Worship, Walk, Work, and Witness
The path of authentic discipleship commands a lifetime of following.
Growing disciples embrace the process of life-long sanctification. This simply means becoming more and more like the Lord in character and actions. At Harvest we call the four main areas of focus “The 4 Ws” – Worship Christ, Walk with Christ, Work for Christ and Witness for Christ. Faithfulness and intentionality in our pursuit of God in these four simple ways makes possible the spiritual goal for every disciple "to present everyone mature in Christ" (Colossians 1:28).
Discipleship is to be worked out together in ministry to one another and with one another. Our aim is to package and give away ministry to every faithful follower to provide shepherding care for the entire congregation (Ephesians 4:11-12). When all disciples use their God-given spiritual gifts to provide mutual ministry the result is a vibrant and strong local church where everyone is cared for, as well as caring for others.
Our primary means to develop these gifts, and to build up and serve one another is through our Small Group Ministry. Everyone who calls Harvest St. Louis their church home is strongly encouraged to take part in a small group. This is where the primary action takes place as we study the Word together, pray, and hold one another accountable. It is from these home-based groups that we also venture out into the mission field to bear witness and do work projects to help others. The Small Group Ministry format governs our way of discipleship not only for the adults, but also for Harvest Student Ministries and Harvest Kids.
The obvious benefit is consistent spiritual growth. As our kids move from elementary school to middle school, then to high school and young adulthood, they become used to praying for one another, transparent in sharing their lives, able to discuss Scripture, and equipped to share their faith. Jesus said, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). We are passionate about both the opportunities Christ gives us as His disciples and the process of becoming equipped.