The Joy of Christian Discipleship – A series for new and reawakened believers who wish to ground their faith in the Love, Person, Power, and Truth of God’s Word.
Preparing for a better future…
Celebrate Salvation was birthed in the disruption, pain, and promise of COVID-19 and grew in the midst of the social and political unrest of 2020 when a loosely knit but dedicated team of us began preparing for spiritual awakening by developing an in-depth Bible-based discipleship study course.
Why now? In the early 21st century as we’ve been experiencing increasingly serious political and social challenges to our civil society and even to the underlying Judeo-Christian ethos of our Western civilization, we’ve found ourselves yearning for an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit, for times of widespread awakening. Then the plague of COVID-19 hit and dramatically worsened the very character of the stressors mankind has been confronting.
As we’ve continued to pray, we’ve been reminded of the work that John the Baptist was called to do: he was told that the Savior of the world was coming and instructed to prepare the way. Now, two millennia after Jesus came and revealed Himself as Savior and Lord of the world, we sense that a great outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit is coming in the midst of a time of great trial and that the Lord has commissioned us, along with many others, to prepare material for Him to use in equipping His people in raising up a new harvest of souls for His Kingdom.
Many are saying that we’re living in a “post-Christian” world that’s cruising for collapse, one in which believers should be prepared for the task of “preserving the living faith through the coming Dark Ages” to use Rod Dreher’s words. Others say we should expect more of the same and just keep on keeping on. We see some large storm clouds looming and feel a brisk wind blowing but are like surfers hopefully anticipating “a big wave” that will call for more practice and skill to ride. Regardless of your outlook, all we need to do to handle all three of these scenarios is strengthen our faith and get better at carrying out the task of the Great Commission, which is to “make disciples of all nations.”
God’s process of reconciliation, cleansing, raising up, and strengthening for service is called “discipleship” and carries believers through three stages – being Saved from slavery to our lives of sin, Sanctified and cleansed for service, and Sent forth into His harvest vineyards as spiritually mature disciples of Christ. The material we’ve developed is designed to become an active part of the nurture and teaching offered by awakened Christian churches, especially for use in the discipleship of new believers and those who desire further renewal and growth in their faith.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest..
Mission and Vision
Mission: We are committed to developing ministry tools that can be employed by the Body of Christ to carry out the Lord’s Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations.” While “survival” was the word for many in 2020, we’re looking to move into Awakening in 2021!
Vision: Our vision is of fully awakened communities filled with the Spirit of God, equipped and encouraged by true disciples of Jesus gathering in vibrant churches, and working together to reveal and activate His Kingdom in our midst as a visible manifestation of God’s love for mankind.
Interested? Please join with us as we prepare together with eager anticipation for the amazing future our Lord has for all of us.