Discipleship

Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV), to “… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus taught the multitudes while he traveled the countryside. While he taught the multitudes, He developed a personal relationship with disciples, those closest to Him. When He interacted with them, they were seeing how to out God’s purpose and Will for their lives. Making disciples is a major part of Zion Chapel Church. Teaching by being the example of how to live God’s Word, how to grow in your relationship with God.

In addition to teaching on Sunday morning, we offer teaching through our Family Ministry and adult ministries. We offer a large group adult Bible Study on Wednesday nights, and small group discipleship opportunities.

Here are some of the discipleship opportunities offered at various times throughout the year. If you are interested in participating, contact the church office.

Wednesday Night Bible Study

We meet every Wednesday night at 6:30 PM and offer individual book studies and other studies. Check the church Events page to see what we are currently studying.

Experiencing God

A thirteen week study by Henry & Richard Blackaby. Experiencing God is based on seven Scriptural realities that teach us how to develop a true relationship with the Creator. By understanding how God is working through us even as we try to fathom His ways, we can begin to clearly know and do His will and discover our lives greatly and gracefully changed.

Discipleship Essentials

We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus’ own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow Jesus’ example with the twelve disciples. This workbook by Greg Ogden is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith. Each week contains the following elements:

  • a core truth presented in a question-answer format
  • a memory verse and accompanying study
  • a field-tested inductive Bible study
  • a reading on the theme for the week
  • questions to draw out key principles in the reading

This material is designed for groups of three. It has also been used successfully as an individual study program, a one-on-one discipling tool and small group curriculum. Jesus had a big enough vision to think small. Focusing on a few did not limit his influence. Rather, it expanded it. Discipleship Essentials is designed to help us influence others as Jesus did–by investing in a few.

Leadership Essentials

Leadership is essential. Maybe you’ve shied away from leadership because you don’t know what it will involve, or you feel too unsure of your own abilities. But your leadership is needed! In every sector of society, from families to businesses to churches, leadership roles remain empty, waiting for people willing and able to step up and make wise decisions that bring positive change. And, in a world with priorities vastly different from Christ’s, Christian leaders are especially needed to point people to him. Preparation is essential. As essential as the leadership itself is the preparation beforehand, which is why Greg Ogden, a seasoned leader himself, has created this interactive guide that will give you the tools you need to lead well, using your unique gifts and experience. Divided into four sections, this workbook will help you develop character, postures, vision and skills as you participate in the following elements in each chapter:

  • a memory verse
  • a Bible study
  • a reading
  • a leadership exercise

By working through these multiple channels of learning you’ll be equipped not just with head knowledge about leadership but with true character formation and awareness of your own abilities that will prepare you for the challenges and choices of leadership. Designed to work well on your own, with a partner or with a group, Leadership Essentials by Greg Ogden and Daniel Meyer is the essential preparation tool for those who would be led and shaped by Christ to lead others with strength and wisdom.

Witness Essentials

We know the radical difference the gospel of Jesus Christ makes, and we want others to see and enjoy its benefits. In fact, we don’t want them to just pray a prayer and move on to the next interesting thing. We want them to sink their roots deeply into the grace of God. So often, though, we feel that we are inadequate to this important task–that we don’t know enough or that we will offend our friends. Daniel Meyer has provided the tools you need to move forward:

  • the basics of the gospel message
  • the role of life change in our witness
  • how to present the good news

The Bible studies, exercises and readings in this book will deepen your personal faith and equip you to minister to others with a new sense of confidence and calling.