Phase One

EXPLORE: “Come and see…”

John 5:24, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

Major Intent:

To introduce the individual to Christ as Savior and to develop the realization of the significance of God’s Word for the development of knowledge and life. Commitment must be developed in preparation for the next phase.

General Description:

This potential worshiper of God is invited to hear the Truth, believe the Truth, and commit to the Truth of the person of Jesus Christ. This is the phase where the disciple will first embrace salvation in Christ alone, will follow the Lord in believer’s baptism, and will be encouraged to move to a deeper commitment in that relationship.

The Goal:

The new believer will understand the assurance of salvation and the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, and will exhibit the fruit of salvation and the desire to grow in the faith. At the end of this phase, they will be ready to move on to a deeper commitment to both Christ and His church.


6 to 12 months

The Phase 1 Disciple:

  • realizes that, apart from faith in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, all are prisoners of sin and death. Salvation and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit are by grace through faith, not of works (Jn. 1:12; 3:15 & 16; Gal. 2:16; 3:2 & 23).
  • obeys the Gospel, trusts Christ as Savior, is baptized, and confesses with his/her mouth that Jesus is Lord as they begin to grow in the grace and knowledge of God’s Word (Romans 10:9 & 10; Eph. 1:3-4).
  • has seen the Gospel shared with another person and the initial process of discipleship modeled (Jn. 4:40-42).
  • is developing God’s vision for his/her character and ministry involvement (Jn. 4:34–38).