An apprentice of Jesus is a person who chooses
to be with Jesus to learn from Him how to become like Him
We will live a Rhythm of….
1) Prayer &Worship
2) Study & Spiritual Formation
3) Service & Mission
a. Serve the community we live in
b. Serve the Church
c. Bless the Nations
These are the foundation values we will stand upon in our pursuit of being Jesus’ apprentices
Through Apprenticeship to Jesus we seek to restore discipleship as a lifestyle that has an inseparable relationship with Jesus’ message about the Kingdom of God, and the purpose for which we were created. Apprenticeship has been influenced by the discipleship model that Jesus gave us, as well as, other discipleship communities like the Moravians and Celts. The apprentices will live a shared life pursuing discipleship through a daily rhythm of prayer, study, & service.
Why a return to biblical discipleship so important today?
He who follows Me, says Christ our Savior, walks not in darkness, for he will have the light of life. These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by them we are admonished to follow His teachings and His manner of living, if we truly be enlightened and delivered from all blindness of heart. Let all the study of our heart be from now on to have our meditation fixed wholly on the life of Christ—Thomas a Kempis
We have a theology that says just believe it and it will happen. Jesus taught the pursuit, “follow me, and do the things I am doing, join me in my Father’s work.” We have created a Christianity that has removed itself from Jesus and His teachings—We have lost Jesus as Teacher
Mankind needs a teacher in order to grasp truth and understand life’s purpose, a teacher free from error. This person is Jesus Christ, who has come into the world to reveal the truth to us.
Our modern Christianity that has formed us is often about pursuing happiness and comfort. come to this retreat it is fun, or come to this conference and learn how to be successful, instead we should be inviting people to come find life’s purpose in Christ.
It is not difficult today to get a person interested in the message of the gospel; it is terrifically difficult to sustain the interest. In our kind of culture anything, even news about God can be sold if it is packaged freshly; but when it loses its novelty, it goes on the garbage heap. There is a great market for religious experience in our world; there is little enthusiasm for the patient acquisition of virtue, little inclination to sign up to be Jesus’ apprentice. -Eugene Peterson
We are working to develop Apprenticeship to Jesus as a model for discipleship that will train young people for a life of fruitfulness in the context of missional communities here in Phoenix that are involved in works of Compassion, Justice, Reconciliation, Evangelism and Service both locally and internationally; believing this model can be reproduced in any cultural setting & context. The desire of an apprentice is to become like Jesus and learn to “obey all He commanded” and then help others do the same.
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