“Faith is a relational enterprise, triadic or covenantal in shape.” -James Fowler
In Christian discipleship, and most appropriately in the context of a local church, there exists a God-ordained method of relational discipleship. This method is clearly seen and modeled by Biblical characters throughout scripture. The lives of Paul, Barnabus, and Timothy give compelling testimony to the role relational discipleship played in expanding the Kingdom of God in the early days of the Church. This form of discipleship was modeled by the patriarchs of the Old Testament, the rabbis of the Inter-Testamental Period, and finally by Jesus himself as he invested personally in the lives of the disciples.
In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul wrote, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” Just as Jesus is to be viewed as the primary model for every growing disciple, the life of a disciple maker is also considered.
Most simply put, the academic model of discipleship is great at making disciples, but the relational discipleship model makes disciple makers.
This page will be updated to continually promote excellent resources that encourage and equip Believers to do relational discipleship.
Multiply Movement by Francis Chan with David Platt
E-Mentoring in Discipleship [Article] by Joel W. Harder
T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution: The Story Behind the World’s Fastest Growing Church Planting Movement and How it Can Happen in Your Community!
The Church Can Change the World: Living from the Inside Out by Jimmy Seibert
Equipping the Saints
Equipping the Saints by David Dawson
The following links are my teaching slides
Introduction to Relational Discipleship Slides: ETS_IntroClass
ETS Session 1 Slides: ETS-SessionOne-Perspective
Main Idea of the Session: Learn to see the eternal perspective and in doing so find eternal value in every day.