NEXT STEPS IN FAITH
YOUR GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
The “Next Steps in Faith” is an outline of guided steps to ensure your spiritual growth and development in Christ. Being added to the body of Christ is just the beginning. Jesus tells us to, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life (Revelations 2:10).” The steps listed below create an action plan designed to help us keep the covenants we made at baptism.
Step 1. Care Group
When you are added to the body of Christ you will be assigned to a Care Group. The Care Group is composed of brothers and sisters in Christ in your area of residence who make sure every person is supported and cared for at all times. Care Group leaders encourage us to pray for one another, and to meet each other's needs in practical ways.
Step 2. Foundations of Faith
Foundations of Faith is a course created to serve Christians who are eager to learn and grow in their faith. Understanding the fundamental beliefs of Christianity is an important part of following Jesus, and our hope is that this video series will serve as a helpful first step in your lifelong journey of faith. The course is delivered via Google Classroom. Each video includes a lesson study guide.
Step 3. Discipleship Partner
A discipleship partner is another man or woman in Christ who is committed to meeting regularly to study the gospel. We want to get into the Word until the Word gets into us. The discipleship partner establishes honesty, confidentiality, and trust. This relationship provides a safe place to be open about your struggles, weaknesses, and any other issues hindering your development. Through this you have a place where you will be challenged to grow, be held accountable, and set reasonable spiritual goals.
Step 4. Fishers of Men
Fishers of Men is a course of specialized training in person-to-person evangelism. The phrase “fishers of men” was spoken by Jesus when He was calling two of His disciples, Simon Peter and Andrew, to follow Him. “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him” (Mark 1:16–18; see also Matthew 4:19). God asks us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18–20). Just as we need equipment to be fishermen, we need equipment to be fishers of men. This course will provide you with the spiritual equipment needed to bring souls to Christ.
Step 5. Spiritual Gift
In your walk with Christ, it is important to know, understand, and develop your spiritual gift. Identifying these unique gifts can be the starting point to understanding God's purpose for your life so you can glorify Him in the most fruitful way. It will also help you determine practical ways to walk in the Spirit and live a Christ-filled life.
Step 6. Ministry
Now that you know your spiritual gift it’s time to serve. Being of service in the church is critical to your growth and development. East Baltimore Church of Christ has many ministries and programs designed to build and strengthen your walk with Christ, and your relationship with others. Take the spiritual gifts assessment and get involved with a ministry in alignment with your gift!
Step 7. Area Leader
The final area of development is Area Leader training. This training program supports the evolution of spiritual growth and development through guided leadership opportunities. The Area Leader role exists to grow healthy, friendly, and vibrant programs within the church. As Area Leader you will identify, train, support, and encourage other members. The competencies you have developed throughout your journey in Christ will further support your work as an Area Leader.
Successful outcomes for this development plan involve achieving the identified competencies and matriculation through all 7 steps. When you start your journey with God, you begin your most joyful journey. On your spiritual journey, you'll find helping hands in the Church. The relationships you build along with good decisions making and intentional action will help you live faithful until death and receive a crown of life (Revelations 2:10).