Jesus never used the word Christian

(but he did use the word disciple)

Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it”.
Luke 9:23


What is a disciple? What is discipleship?

The Greek word for disciple is mathetes, meaning learner or student. Discipleship is a process of learning. Jesus received direct revelation from his Father and he gave that to his students (disciples). They then grew in understanding and made disciples themselves. Jesus was a rabbi and at that time, in his culture, the understanding of discipleship was about receiving teaching and passing that on. A disciple would learn from the rabbi, become like the rabbi, and take that back to their community, raising up disciples of their own.

A disciple would learn from the rabbi
A disciple would become like the rabbi
A disciple would multiply their own disciples


Disciples grow in understanding and make disciples themselves. It’s easy to forget that the Apostle Paul was not a disciple of Jesus but of those who had been discipled by the first disciples. This was second or third generation discipleship. In the discipleship relationship there is a transfer of growth, transformation, and understanding.

Gather. Scatter. Repeat.

Whether you are a student, a young adult, older adult, at home, or in the marketplace, there is a place for you in The Garden.

Check out the Groups page for more places to get involved!


Corporate Gatherings

The Gathered Church


10am Worship Service and Children's Ministry (nursery - 6th grade) (No Children's Ministry March 5)

Prayer Room

Thursdays, 12-1pm (Sanctuary)


The Scattered Church
Church gatherings are happening all over the Upstate in homes and businesses.

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