DISCIPLESHIP
 
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Discipleship

 Becoming faithful followers of Jesus Christ is what discipleship is all about.  The word disciple means “follower of Christ”.   The core concept of our discipleship ministry is disciples making disciples or teaching Christians to follow Christ.  2 Timothy 2:2 says, “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” We have developed a discipleship ministry for new and mature Christians. Becoming a faithful follower of Christ is an exciting new Journey for beginners as well as for those continuing to follow Christ.  We have organized discipleship into four stages:

1. Salvation and Baptism
Following Christ starts with a decision to turn from your old life and begin anew with Christ as your Lord and savior. We use the Bible as our only source of information for teaching people what God says about having a permanent personal relationship with Jesus Christ. After accepting Christ, you then follow His command to be baptized.
2. Church
Membership
There is a course we have developed to help you know more about our church and ministry, Membership 101.  It is our prayer for all who become a part of our church family come fully understanding our purpose and plan.  This course serves two purposes. First, to open a door for those who want to become committed to the mission of our church by officially joining our church membership.  Second, to offer important information in helping make a prayerful decision if NFBC is where God wants you to commit to serve Him.
3. Disciples Making Disciples
We use a series of lessons to do what we call “Life on Life Discipleship”. After salvation and baptism, we encourage you to spend time with one of our trained disciples.  You meet once a week until the the lessons have been completed.  Through this one-on-one relationship we pray that you become a faithful follower of Christ, “able to teach others also”.
4. Adult Institute for Discipleship (A.I.D.)
Small groups meet Wednesday evening at 6:30 for prayer and Bible study. We schedule the institute by semester. Each semester offers three or more classes you can sigh-up for depending on your level of growth or interest. For example, we offer our Discovery Series for starting your spiritual growth journey here at NFBC: Church Membership 101, Spiritual Maturity 201, Ministry 301, and Missions 401.  We encourage starting with this series if offered at the time of sign-up and then move into other courses. If one of these is not offered choose a topic of interest to you. We pray you will find great personal benefit in your spiritual growth and walk towards God’s purpose for your Real Life as a follower of Christ.