Discipleship Tools

 
Ed Underwood. Asst. Pastor of Discipleship & Community Development I Email: ed.underwood@churchoftheopendoor.com
 
 
TAKE OUR COD DISCIPLESHIP SURVEY

Jesus said, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

The word “disciple” simply means learner or follower.
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The church is to make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20) as we love one another (John 13:34-35). We often refer to these as Jesus’ Great Commission and Great Commandment.

Making disciples and loving one another should be at the center of everything we do in the New Testament church. A Christian disciple follows Jesus, becoming more and more like Him through doing life with other believers they trust and love in community.

Definition of Discipleship at COD:

Building intentional, trusting, truth-telling relationships in community that encourage us to trust, follow and serve Christ.

I hope you’re looking forward to some stimulating shifts in our disciplemaking ministry at Church of the Open Door in the coming years. 

The recent addition of our Gospel of John studies gives us a tool to begin the discipleship process even before our friends and loved ones trust Christ. We’re changing from a linear model—Beginning in Grace, Growing in Grace, Serving in Grace to a modular/shepherd approach. We’ll still be using these key resources, but with much more flexibility to enhance point of need/opportunity in the lives of those we disciple.

 

 
 
 

 Beginning in Grace

This six lesson booklet is the first of three discipleship guides, and is recommended for everyone who wants to know more about the grace of God and the basics of Scripture. It can be for new believers or for new seekers.
 
CLICK HERE for Beginning in Grace on .pdf
 
CLICK HERE for the Beginning in Grace Leaders Guide on .pdf
 
CLICK HERE for the Beginning in Grace Leaders Guide series on .mp3 (Overview, then Lessons 1-6)
 
Contact the church office for more information on how you can get connected to this study.
 
 

 Growing in Grace

The second book in our discipleship series focuses on understanding authority in Scripture, and how stewardship works. It’s for every believer who wants to grow deeper in relationship to Christ and His people.
 
CLICK HERE for Growing in Grace on .pdf
 
Contact the church office for more information on how you can get connected to this study.
 

 Serving in Grace

The third book in our discipleship series focuses on serving in the local church, and uses numerous examples from the Old and New Testaments on dealing with divisions, trials and struggles. There is joy in serving Jesus, and it’s worth it!
 
CLICK HERE for Serving in Grace on .pdf
 
Contact the church office for more information on how you can get connected to this study.
 
 
 
JESUS’ GREATEST INVITATION
(Gospel of John Groups)
 
Jesus’ Greatest Invitation is an opportunity to talk with others about who God is and what He offers. Learn more about the path of grace. 
 
Contact Pastor Ed Underwood to find out more about this life-changing series:
 

Open Homes

This is a brief study on what the Word of God has to say about opening your home to others in the name of Christ Jesus, allowing Him to use your home for His purposes. It’s set in three lessons, and designed for you to work through with a partner who also wants to open their home.
 
CLICK HERE for Homes of Purpose on .pdf
 
Check out the video below, a brief interview with a COD couple who went through Homes of Purpose and took the risk of having an open home for the Gospel.
 
Contact the church office for more information on how you can open your home for the Gospel.
 

Open Homes International

Four lessons on making your home…
  • inviting to Jesus and Jesus’ friends
  • a place of ministry
  • a house of prayer for all nations
  • a center for disciple-making
It is designed for you to work through with a partner who also wants to open their home.
 
CLICK HERE for Open Homes International Edition on .pdf
 
Check out the video below, a brief interview with a COD couple who went through Homes of Purpose and took the risk of having an open home for the Gospel.Contact the church office for more info on how you can open your home for the Gospel.
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