Our Philosophy of Discipleship
"Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:1-2.)
Our aim is to disciple the whole man as taught in the passages above. In order to do so, we have employed different elements into our structure that address the threefold call to discipleship taught in Scripture. While each of these areas should somewhat crossover, they are designed to serve the specific areas they represent.
How we Disciple the Mind
Our thoughts about God affect how we view him, our attitude towards him (Romans 12:2), and subsequently how we live our lives in response. Therefore, it is important that what we think and believe is consistent with what God says about himself in his word. Our Equip Classes address various elements Christian belief, as well as Christian life, from an academic approach.
How we Disciple the Heart
Alone, we cannot fully grow into the person that God intends. The heart is deceptive and at times we forget and need to be reminded of who God is and his love towards us. God has given us his Holy Spirit (John 14:26), and the Body of Christ to help us grow (1 Corinthians 12). The primary way we disciple the heart at Refuge is through our DNA Groups. In DNA Groups, we share our greatest struggles, deepest hurts, and pursue a greater vision for our relationship with Jesus. The four values of DNA Groups are: Holiness, Community, the Gospel, and Multiplication,>
How We Disciple the Body
Jesus taught that those who love him ‘obey’ his commandments (John 14:21-23). The Apostle James taught that our love for Christ is evident in the lives we live for him (James 2). It is pointless for us to learn more things about God if we aren’t intending on acting in response to what we learn. Our Neighborhood Groups, Corporate Outreach, and Service Opportunities allow us to live out what we learn.