We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus’ own pattern of disciple-making was to be closely involved with others, allowing life to touch life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we can most closely follow Jesus’ example today. With Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ, you have access to a tool designed to help you gain a solid foundation on this journey. This hands-on book from long-time pastor Greg Ogden helps individuals and groups practically live out the pattern Jesus established of “doing life together.” Ogden’s classic easy to follow workbook will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.
Each week contains the following elements:
- A core truth presented in a question-answer format
- A memory verse and accompanying study
- A field-tested inductive Bible study
- A reading on the theme for the week
- Questions to draw out key principles in the reading
This text is great for use in small groups, one-on-one, in mentoring pairs or triads, as well as individual study. Discover the fullness of life in Christ with Discipleship Essentials, crafted to help us influence others as Jesus did. And in the Logos Bible Software edition, this fully indexed text enables near-instant search results for words, people, places, and ideas, while Scripture references appear on mouseover in your preferred translation. With the most efficient and comprehensive research tools all in one place, you can deepen your study with just a few clicks; and Logos tablet and mobile apps let you take your study with you, making it especially convenient for meeting with groups.
- Includes a new foreword by the author
- Contains a new section on stewardship
- Comprised of material for individual use as well as group discussion
- A Word from the Author
- Getting the Most from Discipleship Essentials
- Part One: Growing Up in Christ
- Part Two: Understanding the Message of Christ
- Part Three: Becoming Like Christ
- Part Four: Serving Christ
- Bonus Section: Money
- Appendix: Building a Discipleship Ministry
Praise for the Print Edition
One of the most serious challenges facing the church in North America is that of undiscipled church members. Greg Ogden’s work seeks to move Sunday-only consumer Christians into the adventurous life of following Jesus on a daily basis in authentic community. It provides an indispensable resource to help local churches address this challenge.
—Eddie Gibbs, senior professor, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
Greg Ogden’s engaging book sets the expectation that every follower of Jesus has the joyful responsibility to invest into two or three regularly and purposefully for the kingdom. For the past ten years, Discipleship Essentials has provided an engaging and balanced approach to the task of raising up mature believers who will then themselves invest in others. I can only imagine that in the next ten years thousands more will be shaped toward maturity because of his important work that gives each believer the inspiration and the framework to do what they were made to do: advance the kingdom by making mature disciples.
—Timothy J. Yee, minister of young adults, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California
Discipleship Essentials is the most effective tool I know of for use in encouraging actual growth in personal discipleship. I give it to all of the pastors I am working with in congregational transformation and missional engagement because growing disciples is essential to their congregations’ vitality.
—E. Stanley Ott, president, The Vital Churches Institute
- Title: Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ
- Author: Gregory J. Ogden
- Edition: Expanded
- Publisher: InterVarsity Press
- Series: Essentials
- Publication Date: 2007
- Pages: 237
About the Author
Greg Ogden is a writer, speaker, and discipleship teacher. He served as an academic director of the doctor of ministry program and associate professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He was formerly executive pastor of discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois, and served as pastor at numerous other churches. While senior pastor of Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, California, he developed a discipleship program used by over 15,000 people—resulting in Discipleship Essentials. Subsequent volumes in the Essentials Series include Leadership Essentials (with Dan Meyer) and The Essential Commandment. Greg is also the author of the books Unfinished Business and Transforming Discipleship.