The Nine was designed to be a road map of sorts for people to take next steps with God. It’s not only a guide to point towards a deeper relationship with God but a metric for believers to gauge their health as a 3C Christ follower.
This is done through three separate actions Celebrate, Connect and Contribute and is further divided into degrees of next stepping. The Nine moves left to right as a progressive journey of faith.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus’ final command to us is to, both, be made as a disciple and to make others into disciples. To be a follower of Jesus is to be in these types of intentional relationships.
This is what we call a coaching relationship; one person intentionally investing in another person to help them take next steps with God. While we mean exactly what Jesus commanded in Matthew 28, new language helps to reframe an often misunderstood word: discipleship. Too many times the concept of discipleship is simply an exchange of information. And while “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded” includes an exchange of information, it also requires imitation. How else can you obey what Jesus commanded if you don’t put it into practice? The Apostle Paul said it this way in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”
How do you get in a Coaching Relationship?
1. Ask someone you respect & see as a mature follower of Jesus.
(Not sure where to look? Ask someone on the team you serve on or in your small group. Not in a group? Then take that step first & find a group near you here. Email your Campus Pastor for more direction, if needed.)
2. Sign the Coaching Covenant with them.
(this helps clarify things like; time commitment, your next step goals, etc)
3. Pick the type of study you want to do: 320, Recommended Book, NextSteps course powered by RightNow Media. (each are explained a bit more below)
4. Start taking next steps as you grow in obedience & knowledge of all that Jesus taught.
(for more on how to coach someone else read here)
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” Acts 2|42-47
We talk about Daily Encounter on the weekends. It’s part of The Nine, and it’s how we connect with God throughout the week. This year, we’re following the Read Scripture app. As a church, we’ll go through the Bible together. Jump in with us! We’ll post each weekday on Facebook Live, so it’s easy to follow along.
Our church is always looking for ways to serve you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We are inviting you to have a free account to an exciting new video library called RightNow Media. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” because you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for kids, youth, parents, married couples and more. You can view these videos from your phone, tablet or computer. And you can also view them in a group setting through a TV or projector with your small group, family or in your Coaching Relationship. Take a look at this video to find out more:
Observation-What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
Application-Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or correction for an area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
Prayer-This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
We find throughout the Bible that God is calling us to know Him in a personal way. How is that done? Most of us have learned about God as if we were studying for a test, but the Bible tells us that’s not what God intended.
God’s invitation, in the very beginning, was to know him and to walk with him. It still is today. God wants to be close to us.
We get to know others and let ourselves become known, but with God we tend to complicate it. Relationships are built on conversations and experiences. We reveal ourselves to each other by sharing stories, thoughts and dreams. With God, it should be no different.
Try writing down some of your observations, hopes, dreams, prayers, and see what God says to you.
Welcome to your next step with God.
Interested in baptism?
God wants the ultimate next step to believe that Jesus is your Lord and Savior and be baptized.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I BELIEVE?
If you trust that Jesus is the Son of God, that through his death and resurrection He provides the only way for you to be reconciled with God and you want Jesus to lead your life, then you believe. I Peter 1:8-9
Your response to that belief is baptism. “Those who accepted his message were baptized . . .:” Acts 2:41
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism does not make you a Christian. Baptism is the public way people in the New Testament expressed their belief in and commitment to Jesus Christ. The example we see in the Bible demonstrates that first a person is to believe in Christ and then he or she is baptized as an expression of that belief.
For more information, fill this form out and we’ll help you make the plunge!