At H2O Church we are committed to helping people become disciples of Jesus. A disciple is a learner or follower, and so, a disciple of Jesus is one who has decided to trust and follow Jesus with their whole life.
Following Jesus is not a destination we arrive at, but a lifelong journey. Doing anything for a lifetime requires a commitment to regular rhythms.
We’ve laid out 5 regular rhythms that can be used by anyone anywhere along their journey of walking as disciples of Jesus. Altogether, these rhythms make up our Discipleship Pathway.
As in any relationship, a relationship with God requires getting to know him, what he cares about, how to talk with him, and how to develop love and trust with him. This leads us into our first rhythm: Read/Pray/Obey. It is out of this first rhythm that our other four rhythms flow.
- Read – God has chosen to make himself known to us through the Bible. The Bible helps us to know who he is, what he cares about, how he would have us live, and how to be in right relationship with him.
- Pray – We also communicate directly with God through prayer. Continually talking with God and learning to listen to his Spirit will allow us to grow in our relationship with him.
- Obey – Through reading the Bible and praying, God will often lead us to areas in our lives where we are not trusting him. When we obey, we are saying to God, “I love you and I trust you and so I will follow your lead.” To follow Jesus is to trust him, and to trust him is to trust God.
- In the Bible, the church is a group of people united in their love and faith in God through Jesus. Following Jesus is a communal act, not something we do by ourselves. H2O gathers on Sundays as a local church community. Together we read and study the Bible, worship God in prayer and singing, serve one another, and participate in communion. We do this to remind one another of the truth of God and encourage each other in our relationships with Jesus.
- In the Bible, we see followers of Jesus regularly investing in deep, authentic relationships with one another. One way that H2O does this is by gathering in smaller groups throughout the week. In these groups we share our lives and practice read/pray/obey together in real and honest ways.