Becoming a Christian involves much more than confessing Christ and being baptized, it involves accepting Christ's lordship in our life and embracing a lifestyle that affects everything we do. Just as Jesus worked daily with his disciples, teaching them how to live, we too are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2) and being changed into the likeness of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). We look forward to that glorious day when he shall return, and we shall be like him (John 3:3-4). The ministries of discipleship and teaching are all designed to assist in that transformation process.
Many of these ministries are targeted for peer groups in our congregations (i.e. youth groups, parents, newlyweds, singles and senior citizens). There are times when people who have common needs and common situations can find help best from their peers. Many times, however, the help and advice we need is not available from our peers. We need to listen and learn from those who have already been where we are. The scriptures instruct our older brothers and sisters to teach the younger. To help implement that principle at Quaker Avenue, we also provide opportunity for mentoring in which our older members are available to the younger ones for spiritual fellowship and counsel.
All these programs are designed to assist us in becoming more like Christ. Making us like him is one of the most important tasks Christ accomplishes through his spirit. He is our example, our model. Whether the ministry is a Bible study or a sports activity, the goal is to make us all more Christ-like. Perhaps one of these ministries is where you will fit in best at Quaker Avenue.