Knowing the Gospel is key to being a disciple of Jesus. As we seek to grow as disciples who make disciples, we have created two related tools to help us all grow as and make disciples.

The Visual Gospel overview, statements, & scriptures:

The Visual Gospel is a visual tool which presents a summary of the Gospel in picture form. This is a tool that we hope can be used to easily remember and share the Gospel story, which we find through all of Scripture.

Click here to download the PDF of the Visual Gospel.

 The Gospel Tool (40 Thought Units).

We have also developed a more in depth discipleship tool that we call The Gospel Tool. Our current sermon series is written in connection to and alongside this tool, and Discipleship Groups at Gold Avenue Church are working through 40 lessons that go along with the sermons and the Gospel Tool. These sermons can be found here: Gospel Tool Sermons. The accompanying sermons are numbered to correspond with the numbers found in the various paragraphs of the Gospel Tool.

Click Here to download the PDF.

 

 

Be sure to watch this video for more information about the lessons for our Discipleship Groups! And as an additional reminder, there was an invitation given this past Sunday in the sermon by Pastor Gina that if anyone is interested in joining our Discipleship Groups to contact Stephanie McClain at stephaniemc.gold@gmail.com by Saturday, January 9, 2021!

 


 

We are so excited about continuing in our discipleship journey together throughout 2021!

This Thursday, December 31 from 10am- 2pm, you can pick up your Disicpleship Group binder with the first month of curriculum from Toni in the church office at 49 Gold Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI. If you are unable to pick up your packet, email Toni at goldavechurch@gmail.com.

The Bible Reading Calendar is for everyone so if you don’t have one, please download the pdf below and begin growing in your Bible reading in 2021 begining January 1!

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Disicpleship Groups started this week!!!

So many wonderful reports have been coming in about how the first meeting time went for those groups that have already met this week! We have great hope for what the Lord will do in each of these groups!

The video below is this week’s update and how you can continue to join us in prayer regarding Discipleship Groups at Gold Avenue Church.

Discipleship Groups are a means of beginning to re-gather, and of each becoming better equipped to obey the Great Commission. We aim to grow as disciples who are being transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ who are cooperating with God in the restoration of the world as we embody, proclaim, and advance the Kingdom of God.

 


 

Discipleship Groups are starting up next week!!!  The video below is this week’s update and how you can continue to join us in prayer regarding the development of Discipleship Groups at Gold Avenue Church.  If at any time you would like to look back at the updates we’ve shared on this journey, scroll through the posts in the discipleship category!

Discipleship Groups will be both a means of beginning to re-gather, and of each becoming better equipped to obey the Great Commission. We aim to grow as disciples who are being transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ who are cooperating with God in the restoration of the world as we embody, proclaim, and advance the Kingdom of God.


 

Discipleship Corner

The video below is this week’s update and how you can continue to join us in prayer regarding the development of Discipleship Groups at Gold Avenue Church.

Discipleship Groups will be both a means of beginning to re-gather, and of each becoming better equipped to obey the Great Commission. We aim to grow as disciples who are being transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ who are cooperating with God in the restoration of the world as we embody, proclaim, and advance the Kingdom of God.

If you have yet to register, please do so here!

The video below is this week’s update and tells how you can continue to join us in prayer regarding the development of Discipleship Groups at Gold Avenue Church. Please take a minute or two to watch and pray!

Discipleship Groups will be both a means of beginning to re-gather, and of each becoming better equipped to obey the Great Commission. We aim to grow as disciples who are being transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ who are cooperating with God in the restoration of the world as we embody, proclaim, and advance the Kingdom of God.

There was a special email that went out last Friday morning. We are in need of your responses! Please read that email and fill out registration so we can get you in the right group for you! Responses are due Friday, October 30!
Click  this link to read the email
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October 20, 2020

Pastor Dave shares this week’s update about:

  1. Host & Facilitators paired up
  2. There is a special email coming to your inboxes this coming Friday with a poll for you to fill out and a lot more information regarding Discipleship Groups!
  3. We finalized the timeline for the group gatherings, more info to come on Friday
  4. Keep praying for church staff as we continue to press on towards November launch
As we are in this sermon series on our sure hope, we recall Jesus command to go and make disciples. We have hope to share with the world, and so we are as a church preparing to embark on a year of discipleship. Below you can read about the progress being made on this initiative.
Discipleship Update:
  1. Progress has been made on the curriculum.
  2. Responses from facilitators and hosts were turned in.
  3. A brochure was created and you can read it below.
  4. The purpose, structure, values and goals for groups was clarified.
In the week ahead, we expect:
  1. to hear about facilitator and host availability for meeting.
  2. pair up hosts and facilitators.
  3. prepare a survey to send out next week to you about your availability to meet.
  4. to consider covid principles and guidelines for the groups.
  5. continue to pray as we navigate this new frontier and all the tasks involved.
We appreciate your ongoing prayers for a move of the Holy Spirit to mature and multiply disciples!
Here is a brochure that gives an overview of what the Discipleship Groups will be all about: A Year of Discipleship Brochure

October 7, 2020

It’s been an exciting week of progress: An initial round of invitations have been sent to potential hosts and facilitators. The structure and goals for discipleship groups have been developed and are being refined by the discipleship team. We are drafting two things to share with you soon.  First is a brochure that shares an overview of the vision for A Year of Discipleship, and which answers questions about discipleship groups.  We plan to follow that with a poll which will ask, again, about your participation and preferences.
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Also, you may be aware that the Michigan State Supreme Court has recently ruled that our Governor’s extended emergency declarations are unconstitutional, and will expire in several weeks.  Therefore, we will be watching the news closely for updates on regulations re: gathering, and also engaging that conversation with our admin elders. Please continue to pray for wisdom and unity through this season.

September 30, 2020

D-groups will not only help us begin to re-gather—they will also propel us into a yearlong journey of growing in discipleship together. This week the staff finalized criteria and responsibilities for D-group facilitators and hosts. We also identified a list of people who may potentially serve in these roles, and will begin inviting them to serve over the coming week.

Two to three weeks from now, we aim to begin contacting each of you to ask, again, about your desire and willingness to join a D-group for the purpose of growing as a disciple and a disciple maker. Thank you for your prayers—the administration load is heavy right now, but we are trusting the Lord to bear great fruit through our willingness to grow.

September 23, 2020

We are excited and eager to launch Discipleship Groups at Gold Avenue Church! D-groups will be both a means of beginning to re-gather, and of each becoming better equipped to obey the Great Commission. Longing for the return of Jesus, we must bring the Gospel of the Kingdom to all people (Matt. 24:14)!
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As the staff is already working diligently on initial planning for D-groups, we aim to use this corner to bring you weekly updates on the status and timeline for beginning them. Right now, as we consider identifying hosts/host criteria, group facilitators/facilitator criteria, facilitator training, communication regarding group formation, and the development of the Gospel Tool Bible studies, our hope is to launch D-groups by mid-November. We are praying for church-wide participation in D-groups.
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The elders have blessed the staff with flexibility to adapt our roles, in this season, so that we can most effectively work together to prepare D-groups. One example of how you’ll experience this is in our preaching rhythm. Pastor Gina will not preach until November so that she can focus on curriculum development while Pastors Dave & Jaleesa preach four sermons in a row, each, on Our Blessed Hope.
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We thought you’d appreciate hearing of this small change, and ask, would you please continue to pray for Gold Avenue Church, as we make intentional efforts to develop a culture of discipleship, and for the staff, as we prepare to launch D-groups. Interestingly, as the staff met this past week to begin planning in earnest, we noted that there were 52 days until we hoped to launch—the exact same amount of time it took for Nehemiah and co. to re-build the wall of Jerusalem. The Lord has gone ahead of us!