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Discipleship is the mission of the church
At COTA we believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples who make disciples. Jesus in his last words of his earthly ministry charged his disciples to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:19-20, ESV). At COTA we believe that making disciples is helping lead others to a relationship with God through the work of His only Son Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, and then helping those grow in their relationship with God. This is something that all followers of Jesus are called to be part of.
Although discipleship is the singular mission of the church, there are many facets to how we make disciples. We grow as disciples by the teaching and preaching of God's word, through corporate and individual worship, by sharing our lives with other believers encouraging one another to follow Christ more fully, by spiritual disciplines, and by loving and caring for those around us. God has designed us, in His image, for relationship with Him and with others.
As a church family, we want to take the mission of the church seriously, so we have many avenues to help get you plugged into discipling relationships. The primary ways we do this is can be summarized with the phrase, "deeper with fewer". We meet weekly for corporate worship, the preaching of God's word, and the partaking of the Lord's Supper together. Then during the week, we meet in smaller settings, of missional communities to live out our call of making disciples through the week.
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