How to use this tool:

Making disciples who are making disciples will always be the primary goal of God’s church. If you are reading this, it means you have decided to take a big step in your faith and begin this process of making disciples. Once you’ve identified someone who has a desire to grow deeper in their faith, utilize this tool to help guide you in your discipleship journey. This will include 20 sessions of focused, personal development that will help us develop and equip leaders within our church. These sessions are designed to be conversations about the most essential topics of Christianity. The ultimate goal of this is to help people grow personally and equip them to make disciples. 

 

When it comes to discipleship, it is important to know that there is no A + B = C to it. Every relationship is different. Discipleship, at its core, is about meeting people exactly where they are and helping them get to where God wants them to be. Meeting people where they are is all about asking good questions and being transparent. Helping people get to where God wants them to be is all about knowing that God desires for all believers to be disciples that make other disciples. Keep this on the forefront of your heart and mind as you use this guide.

 

Every conversation will not look the same and that is okay. Approach each session prayerfully and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. If He leads in a different direction during a meeting, follow His lead, He is our greatest helper.


Flow of Meeting:

  • Check In - Discipleship is gospel-centered friendship, nothing more, nothing less. The first part of your meeting should be about growing your friendship. What’s going on in their life? What’s God teaching them? How’s their marriage? How’s their kids? How can I pray for you?

  •  412 Reading Plan - After the first meeting, connect them into the 412 reading plan and start reading it together. The greatest thing you can ever teach somebody is how to read their Bible and hear from God. Use this time to focus on that. Create questions to help them if needed.

  • Equip Conversation - Use this time to really dive into the topics listed below.




  • Helpful Questions:

    1. Share your salvation story. 

    2. What is your salvation story? 

    3. How have you gotten to where you are currently in your relationship with God? 

    4. What can I do to help you grow in your relationship with God? 

    5. In your relationship with God, what is your biggest strength? weakness?


  • Session Goal: The person would grow in their understanding of the gospel and be equipped to share it with others.

    Scripture: Rom 1:16; Eph 2:1-10; Col 2:21-23; 2 Cor 5:21; John 3:16

    Memory Verse: Rom 1:16

    More Resources: 
    Article:

    Book: 


    Helpful Questions:

    1. How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you through 412?

    2. What sins are you struggling with that you need to confess?

    3. If someone asked you the question, “What is the gospel?” How would you respond? What Scriptures would you go to? Address common misconceptions.

    4. Read Eph 2:1-10. What do these verses teach us about the good news of Jesus? 

      • What does this passage teach us about who we were before Christ?
      • What does this passage teach us about how we can be saved? 
      • What does this passage teach us about God’s purpose for our lives after salvation?
    5. Read Col 2:13-15. What do these verses teach us about the good news of Jesus?

      • How do these verses change the way you view the cross?  
      • How do these verses change your view of sin? 
    6. Read 2 Cor 5:21. 

      • What does this passage teach us about how we gain the righteousness of God?
      • How does thinking about Jesus in your place stir your affections for Him? 
    7. Read John 3:16. What does this verse teach us about the good news of Jesus?

      • What does this verse say about God’s love for you?   (See Romans 5:8)
      • How do we see all 4 components of the gospel in this passage? (4 components: Character of God, Sinfulness of man, Sufficiency of Christ, Our Response)
    8. What is your next step when it comes to the gospel? Living it? Sharing it?


    Common Misconceptions
    • The Intellectual Only gospel = This person can recite John 3:16 but the gospel hasn’t transformed their heart & lives.
    • The Good Ole Boy gospel = This person believes that being a good person is enough. They don’t understand the wages of sin or their need for a Savior.

    • The Prosperity gospel = This person believes that Jesus guarantees a happy, healthy life with no troubles. They refuse to believe Jesus’ teaching in John 16:33.

    • The Self-Help gospel = This person has a small view of sin & believes that sin is not the issue, it’s an issue. Therefore, they don’t really need a Savior, just to channel their inner good and be a better person. This distortion plays on our self-esteem & feelings.

    • The Works Based gospel = This person believes that faith alone is not enough for salvation. We need to add something to it: good works, rule following, traditions, etc.  But we cannot add one thing to the saving work and person of Jesus Christ. 

    • The License to Sin gospel = This person believes that Jesus is their righteousness and perfection, so they can live however they want because in the end, they’re saved! They use God’s grace as a license to sin. However, Paul says in Romans 6 that we have been set free from the lifestyle of sin to live for Christ. To follow Jesus is to turn away from sin. 

    • The Overnight Perfection Gospel = This person believes that salvation equals immediate perfection. In their eyes, salvation immediately eliminates all sin and struggles in our lives. This person has a misunderstanding of the process of salvation: justification, sanctification, & glorification.



    Common Next Steps
    • Live the Gospel: Often in the Bible, we see Paul tell believers to live in a manner worthy of the gospel. What he means is that we never move past the gospel. As we continually reflect on God’s grace, it  fuels everything we do. How we live. How we talk. How we treat others. The purpose of our lives. Everything in our lives is shaped by Christ: Who He is & What He’s done. Talk to them about what it looks like to really live our lives in response to the gospel.

    • Share the Gospel: When we become a Christian, we are empowered with the heart of God for people and entrusted with the gospel message. And this message is the power of God for salvation to all people. And here’s the crazy reality, statistics show that most church goers never share the gospel. How in the world can we have the cure for mankind terminal sickness and not share it. God’s heart is that we would be his rescue team to the world. He’s given us the incredible privilege of being a part of His mission to reconcile people back to himself. 




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of what a disciple is.

    Scripture: Luke 9:21-27, John 13:34-35; Matt 4:18-22; John 8:31-47; Luke 14:25-35

    Memory Verse: Matthew 4:19

    More Resources: What is the difference between a Christian and a disciple?


    Questions: 

    1. How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you through 412?

    2. What sins are you struggling with that you need to confess?

    3. What does it mean to be a disciple?

    4. Is there a difference between being a Christian and being a disciple? Explain

    5. Read Luke 9:23-24. What do these verses teach us about being a disciple? 

    6. Read John 13:34-35. How do we recognize disciples of Jesus? 

    7. Read Matthew 4:18-22. What exactly did Jesus say when he first called his disciples? What does it mean to “follow” someone? 

    8. Read John 8:31-47. How do true disciples respond to Jesus’ teaching? 

    9. Read Luke 14:25-35. What do these verses teach us about a disciple? 

    10. Based on what we’ve talked about today, what is your next step when it comes to being a disciple? 



    Common Misconceptions
    • Myth 1: I can be a disciple and not actually follow Jesus.
    • Myth 2: I can be a disciple and not leave my old lifestyle. 

    • Myth 3: I can be a disciple and not love others. 

    • Myth 4: I can be a disciple and not be devoted to God’s Word

    • Myth 5: I can be a disciple and not embrace the mission. 



    Common Next Steps
    • Become a true disciple of Christ.
    • Step out of complacency

    • Commit to embracing the lifestyle of a disciple.

    • Usually one or two of the passages will resonate and challenge them.







  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of what worship is and embrace it as their lifestyle.

    Scripture: Romans 12:1; Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Chronicles 16:23-31; Psalm 95:1-11; John 4:23-24; Romans 1:25; Exodus 20:2-6

    Memory Verse: Romans 12:1

    More Resources: 

    Article:

    Book: 


    Helpful Questions:

    1. Read Romans 12:1. What does this passage teach us about worship? 

      • What is true and proper worship? 
      • What does it mean to worship in view of God’s mercy? 
      • How do we present ourselves as a living sacrifice? 
    2. Read Isaiah 6:1-8. What does this passage teach us about worship?

      • How did Isaiah respond to seeing God and experience His grace?
    3. Read 1 Chronicles 16:23-3. What does this passage teach us about worship?

      •  What are some characteristics of worship described in this text? 
    4. Read Psalm 95:1-11. What does this passage teach us about worship?

    5. Read Romans 1:25. What does this passage teach us about idolatry? 

      • What is idolatry? How does this passage show us the process of idolatry?
      • What is your time, talent, money, thoughts, energy, and affections devoted to? 
      • What would you say you are worshiping right now? 
    6. Read Exodus 20:2-6. What does this teach us about idolatry?

      • Why is God warning His people about worshiping idols? 
      • How strongly does God love His people and want their worship?
      • What are some common idols today that we are tempted to worship over God?
    7. Read John 4:23-24. What does it mean to worship in Spirit & Truth?

      • Why are both important when it comes to true worship?


    Common Misconceptions
    • Worship is only singing songs to God.
    • Worship is a feeling.

    • Worship happens only at church.

    • Idolatry is okay.


    Common Next Steps
    • Recognizing and turning from idolatry in our lives. 
    • Recognizing compartmentalized areas of our life.

    • Embracing worship as a lifestyle.




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of serving & embrace it as a lifestyle.

    Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11; John 13:1-17; Mark 10:35-45; Galatians 5:13; 2 Cor 5:14-15

    Memory Verse: Philippians 2:3-4

    More Resources: 

    Article: 

    Book: 


    Helpful Questions:

    1. What does it look like to embrace the lifestyle of a servant? 

    2. What is the purpose of serving? Why is serving a big deal in the kingdom of God?

    3. Read Philippians 2:1-11. What does this teach us about being a servant?

      • What do v3-4 teach us about the motivation of our service?
      • Why does Jesus care about our motivation in serving?
      • What was the mindset of Christ? How can we learn from it?
    4. Read John 13:1-17. What does this teach us about being a servant?

      • How would you respond if Jesus were to wash your feet?
      • Would you have washed Judas’ feet? Why does Jesus?
      • How is humble service a picture of the gospel to an unbelieving world? 
    5. Read Mark 10:35-45. What does this teach us about being a servant? 

      • Who did Jesus say would be the greatest in the kingdom?
      • How would your life change if you truly believed the greatest thing you could do is serve?
    6. Read Galatians 5:13. What does this teach us about being a servant?

      • What does it look like to indulge the flesh rather than humbly serve and love others? 
    7. Read 2 Cor 5:14-15. What does this teach us about being a servant?

      • What compels us to serve God? How do we resist living for ourselves? 
    8. What is one area of your life where you can become a better servant?

    9. What are some action steps to begin taking to help you in becoming a faithful servant? (Ex. Start serving at church, having a servant’s heart at work, serving your spouse)


    Common Misconceptions
    • People see serving as something to do, not a person to become. 
    • People see serving God as a “have to” duty not a “get to” privilege.

    • People miss the connection between our heart and our service. Our willingness to serve is an incredible indicator of our heart before God.

    • People base their ability to serve on their own ability, repute, or experience rather than trusting the Spirit in them.

    • People feel disqualified to serve God because of their past. God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.


    Common Next Steps
    • People recognize their need to grow into a servant & embrace the lifestyle of serving. 
    • People engage in serving in the church.

    • People engage in serving at home.

    • People engage in serving in the community and around the world. 




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of what it means to be a missionary & embrace it as a lifestyle.

    Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 5:16-6:2; Romans 10:8-15; Matthew 24:14

    Memory Verse: Matthew 28:18-20

    More Resources: 

    Article:

    Book: 



    Helpful Questions:

    1. What is a missionary? Who is called to be one?

    2. Read Matthew 28:18-20. What does this teach us about the mission?

      • What does it mean to “go and make disciples”?

      • What does it mean to “baptize”?

      • What does it mean to “teach to obey”

    3. Read Acts 1:8. What does this teach us about being a missionary?

      • What is a witness? Who gives us power to be witnesses? 

      • Where are we called to go? 

      • What does it look like for you to live sent where you are?

    4. Read Romans 10:8-15. What does this teach us about being a missionary?

      • Who will be saved? 

      • How will people hear the good news? 

      • How do you share the gospel? (ask them to verbally share the gospel with you) 

    5. Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 What does this teach us about being a missionary?

      • What does it mean to be an ambassador?

      • How do we live as an ambassador for Christ on this earth? 

      • What does it look like for you to live as a minister of reconciliation to the world? 

    6. Read Matthew 24:14. Where will the gospel ultimately go? 

      • Talk about our role as disciples in this movement of the gospel.


    Common Misconceptions
    • I can be saved and not live on a mission.
    • I’m not qualified to make disciples.
    • Missionaries are only professionals who move to other countries to share the gospel.
    • It’s the preacher’s job to make disciples.


    Common Next Steps
    • Embrace the lifestyle of a missionary
    • Pray for lost people
    • Go and Make a disciple
    • Invite lost people over for dinner
    • Share the gospel with someone
    • Invite a person into a discipleship relationship


  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of the Bible and how to connect with God through it.

    Scripture: Table of Contents, John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, Romans 12:2

    Memory Verse: 2 Tim 3:16-17

    More Resources: How to read the bible for all its worth


    Helpful Questions:

    1. When it comes to studying the Bible, what is the most helpful thing you have learned?

    2. What is the difference between the Old Testament and New Testament? 

    3. Open up to the table of contents and talk through how the Bible is broken down:

      • Genesis - Esther = Historical Books of Old Testament

      • Job - Song of Solomon = Writings of God’s People

      • Isaiah - Malachi = Writings of the Prophets

      • Matthew - Acts = Historical Books of the New Testament

      • Romans - Jude = Letters (from specific people to specific people)

      • Revelation = Prophetic Vision from God to John

    4. How does knowing the breakdown and context of the Bible help us read it? 

    5. Read John 5:39-40. Why do we read the Bible? 

      • How does reading the Bible to know God change the way you read it?
    6. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. What does this teach us about the Bible?

      • What does it mean that “all Scripture is God breathed?
      • What is Scripture useful for? What does it look like for God’s Word to teach us? Rebuke us? Correct us? Train us? 
      • What does it mean for the Bible to be the “ultimate” authority in your life?
      • How does it change the way we read God’s Word when it has the ultimate authority in our lives?
    7. Read Hebrews 4:12. What does this teach us about the Bible?

      • What does it mean that the Word of God is living and active?
      • How do we know when God is speaking to us through His Word? 
    8. Read Romans 12:2. What does it look like for God’s Word to renew our minds? 

      • How do we know God’s will for our lives? 
      • What happens when our mind is not being renewed by God’s Word? 
    9. How can I help you to be more faithful in studying God’s Word as you grow in your faith?


    Common Misconceptions
    • Most people read the bible for information instead of transformation.

    • The Bible is too hard to understand.

    • The Bible is just a rule book. 

    • The Bible is not relevant to my life. 

    • The Bible is not trustworthy.


    Common Next Steps
    • Begin consistently reading the Bible. (412 Reading Plan)

    • Begin studying the Bible more deeply. 

    • Begin Memorizing Scripture

    • Purchase a study Bible.

    • Start journaling what you learn.

    • Obey what you already know.








  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of God the Father.

    Scripture: Psalm 99:9; Psalm 89:14; Isaiah 46:9-10; Isaiah 43:13; Malachi 3:6; Psalm 139; Romans 5:8; John 14:6; Psalm 145:8-9

    Memory Verse: Jeremiah 9:24

    More Resources:  

    Articles: 

    Books:


     

    Helpful Questions:

    1. If you were asked, “Who is God the Father?” How would you respond? 

    2. Who has shaped your view of God the most?

    3. How does truly knowing someone and their character help you trust them more?

    Discuss the following attributes:

    1. God is Holy (Read Psalm 99:9)

      • What does it mean that God is Holy?

      • How does this attribute help you trust God?

    2. God is Righteous and Just (Read Psalm 89:14)

      • What does it mean that God is righteous and just?

      • How does this attribute help you trust God?

    3. God is Sovereign (Read Isaiah 46:9-10)

      • What does it mean that God is sovereign?
      • How does this attribute help you trust God?
    4. God is Eternal (Read Isaiah 43:13)

      • What does it mean that God is eternal?
      • How does this attribute help you trust God?
    5. God is Immutable (Read Malachi 3:6)

      • What does it mean that God is immutable?
      • How does this attribute help you trust God?
    6. God is Omniscient (Read Psalm 139:1-6)

      • What does it mean that God is omniscient?
      • How does this attribute help you trust God?
    7. God is Omnipresent (Read Psalm 139:7-12)

      • What does it mean that God is omnipresent?
      • How does this attribute help you trust God?
    8. God is Love (Read Romans 5:8)

      • What does it mean that God is love?
      • How does this attribute help you trust God?
    9. God is Truth (Read John 14:6)

      • What does it mean that God is truth?
      • How does this attribute help you trust God?
    10. God is Merciful (Read Psalm 145:8-9)

      • What does it mean that God is merciful?
      • How does this attribute help you trust God?
    Common Misconceptions
    • Most people’s view of God has been shaped by something other than the Bible and this is detrimental. Most people’s view of God is shaped by their family, life experiences, their opinions, or something they’ve been taught by another. It’s important to uncover this and help them base their view of God off of the Truth of God’s Word.


    Common Next Steps
    • Commit to allowing the Bible to be the source of their view of God.

    • Allowing the Truth to shape their experiences and opinions








  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of Jesus, God the Son.

    Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-4, Col 1:15-20, John 6:35; John 8:12; John 10:7-18; John 11:25-26; John 14:6-7; John 15:1-8

    Memory Verse: John 14:6

    More Resources: 

    Articles: 


    Helpful Questions:

    1. If you were asked, “Who is Jesus?” How would you respond? 

    2. Read Hebrews 1:1-4. What does this teach us about Jesus?

      • If Jesus is the exact representation of God, where is the best place to look to truly know God?
    3. Read Colossians 1:15-20. What does this teach us about Jesus? 

      • What does it mean that you were created by Him and for Him? 
    4. Read John 6:35 - What does it mean that Jesus is the “Bread of Life?”

      • What would it look like if Jesus was as essential as food in your life?
    5. Read John 8:12 - What does it mean that Jesus is the “Light of the World?”

      • What are the implications of this in your life? 
    6. Read John 10:7 - What does it mean that Jesus is the “Gate for the Sheep?”

      • What is the only door to salvation? What other doors do people try to use?
    7. Read John 10:11-15 - What does it mean that Jesus is the “Good Shepherd?”

      • How does knowing this help you follow Jesus more passionately?
    8. Read John 11:25 - What does it mean that Jesus is the “Resurrection and the Life?

      • How does knowing this change your view of death?
    9. Read John 14:6 - What does it mean that Jesus is “The Way, The Truth, and The Life?”

      • What are the implications of this verse in your life? 
    10. Read John 15:1 - What does it mean that Jesus is “The Vine?”

      • What does it mean to abide in Christ? 
    11. How does understanding the claims that Jesus made about Himself change your view of Him?


    Common Misconceptions
    • Most people create their own view of Jesus based on what they want or what their experiences have led them to believe. Here a few examples:

      • Some people view Jesus as Savior but not Lord. 

      • Some people want Jesus but they want Him on their terms. 

      • Some people think Jesus is okay with their sin.

      • Some people view Jesus as an emergency plan for their agenda.

      • Some people view Jesus as a good teacher but not God.

      • When we create our own Jesus, the list of false belief is endless.

    Common Next Steps

    • Recognizing misconceptions about their view of Jesus
    • Further clarity around Who Jesus truly is
    • Commitment to allowing the Bible to be the source of their view of Jesus.
    • Worship and Adoration



  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of the Holy Spirit.

    Scripture: 

    Memory Verse: 

    More Resources: 

    Articles: 

    Book: 


    Helpful Questions:

    1. If you were asked, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” How would you respond? 

    2. Read through each of these Scriptures in the chart below. Talk about what each of these passages teach us about the Holy Spirit.

    • He saves us (Titus 3:5-6)
    • He convicts us (John 16:8)
    • He regenerates us (John 3:6-7)
    • Causes us to feel Christ’s heart for us (Rom 5:3-8)
    • He seals us (Eph 1:13)
    • He dwells in us (1 Cor 6:19; Rom 8:11)
    • He transforms us into the image of Christ. (2 Cor 3:18)
    • He enables us to kill sin (Rom 8:13)
    • He produces fruit in you (Gal 5:22-23)
    • He guides us into Truth (John 16:13)
    • He empowers us to be witnesses (Acts 1:8)
    • He intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray (Rom 8:26-27)
    • He reminds us what’s true (John 14:26)
    • He fills us (Eph 5:18)
    • He points us to Jesus (John 15:26)
    • He equips us with Gifts (1 Cor 12:4-7)
    • He testifies in our hearts that we are God’s children (Gal 4:6)
    • He leads us (Gal 5:18, 25)
    • He grants and nurtures in us resurrection life (Rom 8:11)
    1. Read John 16:7. Why did Christ say it was better that He send us the Holy Spirit?

      • God in us is better than Jesus beside us.
    2. Read Titus 3:3-7. What role does the Holy Spirit play in salvation?

    3. Read John 15:1-17. How do I know if I have been filled with the Spirit?

    4. Read Romans 8:1-11. What is the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer?

    5. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:19. What does it mean to “quench the Spirit”?

      • How do we quench Him?
    1. Read Galatians 5:16-24. How do I know that I am walking by the Spirit?
      1. 4 Questions to help determine is you are walking by the Spirit:
        1. Am I pursuing Jesus? (John 15)
        2. Am I more focused on things of the flesh or of the Spirit? (Galatians 5)
        3. Am I producing good fruit? (Galatians 5)
        4. Am I being discipled or making disciples? (Matthew 28)
    1. What is your next step based on our conversation today?


    Common Misconceptions
    • Myth 1: The Holy Spirit only does spectacular things.

    • Myth 2: The Holy Spirit is karma or a scary force.

    • Myth 3: The Holy Spirit is reserved for super Christians.

    • Myth 4: The Holy Spirit is an extra or optional part of our faith.

    • Myth 5: The Holy Spirit comes and goes like goosebumps.

    • Myth 6: You can be saved and not be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

    • Myth 7: You are only saved or filled with the Spirit if you speak in tongues.


    Common Next Steps
    • Recognizing misconceptions they have about the Holy Spirit

    • Further clarity around the Holy Spirit: Who He is and What He does.

    • Commitment to live by the Holy Spirit. 






  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of salvation and its evidences.

    Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10, Acts 2:37-38; Romans 10:9-10, Ezekiel 36:26-27; James 2:14-26; Romans 6:17-18; Galatians 5:22-23, Matthew 7:21-24, 1 John 5:11-13

    Memory Verse: Romans 10:9-10

    More Resources: 

    Articles: 


    Helpful Questions:

    1. What does it mean to be saved? 

    2. Read Ephesians 2:1-10. What does this teach us about salvation? 

      • What is man’s spiritual condition before salvation?
      • How are we saved? 
      • Why is it important to understand that salvation is a work of God and not something we can do in and of ourselves? 
      • What does v10 teach us about our purpose after salvation? 
    3. Read Acts 2:37-38 & Romans 10:9-10. What is man’s responsibility in salvation?

      • What is repentance? What is faith?
      • Why is baptism important? 
    4. Read Ezekiel 36:26-27. What does this passage teach us about salvation?

    5. Read James 2:14-26. What are the evidences of true conversion?

    6. Read Romans 6:17-18. What are the evidences of true conversion?

    7. Read Galatians 5:22-25. What are the evidences of true conversion?

    8. Read Matthew 7:21-24. What was Jesus warning about salvation?

    9. Read 1 John 5:11-13. How can we be sure that we are saved? 

    10. What is your next step based on our conversation today? 


    Common Misconceptions
    • People believe they are saved because they go to church,  prayed a prayer, or had an emotional experience at some point in their life.

    • People believe they can be saved by being a better person. 

    • Every other religion teaches that we are saved by faith and works. Christianity teaches that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone. 

    • People believe they can be saved but have no evidence of God’s work in their life.

    • Most people believe salvation is initiated by man and is a decision we make. However, Scripture teaches that no man comes to salvation unless the Father draws him first (John 6:65) and that being born again is an act of God (John 3).

    • Some people believe that salvation can be taken away. However, the Bible teaches that we can have assurance and are sealed with the Holy Spirit upon salvation. We didn’t do anything to earn it. We can’t do anything to lose it. (Eph 1:13-14; Php 1:6; John 10:28-29; 1 John 5:11-13)


    Common Next Steps
    • Examining their own Salvation
    • Recognizing false salvation in their life and the lives of others.
    • Sharing their salvation story with someone else
    • Resting in the assurance of our salvation



  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of sin and how to fight it.

    Scripture: Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8; John 8:34; 2 Peter 1:3; Romans 7:14-25, Romans 6:1-14, Galatians 5:16-25, Ephesians 4:17-32: Hebrews 3:12-13.

    Memory Verse: 1 John 1:8

    More Resources: 

    Articles:

    Books: 

    Podcast: 


    Helpful Questions:

    1. What is sin? What have you learned about sin since becoming a believer? 

    2. Read Romans 3:23. What does it mean that we have all sinned & fallen short of the glory of God? 

    3. Read 1 John 1:8. Why is it important to understand that we all struggle with sin?

    4. Read John 8:34: What does it mean that we are slaves to sin?

    5. Read 2 Peter 1:3. How does the Holy Spirit give us the ability to say no to sin?

    6. Romans 7:14-25. How can you relate with Paul’s words here?

    7. Romans 6:1-14. What does this passage teach us about sin?

    8. Read Galatians 5:16-26. When we become a Christian, how does our relationship with sin change? 

    9. Read Ephesians 4:17-32. What does this passage teach us about fighting sin? 

    10. Read Colossians 3:5-10. Why does God want us to put sin to death?

    11. Read Titus 2:11-14. What is the best way to fight sin in our lives? 

    12. Read Hebrews 3:12-13. How does community help us fight sin?

    13. What is your next step when it comes to fighting sin? 


    Common Misconceptions
    • Sin is not a big deal to God.

    • It’s okay to use grace as a license to sin.

    • Sin can be fought in isolation. I don’t have to talk about it with anyone.

    • Certain sins are bigger than others in the eyes of God.

    • Sin’s consequences can be managed.

    • Sinful behaviors and patterns can be overcome overnight.

    • Sinful choices are a person’s identity.

    • Sin is always individual and never social.

    • Sin means I can’t ever see progress in this life.


    Common Next Steps
    • Gaining further clarity around sin and how to fight it.

    • Recognizing sin in their lives and confessing it.

    • Commitment to confess and fight sin in their lives with you.

    • Bigger view of God’s Grace that covers our sin.




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of spiritual warfare.

    Scripture: John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; Matthew 4:1-11; Genesis 3:1-7; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, James 4:7

    Memory Verse: James 4:7

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    Helpful Questions:

    1. When you think about spiritual warfare, what comes to mind? 

    2. Read John 10:10 & 1 Peter 5:8-9. What is Satan’s plan for your life? 

    3. Read Genesis 3:1-7. What does this teach us about the schemes of Satan?

    4. Read Matthew 4:1-11. How does Satan attack specifically in this passage? 

      • How does Jesus resist? 
    5. Read Ephesians 6:10-20. How does each piece of armor help us fight the enemy?

      • Talk about each piece.
      • How does spiritual warfare drive us to prayer? 
    6. Read 2 Cor 10:3-5. What does this teach us about spiritual warfare?

    7. Read James 4:7. What does this verse teach us about spiritual warfare?

    8. What is your next step when it comes to spiritual warfare? 


    Common Misconceptions
    • Spiritual warfare is not real.

    • It’s only Spiritual warfare, if it’s visible and dramatic.

    • I can fight Satan in my own strength and in my own way.

    • Spiritual warfare is only for special special christians.

    • I don’t need to be concerned with spiritual warfare.


    Common Next Steps
    • Gaining further clarity around spiritual warfare and how to engage in it.

    • Recognizing the schemes of our enemy more effectively.

    • Growing in their ability to stand firm in the face of opposition

    • Memorizing Scripture

    • Commitment to put on the armor of God each day.




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of money and how to honor God with it.

    Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19; Luke 12:15; Hebrews 13:5; Proverbs 15:27; Mark 10:17-31; Malachi 3:6-12 Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:1-10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; 1 John 3:17

    Memory Verse: 2 Cor 9:11

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    Helpful Questions:

    1. How do we honor God with our money?

    2. Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10 & v17-19. What is God’s warning to us about money? 

    3. Read Luke 12:15, Heb 13:5, Prov 15:27. What do these verses teach us about money? How does it change the way you view money?

    4. Read Mark 10:17-31. What kept the Rich Young Ruler from following Jesus?

    5. Read Malachi 3:6-12. What is tithing? What is God’s promise when it comes to tithing? 

    6. Read Matthew 25:14-30. What does this teach us about how to honor God with our money?

      • What does God judge these men based on? If you were God, would you trust you with your money? 
      • What is stewardship? How does understanding this principle affect the way you think about money?
    7. Luke 19:1-10. How did Zachaeus’ view of money change after meeting Jesus?

    8. Read 2 Cor 9:6-15. What does God want us to do with our money & wealth? 

      • What does it mean to “give what you have decided in your heart to give”?
      • Why does God want his people to be characterized by generosity? 
    9. Read 1 John 3:17. What is one of the fruits of the love of God at work in us? 

    10. What is your next step when it comes to honoring God with your money?


    Common Misconceptions
    • Tithing = Generosity. Tithing is an obedience principle. Generosity is over and beyond our 10% tithe. 

    • Money is evil. The Bible does not teach this. It teaches that the love of money is evil. Money is a good tool to advance God’s kingdom.

    • I can follow Jesus and do what I want with my money. Many times money is the hardest area to surrender to God. 

    • I can follow Jesus and not be generous. When we follow Jesus, we become like Him. He is the most generous person ever. 

    • If I follow Jesus, I will be rich. This is the teaching of the prosperity gospel and it is false. God promises to bless his people but not necessarily financially.

    • If I follow Jesus, I will be poor. This is not a teaching in the Bible. The Bible teaches to be content with whatever you have.


    Common Next Steps
    • Repent of greed and idolatry of money.

    • Attend Faith & Finances Class.

    • Become a faithful steward

    • Begin Tithing.

    • Begin Pursuing a Generous Lifestyle.




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of prayer, it’s purpose, and how they can grow in it.

    Scripture: Exodus 33:7-11; John 14:13-14; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:6-7; James 5:16-18; 1 Thess 5:16-17; Matt 6:5-15; Colossians 1:3-14; Psalm 86; Psalm 66:18; James 4:3; James 1:5-8; John 15:7; Isaiah 59:1-2; Prov 21:13; 1 Peter 3:7

    Memory Verse: Philippians 4:6

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    Helpful Questions:

    1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your prayer life? Explain.

    2. Read Exodus 33:7-11. In Christ, who else has this type of access to God? 

    3. What is the purpose of prayer? What are God’s promises when it comes to prayer?

      • Read John 14:13-14, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:6-7, James 5:16-18, and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17. 
    4. How did Jesus teach us to pray? 

      • Read Matthew 6:5-15. 
      • Use ACTS acrostic: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. (link)
    5. Read Colossians 1:3-14. What can we learn about prayer from Paul?

    6. Read Psalms 86. What can we learn about prayer from David? 

    7. What has the power to hinder our prayers? 

      • Read Psalm 66:18, James 4:3, James 1:5-8, John 15:7, Isaiah 59:1-2, Proverbs 21:13, and 1 Peter 3:7.
    8. How can we help each other grow when it comes to prayer?


    Common Misconceptions
    • My prayers must be long and elaborate.

    • Prayer must follow a certain pattern.

    • Prayer must contain certain phrases to work.

    • A preacher’s prayers are more powerful than mine.

    • Prayer is all about me and what I want or need.

    • Prayer is just for tough times.

    • Prayer


    Common Next Steps
    • Gain a deeper understanding about prayer.

    • Begin praying more consistently.




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of obedience.

    Scripture: John 14:15-31; Romans 6:17;  James 1:22-25; 1 John 2:3-6; 1 John 5:2-3; Matthew 7:24-27; Matthew 22:37-40; 2 Cor 10:5; 1 Cor 6:9-11

    Memory Verse: 1 John 5:2-3

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    Helpful Questions:

    1. Why is obedience so important in the life of a believer?

    2. Read John 14:15-31. How do we know if we love God? 

      • Are we alone in trying to walk in obedience? Who is our Helper? How does he help us?
    3. Read Romans 6:17. What is obedience from the heart? Why is our attitude and action important to God? 

    4. Read James 1:22-25. What is James’ definition of spiritual deception? 

      • Why does James relate disobedience to looking in a mirror and forgetting your own reflection? 
    5. Read 1 John 2:3-6. What does this teach us about obedience?

      • Is it possible to be a Christianand not walk in obedience? (hint: answer is yes and no)
    6. Read 1 John 5:2-3. What is the love of God?

    7. Read Matt 7:24-27. What does this teach us about obedience and disobedience? 

    8. Read Matt 22:37-40 & Matt 28:18-20. What are the greatest commandments? What is the great commission?

    9. Read 2 Cor 10:5. Where does the fight of obedience start? How is the mind involved? 

    10. Read 1 Cor 6:9-11. What are the consequences of disobedience? 

    11. In your life, what are the greatest enemies of obedience?

    12. Based on our conversations today, what is your next step?


    Common Misconceptions
    • Disobedience isn’t that big of a deal to God

    • Disobedience has no consequences.

    • Obedience will always be easy.

    • Obedience is not worth it.

    • I can love God and walk in disobedience at the same time.


    Common Next Steps
    • Gaining a greater understanding of the commands of God.

    • Linking love for God with obedience to God.

    • Recognizing an area of disobedience and stepping out of it.

    • Asking for help and accountablity in living a life of obedience.




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of suffering and God’s purpose in it.

    Scripture: James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:3-9; Romans 5:1-5; Philippians 3:7-10; 2 Cor 4:16-18; Romans 8:28; 2 Cor 1:3-11.

    Memory Verse: Romans 8:28

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    Helpful Questions:

    1. What do you believe about suffering?

    2. How do you differentiate between suffering and the consequences for our sin?  

    3. Read James:1:2-4. What does this passage teach us about the purpose of trials & suffering?

      • Why can we “consider it joy” as we walk through trials? 
    4. Read 1 Peter 1:3-9. What does this passage teach us about suffering?

      • How do we find hope in the midst of suffering?
      • Is suffering forever? 
      • What does this passage teach us about the purpose of trials and suffering?
    5. Read Romans 5:1-5. What does this passage teach us about suffering?

    6. Read Philippians 3:7-10. What does this passage teach us about Paul’s view of suffering?

    7. Read 2 Cor 4:16-18. What does this passage teach us about how we walk through suffering?

    8. Read Romans 8:28. How does this truth help us navigate trials and suffering in our lives?

    9. Read 2 Cor 1:3-11. What does it mean that God comforts us in our trouble? 

      • Why does God comfort us? 
    10. How does our conversation today change your view of suffering?


    Common Misconceptions
    • God has promised all Christians ease, happiness and comfort in this life. The Bible is clear that God is not working to deliver to us our personal definition of happiness. He is after something far better, our holiness. 

    • Suffering is God punishing us. As a Christian, God cannot punish us for sin that Jesus has already paid for in full on the cross! It would defy His character.

    • God will eliminate all suffering on this side of eternity. Although God can heal, we must never presume that he must, on this side of heaven. God does heal in some situations. However, in some He does not.  In the Bible, we see both healing and suffering used for His glory!
    • How could a good God allow all this evil and suffering in the world? Every person at some point in their life will probably wrestle with this question. Here’s what we have to understand. For God to eliminate evil means that he would have to eliminate all evil which would include me and you.  Right now, God has offered grace to all sinners and an opportunity to repent before His 2nd coming where he will eradicate evil once and for all!


    Common Next Steps
    • Gain a better understanding of suffering and God’s purpose in it. 

    • Learn to run to God in our trials and suffering rather than away.

    • Allowing God to use our trials and suffering to encourage others. Many times our greatest hardships will lead to our greatest ministry and our greatest pain will often lead to our greatest service to others.



  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of the Church, it’s purpose, and how every person plays a part in it. 

    Scripture: Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:3-8, Matt 16:18; Hebrews 3:12-13; Hebrews 10:24-25.

    Memory Verse: Acts 2:42

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    Helpful Questions:

    1. When you hear the word “church,” what comes to mind? 

    2. Read Acts 2:42-47. What does this teach us about God’s Church? 

      • What characterized the early church?
      • What 4 things were they devoted to? Discuss each. 
      • Would you fit in with the early church? Why or why not?
    3. Read 1 Peter 2:9-10. What does this teach us about God’s heart for His church? 

    4. Read Matthew 28:18-20 & Acts 1:8. What is God’s mission for His Church? 

    5. Read Romans 12:3-8. What does it mean that the church is a body? 

      • How does one body part not functioning affect the whole body? 
    6. Read Matt 16:18. Why is God committed to building His Church? Are you?

    7. Read Heb 3:12-13 & Heb 10:24-24. What does this teach us about the importance of our involvement in the church community? 

    8. Based on today’s conversation, what is your next step?


    Common Misconceptions
    • The Church is a building.

    • The Church is a worship service. 

    • The Church is a country club.

    • The Church is an event to attend; not a family to belong to. 

    • It’s okay to just go to church and not actually be the church. 

    • I can be a part of the church and not be devoted to God, other believers, and His mission.


    Common Next Steps
    • Gain further clarity on God’s vision for His Church

    • Participate in the 412 Reading Plan: Take Step to Devote yourself to God’s Word. 

    • Participate in a Connect Group: Take Step to Devote yourself other believers: 

    • Become a Connector: Take Step to Serve in God’s Church.

    • Give Generously: Take Step to Support God’s Church.




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of spiritual gifts, their purpose, and how they can utilize theirs in the church.

    Scripture: 1 Cor 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11-13;

    Memory Verse: 1 Cor 12:27

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    Helpful Questions:

    1. What do you think of when you hear the term “spiritual gifts?”

    2. Read Romans 12:3-8, 1 Cor 12:1-11, & Romans 12:3-8.

      • What are spiritual gifts? What are their purpose? 
      • Why is it important to understand the function of spiritual gifts in the church? 
    3. Read 1 Cor 12:6-8; 1 Cor 12:4-11, v28; Ephesians 4:11-12.

      • List out each specific spiritual gift. 
      • How do we identify our spiritual gift? (affinity, ability, affirmation)
      • What is your spiritual gift? How can you use it to strengthen the faith of others?
    4. Read 1 Cor 14:1-40. 

      • How does this passage give us more clarity about the gift of tongues and prophecy?
      • How they should be used according to God’s Word? 
      • Why do you think these gifts are so abused in some churches today?


    Common Misconceptions
    • Myth #1: Spiritual gifts are not real. 

    • Myth #2: I don’t have a spiritual gift.

    • Myth #3: Spiritual gifts are not important. (underemphasis)

    • Myth #4: Spiritual gifts are all that matter. (over emphasis.)

    • Myth #5: One person can possess all the Spiritual Gifts at one time. (Only Jesus)

    • Myth #6: Certain Spiritual gifts are more valuable than others.

    • Myth #7: If a certain spiritual gift makes me uncomfortable, I can write it off.

    • *Disclaimer: There is some controversy around the topic of spiritual gifts. Namely, if God still gives the miracle the gifts we see in the Bible (tongues, prophecy, and healing.) Certain people who identify as “cessationists” contend that such supernatural gifts were primarily designed to confirm and attest to the truth of the message and ministry of the apostles. When the apostles passed from the scene in the latter years of the first century AD, the gifts that bore witness to their identity and ministry likewise ceased. Other people who identify as “continuationist.” agree that these gifts function in that way. But they contend that all spiritual gifts, even the more miraculous ones, also serve to build up the body of Christ and contribute to the progressive growth of believers throughout the course of the present church age (see 1 Cor. 12:14-26; 14:3-6, 12, 26, 31; Eph. 4:11-16).


    Common Next Steps
    • Identify your spiritual gift and begin operating in it. 

    • Gain a clearer understanding of spiritual gifts.




  • Session Goal: The person will grow in their understanding of spiritual gifts, their purpose, and how they can utilize theirs in the church.

    Scripture: Mark 16:15-16; Matt 9:36-38; Romans 10:12-15; 1 Cor 9:19-23, Mark 2:1-12; Acts 8:26 -40; 1 Cor 1:17; 

    Memory Verse: Matt 9:37-38

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    Helpful Questions:

    1. Have you ever shared the gospel with someone? Why or why not? 

    2. Read Mark 16:15-16. What did Jesus command his disciples to do? 

      • Where did Jesus tell us to go and preach the gospel? 
      • What is the gospel? (refer to session 2 if needed)
    3. Read Matt 9:36-38 & Romans 10:12-15. Why is it so important that we take evangelism seriously?

      • What happens if the Church doesn’t evangelize?
      • What happens if you don’t evangelize?
    4. Read 1 Cor 9:19-23. What can we learn about evangelism from Paul?

    5. Read Mark 2:1-12. What can we learn about evangelism from the friends of this paralytic?

    6. Acts 8:26-40. What can we learn about evangelism from Phillip?

    7. Read 1 Cor 1:17. What are your biggest insecurities when it comes to sharing the gospel?

      • How can I help you overcome them?
    8. Ask them to practice sharing their story and the gospel with you as if they were sharing with a lost friend.

    9. What is your next step when it comes to evangelism? 


    Common Misconceptions
    • Myth 1: Evangelism is not my job. Somebody else will do it.

    • Myth 2: It is my responsibility to save people. (You can’t save people. Only God can. Our goal is to be faithful to love people like Jesus and obedient to share the gospel with them.)

    • Myth 3: Evangelism is not urgent. 

    • Myth 4: We don’t have to speak the gospel. We can just live it.


    Common Next Steps
    • Grow in your understanding of evangelism.

    • Intentionally pray for the lost.

    • Intentionally engage a lost person or family.

    • Go and share the gospel with someone. 

    • Go on a mission trip.