Discipleship at the Creek

The purpose of the church is expressed in Matthew 28:19-20, and that is to make disciples of all nations and see them mature into Christ-likeness. At the Creek, we express this purpose as a desire to see every member grow in likeness to their Savior through an intentional, relational discipleship process.

The Goal

So how might one describe what a growing Christian looks like? A disciple is a maturing believer in Jesus Christ who demonstrates biblical characteristics in life and in the local church:  In their lives there will be a pursuit of these core disciplines

  • Bible Study
  • Prayer
  • Service
  • Worship
  • Evangelism
  • Giving

As we pursue these disciplines in our lives our hope is that we develop a biblical worldview and a church mindset.  Scripture will shape our understanding of our culture and guide us in truth in every aspect of life.  We will understand that the local church exists to minister to and assist others as we serve according to the gifts and talents given by God.  Thus, we develop into disciples who make disciples.  Put another way, as we mature, we should also be helping others to mature in an intentional way.

The Process

Growing in Christlikeness is described in a number of ways by the Apostle Paul in his letters. In Colossians 3, he tells us to "put off" the old man and "put on" the new man. In Philippians 2, we are told to "work out (our) own salvation with fear and trembling." In Ephesians 4, we are encouraged to "grow up in every way" into Christ. In Romans 6, we are commanded to present ourselves  "to God as instruments for righteousness." In Romans 12, we are told to "be transformed by the renewing of (our) minds."

At the Creek, we believe this disciple-making process must be intentional and multi-faceted in its approach.  All members of the Creek are expected to participate in life-on-life discipleship, so that they may grow into mature believers and be sent out into the world for the glory of Christ!  We hope to emulate Paul's instruction to Timothy, in 2 Timothy 2, when Timothy is told to entrust the Gospel message to "faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”  Therefore, we offer the following resources to address the various aspects of growing in our faith:

  • Small Groups – meet on Sunday mornings 52 weeks out of the year
  • Equipping Classes – meet for 10-12 week semesters primarily on Sunday nights though other days / times are available
  • Disciples Equipping Disciples – provides training and insight into developing these intentional accountability relationships (men with men and women with women)
  • Biblical Counseling Ministry – offers Biblical counseling for individuals and couples in crisis. For more information, email Pastor Tony Donato, Biblical Counseling Ministry Pastor.

For more information on each of these, please see the links detailed to the right of this page or contact Pastor John Wright at 919-556-9292 or john@richlandcreek.com.