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Design For Discipleship

Author: J. Dwight Pentecost
Publisher: Kregel Publications
ISBN: 9780825494598
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Dr. Pentecost demonstrates that discipleship is a growing experience of knowledge, commitment, active love, and service.

Pursuing Social Holiness

Author: Kevin M. Watson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199336369
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Kevin M. Watson offers the first in-depth examination of an essential early Methodist tradition: the band meeting, a small group of five to seven people who focused on the confession of sin in order to grow in holiness. Watson shows how the band meeting, which figured significantly in John Wesley's theology of discipleship, united Wesley's emphasis on the importance of holiness with his conviction that Christians are most likely to make progress in the Christian life together, rather than in isolation. Demonstrating that neither John Wesley's theology nor popular Methodism can be understood independent of each other, Watson explores how Wesley synthesized important aspects of Anglican piety (an emphasis on a disciplined practice of the means of grace) and Moravian piety (an emphasis on an experience of justification by faith and the witness of the Spirit) in his own version of the band meeting. Pursuing Social Holiness is an essential contribution to understanding the critical role of the band meeting in the development of British Methodism and shifting concepts of community in eighteenth-century British society.

The Blueprint

Author: Greggory J. Hampton
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781973787181
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The same way a blueprint for a new home directs us in how to build all the different rooms of the house, there is a BluePrint of discipleship that can help you grow every area of your spiritual life as well. Follow the BluePrint and see your spiritual life grow.

Discipleship Defined

Author: Eric Russ
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 1612153569
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DON T read this book if you want to remain comfortable! Eric challenges us to consider what Biblical discipleship looks like based on what Jesus did. Eric writes this book with the integrity of a man who is not merely theorizing about the way things ought to be, rather he is describing what is actually happening as he builds Biblical disciples in the context of the inner city. This book is soundly Biblical, challenging and practical. This book is about building disciples not programs. Roger Hershey, Campus Crusade For Christ It is a joy to highly commend to all Discipleship Defined, for it is exactly the prescription that is needed for the Church to regain much of our lost effectiveness. "Discipleship Defined has carefully described, yet without programming it into a rigid system, how to go about this challenging task. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., President EmeritusGordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Eric Russ gives us some very straight forward thinking about discipleship, a topic widely misunderstood and undervalued. Moving away from piety-driven discipleship, Russ points us toward a holistic, Christ-centered way of following Jesus. Jonathan Dodson, Lead Pastor Austin City Life, Austin, TX. Eric has a healthy obsession about strong discipleship, and it shows in a gracious way in this guidebook for muscular commitment. Can you be obsessed and still have a gracious spirit? Eric does, and so does this book! Knute Larson, Senior Pastor The Chapel, Akron, OH (1983-2009)Eric Russ is lead pastor of Mack Avenue Community Church in Detroit, Michigan. He is married to Sara and has four children.For more information visitwww.discipleshipdefined.com orwww.mackave.com.

Power Surge

Author: Michael W. Foss
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451414730
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A powerful plan to transform church members into impassioned disciples.Drawing on his experience at Prince of Peace, Foss makes the case for transforming congregations from a membership model to a discipleship model of church affiliation. The book begins with a careful analysis of recent patterns in church membership/demographics which argue for this paradigm shift. Subsequent chapters detail the unique leadership and organizational needs of a discipleship model; explore the building and maintaining of fundamental trust-in God and in His people-as the cornerstone of the model; and provide practical helps for assessing the present and strategies for moving into the future. Addressed to rostered and non-rostered professional and non-professional church leaders interested in transforming their churches into centers for discipleship and mission, Power Surge makes the case for a dynamic, functional model of church affiliation that moves away from a membership model centered on prerogatives of membership to a discipleship model centered on the notion of Christian vocation/calling. It proposes a grace-centered, rather than legalistic, model of discipleship and builds a bridge through transferable principles between congregational mission mindedness and the individual Christian's life of faith. This book utilizes assessment tools and practical helps so that congregations can make the transition between membership and discipleship paradigms, as it draws on the experience of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church as a case study illustrating the principles of a discipleship model of church affiliation.

Becoming A Disciple

Author: Adolf Hansen
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1501805053
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Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. It’s not easy, and it is never over. Jesus himself set forth the conditions: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Eight United Methodist clergy—all ordained since 2008—explore a definition disciple and help us along in our efforts to pursue the adventure of a lifetime. Each writer looks at one aspect of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. He or she is a person who . . . Experiences the forgiveness and acceptance of God. Follows the life and teachings of Jesus. Demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit. Shares in the life and witness of a community of disciples, including Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Serves in some form of ministry every day. Participates in God’s suffering and transformation of the world. Anticipates a future life in the presence of God. Yearns to lead others to become disciples.

John Wesley S Class Meeting

Author: D. Michael Henderson
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ISBN: 9780990345923
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John Wesley was an eighteenth-century Anglican priest and Oxford tutor. He and George Whitefield were the primary leaders of the Evangelical Awakening which had a profound effect on the spiritual, social, and political life of both England and colonial America. Wesley gathered converts into a network of small groups for personal accountability, behavioral change, leadership training, and the transformation of their communities. Central to his system was the "class meeting," which proved to be one of the most effective tools for making disciples ever developed. This study examines the historical development, the theological foundation, and the social outcomes of John Wesley's class meeting.