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Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ

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A 2014 ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist Discover the fullness of life in Christ. 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 di ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published November 29th 2007 by IVP Connect (first published 1998)
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Evan Hays
May 22, 2010 Evan Hays rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotional
Finally got through this one which I have been working on in my triad for about a year and a half. It definitely got better near the end which redeemed it some because some of the earlier chapters were downright bad. This book is essentially a catechism for a new believer designed for people meeting in small groups of 3 or so. Why it doesn't call itself a catechism or draw any wisdom from any christian thinker before C.S. Lewis (I mean despite being insufferably modern and Protestant for me, it ...more
Bret James Stewart
Jul 19, 2014 Bret James Stewart rated it really liked it
Greg Ogden has done a good job with this book. It is for small group study about discipling. It is set up in a similar manner to a Sunday School quarterly, which I think is acceptable since Sunday School would be one of the target markets for the text.

The book itself is slightly oversized. The cover artwork is attractive, the text font is easy to read, and the pages have plenty of white space for a nice aesthetic for the interior. The book lacks an index. This might not be a major issue for smal
Dave Martin
Aug 23, 2013 Dave Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This looks promising as a tool for "catechizing" new believers in a relational small-group (author recommends triads) setting. It can also serve to give older believers the training and confidence to repeat the process with others. I plan to field test it with 2 or 3 other men in the coming months. In our congregation, we see a book like this as "training wheels" to be used in the development of a culture in which multiplying discipleship happens spontaneously and continuously.
Feb 18, 2016 Marcus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Like Peace’s Holy Conversations, Ogden’s Discipleship Essentials aims to supply readers to a structured discipleship model. In his own words, Ogden wrote the book to address low Christian expectation and to “…recalibrate where we set the bar of discipleship.” Discipleship Essentials looks and feels like a workbook, and is designed to be a tool in the context of groups three to four people large. For too long, argues Ogden, the church has settled in discipleship through program. This work seeks t
Brian King
Jun 21, 2015 Brian King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: follow-jesus
I am sad to say this book doesn't really seem to approach discipleship as I had hoped after reading his book Transforming Discipleship. I was expecting something much more action based -- as with Jesus' teachings -- but this book didn't deliver. It seems like it runs off the premise that "making a disciple" is about learning things. Jesus said it was about becoming, which encompasses both belief and practice. I know its hard to incorporate that into a book, but I can conceptualize something that ...more
Aug 28, 2014 Kristi rated it liked it
If I had one bone to pick with this book it would be word choice, especially in regards to some of the questions. Within the group I worked on this book with, there was often much confusion about what the questions were really asking as some of the phrasing just wasn't that clear. Also, sometimes the poor word choice would lead to confusion about theological issues. Poor word choice also caused many theological issues to just come out wrong and contrary to what we knew to be true. It may be toug ...more
Kip Schwartz
Nov 03, 2014 Kip Schwartz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Serious Disciple
Recommended to Kip by: I found it
I am going through my 3rd class with this book. GOD called me to disciple about 3 years ago, I researched different books and curriculum and this one fit the best. Yes it is a 25 week commitment, but didn't JESUS spent 3 years pouring his life into His Disciples? So 25 weeks isn't that bad. Very educational, Each time I learn something different about myself and my disciple brothers. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is "Serious" about being a disciple for Christ. Count the cost, this ...more

Way too prescriptive. If a to-do list is what you're hoping for, you'll find it within these pages. Hoping they just made a poor editing choice and that Section Two will a vast improvement over Section One Maybe they thought an up front to-do list of basics would lay a foundation....

I'll let you know.

Nope. No improvement. We abandoned ship early in Section 2. Too many good books and studies out there to linger any longer in this one.

Mike Self
Jul 23, 2013 Mike Self rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find this to be a great study for a more mature believer to guide a new or immature believer through. This book is all about what one needs to KNOW about being a follower of Christ. There are constant challenges to live a life that reflects Christ. Very good one-on-one and small group discipleship material. Discussing material with other Christ-followers will greatly enhance the experience of this study guide.
Sep 17, 2014 Jodi rated it really liked it
This book definitely challenged me on a weekly basis with my ladies Bible study group! The memory versus kept me on my toes and each chapter lead to a lot of discussion! I am glad we did this study but I am hoping our next book is a little easier!!
May 29, 2012 Luke rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The chapters are short and well written, packed with information to help us grow in spiritual maturity, and a guide to help us lead others in discipleship. I underlined a lot of this book!
Tyler Alt
Feb 22, 2010 Tyler Alt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great Devotional that I went through with my spiritual mentor at church. There were 26 chapters and although some were better than others, I really believe people of all different walks and faiths can get benefit from going through this book with another person or a group.
Sep 21, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
I just finished leading a small group through this book. It covers the basics of the Christian faith very well, and is an excellent discipleship tool. I've used many Bible study resources, and this one is second only to Experiencing God. Highly recommended.
Richard Fitzgerald
Some good ideas, but tied to the idea that good doctrinal beliefs make good disciples. This is an inadequate view and thus an inadequate model for disciple making. There is no emphasis on right action, or the means of grace to that right action. For this reason I cannot recommend this book.
Dec 11, 2013 Shari rated it liked it
Completed this study in a small group. Good material, although quite long.
Aug 21, 2008 Chase rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a useful book for small groups. There's a lot of content, but it covers all the key topics in a thoughtful way. I used it with a group of 3 guys recently embracing faith.
Bill Tillman
May 11, 2010 Bill Tillman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, theology
This is a great workbook for individual or small group.
Nov 09, 2012 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good discipliship book & study. Most discipleship books will be as profitable as we make them. If one puts in the time & effort you will see results.
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