CrossPoint’s discipleship strategy may be the simplest and most used word in our vocabulary, yet the most difficult of words to truly live out — LOVE. The Shema (found in Deut. 6:5) gives a complete picture of what a disciple looks like and does. CrossPoint has shaped our call to be disciples who disciple in three simple steps.
1. Love God with ALL your Heart. Be; with God. Live in His Presence. Seek His presence. Not just on Sundays but in prayer, in fasting, in giving, in singing, in everything. This is our act of worship.
2. Love God with ALL your mind. Become; like the Son. Learn about Jesus; live like the Son, this is discipleship. (1 Peter 2:21)
3. Love God with ALL your strength/might. Go; in service; live in the power of the Holy Spirit. “…offer your bodies as a living sacrifice … which is your spiritual act of worship (service).” (Rom. 12:1)
These three “legs” flow through every ministry and are expressed visually, verbally and experientially in all we do. Our Covenant Partner Class (membership) stresses the importance of consistent worship attendance, daily prayer and Bible reading; becoming part of a learning community, and discovering your spiritual gifts and using them to build the body; all for which God uses in our transformative journey.
CrossPoint recently started a Bible Institute for the purpose of teaching the God story as a narrative and takes people through the practice of spiritual disciplines. We live in a time of great Bible illiteracy and the Institute hopes to give those who attend a bigger and deeper picture and understanding of Scripture. It is a three-year curriculum that teaches Old Testament and New Testament as well as spiritual disciplines and reformed distinctives. These are foundational classes which we encourage everyone who comes to CrossPoint to attend.
CrossPoint continues to offer and encourage people to be a part of a small group, where they can be known and loved and know and love others. Curriculum varies depending on the make-up of the group, but the primary purpose of these groups is to provide care and connections.
CrossPoint has also refocused their Children’s Ministry to follow suit; the shepherds take the children through the Big God Story, chronologically each year, focusing on the Holy Spirit as teacher and then reinforces the family as the primary disciple-makers. This means coming alongside families and equipping them to disciple their children in every aspect of parenting. Those ages 0-college are part of the body of Christ and needn’t wait until they are “of age” to find their contribution to edification the body, they are an integral part of the body today and we can learn from them too.
Disciples worship. Disciples serve. Worship is Discipleship. Service is Discipleship. Discipleship and Service are acts of Worship. Latreuo is Greek for worship and literally translated means to serve or to render, as the priests did in the tabernacle. (Phil. 3:3). So when we serve others, we grow as a disciple and we honor God as we offer that service as worship back to Him.
We are called to love God and love others. Because of God, that love ignites in us a passion to learn and know more about a Triune God who loves us more than mere words can express. With that very love and understanding about who this God is, we are compelled to go into the world and share His love and grace.