Downtown Cornerstone Blog
Apr 16
2021

Reviving Our Discipleship Rhythms This Spring

Community, Discipleship | by Pastor Justin Keogh

DCC Family,

Have you considered how the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has impacted your discipleship rhythms? For many of us, our weekly gathering with the church on Sundays which had been a years—or decades—long discipline has become gathering with restrictions and/or livestreaming; our beloved potlucks in community have given way to quick meals and zoom gatherings; our regular DG meetings at the local coffee shop have gone virtual, or worse, stopped altogether.

This hard season has impacted us all in so many ways, especially our discipleship, because so much of our discipleship relies on being together.

The normal pattern of the New Testament church is gathering together in multiple forms on a regular, even daily(!), basis (see Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:24-25). Far more than only gathering at the church building on Sundays, Christians are encouraged to meet regularly for the purpose of living out the "One Anothers." Consider Hebrews 3:12-13:

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

As DCC, we live this out intentionally through our Cornerstone Communities and our Discipleship Groups. If you've taken the Foundations class, then I'd invite you to jump into both this spring!

  • Foundations: If you've not yet gone through our Foundations class, I'd encourage you to start there. You'll not only learn more about DCC, but you'll meet others who are new to the church and get connected to a community and/or a DG through the class. Learn more and register here.
  • Cornerstone Communities: Our communities are diverse groups of people that meet weekly in their local neighborhoods (and/or, in this season, over zoom) for fellowship, prayer, and discussing and applying God's word to their lives. Check out our current community list here to get connected.
  • Discipleship Groups: Within, and sometimes across, our communities are smaller (2-5), gender-specific, DGs that meet regularly to cultivate trust in Jesus, growth in holiness and missional living. Check out a short video below to learn more (5 mins), and then fill out this simple form to get plugged into a DG for the spring.

It's our prayerful aim that everyone in DCC would be relationally connected, intentionally growing, meaningfully serving, missionally engaged, willingly accountable, and known by a pastor—and being in meaningful discipling relationships through our Cornerstone Communities and Discipleship Groups are a big part of that!

While you can jump into a community or DG at any time, now is a great time at the beginning of the Spring quarter. As such, I’d encourage you to join a community and/or a DG this next week, and commit for the next 3 months. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to email me at justin@downtowncornerstone.org.

With Brotherly Affection in Christ,
Pastor Justin