Tuesday, June 16, 2015

7 Spiritual Foundation Essentials

Everyone knows that a strong foundation is essential in whatever endeavor we seek to pursue. This is certainly the case when it comes to discipleship. That is why Steve Layton, Discipleship Pastor, Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, TN has outlined 7 Spiritual Foundation Essentials needed in order to grow as a follower of Christ.

These foundation essentials guide Steve and his team as they design tools that help believers learn, understand, and live out their faith consistently. The 7 foundation essentials include:
  1. Life of Christ/Christology: Focused on knowing Jesus completely - who he is and what He has done for us.
  2. Spiritual Disciplines - Forming habits like Bible study, scripture memory, and prayer.
  3. Biblical Studies - Learning the unfolding story of God's love and His calling.
  4. Theology - Understanding core biblical truths.
  5. Healthy Relationships - Learning to live and grow together.
  6. Missions and Evangelism - Being on mission and sharing Jesus all along the way.
  7. Servant Leadership - Becoming a servant leader like Jesus was.
When you examine your own life or the life of those whose spiritual development you guide, you should consider how you are going to address these 7 spiritual foundation essentials. It requires some intentional evaluation, planning, and ongoing implementation in order to keep building for each believer the foundation needed to become a stronger follower of Christ.

Steve and his team of leaders have designed a new discipleship/spiritual formation strategy known as “JourneyOn”  to help address these foundation essentials in their church. The JourneyOn strategy helps people take their next step in their journey toward the Christ-centered life.

As you consider his 7 foundation essentials, what other foundation essentials might you add? How might you evaluate your church using the essentials to determine if you are approaching discipleship in a balanced and intentional way?

You might want to check out all that Steve is doing and consider how you could use his model to help you as you develop your own intentional model of discipleship.