a guide to making disciples in the 21st century
Many Christians want to make disciples. But few ever feel prepared to do so.
Perhaps it is a lack of motivation, a lack of clarity, a lack of conviction? One thing is sure, if we are going to partner with Jesus in his great mission to make disciples of all nations, baptize them, and teach them to obey (Mat 28:18-20), then we must be equipped to handle the Word of truth faithfully and accurately (2 Tim 2:15). We must be ready to help people fall in love with Jesus to the point they are ready to die with him, and not simply “convert” them to stale religion or denominationalism.
This discovery and question oriented Bible study is a resource that acts both as a field guide for making disciples, as well as a framework to unify with other Christians in Jesus’ mission.
Making disciples of Jesus is hard work, but I believe it is some of the most rewarding work anyone can do. And everyone can do it! This book will equip you for the journey ahead, the journey of becoming an effective fisher of people (Mark 1:17).
This digital forward book has been designed to fuel disciple making themed around the framework of the "seven ones" of Ephesians 4:1-6:
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
This passage serves as a basis for what Paul calls the early Christians in Ephesus to be united on (in the midst of their great ethnic and social divisions between Jews and Gentiles). Because they were prisoners to the Lord, they were to keep the unity of the Spirit (v. 1). This list of seven “ones” is not meant to be exhaustive, but I believe it can be representative of what God calls all Christians to be united on; Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, and God the Father. These seven "ones" serve as the topics for the main body of biblical studies.
What the book covers:
This book is designed to be a resource to help people become disciple makers who make disciple makers. The book is framed around the "seven ones" of Ephesians 4:4-6 to help lay foundations of faith using costly stones.
✓ Utilizing Bible studies around the seven ones to help people become disciples of Jesus, as well as to partner together with other followers of Jesus to make disciples together.
✓ Each study is packed with questions that help to plant the seed of the word into the heart, and not simply impart information.
✓ Several appendices of important studies on issues that are needed around disciple making.
✓ Easily shareable content and student worksheets that serve as a primer for Bible study.
✓ Relevant video content for each study including live conversations of small groups digesting and unpacking the content to further aid you in disciple making.
✓ Designed to help new disciples as well as those who are more experienced at disciple making.