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).

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.

While there may some benefit in remaining with the same group for an extended period of time, studying many or all of the modules, this is not necessary. A group may gather to study only one module and disband if they so chose. Study groups may change personnel many times as the group studies different modules, although it is not advisable to add people once a particular module has begun.

Small groups may form whenever a small group decides to study together. Some groups will have a designated leader while others will be groups of students who are simply studying and learning together. Those wishing to form a small group to study these materials need only assemble themselves together, purchase the materials, and begin studying.

These materials may also be used by individuals for personal study, but the ideal is to study in small groups.

USING THESE MATERIALS

The study modules are divided into two sections: “Getting Started” (the 100 series) and “Moving On” (the 200 and 300 series). Discipleship groups at Grace are strongly encouraged to begin with the “Getting Started” series before studying the modules in the “Moving On” section.

When studying through the “Getting Started” section, it is strongly suggested that students follow the sequence of modules as they are presented in this catalog. This is especially important for students who are new to the Lord since these lessons establish a firm foundation for further growth in Christ.

In addition, the “Getting Started” series includes 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 modules in the “Moving On” section is made up of the 200. The 200 series is based on books by various authors and the 300 series is based on video courses by Dr. R.C. Sproul form Ligonier Ministries.

The workbooks in the “Getting Started” series are available on line or from the Grace Bible Church office. All other books can be purchased on line from christianbook.com, amazon.com, or from any other source you may prefer. DVDs and video series are available for loan from Grace Bible Church. 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.

Catalog of Study Modules

This catalog of study modules is arranged in two sections, “Getting Started” and “Moving On.” The study modules may be studied in any order, but it is highly recommended that those who are new to the faith or who have not had much experience in Bible study begin with the modules in the “Getting Started” section, as these will help lay an important foundation for further study. The most important module is “Understanding the Gospel.” The rest of the modules in the “Getting Started” section are best studied in the order they are numbered. The modules in the “Moving On” section may be studied in any order. All of the courses in this section are great for homeschoolers.

GETTING STARTED

100 SERIES

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 the internet through 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 the internet through 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 the internet through 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 the internet through 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 the internet through 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 the internet through 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 the internet through 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 the internet through the following links:

“MOVING ON”

200 SERIES

201. Developing A Biblical World View Everyone has a worldview whether they know it or not. A worldview is the lens through which one views all of life. A biblical worldview looks at all of life through the lens of biblical truth. Sadly, while many Christians believe the Bible regarding religious matters, many have a difficult time seeing how the Bible speaks to every other area of life. This excellent course, that takes from ten to seventeen weeks, not only presents a biblical worldview, but compares and contrasts it with competing worldviews. Topics include, economics, politics, education, history, and of course, religion. The course includes a test taken at the beginning, which is sent to the Nehemiah institute for evaluation. At the conclusion of the course students can see how their worldview has changed. This course is great for homeschoolers.
This study requires each student to have a Student Book, and each group to have an Answer Key. Books may be obtained directly from the Nehemiah Institute. Telephone orders may be placed by calling (800) 948-3101 or via the internet at www.nehemiahinstitute.com. Student Books (Order code: DBW-01) cost about $35 and the Answer Key (Order code: DBW-02) about $12.

202. A Survey of Church History The book for this course is based on a research paper Pastor Errol Hale wrote while studying for his Master’s degree in Church History. Study / Discussion Questions for each chapter are included. This course, may be taken in one of two ways.
Option One: The “No Homework Method.” The group may read and discuss the material together, covering two or three of the short forty chapters each week.
Option Two: The “Homework Method.” The group may do the reading before meeting, coming together to discuss the material. 
Both options require each student to have a copy of the book. Copies are available from Grace Bible Church for $20 each. This course is great for homeschoolers.

203. Church History Made Easy This book by Timothy P. Jones includes: key events and people every Christian should know; from the time of Jesus to today; how the Bible came to be; timelines, worksheets, websites, photos, maps, and illustrations; 13 lessons with Leader's Guide.

Each student will need a copy of the book (which includes a study guide), available from Christian Book Distributors. Telephone orders may be place by calling (800) 247-4748, or via the internet at  www.christianbook.com. The book (CBD Stock Number: WW947105, ISBN: 1890947105) costs about $15.

205. Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money This is a video and workbook study produced by Crown Ministries. Students view the video curriculum and follow the lessons in a workbook. This study is more technical than “What God Has To Say About Your Money.”
The eight twenty-minute videos may be checked out from Grace Bible Church. Each group must obtain a Leader’s Guide and each student must obtain their own copy of the Student Book. Books may be obtained from Christian Book Distributors. Telephone orders may be placed by calling (800) 247-4748, or via the internet at www.christianbook.com. Guides and books cost about $8 each.

206. Creation Lectures: Answers in Genesis This video series features renowned creation scientist Ken Ham. In twelve fascinating thirty-minute messages Ham not only presents a case for creation, but demonstrates how the opening pages of Genesis is foundational to understanding the Bible and a biblical worldview regarding many social topics. This course is great for homeschoolers.
The videos for this course are available to borrow free of charge from Grace Bible Church. Study guides, which every student should have, are available to download on the internet free of charge at www.answersingenesis.org/cec/docs/vid_sg_intro.asp

207. World Religions and Cults 101: A Guide to Spiritual Beliefs In this course Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz lead students in comparing Christianity with many other major world religions, including: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, New Age spiritualism, and others. 
Each student will need a copy of the book (which includes a study guide), available from Christian Book Distributors. Telephone orders may be place by calling (800) 247-4748, or via the internet at www.christianbook.com. Books (CBD Stock Number: WW912630) cost about $10.

208a. Attributes of God Part I This course is based on the book and study guide by respected 20th century author, A.W. Tozer. Tozer leads students in a devotional meditation on the attributes of God. Part I of this two book series covers ten attributes of God in a twelve week study. Students will read a portion of the book and then come together to share their insights on the matter following the study/discussion guide. Further instructions on how to use this book in a small group is included in the study guide.
Each student needs a copy of the book and study guide, available from Christian Book Distributors. (CBD Stock No: WW99572X; ISBN: 0875099572)Telephone orders may be placed by calling (800) 247-4748, or via the internet at www.christianbook.com. Each book, including study guide, costs about $14.

208b. Attributes of God Part II This course is based on the book and study guide by respected 20th century author, A.W. Tozer. Tozer leads students in a devotional meditation on the attributes of God. Part II of this two book series covers ten more attributes of God in a twelve week study. Students will read a portion of the book and then come together to share their insights on the matter following the study/discussion guide. Further instructions on how to use this book in a small group are included in the study guide.
Each student needs a copy of the book and study guide, available from Christian Book Distributors. (CBD Stock No: WW99882X; ISBN: 0875099882)Telephone orders may be placed by calling (800) 247-4748, or via the internet at www.christianbook.com. Each book, including study guide, costs about $14.

209. Practice of Godliness This course is based on the book and study guide by popular author and speaker, Jerry Bridges. Bridges leads students to discover the meaning of godliness and how to become more godly. Students will read a portion of the book and answer some questions in the study guide on their own and then come together to share their insights on the matter.
Each student will need a copy of the book and study guide, available from Christian Book Distributors. Telephone orders may be placed by calling (800) 247-4748, or via the internet at www.christianbook.com. The book (CBD Stock No: WW9941X, ISBN: 0891099417) costs about $10 and the Study Guide (CBD Stock No: WW94989, ISBN: 0891094989) costs about $5.

210. Pursuit of Holiness This course is based on the book and study guide by popular author and speaker, Jerry Bridges. Bridges leads students to discover the meaning of holiness and how to become more holy. Students will read a portion of the book and answer some questions in the study guide on their own and then come together to share their insights on the matter.
Each student needs a copy of the book and study guide, available from Christian Book Distributors. Telephone orders may be placed by calling (800) 247-4748, or via the internet at www.christianbook.com. The book (CBD Stock No: WW99409, ISBN: 0891099409) costs about $9 and the Study Guide (CBD Stock No: WW90258, ISBN: 0891090258) costs about $5.

211. FOR WOMEN’S GROUPS! 
Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival 
This course is based on a DVD series by popular speaker, Nancy Leigh DeMoss. There are twelve 15-minute DVD sessions that correspond to a beautiful 265 page workbook that leads students through daily devotions for the entire twelve-week course. Nancy encourages students to go deeper in their reading of scripture, personal reflection, and prayer. Excellent!
The DVDs are available for loan from Grace Bible Church. Each student will need a copy of the workbook, available from Revive Our Hearts. Telephone orders may be placed by calling (800) 569-5959, or via the internet at www.reviveourhearts.com. The work book (Stock No: 15987, ISBN: 0802413668) costs $19.

212. MARRIAGE! 
More Than Best Friends 
This course is based on a DVD series by Pastor Errol Hale and his wife Frances. There are eight sessions on marriage, and a ninth bonus session especially for engaged couples and newly weds about dealing with the “adjustment period.”
Each person is encouraged to purchase a workbook to take notes in while watching the DVDs. Than couples can discuss their notes together.
This series can be done either in a group setting or by couples alone together.
The DVDs are available for loan from Grace Bible Church. Each student will need a copy of the workbook, available from Grace Bible Church. Each book costs $3, or two for a couple for only $5

300 SERIES

301. The Holiness of God This is a video series featuring the acclaimed author and speaker, R.C. Sproul. In six video presentations, Dr. Sproul speaks compellingly about the holiness of God and what that means in the life of His people. Instructions on how to use these materials are included in the study guide. Your group may complete this series in either seven or fourteen weeks, depending on how the group chooses to use the materials.
The videos are available for loan from Grace Bible Church. Each student should obtain a copy of the study guide, available from Ligonier Ministries. Telephone orders may be place by calling (800) 435-4343, or via the internet at www.ligonier.org. Study Guides cost about $5 each.

302. Developing Christian Character (The Fruit of the Spirit) This is a video series featuring the much-admired author and speaker, R.C. Sproul. In twelve video presentations, Dr. Sproul speaks about the fruit of the Spirit and how they are manifested in the lives of believers. The group will view the videos together and discuss the messages. Further Bible study materials on each are provided in the study guides.
The videos are available for loan from Grace Bible Church. Each student should obtain a copy of the study guide, available from Ligonier Ministries. Telephone orders may be place by calling (800) 435-4343, or via the internet at www.ligonier.org. Study Guides cost about $6 each.

303. Foundations: An Overview of Systematic Theology Dr. R.C. Sproul from Ligonier Ministries presents an overview of systematic theology in sixty, twenty-three minute video messages. A companion Study Guide will assist students in applying the information. Students will view and discuss the videos together. There is no outside homework for this class. Groups may view one or two messages each session, depending on how much time they have.

The videos are available for loan from Grace Bible Church.

304. The Intimate Marriage Are you searching for a way to put Got at the heart of your marriage? In this thoughtful series of videos (six 30-minute messages) Dr. Sproul teaches how to apply biblical principles to marriage. The group will view the videos together and discuss the messages.
The videos are available for loan from Grace Bible Church. A companion book and study outline are available from Ligonier Ministries. Telephone orders may be place by calling (800) 435-4343, or via the internet at www.ligonier.org. The book costs about $10 and the study outline about $2.

305. Knowing Scripture To help you understand the inerrant Word of God, R.C. Sproul details the basic tools for biblical interpretation and stimulates your personal involvement in the drama found in God’s Word. The group will view the videos together and discuss the messages.
The videos are available for loan from Grace Bible Church. A companion book and study outline are available from Ligonier Ministries. Telephone orders may be place by calling (800) 435-4343, or via the internet at www.ligonier.org. The book costs about $11 and the study outline about $3.

306. The Majesty of Christ Messiah. Logos. Son of God. Son of Man. Explore the different names of Christ and expand your own appreciation for the majesty of Christ. This series consists of six 30-minute messages. The group will view the videos together and discuss the messages. Further Bible study materials on each are provided in the study guides.
The videos are available for loan from Grace Bible Church. Each student should obtain a copy of the study guide, available from Ligonier Ministries. Telephone orders may be place by calling (800) 435-4343, or via the internet at www.ligonier.org. Study Guides cost about $6 each.

307. The Cross of Christ The universal symbol of Christianity is the foundation for all Christian teaching in the New Testament. Dr. Sproul vividly examines this crucial moment of eternal significance. The group will view the videos together and discuss the messages. Further Bible study materials on each are provided in the study guides.
The videos are available for loan from Grace Bible Church. Each student should obtain a copy of the study guide, available from Ligonier Ministries. Telephone orders may be place by calling 800-435-4343, or via the internet at www.ligonier.org. Study Guides cost about $6 each.

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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