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The J3 Discipleship Training Workbook
The vision of the J3 Discipleship Training Model is threefold:
1) To provide an assessable discipleship tool that will assist believers in becoming more Christ-like as a devoted follower of Christ. This model designed to equip both new believers and growing believers with a sure foundation for understanding, maturing, and sharing their Christian faith. This part of the vision is dependent upon the relational investment of both the discipler and the one being discipled (Col. 3:16-17). Thus, the discipleship relationship is held together with a mutual commitment towards one another along with an appropriate level of accountability to the integrity of the training process and objectives.
2) To provide a model that empowers a transformative environment whereby transparent relationship are developed and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is embraced. So, as accountable relationships are formed alongside the guidance of the truth of God’s Word, spiritual growth is the inevitable result (Jn. 17:17).
3) To provide a reproducible process that will encourage multiplication for the ministry of discipleship and evangelism. The workbook is specifically intended to be highly effective as a one-on-one process for spiritual growth as well as an easily implemented small group model (2-4 people at a time) that encourages the formation of reproducible spiritual growth teams. It is also appropriate for those who are faithful disciples looking to be reenergized on the elementary principles of the Christian faith so that they would be better equipped to respond to the commandment of Jesus “to go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19).
The name “J3” (J to the third power) is drawn from the ‘I am’ statement made by Jesus in the Gospel of John, chapter fourteen, verse six: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Embedded in this statement, we find the essential teachings of Jesus as the Christ, the Holy One of God, the Gospel of salvation unto eternal life (Mk. 1:24; Acts 4:12).
This means that Jesus is the only way to the Father, thus, the only way of forgiveness of sin and salvation leading to the gift of eternal life. In this one statement, we find the fulfilment of the God’s promise of redemption to fallen mankind—the way of rescue from the wrath of God, truth for our sanctification, and the model for our Christian life. To receive Christ is to receive the power of God for salvation and God’s gracious gift of eternal life (Rom. 1:16). In receiving the gospel of Christ, the good news of salvation, one is now a Christian and called to be disciple of Christ. The J3 Discipleship Training Process is all about being a devoted follower of Christ, learning His way, His truth, and His life so that one can be equipped to disciple others.
What is our definition of Discipleship?
At the risk of sounding a bit flippant, we will define discipleship the way Jesus did. From the four ‘Gospels’, we will find three vital attributes that describe a disciple of Christ pointing to five elements consistent with the one who would come after Christ as His disciple:
- “Follow Me” Mark 1:17 – Jesus handpicked His disciples and called them to drop what they were doing and follow Him and He would make them “fishers of men.”
- “I will make you” – Jesus is not only the ‘caller’ He is also the one that will provide the model to live by as a disciple. He gives life to the dead and He makes us (prepares) the way for us to do the same through Him.
- “Fishers of men” – Our discipleship with Jesus empowers us to call men to Christ for their salvation and eternal life in Him.
- “Love one-another” John 13:34-35 – In Christ, a disciple receives the very love of Christ into his soul forever. We are to prove our discipleship by loving others, particularly, others disciples.
- “Abide in Me” John 15:4-5 – Jesus call of discipleship is highly relational. He calls us to receive Him personally and redemptively.
To the Discipleship Coach:
The overall process is relatively simple—it contains three modules: #1 – Jesus is the Way, #2 – Jesus is the Truth, #3 –Jesus is the life. Each module contains twelve lessons which are designed to be completed in twelve weeks. However, the process may take several weeks or several months to complete depending on the frequency of your teaching as well as the diligence applied by the one being discipled. People differ in their approach to learning so be patient with those who God has placed in your path for discipleship.
Structure your expectations according to whether the student is a non-believer, an infant believer, a young child believer, a young adult believer, an adult believer, or mature believer. Each will be different—some will due to their knowledge and understanding be quicker than the others. Nevertheless, you are responsible for insuring that they have learned the basic teachings contained in each module.
Remember, one of the key ingredients of disciple-making is a shared-life relationship whereby authentic fellowship is experienced. This will look like a willingness by the one providing the discipleship to invest relationally with the person being discipled. This type of relationship should be maintained with an agreed covenant of mutual accountability within the context of the truth God’s Word.
Disciple making is as much a matter of modeling as it is coaching (teaching). Since the disciple maker’s life is the content of the curriculum, one of the most important characteristics of a disciple maker is transparency. Your talk must match your walk and it looks like ‘plain speaking’ coupled with ‘plain living’. One’s coaching is very important part of discipleship ministry, but your example of how you live is equally important.
In your meeting sessions, ask probing questions designed to determine whether your student is learning what is being taught—provide little, verbal quizzes to validate their learning progress and your teaching effectiveness.
To the one being Discipled:
Each weekly reading assignment is to be completed the week prior to the weekly meeting. Each student will be expected to have completed all assigned work so that they are prepared to interact with your coach and yours peers (if you are working with a team). Please take notes regarding your scripture readings as to key words and phrases. This will be an aid to you in answering weekly ‘Time Out’ study questions’ provided for each lesson. You will also find needed answers in your required ‘Readings’ section at the front of each lesson.
Note: The ‘Readings’ are not exhaustive. They are however, detailed summaries of key truths found in Scripture called ‘doctrine’. These doctrinal readings are vital to the disciple, both for one’s education as well as one’s edification. They are also correlated to the ‘Daily J3 Time’ devotions found at the end of each lesson.
- Meeting time will not be used to fill in the blanks; rather our time will be spent in discussing key topics presented in the ‘Reading’ and in the ‘Time Out’ study questions’ and the ‘Daily J3 Time’ devotions found in your workbook lessons.
- You will be expected to bring your workbook with you to every meeting and to keep it up to date.
- The better you prepare, the better you will be able to participate and the more you will benefit from your investment of time and effort.
- Come prepared to interact and learn!