And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The Lord has mandated His church to make disciples of all nations. He has promised His presence and authority in helping us fulfill this commission (Matthew 28:18-20). As believers, we are to entrust what we have learned “to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also”. (2 Timothy 2:2)
The discipleship ministry is designed to bring a believer to the point where they can reproduce what they have learned in others. Discipleship is much more than just gaining knowledge and doing an assigned lesson. Discipleship is becoming personally involved in someone’s life. It is modeling and teaching Christlikeness in every area of life. It is encouraging and challenging one another to apply the things that are learned. It is building relationships! (Cf. I Thessalonians 2:7-12) This requires a commitment that will take time, and prayer. It may even mean having to deny yourself, which Jesus stressed was one of the costs of following Him (Mark 8:34-38). But it will be worth it as you do your part in fulfilling the great commission.
The curriculum used for the discipleship ministry is divided into four areas:
Basic Christianity is a study designed to introduce the student to the Bible and in particular to acquaint him with the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. This study will cover some of the basics that are necessary to help you grow as a Christian. God has used this simple study through the years to draw many men and women to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Basic Bible Doctrine is an exciting study, which will help lay a solid foundation to your understanding of key Biblical doctrines. Some of the subjects covered include studies on salvation, what the Bible teaches about itself, the Trinity, spiritual gifts, witnessing, and the Christian life. This study will also include memorizing key Bible passages to help equip the disciple and prepare them for what lies ahead.
The Doctrines of Grace is a book written by James Boice and Philip Ryken. It is used in conjunction with a study guide, prepared by Jim Boyett, to bring the disciple to a deeper understanding of the core doctrines of Christianity regarding salvation. This equips the disciple to have correct Biblical view of the sovereignty of God over our salvation.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life is a book written by Donald Whitney. It is used in conjunction with his study guide to explore the spiritual disciplines that are necessary for us to know and to practice, in order that we may live up to our full potential as followers of Christ.