Discipleship

Disciple Bible Study

For more information or to enroll call:
Ted Mester (732-264-5552), or Ken Cantirino (732-583-1057), or the church Office (732-264-1236)

What is Disciple Bible Study?

Disciple Bible Study is an approach to Bible study that emphasizes disciplined reading of and listening to Scripture. It results in biblically nourished persons committed to live as disciples. There are four courses of study:
-Disciple 1 – Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study
-Disciple 2 – Into the Word Into the World
-Disciple 3 – Remember Who You Are
-Disciple 4 – Under the Tree of Life

You must start with Disciple 1, but upon completion of Disciple 1, you may take Disciple 2 through Disciple 4 in any order. During the course of Disciple 1, groups move through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. All Disciple participants will read more than 70 percent of the Bible. The Scripture for each session follows the chronological movement of the biblical story. Disciple groups consist of 8 to 20 members and co-leaders and meet weekly for 2 1/2 hours for a period of 34 weeks. Each participant makes a commitment to daily preparation (30 – 45 minutes per day) and weekly attendance at and full participation in the group study sessions. Disciple aims at transformation, not just information. Disciple calls on persons to submit themselves to examination by Scripture, to put themselves under the power of God’s Word, and to be changed by God’s Word.

Disciple for Youth: Because adults and youth have different needs and experiences, there is Disciple 1 for youth. Once the youth has finished Disciple 1 they may choose to take Disciple 2 through Disciple 4 with the adults.

What is Disciple for Youth and why study it?
– It is a program of disciplined Bible reading and study that will result in biblically nourished youth committed to live as disciples.
– Youth will discover for themselves what the Bible says rather than waiting for someone to tell them what the Bible says.
– Disciple encourages youth to bring their experiences and struggles to the Scripture.
– God wil speak to youth through the Scripture.
– Daily reading assignments move through the Old Testament and New Testament focusing on the people and events that make up the whole biblical story.
– The Youth edition of Disciple is prepared for youth in tenth grade or older.

Marks of Discipleship

A Disciple…
– Prays and reads scripture daily –
– Worships weekly –
– Finds support in a small group fellowship –
– Gives sacrificially –
– Loves their fellow man –
– Lovingly serves in ministry to others –

There are specific marks of discipleship that characterize followers of Jesus Christ. Each of us who claim the name of the Lord Jesus are challenged to both be discipled and to make disciples. One of the marks we have identified is the importance of getting connected to a small group fellowship where we can experience mutual support, prayer, and accountability. Some of the groups meet as part of our regular church program; others are being formed informally. Either way, these groups become important means for spiritual growth. On the Sunday I preached on this subject, I shared a list of 13 Scriptural references identified in Anne Ortlund’s Discipling One Another that speaks of ways Christians are to relate to one another. Here is her list:

1. Suffering Together (I Corinthians 12:26)
2. Rejoicing together (Romans 12:15)
3. Carrying each others’ burdens (Galatians 6:2)
4. Restoring each other (Galatians 6:1)
5. Praying for one another (Romans 15:30)
6. Teaching and admonishing each other (Colossians 3:16)
7. Refreshing one another (Romans 15:32)
8. Encouraging each other (Romans 1:12)
9. Forgiving one another (Ephesians 4:32)
10. Confessing to one another (James 5:16)
11. Being truthful with one another (Ephesians 4:25)
12. Spurring one another toward good deeds (Hebrews 10:24)
13. Giving to one another (Philippians 4:14, 15)
13. Giving to one another (Philippians 4:14, 15)

A Follower of Jesus is…

D ependable
I nvolved with people
S incere
C aring
I nterested in others
P rayerful
L oving
E ager to serve God and people

May each of us as Christ’s disciples look for opportunities to strengthen our faith
through our sharing with one another.