And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been give to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Should the following course of discipleship look familiar in the arrangement of its topics and substance, it is because much of its content has been adapted from other widely-distributed courses of discipleship produced by various churches and individuals. We are much indebted to whoever may be responsible for the “original” work on the format of this study. There is nothing “deep” or “spectacular” about the material, but there is something very powerful about the pure words of God, and this power is often manifested in a life-changing way when believers gather around its truths and study its precepts with the help and direction of the Holy Spirit. This series of studies should provide the learner with a good introduction to that which we as believers have been commanded to observe. Ideally, the lessons will be taught by one believer to another (or a small group of others). If the scripture references are viewed and read the outline will pretty well “teach itself.” Each lesson is followed by some simple questions covering the principles addressed in the lesson. Another very important part of these lessons is the memory work at the close of each study. Memorizing the assigned scriptures will be essential to getting the most out of this discipleship course. It should be remembered that discipleship is not a series of lessons, but a commitment to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and a process of growth as He leads us in the Christian life. The completion of this material will not necessarily make anyone a disciple of Jesus Christ; but a disciple is a learner and contained in the scriptures provided herein are some of the truths that are an essential part of walking with the Lord. We hope that it will be approached prayerfully and that the Lord might use it to be a blessing as you grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18).