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Discipleship is being called to walk with Christ, equipped to live like Christ, and sent by Christ to love and serve others in the world! Pastor Michael Foss has suggested that there are six marks of discipleship that become a part of the life of someone who is following Jesus. The marks are: Prayer, Worship, Scripture, Service, Relationships, and Giving. By helping people develop these areas of their lives, we help people to grow in their relationship with God and their discipleship in the world.

Growing in these six areas allows us to live out the mission we set forth for ourselves in our mission statement and to live whole, healthy lives in the sight of God.

Six Essential Tools For Your Faith Toolbox:

  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Scripture
  • Service
  • Relationships
  • Giving

We have also provided a handy tool to help you calculate your giving to the support of the ministry of the church.  Click here to learn more.

Expectations of Discipleship

Worship Every Week! We offer worship experiences every weekend and midweek during Advent and Lent. There are also other special worship opportunities such as healing and prayer services. These experiences are centered on God's Word, given to us through the Bible and in the bread and wine of Communion. Seasonal changes are made to each service.

  • Pray Daily. There are a variety of prayer possibilities! Table prayer before eating is the most common form of prayer. Prayers such as "Come Lord Jesus, be our guest. Let all these gifts to us be blessed. Blessed be God, who is our Bread. May all the world be clothed and fed. Amen." The Lord's Prayer is another often-used prayer. Informal conversational prayer may include giving thanks, asking for help and praising God.

  • Grow in your faith and understanding of God. Nurture the gift of faith within you. Attend a Bible study or other educational or nurturing experience to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Give regularly. We ask people to make an intentional financial commitment to grow God's kingdom through Faith Lutheran Church. We emphasize percentage giving with the tithe (10%) being our Biblical example, but we recognize that giving is a journey of growth. Not everyone will begin with a tithe. We suggest that you visit the Giving Calculator page to understand what level of giving you are achieving, then consider growing your giving by 1% each year until you reach a tithe.
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  • Serve faithfully. Find a ministry (such as being a greeter or singing in the choir, helping with fellowship or youth ministry) and become involved in your congregation and in our outreach mission in our community. Just ask one of our pastors for ways to serve!
Faith Lutheran Church - 155 Boyson Road, Marion, IA 52302 - 319.377.9700