We speak the truth in love. Intentional Sharing is the expectation that all Christians are to intentionally share their faith with those they encounter as part of their normal everyday life. We are disciple-makers who make disciples who make disciples.
Learn to share your 15 second story about how you came to know Jesus. Don't have a story like that? Don't worry, we'd love to walk you through how to get one.
Marietta needs Intentional Sharing. Purposefully sharing Christ with others for the goal of creating more worshipers and therefore multiplying the church is what intentional sharing is all about. It's important we intentionally share the Gospel with unbelievers. It is truly a mission mind set.
We share our lives in Meetups. Sharing what God is doing in a believer's life is just another part of the Christian life. Sharing Christ, intentionally, will not merely be an individual task, but will be the responsibility of every follower working together in community. We will share Christ's life by relating to the people, identifying with them, and engaging them in friendship, conversation, ministry and witness. Jesus is the Life we follow. We live by the Life of Another.
Intentional sharing is all about allowing our natural lifestyle to tell the story of Christ’s truth. In this way, we desire to create more worshipers and to multiply the church by making disciples. By deliberately sharing the truths of how God has transformed our lives with those in our circle of influence, we will communicate that in knowing and following Jesus, their lives can become an awesome adventure. Jesus is the Truth. Truth is a person. Seek Jesus. Find Truth.
We will have a complete view of the gospel where both our words and actions intentionally speak the gospel into peoples lives.Intentionally sharing one’s faith is the ultimate indicator that a person’s spiritual formation is taking shape. This is putting faith into action (James 1:22) and create new habits to replace old ones. To be like Christ is to share His love with the world and multiply the Kingdom for His glory. Jesus commanded his followers to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:18-20). We will follow Jesus for He is the Way.
The great tool a believer has is a personal testimony. A personal testimony is a believer’s experience of becoming a Christ follower. In is simplest form, it tells a personal story of what a person’s life was like before meeting Jesus, how the person met Jesus, and what a person’s life was like after meeting Jesus. The 15 second story is a 15 second before Jesus and after Jesus testimony ending in an invitation for the person it was shared with to share their own personal story too. Teaching church members how to create their own 15-second story to share becomes a vital way to engage the curious and initiate a response to the invitation for them to share their own story too.
We believe that we’re all born into brokenness. From violence to suffering to fighting and disease, we can see brokenness all around us. We also experience personal brokenness in ourselves, our relationships, and our communities.
But…we also see beauty and joy in this world like in a sunset or in the laughter of children. That’s because when God made this world, he made it with no brokenness in it. In God’s design, everyone was at peace with him and each other and with creation itself. And we lived that way for a while. But then we left God’s design and entered brokenness because of our sin. Our sin was our desire to be our own boss and to try to live a life without God.
Everyone tries to escape this brokenness somehow. Some people think that if they’re successful at what they do, they’ll escape. Others try to self medicate so they won’t feel the brokenness. Some people think that if they get into the right relationship, everything will be fixed. Others try to return to God’s design and back to God himself by being a good person, doing good deeds and even going to church. Some of these things give us a little relief for a while but like a bungee cord, we snap back right into brokenness, right where we started. And its frustrating!
God sees us living in brokenness but he wants us to experience his design. So God sent a part of himself as Jesus to help us do that. He came to earth and lived a life with no brokenness and no sin. Because he loved us, He took on himself all of our sin and brokenness. And then he died on the cross. And to show his power over sin and death, on the third day he rose again.
Jesus declared that if you turn away from your sin and brokenness and believe in him, you can recover and pursue God’s design. Believing in him is not just believing he existed but believing he is the way out of brokenness and following him.
Part of living in God’s design now is that we go back into the brokenness and help people. And that’s why we exist. We want to help people deal with the brokenness around them and ultimately, leave it.
So where do you see yourself? Have you trusted Jesus and now live in God’s design or are you living in brokenness? Which one do you want to live in? When people want to follow Jesus they usually say something like this to God in their own words: “My life is broken-I recognize it’s because of my sin. I need you. I believe Jesus came to live, die and was raised from the dead- to rescue me from my sin. Forgive me. I turn from my selfish and broken ways and put my trust in you. I want to follow Jesus as Lord.”
If that sounds like something you want to do, say it in your own words to God.
CBC provides immediate follow-up to anybody who becomes a follower of Christ. Follow-up and discipleship begin immediately at conversion. After someone has made a decision to follow Jesus, a Meetup discipleship meeting is scheduled by asking three questions. 1) When can we meet? 2) Where can we meet? 3) Who can you bring with you?
The purpose of this meeting is to begin the discipleship process with the spiritual infant follower of Christ by taking him through the 411-training. This training instills a discipleship expectation from the very beginning of the relationship. In no time, the new believer will know how to hold their own Three Thirds Bible Study and be encouraged to bring a person from their lives to join the Meet Up.
SWORD Bible Study Technique
The Commands of Christ is CBC’s next level of training in the church’s discipleship strategy. The Commands of Christ is basic equipping of a disciple to follow Jesus. It models how to hold a Meet Up with a new believer by utilizing the Three Thirds Bible study method to explain one of ten commands of Christ at each meeting. By the end of the ten lessons, the new disciple will know new truths they can begin sharing with others.
Spiritual infants need to learn new habits about how to live the Christian life. Foundations courses are various discipleship studies we offer yearly and in Meetups, which help new believers spiritual mature. These courses teach important biblical principles which everyone who attends CBC adopts. After successfully completing the courses, members are encouraged to teach the courses themselves. Some of the Foundation Course are below.
We were made to make disciples. In this 24 session Foundation course, learn a sweeping overview of how the Gospel is threaded through scripture from creation to Christ. Learn how to turn your relationships intentionally disciplistic and turn the world upside down.
Learn to hear when God is speaking to you.
Learn how to manage your personal finances in a highly effective & practical way during this eight week study. See what the Bible has to say about money and become fiscally responsible in the process. TOPICS COVERED: Debt, Honesty, Counsel, Generosity, Saving & Investing, Work, Crisis & perspective, and End of life preparedness.