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How to Start a One-to-One Bible Reading Discipleship Ministry in Your Church or as an Individual

What is a one-to-one Bible reading discipleship ministry anyway? David Helm summarizes it like this:

“Can you think of people in your life that you would like to see progress spiritually—perhaps a non-Christian colleague, or a Christian friend at church, or a family member? What holds them back? Is there a way to help them understand more of God in a way that is simple and personal, and that doesn’t rely on getting them to a church program or event.

All this is possible through one-to-one Bible reading.

But, what is one-to-one Bible reading? To put it succinctly, it is a variation on that most central Christian activity—reading the Bible—but done in the context of reading with someone. It is something a Christian does with another person, on a regular basis, for a mutually agreed upon length of time, with the intention of reading through and discussing a book or part of a book of the Bible. It is effective for evangelism. It is useful for discipleship. It is even helpful for training.”

I am convinced that the Bible teaches two things: First, every Christian should be engaged in personal ministry (Ephesians 4:12). Second, God changes people through … Keep Reading

Start Strong: A Guide for New and Growing Believers Who Desire to Learn to Follow Christ

You can work through this free digital booklet (PDF) with someone to share the gospel, confirm understanding of the gospel, convey the basics of living as a Christian who follows Jesus, and begin to equip them to make disciples.

Who is God and does He even exist? What is the Bible and why should I believe it? What about the world: is it an accident of time and chance or was it created with a goal? Finally, who am I and do I have a purpose in life?

These questions are important for everyone to ask, but they are crucial for those people who are called Christians. If you are reading these words, then you are at least interested in Christianity. The goal of this resource is to help you find answers to the questions above and, more importantly, to show you how to live in response. This process of learning and living is called discipleship and Jesus called people to be and make disciples. Another word that is used for disciple is follower: in this case, a follower of Jesus Christ.

The Start Strong title, outline, and content are the work of Edgewood Baptist Church of Keep Reading

Recommended Short Reads (12/10/15)

Michael A. G. Haykin’s Review of Ibrahim Ag Mohamed’s God’s Love for Muslims: Communicating Bible Grace and New Life This is a timely read given current events and the American church’s lack of familiarity with Islam. An excerpt from Haykin’s review: “His profound familiarity with Islam, and also his extensive knowledge of the Scriptures, is evident throughout this handsomely-produced book in which he deals with Muslim beliefs and practice (9–42), their misunderstandings about the Christian Faith (43–83), and then how believers in the West especially can help Muslims come to true faith in the Lord Jesus (84–95).”

Spurious Correlations Some fun proof that correlations aren’t always useful.

The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Text This post points out the popular misuse of Matthew 25. We owe it to the generation to follows to not just have right conclusions but also to use right means to reach those conclusions.

You Need the Local Church to be Healthy “In less than three minutes, Trip Lee explains why the local church is essential to every Christian’s health. The following is a lightly edited transcript.”

A Crash Course on the Muslim Worldview and Islamic Theology Here’s a six part video series: Understanding Islam (Part … Keep Reading

What We Believe: The Bible

What one believes drives what they do—that is an unavoidable fact of life.  We may not even be aware of all the beliefs that we have, but behind each of our actions there is a motivating belief.  This post is part of a series featuring foundational truths that Christians believe so that we can have those truths in the driver seat of our lives.  To that end, this post will have sections describing What We Believe—each with a corresponding description of What We Do. This is also available as a free digital booklet (PDF).… Keep Reading

Instruction from the Book of Acts for Sharing the Gospel

In the book of Acts, we find a treasure of information concerning the foundation and operation of Christ’s Church. As recipients of this revealed Word, we do not only receive historical facts, but we also receive a model for ecclesiology, fellowship, and, among other things, strategy for evangelism.  Given the broad range of audiences that hear an evangelistic message from the early Church, we would expect to see a diversity in approaches and strategies—and that is exactly what we find.  With that said, we (maybe predictably) find this in common for every attempt at evangelism in Acts: the top priority is always to proclaim Christ as savior (Acts 4:12 and Acts 17:2-3).

1. Sharing the Gospel with Those Who Have a Biblical Foundation

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Nurturing a New Believer

I hope we can all agree that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. To teach that in an evangelistic Bible study or in meeting with a new believer, it makes a lot of sense to draw heavily on the truth that is in Chapters 3-5 of Romans.

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26 ESV)

 

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?

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Q&A: Is it Appropriate to Invite an Unbeliever to “Ask Christ to Save You”?

It is clear that sharing the gospel involves more than just broadcasting information. In order to be saved, one must profess faith in Christ. It is incumbent on the Christian that shares the gospel to, at some point, appropriately make an invitation on behalf of Christ and proclaim “be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). There are a number of ways one could invite a person to “be reconciled to God.”  Is it appropriate to invite an unbeliever to “ask Jesus to save” them?

The Example of Jesus

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will

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Essential Christian Behaviors and Beliefs

Kevin DeYoung has a helpful list of 10 essential behaviors and 10 essential beliefs. While these lists aren’t exhaustive, they can help you to see when it might be worth it to gently provide direction or correction for someone that you are discipling.  Here are the lists:… Keep Reading

How Would You Recognize Counterfeit Christianity? (False Teachers)

This article from The Gospel Coalition holds 2 Peter 1 (describing genuine believers) up to 2 Peter 2 (describing false teachers) to show the difference between authentic and counterfeit Christianity:… Keep Reading

The Bible: A Book of Books by One Divine Author

“The Bible is a diverse collection of different writings.  It contains sixty-six books written by about forty human authors over nearly 2,000 years.  It has two main sections (Old Testament and New Testament) written in two main languages (Hebrew and Greek, respectively), and includes a mixture of types of literature.  Although the Bible contains a great variety of material, written by many human authors over a long period of time, it holds together as a unity.  Fundamentally, it is just one book written by one author with one main subject.  …  Christians should have no qualms about accepting that the Bible was written by people.  Its books were written by a variety of authors at different times in history and bear the marks of the personalities and eras that produced them.  But God ensured by his Spirit that everything they wrote was exactly what he wanted them to write. … It is God’s Word: he is the ultimate author. The Bible obviously covers a great deal of ground.  But there is one supreme subject that binds it all together: Jesus Christ and the salvation God offers through him.  That is true not just of the New Testament but of the … Keep Reading

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