fear of death through confidence in the promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1-5
  3.  Love: I love my neighbor with the kind of love that God has given to me. Ephesians 5:1-2
  4.  Contentment: I have peace, confidence and purpose through Christ in spite of my circumstances. Philippians 4:11-13
  5.  Humility: I choose to esteem other people above myself. Philippians 2:3-4
  6.  Wisdom: I live out Christ’s character and will in everyday situations by humbly connecting my choices to his truth. Colossians 1:9
  7.  Forgiveness: I extend to those who sin against me the forgiveness that Christ has freely given to me. Colossians 3:13
  8.  Compassion: I demonstrate to those in need the merciful compassion that God has revealed in Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:12
  9.  Righteousness: I promote the things that God calls “just” and “pure” in my personal life, relationships, work and society. Psalm 82:3-4
  10.  Perseverance: I hold onto faith, hope and love in both the good and the bad times. Galatians 6:9