What is the Onward Discipleship Journey?
The Onward Discipleship Journey is a pathway that trains disciples to be committed followers of Jesus who become disciple-makers themselves. Each session in the Onward Discipleship Journey builds upon the other. At the end, you’ll have a strong foundation for your walk with Jesus — you’ll understand what it means to be a disciple and how to disciple others.
Our process of discipleship was developed from best practices by missionaries and leaders of Disciple Making Movements (DMM) and Church Planting Movements (CPM) around the world. Onward Discipleship Journey has been adapted to be relevant and effective in American culture.
Session 1: Assurance of Salvation
Session 2: Baptism
Session 3: Prayer
Session 4: Bible Study & Devotions
Session 5: Your Faith Story
Session 6: God’s Story—THE BRIDGE
Session 7: Church: Christian Community
Session 8: Practice Being the Church
The final session leads you to bring together a small group. You will invite this small group to continue the journey together the next step: Thru the Bible.
STEP 2: ONWARD DISCIPLESHIP JOURNEY—THRU THE BIBLE
Once the 8 sessions of Onward Discipleship Journey have been completed you will gather in a small group to understand the big story of the Bible. In this next step on your journey, you will examine 8 Bible chapters which provide an overview of the entire message of the Bible…God’s redemption of broken people.
In recent surveys, over 60% of Americans say they would be willing to study the Bible if someone asked them. Thru the Bible is a Bible study designed to create and lead small groups (2 or more) through a study of the Bible. If a friend asked the question, “What is the Bible about?” how would you answer?
Questions that Thru the Bible will answer: If you were to study the Bible with someone, how and where would you start? How can you form and lead a Bible study even if you don’t consider yourself a Bible teacher? Do you have a simple method to study the Bible that anyone can use to draw out the meaning?
This study is designed to help answer these questions through an inductive, discovery Bible study where everyone participates. The methods we use can be applied to any Bible passage to help you understand and apply the meaning to your life. You do not have to be a Bible teacher to lead someone in this study. Simply turn to the first session and follow the written instructions.
Session 1 Genesis 3 Sin Enters the World
Session 2 Exodus 20 God Gives 10 Commandments
Session 3 Psalm 103 God’s Loving Character
Session 4 Isaiah 53 Messiah Offered for Sin
Session 5 John 1 God’s Son Comes to Us
Session 6 Matthew 28 Jesus’ Death & Resurrection
Session 7 Romans 8 Victorious Christian Living
Session 8 Revelation 20 Jesus Returns to Rule the Earth
Once this group has been formed and you have completed 8 sessions together, the relational connection of the group should be established so you will continue your journey together.