Discover the Pathways
In order to follow the teachings and commands of Jesus we must regularly engage in practical disciplines that help us to mature in the faith and move us forward towards the end goal of obedience and faithfulness to Jesus. Calling these disciplines pathways gives us a visual of a journey with clear direction and a destination in mind. This helps to eliminate the perception that we simply check a box and accomplish our duty as followers of Jesus, but rather, seeing it as an ongoing process. Each pathway has various mile markers for us to use for evaluation and management of growth in our relationship with Jesus. Ultimately, we are healthiest as disciples when we regularly walk in each pathway. Below you will find a number of "NEXT STEPS" you and those you lead, can take to help traverse the various pathways that lead us towards the goal of becoming a better follower of Jesus.
reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on the Bible
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16
regularly talking with God and interceding for ourselves and others
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
honoring the sabbath and practicing healthy life rhythms
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
Hebrews 4:9, 10
expressing adoration for the Almighty God
"Praise Him for His mighty works, Praise His unequaled greatness.”
sacrificing common things to focus on God
“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4.4
being authentic with and encouraging to others
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
meeting the needs of others with our gifts, talents, and time
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
having a heart to give freely and offer help to others
“ Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9.7
engaging in community within the body of Christ
"Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts."
sharing the hope of Christ’s love through evangelism and outreach
“I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.”
being a good manager of all that God has entrusted to us
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’.”
having someone that helps us reach our God-given potential
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”