Every believer deserves to be nurtured, developed, rooted, built up, and established in the faith, as Colossians 2:6-7 describes.
"As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude" (Col. 2:6-7).
Doxa Discipleship is different! We believe it is the kind of discipleship our Lord and Savior intended when He said, "Follow Me" (Matt. 4:19), and gave the Great Commission saying,
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you" (Matt. 28:19-20).
The Starting Point
The starting point for Doxa Discipleship, especially for those desiring to follow Christ in church membership, is the Vital Christianity Course (See Description below). To take full advantage of the membership process, we whole-heartedly recommend both Vital Christianity and Vital Membership classes. To continue in service our ministries and church leadership, the 2:7 Series Discipleship Program from NavPress is highly recommended. The 2:7 Series by NavPress is the best and most successful discipleship program in publication; it is a natural sequel to Vital Christianity and Vital Membership.
Vital Christianity is an eight-week class consisting of two units about the “Basics” of the Christian faith: Life in Christ (Unit 1) | The Life in Christ section discusses Who is Jesus; What is a Christian; and The Lordship of Christ. Life in the Holy Spirit (Unit 2) | The Life in the Holy Spirit Section discusses Who is the Holy Spirit and Fruit of the Spirit. We consider membership in the local church to be a covenantal relationship with the Body of Christ. It is one of the most meaningful relationships in the life of the believer. The class immediately following, Vital Membership, will look at Life in Community. If you are seeking membership at Doxa Church, you will need to complete both classes. Additional study in Vital Christianity includes “Discovering God’s Call on Your Life” and “Sharing Your Spiritual Journey.”
*Vital Christianity is a prerequisite for the Vital Membership Course.
The Vital Membership Course is exclusively for those desiring membership at Doxa Church. This course consists of nine (9) lessons, over a five (5) week period, around three (3) central subjects: 1) The Church, 2) Spiritual Gifts, and 3) the Habits of a Disciple, a true follower of Jesus Christ. We’ll take a deeper look at what the Bible says that the church should be, the meaning of membership, and our Mission here at Doxa Church. Two (2) lessons are devoted to understanding and discovering your spiritual gifts. A total of five (5) lessons are devoted to the habits of a true follower of Jesus Christ which cover reading God’s word, prayer, tithing, and fellowship with other believers. The very things necessary for you to grow and thrive in your relationship with the Lord.
*Vital Membership is required for church membership.
The 2:7 Series / Design for Discipleship (NavPress)
The 2:7 Series, from NavPress, is the most successful discipleship curriculum in publication and is specifically designed for small discussion groups. Each of its three workbooks is an 11-week course, 33 weeks total, with the following titles: Growing Strong in God’s Family (Book 1); Deepening Your Roots in God’s Family (Book 2); and Bearing Fruit in God’s Family (Book 3). The central theme, and motivation, is based on Colossians 2:6-7, and the statement the Apostle Paul made to a New Testament church: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” A discipleship group is more challenging than a Bible study group or Sunday school class. In The 2:7 Series® people learn and practice skills such as quiet time options, ways to meditate on Scripture, how to sharpen and tell their salvation story, and other skill-based topics. The 2:7 Series is truly a life changing experience.
Other Courses in Doxa Discipleship
- The Gospel Project by LifeWay
- The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges (NavPress)
- The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges (NavPress)
- The Mind of Christ by T.W. Hunt & Claude King (Lifeway)
- The Disciples' Prayer Life by T.W. Hunt & Catherine Walker (Lifeway)
- The Truth Project by Del Tackett (Focus on the Family)
- The Creation Series: Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis (ICR) and The Foundations Course (AIG)
- Evangelism Training Course (Seeds) by EvanTell.org
- How to Study the Bible (K. Arthur, R. Warren, NavPress)
- Survey of the Old Testament and New Testament