Our mission: "make disciples of every nation" (Matthew 28:18-20)
At Red Mesa Fellowship, the core of our mission is discipleship. Discipleship can carry various conotations depending on the various backgrounds of Christianity one may come into contact with. To clarify what Red Mesa Fellowship means by discipleship: Discipleship is the process of showing and exemplifying a Christ-like life for the edification of the saints. At Red Mesa Fellowship the discipleship process is divided into four milestones. They are as follows:
1. Knowledge (Know)
Jesus was well acquainted with God’s word in his earthly ministry, therefore his disciples were also known for an understanding of God’s word that seemed to go beyond their pedigree.
Acts 4:13 - “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
In an article by Al Mohler concerning the growing Biblical illiteracy in the American Church, he stated that “We will not believe more than we know, and we will not live higher than our beliefs. The many fronts of Christian compromise in this generation can be directly traced to biblical illiteracy in the pews and the absence of biblical preaching and teaching in our homes and churches.”
Red Mesa Fellowship wants a high score when it comes to how well its people know God’s word. We want a reputation that reflects this recognition. So what are the goals of Red Mesa Fellowship?
Goal #1: Bible Construct
We encourage disciples to know where each book falls in the cannon of scripture as well as a basic understanding of the genre, author and intent of each book. Disciples should know where each book falls in the order given in their Bible.
Goal #2: Navigation
We encourage disciples to know how each book of the Bible falls into the greater historical narrative of God's redemptive dealings with mankind.
2. Holiness (Walk)
Make no mistake; a new disciple is plagued by sin. It is a part of the mission of Red Mesa Fellowship to help them understand the root of all evil. If each temptation is merely addressed on the surface, it will merely lead to behavioral modification. Disciples need to understand where these desires come from and how to go about living holy.
3. Faith (Trust)
Although the word “faith” is a term that Christians throw around a lot, many new believers are assumed to know the valuable reality of living by it. We cannot assume this. Christianese is a dangerous thing at times because people get into the habit of using Christian terms and never know their full weight. The meaning of faith is not immune from this problem.
Faith is often thought to be a mystical goo that gives nice feelings to Christians who pray a lot. Others view it as a personal feeling brought on by intense meditation. The problem with these meanings is that they are firstly, wrong, and also make the possibility of experiencing faith out of touch, secondly, they make understanding faith difficult because it has no concrete meaning. As a disciple, we want to clarify this rich Christian doctrine.
As a Church, Red Mesa Fellowship encourages discipled people to understand the meaning and application of faith. As a believer, one should know how to explain faith in its biblical context and therefore it’s proper life application.
4. Evangelism (Send)
Evangelism is the bookend in the discipleship system. People come to Christ because they have been evangelized to, and now they learn to do the same.
Because evangelism is a natural byproduct of faith, what disciples yearn for is just how to go about getting down to the subject with the people they come into contact with. As a discipler, it is our responsibility to exemplify evangelism to our disciples.