Discipleship

Discipleship

GRACE BIBLE CHURCH

 

DISCIPLESHIP

INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE

Discipleship at Grace Bible Church is a means of assisting the saints to “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18), and “equipping the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).

Discipleship is more training than teaching.  To demonstrate the difference between to two, think about how you learned to tie your shoes.  Did you listen to a lecture or read a book?  No, someone showed you who to tie your shoes.  While teaching (primarily expositoinal preaching through books of the Bible) is important, so is training in Discipleship groups.  The Discipeship leader takes students through a curriculum designed to show students how to develop the disciplines of the Christian life.   Those disciplines include knowing God's Word, having a prayer life, being a functioning member of the body of Christ, and sharing ones faith with non-believers.

STUDY GROUPS

These materials are designed to be used in small groups. Small groups may be as small as two persons, although in most cases they will number from three to six. Groups larger than this will not be able to enjoy the level of intimacy associated with small group ministry, and are therefore not advisable.

There is definitely benefit to remaining with the same group for an extended period of time.  Groups may change personnel from time to time however as people come and go.

USING THESE MATERIALS

Discipleship on pour church is based on a curriculum  designed to be gone through in a specific order, each building on what has gone before.  The curriculum begins with The Gospel, since the most important first step is to be sure everyone in that group is born again and understands that the Gospel is the foundation for everything that follows.

Most lessons to take at least two weeks to get through. Some may take longer.  Groups should not rust to get through the material before the material gets through them; nor should the pace be so slow that context is lost. 

There is also a men’s study (100-M) and a women’s study (100-W). These are important studies that all groups are strongly encouraged to go through. The men’s study is based on an essay by John Piper entitled, “A Vision Of Biblical Complementarity: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible.” The women’s study is based on a book entitled “Women’s Ministry in the Local Church,” by J. Ligon Duncan & Susan Hunt.

The workbooks in the “Getting Started” series are available on line or from the Grace Bible Church office. If you have additional questions, please contact the church office of Grace Bible Church, (805) 529-5577, or via e-mail at gracebible.office@gmail.com.

​Grace Bible Church Discipleship Curriculum

101. Understanding the Gospel This workbook is written by Pastor Errol Hale. This study is a most important foundational study to help students understand the gospel of grace. It also includes a lesson on having a daily quiet time with the Lord.
Students complete the study material each week on their own and then meet to share their insights. An Answer Key / Discussion Guide is included. Each lesson has scripture memory verses for students to memorize.

This workbook is available from Grace Bible Church for $5, or via the internet through the following links:

102. The Balanced Christian Life This study, based on the Navigators’ “Wheel” diagram, encourages students to have a balanced Christian life with Christ as the center of everything, equal attention given to the Word of God, prayer, fellowship and evangelism. This study also has a lesson on dealing with temptation and confession of sin. 

Students complete the study material each week on their own and then meet to share their insights. An Answer Key / Discussion Guide is included. Each lesson has scripture memory verses for students to memorize.

This workbook, written by Pastor Errol Hale, is available from Grace Bible Church for $5, or via download using the following links:

103. Getting A Grip On God’s Word This workbook, written by Pastor Errol Hale, is based on the Navigators’ “Hand” diagram. It instructs students how to hear, read, study, memorize and meditate on God’s Word.
Students complete the study material each week on their own and then meet to share their insights. An Answer Key / Discussion Guide is included. Each lesson has scripture memory verses for students to memorize.

This workbook is available from Grace Bible Church for $5, or via download using the following links:

104. Prayer This study leads students through many important aspects of prayer.

Students complete the study material each week on their own and then meet to share their insights. An Answer Key / Discussion Guide is included. Each lesson has scripture memory verses for students to memorize.

This workbook, written by Pastor Errol Hale, is available from Grace Bible Church for $5, or via download using the following links:

105. The Church of Jesus Christ This study by Pastor Errol Hale explains the importance of the Church, church membership, leadership in the church and serving in the church. 
Students complete the study material each week on their own and then meet to share their insights. An Answer Key / Discussion Guide is included. Each lesson has scripture memory verses for students to memorize.

This workbook is available from Grace Bible Church for $5, or via download using the following links:

106. Evangelism and Missions This workbook is by Pastor Errol Hale. It explains the importance of evangelism and offers practical instruction on how believers can be involved in spreading the gospel locally and around the world.

Students complete the study material each week on their own and then meet to share their insights. An Answer Key / Discussion Guide is included. Each lesson has scripture memory verses for students to memorize.

This workbook is available from Grace Bible Church for $5,or via download using the following links:

107. What God Has to Say About Your Money This workbook was written by Errol Hale. This study explores concepts of Christian financial stewardship. It begins with a lesson about understanding money and then offers practical biblical principles of work, budgeting, and giving.

Students complete the study material each week on their own and then meet to share their insights. An Answer Key / Discussion Guide is included. Each lesson has scripture memory verses for students to memorize.

This workbook is available from Grace Bible Church for $5, or via download using the following links:

100-W. “The Role of Women in the Local Church” This study is based on the book: “Women’s Ministry in the Local Church” By J. Ligon Duncan & Susan Hunt. All women’s groups at Grace Bible Church are strongly encouraged to study this book. The book is available from christianbook.com oramazon.com. The ISBN number is: 1-58134-750-2.

The workbook is available from Grace Bible Church for $5, or via download using the following links:

100-M.  A Vision of Biblical Complementarity: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible.  This study is based on an essay by John Piper.  All men’s groups at Grace are strongly encouraged to study this thirty-page workbook.  In addition to Dr. Piper’s essay, the workbook contains a discussion guide and a couple of appendices.  This workbook is available from Grace Bible Church for $5, or via download using the following links:

 

Appendix One

Tips for Success in Small Group Studies

COMMIT

It is important that group members commit themselves to the group for the time it takes to study a module. When people say they will be a part of the group, but then are inconsistent or drop out altogether, not only does that individual miss out, but the whole group suffers.

MEET

Successful groups meet weekly. Meeting inconsistently unravels the group dynamic and the consistency of the study. Every group member should consider their attendance as important as if they were taking a college course—miss too many of those and you fail the course!

PRAY

While these are study groups, not prayer groups, it is important to pray together. A helpful guide for group prayer is included in Appendix Three of this catalog. It is not the only way for group prayer to be successful, but it is a good and recommended way to make the most of group prayer.

SHARE

It need not take too much of your time together, but everyone will benefit from group members sharing highlights from their quiet times and weekly sermon notes. Work on scripture memory verses together as well. By sharing these things, not only will you grow closer to each other, you help one another be consistent in these important disciplines.

STUDY

The purpose of these groups is to study together, so see to it that studying together is the main ingredient in what you do. Most studies require a measure of outside homework, although some do not. In instances in which homework is required, share what you have learned in your individual study, and learn from each other. In the cases in which no outside homework is required, discover together. Remember Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show yourself approved to God, a worker who need not be ashamed…”

Appendix Two

A Guide For More Effective Group Prayer

Group prayer is a conversation with God. Many of the same rules of etiquette that govern good conversation apply also to group prayer:

PRAY TOPICALLY.

Conversation usually has a topical flow. A good conversationalist doesn't change the subject abruptly. Neither is it good to do so in prayer. Be aware of the topical flow of the prayer.

PRAY SEVERAL SHORT PRAYERS.

When people converse, they do not go around the circle, everyone saying everything they have to say, in order. Each person participates in the give and take of the conversation. Likewise in prayer, pray several short prayers rather than feeling you have to say it all when it is “your turn.”

PRAY SO OTHERS CAN AGREE WITH YOU.

People feel awkward and left out when others in a conversation talk about people, places or events about which they have no knowledge. Generally speaking, prayer in groups should concern issues with which the whole group is familiar. If you are praying for someone that the others do not know, identify who the person is, rather than just calling out a name. God knows, but the other people need to be informed.

PRAY AUDIBLY AND CLEARLY.

Mumbling or speaking too softly isn't good for conversation. Neither is it for group prayer. Again, God knows what you are saying, but the others with whom you are praying do not unless you can be heard and understood.

DO NOT BE AFRAID OF SILENCE.

Sometimes when we are quiet, God will speak to our hearts. Try to discipline your mind to listen to God during those times in which no one is praying out loud.

FOLLOW THE ACTS ORDER OF PRAYER.

Each person needs a piece of paper. Write down the letters ACTS on the left margin of the paper. Next to A, writeAdoration. Next to C, write Confession. Next to T, writeThanksgiving. Next to S, write Supplication.

Now next to adoration write down something you can worship God for because of who He is, not what He has done. Next to confession, write down something you need to confess to God that is appropriate in a group setting. Next to thanksgiving, write two things you can thank God for. Next to supplication write two things you want to ask God for — one for someone else, and one for yourself.

Now, as a group, pray topically through these lists, everyone getting a chance to chime in several times as the topics move along.

Do this several weeks in a row, and two things will happen: 1) Your group prayer time will be more effective, and 2) you will end up doing it naturally, making the lists on paper unnecessary after a while.

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