Men’s Discipleship Bible Study

 

Description and Purpose

This web page supports the weekly discipleship-oriented men’s Bible study that Life Church launched in February 2020. It contains both general resources for the Men’s Bible Study and resources specific to the sessions we have conducted so far.


The Bible

Doing the Bible is the first of our Core Values at Life Church and in order to do the Bible we have to learn the Bible. This section contains some Bible resources and some links to supplemental information about the Bible.

See the Following Jesus: Focus On The Message Class web page.


Following Jesus

This Bible Study is an expression of our 7-component discipleship curriculum: Following Jesus. It draws specifically from the first component: Focus on the Message.


Sessions

In this section you’ll find each of the Bible Study sessions that we’ve conducted listed in chronological order. As we mentioned above, the sessions are based largely on the Bible Study from Following Jesus: Focus on the Message. The “Additional resources to check out” section of each session includes a link to the related section of Focus on the Message.

Previous Men’s Discipleship Bible Study Sessions

Current Men’s Discipleship Bible Study Sessions

Session 86 – 01/05/2022

Handout: January 5, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 87 – 01/12/2022

Handout: January 12, 2022 Handout

Notes

  • Icebreaker: General conversation
  • Prayer Requests
  • Matthew 16

Session 88 – 01/19/2022

Handout: January 19, 2022 Handout

Notes

  • Icebreaker: General conversation
  • A question about the movie “The Late Great Planet Earth” led to a discussion of eschatology (the biblical doctrine of last things) and a review of:
    • Dispensationalism – I do not teach this view of eschatology because I do not agree with it. Like my Bishop, I believe that it distorts the teaching of scripture. If you want a brief overview of this unfortunate teaching, you can check out the Wikipedia article on Dispensationalism.
    • Watch: Revelation | BibleProject™

Session 89 – 01/26/2022

Handout: January 26, 2022 Handout

Notes

  • Icebreaker: General conversation
  • Prayer Requests
  • Last week, a question about the movie “The Late Great Planet Earth” led to a discussion of eschatology (the biblical doctrine of last things) and a review of:
    • Dispensationalism – I do not teach this view of eschatology because I do not agree with it. Like my Bishop, I believe that it distorts the teaching of scripture. If you want a brief overview of this unfortunate teaching, you can check out the Wikipedia article on Dispensationalism.
    • Watch: Revelation | BibleProject™
  • This week we followed up on the topic of eschatology by reviewing Daniel:

Session 90 – 02/02/2022

Handout: February 2, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 91 – 02/09/2022

Handout: February 9, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 92 – 02/16/2022

Handout: February 16, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 93 – 02/23/2022

Handout: February 23, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 94 – 03/02/2022

Handout: March 2, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 95 – 03/09/2022

Handout: March 9, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 96 – 03/16/2022

Handout: March 16, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 97 – 03/23/2022

Handout: March 23, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 98 – 03/30/2022

Handout: March 30, 2022 Handout

Notes

  • Icebreaker: General conversation
  • Prayer Requests
  • Outreach, Evangelism, and Discipleship
    • Discussion: Everyone is talking about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. When non-Christians discuss events like this, how can we ask questions that move the conversation from superficial things to spiritual things so that sometime in the future we might lead them to Christ?
  • Rocklyn: Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 5

Session 99 – 04/06/2022

Handout: April 6, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 100 – 04/13/2022

Handout: April 13, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 101 – 04/20/2022

Handout: April 20, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 102 – 04/27/2022

Handout: April 27, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 103 – 05/04/2022

Handout: May 4, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 104 – 05/11/2022

Handout: May 11, 2022 Handout

Notes

Session 105 – 05/18/2022

Handout: (will be available after 05/18/2022)

Agenda

  • Icebreaker: General conversation
  • Prayer Requests
  • Life Church Learn The Bible Page
    • Pick a Bible reading plan and get started!
  • Outreach, Evangelism, and Discipleship
  • ?: Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 3,
  • We watched the following videos from the Life Church Men’s Discipleship Bible Study – YouTube List:
  • Rocklyn: Following Jesus: Focus On The Message – Unit 5
  • Lesson 18 – Dealing With Sin in the Church
  • Lesson 19 – The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
  • Watch videos from Why I Don’t Go with Lisa Fields — Jude 3 Project
    • “Do You Still Consider Yourself a Christian?”
    • “Is Church a Safe Space?”
  • Watch videos from InterVarsity’s Five Thresholds web site:
  • Testimonies
  • Upcoming Men’s Discipleship Group Outreach Project:
      • We will identify groups / organizations / networks that help men in our community find and keep work. We will then form teams of at least 2 that will connect with these groups and develop relationships that will, over time, lead to winning and discipling men. As an additional benefit, our connections to these groups will make us better resources for our community.
    • Phase 1
      • Each of you will consult your personal networks to identify groups / organizations / networks that do at least 1 of the following:
        • Help men in our community get jobs. It doesn’t have to focus exclusively on men, but it must include men in the population that it serves. In other words, an organization that focuses exclusively on women is not a good choice for this project.
        • Mentor young men in our community.
        • Help men coming out of incarceration.
      • We will review the results of our research and create a prioritized list targets to pursue.
      • Form Partnerships
        • This IS NOT a solo project. Everyone needs to be part of a team!
        • Choose at least 1 partner!
        • If we end up with an odd number of participants, then we will need to have at least one group of 3 or more.
      • Reach out to the targets and become a helpful part of their work.
    • Phase 2
      • We will develop our understanding of “The Five Thresholds” so that we’re able to competently determine what stage any given person is at.
      • We will work with our partners to monitor our relationships with our targets and prayerfully lead people through the five thresholds to a decision to follow Jesus.
    • Phase 3
      • We will disciple the people in our targets to commit to following Jesus.

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