In the recent wake of the global pandemic COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus, we, the Gathering of Champions Church of Marietta, GA put forth the following:
The health, safety, and protection of our congregation have been our most paramount priority over the last 152 years. We believe that keeping our congregants informed and abreast of issues in our world supports our capacity to be efficacious, benevolent Christians and credible witnesses in this age.
Gathering of Champions Church will hold its regularly scheduled worship services on Sunday, March 15th at 9am. However, will not be meeting for the Church@Study Hour.
We will have hand sanitizer stations at entry and exit points in our church. We will avoid handshaking and practice social distancing. If you cough or sneeze, please follow the CDC guideline to prevent the spread of germs by doing so in your sleeve or handkerchief. PLEASE DO NOT COUGH OR SNEEZE OPENLY OR IN YOUR HANDS! We ask that sick people, those who might have been exposed to sick people, or those who have traveled outside the country practice self-quarantining. We will update our congregation on alterations and changes.
We love and appreciate the people of our congregation. Let’s come together for prayer and worship.
Sincerely, Dr. Brian Keith Hodges, Senior Pastor
MAR 15, 2020
Being a follower of Christ, or a “disciple” (a student or pupil) is the faithful commitment to the teaching and practice of biblical precepts, living and modeling a lifestyle patterned after Christ. Discipleship equips the believer with God’s Word, prayer, doctrine, worship, encouragement, and service. Our mission is to equip and grow disciples who in turn go out to equip and grow other disciples. Disciples just don’t learn about God, but through Christ, with God, an intimate relationship and not religion is born.
At Gathering of Champions Church, we believe that continual growth is necessary for our walk with Christ. The best life is a Word centered life. When we make it a priority to study the Word of God, we find the roadmap to our God given possibilities. The journey is exciting! Finding new things in the Word of God is exhilarating! Putting them into action breeds benefits and rewards! Our church is a Bible based, Bible believing Ministry of Practical Christianity–Producing Winning Disciples In Every Area of Life!
Some Foundational Values of Discipleship:
– Evangelism (sharing the gospel of Christ) | Matthew 28:18-20
– Being changed by the renewing of your mind | Romans 12:2
– Worshipping God in all you do | Romans 12:1
– Serving God for His purpose | Romans 1:9
– Demonstrating to the world the power given to us by the Holy
Spirit | 1 Cor 12:7-11; 2 Peter 1:3-8
Some Aspects of Discipleship Include:
– Transformation and repentance | Mark 8:34-38
– Learning the written Word of God, commitment, and practice | John 8:31-32
– Loving, edifying, and serving others as God leads | 1 John 3:11-16
– Focus on living righteously, being fruitful | John 15:7-10; Gal 5:22
– Accountability with godly authority | Heb 13:17
Excerpts taken from “What Is Discipleship” https://www.allaboutfollowingjesus.org/what-is-discipleship.htm
Evangelism is one of the primary functions of the believer. In Matthew 28:19-20, we discover Jesus’ message on evangelism in these words, “Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, (v.20) 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. The Christian Manifesto is neatly discussed in this message from the enunciator of evangelism Himself. Our duty is to witness, share, and discuss our faith and experiences with others to encourage them to seek our Christ. Not merely from the theological point, but from the experiential as well. Christ is the center of all joy for us and we express Him not only as the Christ of the Bible but the happiness, help, and hope of our lives. The main part of evangelism is the “going” part. It is not evangelism if it is in the comfortable confines of our church. We are called to share and then share not only from the Bible but also from the heart. Apostle Peter said in I Peter 3:15b, “…always be ready to give defense to everyone who ask you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear…”. Thusly, our challenge is to give people a reason why we have hope in Jesus. We live in a world that is weak and wicked. Many people are hurting right in our own families and need to know the healing, salvific, message of Jesus Christ. We are the light, we are the salt, we are the city set on a hill, if we will just shine, season and stay, others will see our good works and worship Christ.
At Gathering of Champions, we put a priority on the training and practice of biblical stewardship. Stewardship is key to the growth of any Christian. What does stewardship look like today in the lives of believers? Stewardship means more than money; it means the management of all assets of an owner. Psalms 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.” We believe that everything that we have belongs to God and that we are managers or administrators acting on God’s behalf in the management and handling of all that God has given us. Biblical stewardship admonishes Christians to give back to God through the practice of tithes and offering, sacrificial gifts, gifts, time and talents. At Gathering of Champions, we wholeheartedly embrace this practice. These foundational values of stewardship serve as the solid foundation and sustaining factors for God’s storehouse, or commonly known today as the church. (Malachi 3:10)
Faithful stewardship glorifies God, meets the needs of a community and furthers Kingdom agenda.