The Complete Book of Discipleship

Well organized and readily accessible, The Complete Book of Discipleship pulls together into one convenient, comprehensive volume relevant topics to discipleship such as: Spiritual growth Transformation Spiritual disciplines Discipleship in ...

Author: Bill Hull

Publisher: Tyndale House

ISBN: 9781615214907

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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Well organized and readily accessible, The Complete Book of Discipleship pulls together into one convenient, comprehensive volume relevant topics to discipleship such as: Spiritual growth Transformation Spiritual disciplines Discipleship in the local church and beyond Indexed for easy reference


Christlike aims to change outward actions by inner spiritual growth through uncomplicated obedience in our relationship with God.

Author: Bill Hull

Publisher: Tyndale House

ISBN: 9781617472602

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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The final court of whether or not you are becoming like Jesus is not attending another church program but how you act in daily life. Christlike aims to change outward actions by inner spiritual growth through uncomplicated obedience in our relationship with God. Author Bill Hull uses his experience as a pastor and his background in disciplemaking and spiritual formation to show how Scripture memory plays an integral role in your discipleship. Explore what it means to be a Christian and what your role is in the kingdom of God.

Making Disciples in the Twenty First Century Church

In this book Joel reminds us that the real call and challenge of the Church is not developing leaders or numerical growth, but "making disciples who make disciples.

Author: Joel Comiskey

Publisher: CCS Publishing

ISBN: 9781935789529

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 187

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We know that the goal of the Christian life is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. While this is God's ultimate plan, does he have a particular purpose for the cell-based church? I've been wrestling with this question for the past twenty-two years. This question confronts me every time I coach a pastor or pastors. In preparation for coaching, I ask myself, "What is my principal objective in helping this pastor?" "Where am I guiding this church?" "What am I trying to do?" I've come to the conclusion that the primary goal of cell ministry is to make disciples who make disciples. Christ's last command to his disciples was for them to repeat the process and to reproduce new disciples. But how were they supposed to do that? This book answers these questions.The early church followed Christ's pattern by making disciples through the house churches that periodically celebrated together in public worship. In 2 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul tells Timothy to continue the discipleship process by passing on the pure gospel message to faithful men and women. Even though the term "disciple" is later replaced by words such as "brothers," "sisters," "Christians," and "saints," the concept remains the same. We in North America and the Western world often project our own cultural bias into Christ's great commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Most discipleship books, in fact, assume that discipleship is an individualistic endeavor--between me and God. And yes, there is an important individual aspect (e.g., personal devotions, etc.). Yet in Matthew 28, Jesus was talking to a group of disciples. He wanted them to follow his example by making disciples in a group. Jesus molded twelve disciples in a group and then sent them house to house. So how does the cell church make disciples? In this book, I show how the cell (small group) works together with the cell system to make disciples who make disciples. In the cell, a potential disciple is transformed through community, priesthood of all believers, group evangelism, and team multiplication. In the cell, potential disciples are formed through learning how to love one another, exercising their gifts, evangelizing together as a group, and then sent forth as teams to start new groups. Discipleship is a group process in the New Testament, and God is calling his church to re-emphasize this truth. The cell system ensures each leader has a coach and that training (equipping track) happens. Then the cells gather together to worship and grow through the teaching of God's Word. All three aspects are essential to form disciples. Training is needed because disciples won't learn all they need to know in the cell. Coaching ensures that each leader is cared for and receives shepherding. The celebration service brings the cells together to hear God's Word, worship, and receive fresh vision. The goal of the two-wing cell church is to make disciples who make disciples. The cell church today makes disciples by following the early church pattern of cell and celebration. Recommendations: I’ve read all of Joel Comiskey’s books, but Making Disciples in the Twenty-First Century Church is his best work yet. In this book Joel reminds us that the real call and challenge of the Church is not developing leaders or numerical growth, but "making disciples who make disciples." He also helps us understand why that is best done in a cell or small group context, and gives us great insight about how to make that happen. I’m looking forward to having all of our Pastors, Coaches, and Cell Leaders and Members read this book in the near future. Dennis Watson Lead Pastor, Celebration Church of New Orleans ____ I am so excited about Joel Comiskey’s new book, Making Disciples in the Twenty-First Century Church. When I’m asked what makes a cell church thrive, I always say, “discipleship.” Thank you, Joel, for unpacking discipleship; not just as an endeavor for individuals, but as the critical element for creating a church community and culture that reproduces the Kingdom of God all over the earth. I pray this book won’t only be read, but lived out as we were made to make disciples. Jimmy Seibert Senior Pastor, Antioch Community Church President and Founder, Antioch Ministries International ____ I really like that Joel asked the Why question before the How question. He even takes on the What question which is just as important. The interest in discipleship is greater now than anytime in the last fifty years. I fear however that we are using the same words but are not speaking the same language. I recommend this work, I cheer Joel on, he joins many of us who are masters of the obvious. It seems so obvious that our purpose is to be disciples and make disciples. I cheer him on because he goes beyond the What and Why and does address the How. This will help any person who reads it and I pray that there will be many. Bill Hull, Author of Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, Disciple Making Pastor, Disciple Making Church, and The Complete Book of Discipleship, Adjunct Faculty at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University __ The history of the cell church movement in Brazil has many names of great man of God. Joel Comiskey certainly is one of them. We see how over the years his understanding of the New Testament Church has deepened. Again Joel surprises us with this jewel. He covers many aspects of cell church life, showing us how discipleship relates to the broader scope of it, and how to shape followers of Jesus. He takes us to the heart of the matter of the cell church as he states it: “The purpose of cell ministry is making disciples who make disciples.” Excellent book. The movement in Brazil, certainly, will be blessed through this book. Enjoy it. Robert Michael Lay Cell Church Ministry in Brazil Pioneer in the cell movement in Brazil, and publisher of Joel’s books __ In his tremendously helpful new book, Making Disciples in the Twenty-First Century Church, Joel Comiskey cuts directly to the core purpose of cell ministry, which is “making disciples who make disciples.” Then he tells us how to do it through the Cell-Based Church. Like Joel’s other books Making Disciples in the Twenty-First Century Church is solidly biblical, highly practical, wonderfully accessible and is grounded in Joel’s vast research and experience. Great job Joel! Dave Earley, Lead Pastor, Grace City Church of Las Vegas, Nevada Author, Eight Habits of Highly Effective Small Group Leaders Adjunct Professor, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary __ For more than twenty years Joel Comiskey has served the cell church movement. He has helped scores of congregations move from being traditional churches to communities where edification and harvest occurs. Twenty years! Now he combines two decades of observation as his capacity as a researcher. He has scoured many books to assemble wise counsel for us. His discussion of how community varies from culture to culture is indeed penetrating. As I read through the pages I mentally noted specific Christian workers who need to read these pages. Thanks, Joel, for the way you allow the King to speak through you to enlarge His Kingdom on earth! Ralph Neighbour, Jr, key pioneer of the cell church movement. ____ “Joel Comiskey continues to deepen our understanding of the cell-based church. In Making Disciples we are equipped to carry out the Great Commission at maximum capacity. Get ready to have your vision for ministry strengthened and expanded!” Andrew S. Mason, Small Groups Pastor Thrive Church, Elk Grove, CA Founder, ____ As one of the world's leading experts on cell-based churches, Joel Comiskey is well placed to show how New Testament-style disciple making works. His decades of experience in fields of ministry all over the world confirm that every-member ministry and personal investment in disciples are God's pathway to true maturity and expansion of the kingdom of God. This well-written book deserves attention from every serious Christian! Dennis McCallum, Author, Organic Discipleship

Follow Me Basics of Christian Discipleship

The Complete Book of Discipleship by Bill Hull. Published in 2006 by NavPress. 3. Radical, by David Platt, printed by Multnomah Books in 2011, challenges disciples to look beyond the values of “the American Dream,' and act to transform ...

Author: Terry G. Temple


ISBN: 9781105723209



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Discipleship in Education

Barna, Growing True Disciples, 17. 18. Shirley, “It Takes a Church,” 208-9. 19. Collinson, “Making Disciples,” 247. 20. Dempsey, “What Is God's Will,” 87. 21. Ibid., 101. 22. Hull, Complete Book of Discipleship, 18. 23.

Author: Joseph Allotta

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532630880

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Students are often tested to evaluate their academic knowledge, but few Christian schools use objective measures to determine if a student has become a true disciple of Christ. Unfortunately, there are few organizations that provide metrics for measuring biblical knowledge, let alone any sort of comparative evaluation of students engaging in the Christian disciplines, forming a biblical worldview, or actually being impacted spiritually by the programs of the school. No matter whose statistics one chooses to believe, the inescapable truth is that the church is losing its young men and women at an alarming rate once they graduate from high school. The solution to this problem is simple, but increasingly difficult to solve with each passing year. Discipleship is what is needed for young people to truly identify who they are in Christ, so that they can begin to develop godly habits and ultimately grow in their knowledge, faith, and desire to serve the Lord and his Kingdom. Christian schools have some particular advantages in the area of discipleship; however, their full potential is, at the moment, untapped. Discipleship in Education is about preparing everyone from administrators, teachers, pastors, and parents to be ready to unleash that potential.

Discipleship Essentials

A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ: Easyread Super Large 20pt Edition Greg Ogden. radical claims head-on. ... [space left intentionally blank in the original book] 7. ... Chapter 1 of The Complete Book of Discipleship.

Author: Greg Ogden


ISBN: 9781442964006

Category: Religion

Page: 348

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We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus' own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow Jesus' example with the twelve disciples. The workbook you hold is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.

Like Jesus

But what should a mature disciple look like? Bill Hull, in The Complete Book of Discipleship, describes being a disciple as becoming like Jesus Christ in.

Author: Mick Nelson

Publisher: BC & Yukon Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada


Category: Religion


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Spirituality is finding a center at the core of your being that connects, organizes, and defines every aspect of your life. For a Christ follower, that center is knowing Jesus. Christian spirituality is intensely relational. When asked to explain spirituality in a nutshell, Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and all your strength.” And then he said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” For a Christ follower, spirituality is about loving God and loving others. Spiritual growth is about becoming mature in all of its dimensions. The Bible encourages us to be become “mature in Christ”. The Scriptures define maturity as growing into the “fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ”. Becoming more like Christ is the fruit of a growing spirituality. Conversion is the initial step in the spiritual journey, but Christlikeness is the goal. Francis Chan, in his book Multiply, writes It’s impossible to be a disciple or a follower of someone and not end up like that person. Jesus said, ‘A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher’ (Luke 6:40). That’s the whole point of being a disciple of Jesus: we imitate Him, carry on His ministry, and become more like Him in the process.” The Great Commission calls the church collectively and each follower of Christ personally to “make disciples of all nations.” A disciple is literally a learner, a follower, an apprentice of Jesus Christ. But what should a mature disciple look like? Bill Hull, in The Complete Book of Discipleship, describes being a disciple as becoming like Jesus Christ in... His Convictions – Believing what Christ Believed His Character – Living Like Christ Lived His Spirituality – Training like Christ Trained His Relationships – Loving like Christ Loved His Service – Ministering like Christ Ministered His Purpose – Leading like Christ Led (mission) This collection of essays seeks to reflect on what it will take to “making disciples” at the local church level. Hull’s characteristics provide a conceptual grid for thinking through the implications of following through on Christ’s command. Chuck Coats begins by unpacking Jesus’ reliance on the Scriptures as the foundation for what he believed and taught. The Sermon on the Mount inspires Michael Wilkinson’s discussion of what it means to live like Christ lived. Rob Bedard explores Jesus’ approach to discipleship as illustrated in his training relationship with Peter. Jeff Beck then discusses how the Father’s love for Jesus serves as a paradigm for his life of love and for ours. Mick Nelson reflects on what ministry modeled on Christ’s example means for serving others in our current contexts. In the final essay, Nelson also discusses the implications of Jesus leadership style of submission, sacrifice, and service for our own spiritual leadership. It is the desire of the contributors that these essays will serve as a catalyst for thinking through what it means to make disciples through local church and that it will help pastors and congregations.

Conversion and Discipleship

Other Books by Bill Hull Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker The Disciple-Making Pastor The Disciple-Making Church Straight Talk on Spiritual Power Christlike The Complete Book of Discipleship Choose the Life Anxious for Nothing Right Thinking ...

Author: Bill Hull

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310520085

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Discipleship occurs when someone answers the call to learn from Jesus how to live his or her life as though Jesus were living it. The end result is that the disciple becomes the kind of person who naturally does what Jesus did. How the church understands salvation and the gospel is the key to recovering a biblical theology of discipleship. Our doctrines of grace and salvation, in some cases, actually prevent us from creating an expectation that we are to be disciples of Jesus. A person can profess to be a Christian and yet still live under the impression that they don’t need to actually follow Jesus. Being a follower is seen as an optional add-on, not a requirement. It is a choice, not a demand. Being a Christian today has no connection with the biblical idea that we are formed into the image of Christ. In this ground-breaking new book, pastor and author Bill Hull shows why our existing models of evangelism and discipleship fail to actually produce followers of Jesus. He looks at the importance of recovering a robust view of the gospel and taking seriously the connection between conversion—answering the call to follow Jesus—and discipleship—living like the one we claim to follow.

Discipleship as a Model for Christian Leadership Development

The Complete Book of Discipleship: On Being and Making Followers of Christ.Colorado Springs: NavPress. Hull, B. (2007). The Disciple Making Pastor: Leading Others on the Journey of Faith (Revised and Expanded Edition).

Author: Ashley Powell

Publisher: Ashley Powell

ISBN: 9781642881639

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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For centuries, Christian leaders have benefited from concrete biblical experiences modeled and taught by Jesus Christ as He diligently molded the Christian church to fulfill the Great Commission. Scriptures are profoundly replete with the best example of servant leadership as Jesus inspired and motivated His disciples to become impactful Christian leaders. This book captures essential lessons learned from Jesus' ministry established on the principles that discipleship and leadership development are inseparable concepts for Christian leaders.

Biblical Discipleship Essential Components for Attaining Spiritual Maturity

David Platt shares his concern about Christians today and their understanding of discipleship: “If you ask individual ... 10Bill Hull, The Complete Book of Discipleship: On Being and 10 Essential Components for Attaining Spiritual Maturity.

Author: Dr. Todd M. Fink

Publisher: Selah Book Press

ISBN: 9781944601003

Category: Religion

Page: 378

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Today, we have many ways of defining success in life. Some define it as being a sports hero, others as being wealthy, others as being popular and well liked, and still others as being happy. How does God define success? He defines it as being spiritually mature! How do we become spiritually mature? There’s only one way, and it’s called discipleship. However, statistics show that discipleship is in a state of crisis today. Many Christians are not growing in Christ and are stuck in the process of reaching spiritual maturity. A Barna study reveals that almost nine out of ten senior pastors of Protestant churches assert that spiritual immaturity is one of the most serious issues facing the church. Sadly, what discipleship meant in the time of Christ and what it means today is vastly different. Moreover, the importance Christ and the Apostles gave to discipleship is also stunningly different than the importance many Christians and churches today give it. Unlike the disciples who had much of Scripture memorized, a whopping 81% of Christians today don’t read their Bibles regularly. Unlike Christ’s disciples who were “Fishers of Men,” 61% of believers today have not shared their faith in the past six months. And sadly, unlike Christ and the Apostles who made discipleship the central focus of their ministries, 81% of pastors today have no regular discipleship programs in their churches. Discipleship is being neglected today, and the consequences are crippling many Christians and churches. This book hopes to change that! Chapter 1 focuses on the state of discipleship today and exposes the sad truth that it’s in crisis mode. Chapter 2 reveals 13 key factors contributing to the lack of discipleship today. Chapter 3 defines biblical discipleship based on central phrases Christ used in His ministry. Chapter 4 brings to light 14 essential components of the discipleship-making process that must be understood and practiced in order to attain spiritual maturity. Chapter 5 provides practical, “how-to” help for growing in Christ. It includes self-assessment tests for measuring your level of spiritual maturity in each essential component of discipleship and gives hands-on, useful ideas for taking steps toward spiritual maturity. Discipleship is a command for all believers and is our highest calling. This book provides biblical help for fulfilling this calling and seeks to discover what God says about genuine growth in Christ. It’s both an informative book and a “how-to” book. It deals with the barriers that are hindering discipleship, and offers practical help for overcoming these barriers and attaining spiritual maturity. So, are you ready to grow? Would you like to be pleasing to God? Would you like to fulfill the reason for which you’ve been created? Would you like the full blessings of God in your life? Would you like to become spiritually mature? Would you like to hear Christ’s words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” when you arrive in heaven? If so, this book is for you.