This fresh and inspiring look at the meaning of discipleship covers the essentials of the christian life, including: faith, hope and love; forgiveness; holiness; social action; life in the Spirit. Written for the general reader by one of our greatest living theologians, this book will help you to see more clearly, love more dearly and follow more nearly the way of Jesus Christ.
Author: J. William Feffer
Release Date: 2015-07-01
Too many of us miss the life promised by Jesus because we believe being a Christian is a matter of belief, not an active life of intimate connection to God. Being Disciples invites readers to rethink how they follow Jesus, to stop practicing discipleship and start being disciples. It reframes the spiritual disciplines. No longer will they be a list of spiritual "to-dos." They are essential practices that cultivate a deeper connection with Jesus, so we can be transformed into the people he created us to be and live the abundant lives he created us to live. Being Disciples is a part of beingdisciples.com, a website of practical resources to help engage the spiritual disciplines as a disciple.
What does living for Jesus look like in the everyday stuff of life? Many Christians have unwittingly embraced the idea that “church” is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people; that “ministry” is what pastors do on Sundays rather than the 24/7 calling of all believers; and that “discipleship” is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus. Drawing on his experience as a pastor and church planter, Jeff Vanderstelt wants us to see that there’s more—much more—to the Christian life than sitting in a pew once a week. God has called his people to something bigger: a view of the Christian life that encompasses the ordinary, the extraordinary, and everything in between. Packed full of biblical teaching, compelling stories, and real-world advice, this book will remind you that Jesus is filling the world with his presence through the everyday lives of everyday people... People just like you.
Author: Kay Arthur
Release Date: 2009-02-19
This brand new Bible study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can benefit from personally or as part of a small group. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. As Kay explains, "Rather than simply reading or listening to what others say about a subject, you are going to see for yourself what God says about it." Join one of the world’s most respected Bible teachers in a study that will revolutionize your thinking--and your life. What is the difference between a true follower of Jesus Christ and others who merely call themselves "Christian"? Kay Arthur and Tom and Jane Hart point the way to clear answers in this instructive study of what Jesus had to say about the subject. Through these eye-opening inductive studies of passages from the Gospels, you can better understand the distinctive marks of a disciple of Christ and how to make sure they are true of your own life. Join Kay Arthur in exploring what it means to count the cost, deny yourself, and follow Christ. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Randy Michael Wendt
Release Date: 2013-12-27
Do you walk along the safe and shallow shoreline? Or do you want to be in the deep waters where Jesus calls you? Reading this book and following the Spirit’s direction, launch out into the deep and let down your net for a breaking catch! Jesus calls, equips, and empowers you to be His daily disciple in ways greater than you can imagine!
Author: Ernst Ksemann
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 2010-05-03
In this book Ernst Ksemann celebrated initiator of the twentieth-century New Quest of the Historical Jesus examines the problem of the relation between discipleship and faith. / Ksemann first tackles specific passages in the Synoptic Gospels dealing with the summons to discipleship. He makes clear the relevance of the biblical message to human existence even today. In the second half he explores how themes relating to specific contemporary problems fulfill that message. / Here is a theologian who is radically and passionately committed to discipleship of the crucified Jesus of Nazareth and who is not afraid to share that commitment.
Author: Hans Burger
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2009-01-01
'Being in Christ' is a central theme in the message of the gospel. It is central for understanding the relation of Christian believers and the church with Jesus Christ, their Lord. It determines the identity of a Christian. It is helpful for understanding the presence of Christ and his salvation in the present. It can be developed as an element of a theological ontology. Finally, it is a theme with a great integrating power. In this book, the theme 'being in Christ' is analyzed in different perspectives. The attention is focused on the reality of 'being in Christ': its ontological implications. First, two representatives of the Reformed tradition are investigated: the English Puritan John Owen and the Dutch Neo-Calvinist Herman Bavinck. Second, a reconstruction of the Pauline and Johannine perspectives on 'being in Christ' is provided. Third, the theme is examined in the work of the English ethicist Oliver O'Donovan and the German-Swiss theologian Ingolf U. Dalferth. In the final chapter, the author gives his own systematic-theological proposal of a concept of 'being in Christ.'
Author: Michael W. Foss
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: 2007
The book of Acts serves as our playbook for ministry as it prepares us for the active presence of God. Studying the book of Arts takes us back to the future. It shows the church how to trust in the active presence of God and inspire people to move from being mere members to bold disciples. As members become disciples of faith, they experience the unstoppable power of disciplined growth and divine purpose in Christian living.
If you are serious about being a disciple of Jesus Christ—really, truly serious—a discipleship group can help you achieve that goal. Jesus established this model for us by forming and leading the first discipleship group—and it worked. The men who emerged from that group took the gospel to the world and ultimately laid down their lives for Christ. Discipleship groups can create an atmosphere for fellowship, encouragement, and accountability—building an environment where God can work. In Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples, Robby Gallaty presents a practical, easy-to-implement system for growing in one's faith. This guide offers a manual for making disciples, addressing the what, why, where, and how of discipleship. D-Groups, as Gallaty calls them, can teach you and others how to grow your relationship with God, how to defend your faith, and how to guide others in their relationships with God. Growing Up provides you with an interactive manual and resource for creating and working with discipleship groups, allowing you to gain positive information both for yourself and for others as you learn how to help others become better disciples for Christ.
In Closer: How to Be a Student Who Makes Disciples, Robby Gallaty presents a practical, easy-to-implement system to help students grow in their faith. This eight-session Bible study offers a manual for making disciples, addressing the what, why, where, and how of discipleship. Discipleship groups can create an atmosphere for fellowship, encouragement, and accountability--building an environment where God can work. D-Groups, as Gallaty calls them, can teach students how to grow in their relationship with God, how to defend their faith, and how to guide others in their relationship with God. Features Leader helps in the back of the book to guide questions and discussion with small groups Personal study segments in the Bible study book to complete between group sessions Biblically rooted and gospel-centered 8 group sessions, 7 weeks of homework Benefits: Helps students who are serious about being disciples of Jesus achieve that goal. Addresses the what, why, where, and how of discipleship. Personal spiritual growth through individual time spent in Bible study. Provides an interactive resource for creating and working with discipleship groups. Teaches students how discipleship groups create an atmosphere for fellowship, encouragement, and accountability. Students will gain positive information for themselves as well as for others as they learn how to help others become better disciples for Christ. Students will learn the discipline of daily Bible study using the H.E.A.R. method of journaling. Author: Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug and alcohol addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he founded Replicate Ministries to educate, equip, and empower men and women to be disciples who make disciple-makers (www.replicate.org). He is also the author of Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Teens (LifeWay, 2016), Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (B&H Books, 2013), Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ (B&H Books, 2015), and Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus' Final Words Our First Work (Zondervan, 2015). He and his wife, Kandi, are intentional about investing in their two boys, Rig and Ryder.