Free & Downloadable Discipleship Material

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 expository preaching through books of the Bible) is important, so is training in Discipleship groups.  The Discipleship 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 in our 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 rush 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 or amazon.com. The ISBN number is: 1-58134-750-2.

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.  John Piper essay, “A Vision of Biblical Complementarity,” available from The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood.