Discipleship

Discipleship

Prayer and Discipleship

A personal prayer habit is vitally important in the life of a disciple maker.  Not only does it remind us of our dependence upon God for sanctification, but we must also model healthy prayer disciplines in our discipleship of others. We learn how to pray by praying. Download Handout – PD 07 – Prayer and Discipleship Reasons We Fail to Pray Lack of Faith – We are doers by default.  Relying on a God we cannot see with requests we…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of February 18

On Paul’s way to Athens in Acts 17, he stopped and shared about Christ in Thessalonica.  He wasn’t well received, but he persevered to fulfill God’s purpose for him.  As we continue reading through the NT, we’ll read 1 and 2 Thessalonians this week, and on Saturday and Sunday we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions below regarding the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups. Sunday, February 18 – Colossians 1:1 – 4:18 Monday,…

Upcoming Study – The Divine Mentor

Do you need a mentor to help you with marriage, ministry, parenting, school, or just life in general?  Ultimately, God is our “Divine Mentor”, but in His Word He has given us many other mentors who can help us throughout our lives, as well. During this 8 week study (Wednesdays April 11-May 30 from 6:30-7:30pm in room 342) we will read Wayne Cordeiro’s book, The Divine Mentor, and we will put its truths into practice.  The goal is not for…

What are Epistles?

Have you ever wondered what the “epistles” are? We have heard people talk about them in church, but have we ever stopped to understand what they are?  Essentially, the epistles are personal letters written to churches and individuals. Elmer Towns says, “While they follow the typical form of first-century letters in the Roman world, they uniquely express Christian truth.”  These authors wrote to express great truths of the Christian faith. They also wrote to explain how a Christian should exhibit…

Scripture Memory and Discipleship

While reading Scripture is vitally important, oftentimes, we forget what we have read as soon as we have closed our Bibles.  The lost of art of meditating and memorizing Scripture is a key discipline in the life of the disciple. We must discipline our minds to have the words of the Bible accessible even when a copy of the Bible is not available. Download Handout – PD 06 – Scripture Memory and Discipleship The Power of Scripture Memory When Joshua was…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of February 11

We studied Acts 16 in our Gospel Groups and discovered that Paul and Silas traveled to Philippi and presented truth to at least three individuals.  The gospel message was received and it starts bearing much fruit.  The church at Philippi is formed and Paul has a strong affection for this body of believers.  Therefore, we’ll read through Paul’s letter to the Philippians this week and then on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions…

3 Reasons College Students Need the Church

Setting the Bar In high school, I read a book that changed my outlook on life. Alex and Brett Harris’ Do Hard Things was not just a book that helped motivate me, but it changed my goals in life. Even when the culture expects teenagers to sit at home and play video games after school and not care about much else, the book challenged teenagers not to waste their adolescent years but instead to be who God has called them to be. The…

SING

SING! by Keith and Kristyn Getty I recently read this gem by Keith and Kristyn Getty. After reading it, I felt this was something that I needed to share with our music ministry. I bought each member of our choir a copy of the book. Over an eight week period, we walked through this book together and talked about the principles and challenges that book presented. Over the next weeks, I will be posting what I shared in our time…

Ladies Bible Study – Finding I AM

During his sermon on January 28, Pastor Travis shared the “6 Categories of Discipleship”. Delight – Discipleship must be motivated by the wondrous delight of knowing Jesus. Disobedience – Discipleship must warn against disobedience in any sinful leanings specific to the person. Doctrine – Discipleship must wisely equip the follower to possess competent biblical doctrine. Development – Discipleship must address areas of calling with the intention to bring about ministry development. Discipline – Discipleship must train in areas of spiritual…

David’s Table and E210 Ministry

Help the kids with David’s Table and E210 by serving a meal at their Monday evening meeting.  What a great group of kids and what a simple way to show the love of Christ by simply preparing a simple meal and serving it to some kids so they can hear the message of Christ. There are about 50 kids and about 30 adults who attend.  Plan to be set up and ready to serve the meal by 5:20 (this is…

Bible Study and Discipleship

A key component in personal discipleship is the practice of spiritual disciplines.  Spiritual disciplines are not meant to make you more liked by Jesus but more like Jesus.  We discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness (1 Tim. 4:7). No discipline is more important than regular Bible study because it encourages every other spiritual discipline. Download Handout – PD 05 – Bible Study and Discipleship 7 Reasons Bible Reading Is Inconsistent You don’t know where the finish line is.  Don’t approach…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of February 4

In Acts 15 we see that the Jerusalem Council concludes that salvation is by grace through faith.  Nothing needs to be added to Jesus.  “[Paul’s] letter to the Galatians is a vigorous attack against the gospel of works, and a defense of the gospel of faith.”  This week we will read through Galatians, and then on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions below regarding the Scriptures for…

February Missions Prayer Newsletter

This month in the February Missions Prayer Newsletter, in addition to the information above about West Africa, you can read about several people who came to understand the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ; several of our international missionaries who were able to participate in missionary conferences and be encouraged; and several campus ministries that have impacted their campuses for Christ.  As you read through the newsletter, take time to pray for these mission partners. Click here to download the February…

February Parenting Principle #2

February Parenting Principle Principle # 2:  God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you.  Parents often times feel discouraged, not equipped, and to be honest, unable to fulfill the task required of parenting.  This thinking will often times distract us to overlook things that are very important, namely that God gave us our particular children, and they are His gift to us on loan…

Why Reading the Entire Bible Is Important

for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.  -Acts 20:27 In Paul’s farewell speech to his beloved family in Ephesus, he makes a startling and yet glorious statement.  In his 3 years in that city (Acts 20:31), he taught them the complete counsel of God.  He wanted to make sure that they understood the entirety of God’s truth.  He didn’t neglect the hard portions of Scripture.  He taught them all. How is your grasp…

Discipleship in the New Testament

The writers of the New Testament show an importance in discipleship using the word “disciple” over 260 times and the word “Christian” only 3 times. We echo that discipleship is important, but do we know why it’s important, what we should teach, or how to do it? Download Handout – PD 04- Discipleship in the NT The Why “Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer Discipleship…