Can you imagine meeting a police officer with a uniform, badge, hat, Kevlar vest, utility belt flashlight, and handcuffs … but then you notice there is no sidearm in his holster! When you ask him, he replies, “I wasn’t given a sidearm, and that’s ok since I haven’t been trained to use one anyways.”
You might wonder, “How can he protect the community and do his job without critical equipment and training? He can’t, because he’s not equipped!
In our spiritual walk with Christ, part of our discipleship includes equipping, because there are many areas that we need to be equipped. As Ephesians 4 says, “walk worthy of our calling.”
So, equipping is developing people in their character and ministry skills so they can effectively evangelize, establish, equip, export, and empower others to do the same. This includes:
HEAD - needed knowledge, or WHAT
HEART - needed passion, purpose, and convictions, or WHY
HANDS - needed skills and abilities, or HOW
In Ephesians 6 Paul uses the metaphor of a solider being completely outfitted and trained for battle, including each piece of armor and the skillful use of the Sword (the Word of God).
Another powerful scripture is in 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the [person] of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Discipleship captures the concept of a learning believer — one growing in their faith and love for the Lord. Jesus calls His disciples not only to follow Him, but to grow up in Him into full maturity.
We are a church committed to help every disciple take their next step in their relationship with the Lord. Whether the next step is exploring the Christian faith, beginning a relationship with Christ, or maturing in faith, we want to provide every opportunity for accelerated growth in our heads, hearts, and hands. Our biblical mandate is to help disciples grow in their knowledge and application of God’s truth. To be equipped!
At Bethel, we want to assist every Disciple to deepen his or her understanding and practice of the Christian life through interactive, short term learning environments. Take advantage of Core training, Spiritual Life Tracks and Leadership development to Equip you for “every good work” God has planned for you.