Discipleship

From the beginning of Christianity, the natural overflow of being a disciple of Jesus has always been to make disciples of Jesus. "Follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19). This was a promise: Jesus would take His disciples and turn them into disciple makers. And this was a command: He called each of His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey Him (Matt. 28:19-20). From the start, God's design has been for every single disciple of Jesus to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples until the gospel spreads to all peoples.

Yet we have subtly and tragically taken this costly command of Christ to go, baptize and teach all nations and mutated it into a comfortable call for Christians to come, be baptized and listen in one location...

-David Platt

At Pointe North, we define a disciple as someone who:

  • is following Christ
  • is being changed by Christ
  • is Committed to the mission of Christ

True discipleship is a process that repeats itself over and over but we know that not everyone is in the same place of the process. We have created several environments where you, or anyone, can enter into biblical discipleship:

  • Small Groups

    The book of Acts repeatedly refers to teaching in public settings as well as house to house. Considering that the early church worshipped in large settings in the synagogues, as well as in homes, we unite together similarly in order to be in deeper fellowship with God and one another. Small Groups are an essential part of our church, as they provide a place where deeper fellowship and better support for one another can take place. Read More...

  • Men

    The state of manhood is in decline – not just the macho, Rambo type of manhood, but true biblical manhood and leadership. Become the man God has called you to be; find out how to get plugged into a CORE group walking through Godly disciplines with a group of 3 to 5 other men by emailing us at: info@pointenorth.org. Also, be on the look out for special men's events like our Men's Breakfasts and our annual Legacy Conference.

  • Women

    Our lives as women always seem to be busy! No matter what stage of life you are in....whether meeting the demands of school work as a student, working 9 to 5 and beyond, hurrying kids around to extra curricular activities, or retired and busy as ever with volunteering, grand-kids, caring for older parents and traveling, there are always things pulling us in many directions. But what about our time to just "be", to sit at the feet of Jesus, to be refreshed from the demands and just be the daughter of Christ? Our women's ministry, "31," strives to be a ministry where you can be refreshed....from our once a month Ladies' Night-Out to events, retreats and small groups. Come and connect with friends, learn and grow as a daughter in Christ.


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  • Shape Class

    Discovering My Ministry


    Who did God make me to be?

    What did God make me to do?


    Most of us have pondered these questions at some point in our lives, maybe you're asking those questions right now...  God has given each of gifts and talents to use to grow His Kingdom but what are those talents?


    Shape, Discovering My Ministry is a way to learn what our talents are and how we can utilize those talents to the fullest. Pointe North offers two classes each year – one in the Spring and another in the Fall to help each of us learn and grow together.


    Email us for more information!

  • Volunteer

    Two of our Core Values at Pointe North are: Saved People Serve People and Growing People Change. Jesus is our example in everything. He constantly pushed His disciples to grow and to serve. We believe that part of growing in Christ is following this same example. At Pointe North, we value service. We believe every person is gifted by God to serve the body of Christ for the glory of God.


    For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many

    -Mark 10:45 ESV


    Click Here for more information about getting involved

  • Missions & outreach

    The Great Commission & The Great Commandment


    Gods word is full of reasons we should be involved in missions and outreach. In Matthew 28:19 He gives us The Great Commission calling us to make disciples of all nations. In Matthew 22:34 He gives us the Great Commandment instructing us to love God and love our neighbor. In Acts 1:8 He calls us to be his witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth... At Pointe North we focus our efforts not only on equipping the people that call themselves Christians but also ministering to those in our community, our nation and our world. Read More...

  • Bible Study Methods

    John 1:1-5 tells us that Jesus was the pre-existent Word-become-flesh. The Bible is God’s primary source of revelation to man. We believe the Bible is the inspired and inbreathed Word of God.


    Join us as we learn to study it, experience its transformational power when make it the authoritative standard for our lives. When the Bible becomes the foundation of our lives we rely on it for direction, and the counsel for wise decisions. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24 (ESV) 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The aim of the class is to love God’s word, learn God’s word and to live God’s word.

  • Truth Project

    In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed a stunning statistic that continues to reverberate throughout the evangelical world. Only 9 percent of professing Christians have a biblical worldview.

    Because of this, today's believers live very similarly to non-believers. A personal sense of significance is rarely experienced, we spend our money and time on things that fail to satisfy and we begin to wonder what life's ultimate purpose really is. We are, in short, losing our bearings as a people and a nation.

    To counter this slide within the body of Christ, Focus on the Family has launched one of the most ambitious and powerful projects in the history of their ministry - The Truth Project. 


    The Truth Project  is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.


    Dates and Times: TBA

A deeper look into the discipleship process

It has been determined that there are five stages of discipleship. We all fall into one of these areas with the goal being that we fall into the Parent Phase – making disciples. Which phase do you fall into?


Stage 1: Seeker/spiritually dead. People in this stage have not yet accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. People here might even claim to know Jesus, but they do not have the Holy Spirit living in them. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:

  • I don't believe there's a God.
  • The bible is just a bunch of myths.
  • Religion is a crutch for the weak.
  • Christians are just intolerant and homophobic people.
  • There are many ways a person can get to God.
  • I don't believe in hell. People just make their own hell.
  • I've been a good person, so when I die, everything will be okay. I'll take my chances with the big man upstairs.
  • There is no absolute right or wrong. If something's right for you, it might not be right for me, and vice versa.
  • I'm spiritual, but I don't connect with any one religion.

If you might fall in the seeker/spiritually dead stage, our Alpha class would be a great place for you to start.


Stage 2: Infant. First Peter 2:2-3 describes people who are like newborn babies, craving spiritual milk so they can grow in their salvation. They are spiritually alive and have made a decision to follow Christ but that's as far as they've gotten. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:

  • I need to go to church regularly? I've never heard that before.
  • I need to pray regularly and read the bible regularly? I've never heard that before. How would I do that?
  • I didn't know the Bible said that.
  • Tithing? What's that?
  • I've always connect with God through nature. Being out-doors is my church.
  • I don't need anyone else. It's just me and Jesus.
  • I need someone to regularly care for me.
  • I know Jesus is God, but isn't karma real too?
  • Trinity? Huh? Now you've got me confused.
  • My wife and I just got baptized, and on the way home from church we got into a big fight. What's up with that? I thought Jesus was supposed to take care of all our problems.

If you find yourself in the infant stage, our Alpha class and/or our Bible Study Methods would benefit you.


Stage 3: Child. People in this stage are continuing to grow in the relationship with God and are beginning to grow in their relationship with other Christians as well. As children, they are still quite self-centered, not yet fully oriented to the focus on others that marks people who are living in maturity in God's kingdom and family. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:

  • I don't know if this church is meeting my needs anymore. Maybe I should go to a different church that does better.
  • Don't branch my small group into two. We won't get to be with our friends.
  • Who are all these new people coming into our church? The church is getting too big. It's too hard to get a parking spot anymore.
  • Why do we have to learn new songs? I like the old hymns better.
  • I didn't like the music today. They should play more contemporary stuff.
  • No one ever says hi to me at church. No one ever calls me to see how I'm doing. No one spends time with me. Today in the lobby, a pastor looked right at me and didn't even say hello.
  • My small group is not taking care of my needs like they should.
  • I wasn't fed at all by that sermon today.
  • Why don't they have a ministry to singles at this church? This church must not care about singles.
  • No Christian should ever listen to hip-hop or rock. That kind of music is just unchristian.
  • Well, I'd join the worship team, but no one's ever asked me.
  • I was helping in children's ministry, but they didn't appreciate what I was doing, so I quit.


If you find yourself in the child stage, get plugged in with a small group if you're not already. Consider taking the SHAPE test or going through our SHAPE course. Maybe consider volunteering in a ministry.


Stage 4: Young Adult. Spiritual young adults are making a shift from being self-centered to being God- and other-centered. They are beginning to reorient their lives around God's Word and his people and mission. They are starting to understand that God has called them to give to the body of Christ, rather than simply take. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:

  • In my devotions, I came across something I have a question about.
  • I really want to go to Kenya on a mission trip this summer. I know I'm ready for it. I know God has big plans for my life.
  • I just love being a worship leader. I think it's something God has gifted me in, and i love to see an entire congregation lifting their hands in worship when I'm leading.
  • I have three friends I've been witnessing to, and our small group would be too big for them, so can we branch so they can come?
  • Mike and Christi missed our group, so I called them to see if they're okay. Their kids have the flu, so maybe our group can make meals for them. I'll start.
  • Look at how many are at church today – it's awesome! The closest parking spot I could find was at the grocery store across the street!


If you find yourself here in the young adult stage, maybe take our Bible study methods course consider facilitating a small group or look into one of our upcoming mission trips.


Stage 5: Parent. Spiritually mature people make disciples (have spiritual children, if you will). If they are capable but not parenting, then they are probably still young adults. A spiritual parent has a solid understanding of God's Word, a deep, abiding relationship with God, and a desire to be involved in raising up other disciples. They are kingdom-centered and God-dependent. As mature believers, parents understand that you never outgrow your need for spiritual family, and they are humble enough to be involved in the church despite its many imperfections. They can be characterized by statements or questions such as:

  • I wonder if God is leading me to invest in Bill and help him mature in his faith.
  • I want to help this guy at work. He asked me to explain the Bible to him. Pray for me as I spend time in the Word with him.
  • We get to baptize someone from our small group tonight. When is the next SHAPE class? Getting him plugged into ministry is essential for his growth.
  • Our small group is going on a mission trip. I am praying for God's wisdom as I give each person a different responsibility to help them grow.
  • The most important discipleship is with my children. Will you hold me accountable to lead devotionals withy kids on a daily basis? I get so busy that I am not consistent with them.
  • I want to be conscious of the influence of my words and actions when I go the the game with Bill and Betty. I easily get upset at the referees. As new Christians, Bill and Betty are hungry for guidance, and I want to set an example for them.
  • I have a spiritual child in my small group who is causing conflicts; pray that I will have patience as I lead them through this difficult stage.
  • I have a young adult who is ready to be an apprentice in our group; it won't be long until  we are ready to branch our small group.


If you believe you are in or getting close to the parent stage, it's time to lead or co-lead a ministry within Pointe North of your own. You should have a spiritual mentor; talk with them and church leadership to explore where God is calling you to lead.


*stages and characterizations taken from Discipleshift by Putman & Harrington. Zondervan Publishing 2013. Pgs 61-71.