A disciple was a student. Discipleship is one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: such as. In Christianity: one of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ's followers according to the Gospel accounts.
There are numerous things required to one degree or another to become that student of Christ and eventually one of the Ministers of the Church established by Jesus who was the Christ when he appointed the kingdom of God to is Little flock.
- God must initiate the call of the individual seeking the ministry.(Mark 1:16-20 )
- A desire to know and accept the doctrines of Jesus and The Way of God. (Job 23:12; Jeremiah 15:16; Deuteronomy 6:5-7; Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 2:2)
- Separating from the world’s covetous practices. (1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
- Personal discipline through the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 16:24; Luke 3:11; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27)
- A desire to seek and work with other disciples and ministers. (Romans 15:5-6; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 3:17-19; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 1:2, 7)
- Passion for sacrifice and sharing. (1 John 3:16-24; 1 Peter 2:21; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Philip. 1:21; Matthew 10:32; John 14:12)
- Diligent striving and Perseverance. (Philippians 3:13-14; 1 John 1-4; Psalms 37:23-24; Romans 6:1-14; 2 Peter 1:1-10; John 5:37-39)
Ultimately a disciple is discipled by the Holy Spirit but the Church is to be the representative of Christ and His appointment so a disciple would have a minister who physically disciples the student.
The process of Discipling a student of Christ who seeks the self discipline of the ministry of the Holy Spirit includes:
- an intentional, open, and deliberate commitment and investment expressing a willingness to be taught, practice, and record with a purposeful initiative.
- Mutual encouragement through a process of personal discipline and appraisal.
- A focus on diligent service to others as a follower of Jesus.
- Personal conformity to the disciplines of Christ.
- Daily expression of love and forgiveness which is an expression of patience and hope.
- Comprehensive relationship with Christ by the confirmation of a consistent relationship with the whole body in service.
Disciples at White Rock
Disciples are students.
If God is calling you to be a minister of His kingdom as a part of His Holy Church and you wish to study the ways of the kingdom under the guidance of ministers in the Network you may wish to pray for a opportunity for Discipleship at White Rock.
Occasionally we will accept people here at White Rock in the high desert and/or with other ministers in a working environment to begin that life process of learning The Way of the Kingdom of God in a rigorous setting of service and sacrifice.
We will only take a limited number of applicants so it will be important to give us what type of time frame you will be able to be here or available. Also what will you be bringing in the way of skills and resources.
Filling out the application for those who are aspiring to the Ministry is part of the process. It is part of a process of prayer and personal reflection. What you write and what you do not write will reveal to us and yourself where your heart is and where it may need to go from here.
Each individual will require one on one tutelage and counseling. The more we know about you and what you are thinking or are capable of the better we may be able to decide a plan of study and work.
This will be unlike any seminary experience I have ever seen and probably any of you have ever heard about.
His Church at White Rock.
What to expect
There will be long hours and hard work, private lessons and one on one teaching.
- Luke 14:26 If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
- Matthew 19:21 "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me."
The same is also seen in Mark 10:21 and in Luke 18:22. This idea of giving up all to serve the Lord opens a door that completes the discipleship of Christ.
If you believe in Christ, His name, His character, giving up your life will become easy...
- John 5:39 "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."
Jesus is talking about the testimony of the Old Testament because that was the scripture then. And the Pharisees had twisted it so that though they studied they did not know what they read and did not know Christ when he came.
Many Christians today might not really know Christ. Knowing yourself is a major part of learning to know Christ. Trials and tribulation, serving, seeking and striving may show you The Way.
- John 6:54 "Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
“The real difference in the believer who follows Christ and has mortified his will and died after the old man in Christ, is that he is more clearly aware than other men of the rebelliousness and perennial pride of the flesh, he is conscious of his sloth and self-indulgence and knows that his arrogance must be eradicated. Hence there is a need for daily self-discipline.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
- John 15:18 ¶ If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
To begin the Application Process
Have you chosen a Minister of Record to connect you with the rest of the Living Network?
That minister should be willing to recommend you for the discipleship. Talk to him and share with him your hopes and aspirations.
Write us a letter about who you are and why you want to begin the training.
Essay #1: Vocational Intentions
Brief essay addressing your sense of call to a ministry/vocation... listing what you think is your unique gifts for this ministry.
Essay #2: Your personal history and hopes
This will include what you have done during your life, where you are now and what you hope to accomplish.
The Aspirant Outline will help you organize this information for the record.
Theological Reflection (Brief statement)
Use the following questions to address your personal theological reflection on your personal vocation:
1. Address the question "Why His Holy Church?"
2. Grace is central to the message and ministry of Jesus. In what ways do you hope to manifest His virtue?
3. How does God speak this desire for discipleship in you heart to prepare you for the ministry?
4. What will you seek to do if you are not accepted to continue your discipleship with His Holy Church?
"Follow me!" —Jesus the Christ.
- One of the most important things to do is to become involved in a network of Charitable Practices. Everyone should want to join a Living Network of Love and Charity.
- If you think you have a calling to be a Minister of God or you might want to dedicate your life to Christ as an Ordained Minister of His Holy Church, contact us to start the process of discipleship and become the benefactors who exercise only love, NOT authority.
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- Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
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