By now you've probably heard of the discipleship tool that Bethel has created called The Pathway
. But you might be wondering, "How do I use this?"
This is laid out very easily, but the cool thing about this is that you don’t have to go in order. In other words, maybe you have already invited your friend to church (which is step one), but they said no. Sometimes that’s where we stop. But don’t stop! Look along the pathway and figure out another entry point.
So maybe you go back to your friend and you say, “I know you aren’t interested in going to church with me, but would you consider….”
For example, Step 2 (Rooted): “Would you be interested in at least learning more about my faith and how it impacts my daily life? We have this study at my church called “Rooted” that is ten short weeks. Would you join me and go through the Rooted experience together with me?” Rooted is an awesome experience and a great place to help someone start their faith journey, but it’s also a great place to refresh and recharge someone who is already a believer. Rooted is for everyone!
Or how about Step 5 (Ministry): “My church is hosting a Christmas event called “Christmas for Everyone”, where low income families come and shop for toys. I’m going to be a host for families who come through that day. Would you like to come and serve as a host with me?”
Or maybe Step 3 (Community) is a good starting point: “My family is part of a small group bible study that meets each week. We have a lot of fun and it’s very laid back. Would you like to come sometime and check it out?”
These are all entry points that allow you to start the Pathway process with your friend, family member, or neighbor. Inviting them to participate in Rooted, in an outreach event, in your small group…those are first steps to completing the rest of the Pathway.
Once you have entered the Pathway with someone, pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and minister to the heart of that person. God is always wooing others to Himself, and this is a great tool that helps us partner in the work He is doing in a person’s life.
I’d challenge each of us to think about one nonbeliever we could pray for and begin to think about how we could use the Pathway to bring them to salvation in Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, amen!