Discipleship is a JourneyLet us help you find the next step...
There are four practices that we encourage every member of our church to engage in on a regular basis.
We believe these are practices that every Christian has been empowered by the Holy Spirit to do.
As a disciple of Jesus, there is always a “next step” in your spiritual journey.
It’s likely, that one of those steps entails growth in one of these four areas.
We want to help you know and successfully take your next step as a disciple of Jesus.
Take a look at these four practices and, if there’s a way we can help you take your next step, let us know!
Engage God Individually
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
The first spiritual practice we encourage at Broadview is that a person engage God individually. One of the expectations of church membership is that you “live and grow spiritually.” We want to help you be able to live all of your life as an act of worship before God. We want to see you empowered by the Spirit of God to experience communion with God.
Read the Bible daily
Pray With Consistency
Follow the example of prayers in the Bible (Dan 9:1-19; Mat 6:9-13; Eph 1:17-19; 3:16-19; Phil 1:9-11; Col 1:9-12)
Create a calendar with suggestions of what to pray for each day of the week (family on Mondays, co-workers on Tuesdays, etc)
Find a prayer model to help you (search online for the ACTS model)
Study & Learn
Download the Toolbox
Worship In A Gathering
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
The third spiritual practice is to worship in a gathering. The most common of these gatherings would be our morning worship services. We encourage you not only to attend but to actively engage with what God is doing in corporate worship.
On Sunday mornings, enthusiastically engage in worship through singing. The words will be on the screen if you do not know the lyrics. We have different musical genre’s at Broadview. Our 8:25 service is Southern Gospel whereas our 9:40/11:00 services are contemporary. Pick a service that’s going to best prepare your heart to experience God’s presence.
On Sunday morning, times of prayer will be scattered throughout the service. There will be prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, intercession and personal commitment. There is something unique about Christians gathering together for worship. God manifests himself in a special way. Take advantage of that opportunity as you pray. Pray not only for yourself but for what God is doing in our life together as a church.
After a time of worship through singing and prayer, someone will get up and share a message from God’s Word. Listen attentively as they draw out the meaning of that Sunday’s Bible passage. Take notes during the sermon so that you can discuss your takeaways with family and/or friends.
The Sunday message will not only explain what God has said in a particular passage. The speaker will also draw out specific kinds of personal application. Prayerfully consider what God is saying to you in light of that Sunday’s message. God is always faithful to speak through the preached Word. Be faithful in your response to the Word by applying what you’ve heard to your daily life.
We do not expect guests of Broadview to give to our church financially. However, giving financially is an expectation of church membership. Your faithful stewardship of what God has entrusted to you financially is one of the clearest markers of your spiritual maturity. When you give, you’re not just giving “to” an organization. You’re giving “through” our organization “to” the Kingdom of God. By being generous, you join God in what’s He’s doing in and through our church.
Connect in a Group
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
The second spiritual practice at Broadview is to connect in a group. Everyone needs to belong. Small groups provide a place for people to fully engage with others, build deep friendships and experience life together just like a healthy family.
Join a Small Group
There are several different types of groups that meet in our church. We most want you connected to a Sunday Morning or Mid-Week small group. Our small groups are the BEST vehicle to help someone connect to the life of the church and other believers.
Join a Recovery Group
Join an Equipping Class
There are also equipping classes that meet during the Spring and Fall Semesters on Sunday evenings. In addition to these Sunday night Equipping Classes, there are also Bible Study classes that meet on different days of the week. For example, there is a Precepts class that meets on Tuesday mornings during the Spring and Fall Semesters.
Bless Other People
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
When it comes to impacting others by being a blessing, the applications are broad. At Broadview we call this "Multiplying Your Life." God wants to use you as he expands the influence of His Kingdom throughout the earth. You might think of this spiritual practice in three main environments.
DAILY LIFE | Work & Home
Share your personal testimony or the gospel with someone.
Pray for a friend/co-worker who doesn’t know Christ.
Teach your family Bible stories or have a family quiet time.
CHURCH | Groups & Gatherings
Serve during a Sunday Morning Worship Gathering or throughout the week in one of our ministries.
Sign up to serve for an event like Vacation Bible School.
Find an ongoing place to serve here in the church.
WORLD | Neighbors and Nations
Get involved with Bless the City initiatives (Ortiz Elementary or Madison Middle School)
Join your small group (or encourage them) to do a local missions project (adopt a school, mow yards, paint address numbers on the curb, etc)
Go on a short-term mission trip.