Feb 26, 2008

Disciple Project members listen to God's calling

by Amanda Sullivan

Members of the Disciple Project, a student-led Bible study, are taking to heart the repeated Liberty University mantra “to train champions for Christ.”
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Former Liberty University student Joshua Davies felt God’s calling to change the way he lived. While at home in North Carolina, Davies felt the Lord urging him to lead a group at a friend’s birthday party in a Bible study. The impromptu session led to a weekly Bible study meeting that quickly became known as the Disciple Project.  The group has grown to have two locations — Wilson, N.C., and Lynchburg, Va.
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The group operates around three main objectives: igniting, emerging and immersing. The Disciple Project first works to ignite the dreams and desires of Christians with passion.
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The group is then committed to nurturing the spiritual growth of its members. Also, the Disciple Project practices what it preaches by immersing itself in ministry.
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According to the group’s Web site, “The Disciple Project is driven upon selfless ministry, not just on Sundays, but every day of our lives.”
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Davies remained in Wilson, N.C. to continue to lead the group in his hometown while  Davies’ friend, junior Aimee Hutton, stepped up to lead the group in Lynchburg. Hutton felt God calling her to do something that would radically chang her community for God’s glory.
“God gave me the passion to start the Disciple Project May 10, 2007,” Hutton said.  “It was a whirlwind experience. (I) had just experienced a breakup, partying like there was no tomorrow and constantly lying to keep my head above water. God knocked me to my knees and said, ‘Beloved, enough of this! I have got some serious plans for you.’”
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 “In one night, through one meeting with one person, my world flipped upside down, and I have never been the same, not even for a moment,” Hutton said. “It’s kind of like a Paul moment. At least that’s what I compare it to, but I hadn’t killed Christians. I had just hated them.”
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The Disciple Project is accepting of all ages, ethnicities and physical appearances. However, the group members request that attendees bring with them a passion to experience God and to impact the world.
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The members meet every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Hutton’s basement. The group maintains an average attendance of 10 to 20 people per week.
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“The people who show up at Disciple Project come as they are,” sophomore Dana Chepulis said. “They know they are sinners, and they know that they are given a love that they do not deserve by a God that loves them more than they know. They are a humble people.”
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Additionally, the Disciple Project offers an excellent opportunity for Christians to further God’s great commission — to bring missions to the world, locally and abroad.
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The group maintains an enthusiasm that gives the desire to stand and preach the gospel to anyone.
“We are going to start working with the homeless,” Chepulis said. “We are praying for the community around us, and we are bringing up new ideas weekly that will make a difference for the name of Christ.”
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The Disciple Project is passionate about “the realness of God and the true existence of eternal life, through the grace of the real man, son of God, Jesus Christ,” according to the group’s MySpace page.
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Ultimately, the group is just a culmination of college students who have decided to open their hearts and listen to God’s unique calling for their lives.
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For more information, contact Aimee Hutton at arhutton@liberty.edu or visit the group’s Facebook and MySpace pages.

Contact Amanda Sullivan at amsullivan3@liberty.edu.


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