The first step in our mission to make disciples until Jesus is worshipped everywhere is to help and encourage our members to worship and pray one-to-one with Lord.
"When you pray, go into your room and pray to your Father who in is in secret."
- Matthew 6:6
House Group Worship
Second, we want to see worship and prayer overflow into our house groups, where each week we're in a smaller gathering singing and praying together.
"And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people."
- Acts 2:46-47
Third, we work to cultivate a worshipping culture unto discipleship by gathering the whole church together to worship Him here in Tonkawa.
For a snapshot of what worship looks like at CLC, click here.
What do we need to mature as disciples? God’s word and another disciple spurring on us to follow Jesus in light of that word.
The scriptures (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 3:13, Ephesians 4:29, Romans 15:14, Ephesians 4:15, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 10:24, and more) call believers to
- instruct one another,
- speak the truth to one another,
- to teach and admonish one another with the wisdom of Christ’s word,
- and to stir up one another to love and good works.
The word that saves is the same word that strengthens and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness.
For more information on One-To-One Bible Reading, click here:
House Group Discipleship
The second step of our mission is to gather together homes. While corporate worship is massively important to faithfully following Jesus, House Groups function better for creating a legitimate discipling community among members that can’t be forged in 1.5 hours on Sunday.
For a more detailed picture and list of House Groups, click here.
Corporate Worship Discipleship
Sunday morning isn't a time to "watch the show", it's a time to, through our "meeting together" give attention to stirring up and encouraging one another to love and good works (Heb. 10:25)."
For a picture of what discipleship (and worship and evangelism!) look like on Sunday morning, click and read 'The Ministry of the Pew'
Just like discipleship, our evangelism starts 1-to-1; i.e., taking our 1-to-1 practice with a believer and inviting an unbeliever.
Your unbelieving friend needs “the gospel” because it is “power of salvation” and James tells us it’s the “word of God” that is “able to save our souls.”
House Group Evangelism
In the same way we are intentional about inviting unbelievers into our 1-to-1's, we invite unbelievers into community where they get a seat at our dinner table, in our living rooms, and a front row seat to see how Christians love and care for another and how they apply the gospel they proclaim to their day to day lives.
Corporate Worship Evangelism
And lastly, we prime the evangelism pump by inviting unbelievers to our worship.
A great apologetic for the faith is how the believers of that faith worship their God. Unbelievers should marvel at the different types of people the Lord has gathered to worship Him, how they sing like they believe this stuff and tremble at the Word like it’s really from God.
The main idea behind our evangelism strategy is that it’s not a program. It’s just what Christians do.
Read the bible with Christians. And bring an unbeliever.
Eat meals with Christians. And bring an unbeliever.
Attend worship with Christians. And bring an unbeliever.
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor... You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ or else you do not love Him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about Him.”