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Immerse

 
 
Definition of Immerse in dictionary form "to plunge into something that covers."

God gave the prophet Ezekiel a vision of a man leading him through water that flowed from the temple. His vision reminds us that God's desire is for His people to be moving ever deeper with Him throughout our lives.

Ezekiel said, "As the man went out east with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a third of a mile and led me through the water. It came up to my ankles. Then he measured off a third of a mile and led me through the water. It came up to my knees. He measured off another third of a mile and led me through the water. It came up to my waist. Again he measured off a third of a mile, and it was a river that I could not cross on foot. For the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be crossed on foot."
(Ezekiel 47:3-5)


ARE YOU MOVING EVER DEEPER WITH GOD?

Session 1
Stepping Into the Deep

Session 2
Roots That Go Deep

Session 3
Everyday Life in the Deep


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​Immerse Discipleship Classes
September 10 - October 15, 2017
Sunday Nights @ 6:30 pm
 
By offering classes in history, apologetics, personal growth, and evangelism, we can help prepare you for the mission at hand:

Reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ
Teach people the truths of the Word of God
Minister
to people with the love of Jesus Christ
Multiply God's Kingdom by making disciples of Jesus Christ



 

Immerse Philosopy:

Mission     Model     Motivation     Method     Material     Marks



The Mission

 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have
commanded you
; and lo, I am
with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen”
(Matthew 28: 19-20)

 
Christ Himself made it clear that our purpose as believers, while here on earth, is to make disciples.This leads us to ask the question, what is a disciple? A disciple is defined as one who learns from a teacher in order to become a follower in both doctrine and conduct of life. Using Jesus’ words, a disciple is one who is taught the things of God and observes what is taught. The mission for discipleship then is to immerse them in the Word of God and help them to apply the truth in their everyday life, eventually culminating in the one being discipled beginning to disciple others.

 


The Model

 Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny Himself and
take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever
loses his life for My sake will find it.’”
(Matthew 16:24-25)

 
The model Jesus gave for discipleship was based on the interaction He had with His disciples. Although Jesus addressed the crowds, He chose to personally invest in the lives of twelve individuals. It is in this small group setting that Jesus intentionally addressed both the belief and practice of these men. Likewise, the Immerse strategy is designed to impact the lives of individuals through small groups that focus specifically on helping people move ever deeper in their faith and model that faith in their daily lives.

 


The Motivation

That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ.”
(Ephesians 4:14-15)

 
The motivation for discipleship is a heart of obedience to Christ and a heart of love to see others grounded in the faith. In this age of “information overload”, Christians who do not have a thoroughly biblical worldview find themselves in a precarious position and susceptible to being “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,” (Ephesians 4:14). Whether it is through a conversation at work, a class at school, surfing the Internet, or watching the nightly news, Christians who do not filter information through the lens of Scripture are heading down the track to a spiritual train wreck. The purpose of the Immerse strategy is to help people establish a firm foundation through a worldview based solely on the Word of God.

 


The Method 
 
Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”
(John 14:6)

 
Jesus’ reply in this verse provides us with what Merrill Tenney said “is the ultimate foundation for a satisfactory philosophy of life.” John Calvin adds that the way, truth, and life represents a progression in Christian maturity. Just as a baby progresses from infancy to adulthood, so one who is born again should progress from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity. The Immerse strategy is designed to help facilitate this growth by addressing issues faced by believers at each stage along the Christian journey. Whether it is the basics of the faith (the Way), doctrines of the faith (the Truth), or application of the faith (the Life), the goal of the Immerse strategy is to meet people where they are in their walk with Christ and help them move ever deeper with God becoming fully devoted disciples of Christ.

 
In an attempt to address the needs of believers as they mature in their walk with Christ, the format of the Immerse strategy is as follows:

 
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The Material
 
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 
If a disciple is one who learns from a teacher in order to become a follower in both doctrine and conduct of life, and our purpose is to make disciples of Christ, then the material we use in teaching must be firmly based in Scripture and focused on Christ. This material can consist of the Scripture itself or other study material that is biblically based.


 

The Marks

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
(Acts 4:13)

 
As this verse shows, during the first century and into today it has been a presumption that true knowledge of God through His Word, to a large extent, was left to scholars and religious leaders. The problem with this philosophy is that God tells us in Scripture “divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him,” (2 Peter 1:3). This power is given to every believer through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The key, however, is the knowledge of Him, which only comes through His Word.

 
In the world’s eyes, Christians may be perceived as “uneducated and untrained” but God forbid that we validate that perception. On the contrary, as believers we should be moving ever deeper with God and in turn teach others what we have learned. The Scripture tells us to “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15) Only then will the world begin to “marvel” as they see true disciples who model a doctrine and conduct of life that says, “they have been with Jesus!”

"So join us on this journey of moving ever deeper with God. Dive deep, taste the Living Water, and never thirst again."

 


 
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