When it comes to understanding what it means to be a follower of Jesus, there is no better person to learn from than John, ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved.’ (John 13:23) For John, being a disciple was a commitment to “live as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6) and a recognition that on his own, living and loving like Jesus was an impossible task. However, by experiencing the love of Jesus throughout is his life, John came to understand this profound reality. “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) At Monte Vista Chapel, it is our desire for you to understand and experience the deep love of God and allow it to transform you into someone who lives and loves like Jesus. Everything we do flows from this desire.
At MVC, our desire is to build disciples (apprentices of Jesus) who encounter the love, grace, and truth of God, and as a result, are being transformed into the kind of people who naturally live and love like Jesus would if he were in their situation. Therefore, as disciples of Jesus who desire to build disciples, we make two promises.
• Our promise to the world: we will do our best to love as we have been loved by God. (Christ through us)
• Our promise to the church: to partner with people who desire to know God and become more like Jesus. (Christ in us)
The way we become people who naturally live and love like Jesus is through Spiritual Formation. We define Spiritual Formation as our continuing response to the reality of God’s grace shaping us into the likeness of Jesus Christ, through the work of the Holy Spirit, in the community of faith, for the sake of the world. A practical tool to visualize our ongoing response to God’s grace is our Discipleship Conversation.
MVC’s Discipleship Markers
We know we are heading in a healthy direction when we see these markers in ourselves and in our church community.
For a more in-depth look at MVC’s Trail Markers, take a look at this clip of Ken’s sermon from 2017.