Nurturing Discipleship

DGCC Nurturing Discipleship

Every believer should grow as a disciple of Christ. Such growth has three dimensions, which we can summarize as knowing, being, and doing:

  • Knowing: God, His Word, and His plan for all nations
  • Being: Conformed to the image of His Son
  • Doing: Glorifying God through life and ministry

Our Lord tells us we are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This document helps us to do that. We encourage everyone at Desiring God Community Church to read the details of these dimensions, and identify components to focus on in the months ahead. We encourage you to spur one another on through partnering with others at DGCC or at likeminded area churches through focusing together on certain components: Reading and discussing a book together, sharing the Gospel together, discipling a new believer together. We pray that in this way we may fulfill Ephesians 4:15-16:

We are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

This document is a draft, and may be revised in the months ahead. But please use it now as a guide for the God-glorifying growth that we long to see among us.

For those considering cross-cultural missions, there are additional components to fulfill under each of the three dimensions. Please discuss these components with a Cross Cultural Missions team member or an elder.

Note that all links below are to free resources. Books that are not linked are available for purchase through the standard bookstores.

Three Dimensions of Growing as a Disciple

Dimension 1: KNOWING: God, His Word, and His Plan for All Nations

Components

  1. The Storyline of the Bible
    Suggested Resources:
    Creation to Culmination: A Summary of the Bible’s Storyline
    The God Who is There by D.A. Carson (audio)
  2. Inductive Bible Study Methods
    Suggested Resources
    How to Study Your Bible, online class at biblicaltraining.org taught by George Guthrie
  3. Theology
    Suggested Resources
    Knowing God by J.I. Packer
    The Pleasures of God by John Piper (DGCC Study Guide Available)
  4. Missions
    Suggested Resources
    Perspectives on the World Missions Movement course
    Let the Nations Be Glad
  5. Christian Hedonism and Discouragement
    Suggested Resources
    When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper (DGCC Study Guide available)
  6. Marriage and Singleness
    Suggested Resources
    Teaching Notes on Marriage and Family by Coty and Beth Pinckney
    The Goodness of Singleness audio sermon by Fred Balbuena
    One of these two books:

  7. Worldview
    Suggested Resources
    New Testament Worldview by Vern Poythress, Chapter 3 in Revolutions in Worldview, edited by Andrew Hoffecker
  8. Key DGCC Teaching

Dimension 2: BEING: Conformed to the Image of His Son

Components

  1. Understand the Goal
    Suggested Resources
    Qualitative Measures of Spiritual Maturity
  2. Create a plan for regular devotional life: Prayer, Bible study, memorization: personal and family
  3. Regular attendance at churchwide services and meetings
  4. Regular involvement in a small group
  5. Becoming a reproducting disciple
    Suggested Resources
    T4T/Reproducing Discipleship Seminar
    What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement, Changing the World by Steve Addison
  6. Develop Biblically sound skills in transforming interpersonal conflict
    Suggested Resources
    The Peacemaker by Ken Sande
    Resolving Everyday Conflict by Kevin Johnson and Ken Sande
  7. Develop Biblically sound skills in transforming spiritual conflict
    Suggested Resources
    Spiritual Warfare, online class at biblicaltraining.org taught by Gerry Breshears

Dimension 3: DOING: Glorifying God Through Life and Ministry

Components

  1. Practice T4T/Reproducing Discipleship
    Share your story and disciple others regularly
  2. Serve your family
  3. Serve the body of Christ through ministry and giving
  4. Serve your colleagues/employer
  5. Serve your community/city/country
  6. Serve the nations
  7. Develop action points in the areas relevant for where you are in life in discussion with an elder, mentor, or small group leader

Draft 4/12/2013, links updated 12/6/2015