Receiving His Life
Awaken, Jesus lives in you!
Services are provided in both English and Spanish and are free of charge.
Group Discipling, with Individual Sessions
Bible-Based Spiritual Coaching
How do we approach discipleship?
Discipleship is a life changing process that leads the disciple to exchange his/her self-focused, self-directed, self-propelled life for the life of Christ.
The ability to overcome the world and to experience the abundant life (filled with love, joy and peace) are expressions of the life exchange that occurs when we are receiving His life. This is what happens when we deny ourselves, pick up the cross (die to self) and follow Jesus.
You may have heard or been taught that discipling is a process of learning and then going and doing what you learned. We believe, of course, that this is true to some extent; however, the most important aspect of discipling is dying to self and receiving His life, experiencing the abundant life that Jesus came to give us, and releasing His life into the world so that we may point others to Christ.
It is not enough to simply know the truth, the truth has to be experienced.
Jesus said ““Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12 NKJV).
We believe that discipling is one of these things, because when He went to the Father, Jesus became our Advocate and we received the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in us (John 16:7).
Our job in discipling is to bring the believer to acquire and experience his true identity in Christ and to surrender and be led by the Holy Spirit. When this happens, being a disciple and becoming a disciple maker is an effortless pursuit, for His yoke is light.
We have divided our discipling training into 4 stages:
1. Receiving His life, which is the exchange of the self-life for the life of Christ; this is the process of dying to self until we are being led by the Holy Spirit.
2. Experiencing the abundant life that Jesus came to give us and overcoming the world.
3. Preparing to release His life
4. Releasing His life-The Great Commission
Each of the first 3 steps is done as a combination of learning and experiencing the Scriptures. Every week we will hear and do His sayings (see Matthew 7:24-27). The 4th step is offered, as needed, as advisory support for those who have begun discipling their own groups or individuals. The discipling groups will meet 2 hours per week to review the Scriptures and define the experiencing assignments for the week. There will also be 1 hour individual meetings at least once every 2 weeks.
We have provided a list of the content that will be reviewed during each of the steps, but the content will be tailored to fit the needs of each group. The base Scriptures for each session will be given a week before each meeting. All other Scriptures discussed in each session will be sent after each meeting.
Individual discipling will be tailored to the needs of each believer.
Phase 1 — Receiving His Life
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. (John 12:24-26 NKJV)
2. Know God: Who He Says He is
3. Our Identity in Christ
4. Our Relationship with God ( the Plan of Salvation, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost and the New Covenant)
5. Forgiveness and the Healing of Our Broken Hearts
6. Faith vs. Fear, Unbelief and Doubt
7. Humility, Surrender and Stillness
9. The Tongue and the Power of Words
10. The Word of God
11, 12. Hear and Do His Sayings (Obvious, Discarded and Hidden) (Matthew 7:24–27)
13. Abide in Me and I in You
Phase 2 — Experiencing His Life
John 16:33 and 1 Peter 3:15
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NKJV)
1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
2. The Spiritual Man
3. Being Led by the Holy Spirit
4. Healing your Heart
7. Romans 8:1-17
8. Romans 8:18-39
9. Romans 12:1-8 and the Mind
10. Romans 12:9-21
11. Obeying the Holy Spirit / God and Mammon
13. Experiencing Our True Identity
Phase 3 — Preparing to Release His Life
Acts 1:4-8 and Romans 8:19
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:4-8 NKJV)
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. (Romans 8:19 NKJV)
2. Meet Them Where They Are
3. The Power of Questions
4. The Power of your Testimony and Compulsion to Talk About Jesus
5. Praying for and Selecting Disciples
6. Spending Time with Them
7. Leading Disciples to Surrendering to the Holy Spirit
8. Becoming an Example
9. Learning to Delegate
10. Following up, Providing feedback and Advice
11. Teaching How to Make Disciples and Disciple Makers
12. Edifying and Encouraging
13. Praising, Thanking, Glorifying and Worshiping God
Phase 4 — Releasing His Life-The Great Commission
When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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, 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.
Matthew 28:17-20 - NKJV
The approach that we will use during Phase 4 is to individually tailor guidance to participants who have begun to disciple others. We will provide one-on-one coaching while they disciple their first group. In addition, we will give them all the materials that we have developed, at no cost to them, in order to facilitate their work.
Bible-Based Spiritual Coaching and Teaching
We will deliver individual and group Spiritual Coaching and Teaching sessions, including “Healing of the Heart” weekend retreats.