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Basics of the

Christian Life

1

DISCIPLESHIP
The Discipleship Ministry
“Reaching the World One Person at a Time”

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DISCIPLESHIP

The Discipleship Ministry
The Discipleship Ministry exists to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ the
Son of God to “Make Disciples of All Nations” by equipping Christians to Win, Build
and Send* people for Christ!

The Discipleship Ministry
PO Box 880277
Pukalani, Hawai`i 96788
U.S.A.
e-mail: DiscipleMinistry@aol.com
Website: www.discipleshipministry.com

Coordinator - Kenson Kuba
Kenson Kuba is a graduate of Multnomah
School of the Bible. He served on the staff of
Campus Crusade for Christ for 12 years including six years ministering in Papua New Guinea
where he lived with his wife, Gail, and
their three children. Today he works as a Water
Microbiologist on the island of Maui in Hawaii where he
resides with his family and 4 dogs.

*Campus Crusade for Christ, Int’l
Discipleship 1
Copyright 1999 by The Discipleship Ministry
All Scripture taken from the New International Version unless stated otherwise.
“Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.
Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.”

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Contents
How to Use Discipleship 1

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1. God’s Assurance

4

2. God’s Forgiveness

7

3. God’s Power

11

4. Fellowship

15

5. The Word

18

6. Prayer

21

7. Witnessing

25

8. Spiritual Multiplication

29

Discipleship Covenant

32

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How to Use Discipleship 1
Purpose
Discipleship 1 is designed to help Christians glorify Jesus Christ and equip them to disciple others! It
can be used for Personal Study, New Christian Follow-Up, One on One Discipleship, Small Group
Discipleship or Training Seminars.

Using the Book

Follow-Up & Discipleship

A New Christians should be taught these Lessons immediately after becoming a Christian in order to
ground them in their new found Faith.
A Share the Lessons in Discipleship 1 with other Christians to help them grow in their faith.
A Train and Challenge those you are studying with to share Discipleship 1 with other people.
Each time you share these Lessons with another person, you will not only help them in their
Christian life, but you will also continue to grow as you gain a greater understanding of God’s Word!

Format
The MAIN SECTION on each page contains The Lesson while the RIGHT COLUMN contains Thought
Questions, Helpful Information, Related Verses and Memorization Directives.

Procedure
Lessons can be done without prior preparation or they may be assigned and then reviewed
during the study sessions.

MAIN SECTION ~ The Lesson
A Read through each Lesson, paying careful attention to all Scripture References.
A Instructions, indicated by bullets @, include directions to Underline, Circle or Read
specific sections of Scripture. They help the student discover significant Truths in
the Bible!
A Applications: complete all Applications in each Lesson.
“The Purpose of Scripture is not simply to be Informed,
but to be Transformed!”

RIGHT COLUMN ~ Cover this material for a deeper study.
A Helpful Information provides additional information to supplement the Lesson.
A Thought Questions, designated by arrows A in the Column, help the student focus on
the significant ideas of the Lesson to gain a deeper understanding.
A Related Verses, indicated by the Bible
, provide additional Scriptures to look up.
These should be examined to gain a better understanding of what other Scriptures
teach about the Lesson.
A Memorization Directives, designated by the arrow
, point out key Scriptures to
commit to memory.

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1. God’s Assurance
Introduction
If you died today, how sure are you that you have Eternal Life? Put a
mark on the line below that reflects your answer.

Not Sure

Maybe

Absolutely Sure

There are many people who have attended church for years who are still not
absolutely certain. Being sure you have Eternal Life involves being certain of
your Decision to trust in Jesus Christ as Savior! The following Four Truths
explain this important decision.

Four Truths
God’s Love

1. God, Our Creator, Loves Us!
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life.”
John 3:16
@
@
@
@

Circle the word that describes God’s attitude toward us. (John 3:16)
Underline the phrase that explains how God demonstrated His Love.
Underline what we must do to obtain Eternal life.
Circle to whom Eternal life is offered to.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I (Jesus) have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.”
John 10:10

@ Underline why Jesus said He came in John 10:10.
@ Circle what kind of life He wants us to have.

2. Our Sin Has Separated Us From God!
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23
@ Circle how many people have sinned according to Romans 3:23.
@ Underline the result of sin according to Romans 3:23 & 6:23.

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Love is translated from the
Greek word Agape which
describes a Love that is Spiritual
more than Emotional. Where as
emotional love is often selfcentered, Agape Love values the
thing loved, and seeks its best
no matter the cost to the one
loving it.

Spiritual Death
The penalty for our Sin is Death.
This death is more than just our
bodies dying; it is spiritual
separation from God. At our
physical death, this separation
becomes eternal.

The separation between Sinful
Man and God is so vast that, no
matter how “good” we may be, we
are powerless to bridge it. Doing
so would be like swimming from
Hawaii to Los Angeles, a
distance of 2000 miles over open
ocean. No matter how good a
swimmer one might be, even the
best will fail!

Romans 3:10-20
©1999
The Discipleship Ministry

3. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Died On the Cross for Our Sins!
“Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6
@ Circle three things Jesus claims for Himself in John 14:6.
@ Circle who is able to come to God apart from Christ.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8
@ Underline how God has demonstrated His love for us in Romans 5:8.
@ Circle what condition we were in when God loved us.
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
that he was buried,
that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and
that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers
at the same time, most of whom are still living,
though some have fallen asleep.
Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all
he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-6
@ Underline four things Christ did according to 1 Corinthians 15:3-6.
@ Circle all the people Christ appeared alive to after rising from the dead.

MEMORIZE!
A What does Jesus mean when He
claims to be “the Way”? “the Truth”?
“the Life”?
Acts 4:12
1 Timothy 2:5
1 John 5:11

A What is significant about God
loving us even before we knew or
even cared about Him?
Jesus Christ ~ God’s Gift
God offers His Son, Jesus
Christ, as payment for our sin.
When Christ died on the cross,
His death paid the penalty for our
sin. This is why Eternal Life can
only be found through Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:15 & 21
Ephesians 1:7
1 Peter 3:18
Romans 10:9-10

A How do we know Christ rose from
the dead?

A Do you think all of these people
could have been mistaken?

4. We Must Receive Jesus Christ As Savior and Lord!
“Yet to all who received him,
to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God”
John 1:12
@ Circle the two things we must do to become Children of God (John 1:12)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith
and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God not by works,
so that no one can boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9
@ Circle how we are saved according to Ephesians 2:8-9.
@ Underline why God chose to save us through faith instead of by works.

MEMORIZE!
Receiving Christ
The phrase ‘Receive Christ’ is
used to describe the act of
believing in Jesus Christ as Lord
and Savior, and trusting in all He
has done on the Cross to
purchase our forgiveness.

MEMORIZE!
A Why do you think God has
based Eternal Life on our faith rather
than our works?

Receiving Christ
Have you personally received Jesus Christ as your Savior and trusted in Him to
forgive your Sins? If not, you would like to wouldn’t you? Pray the following
prayer to make this all important decision right now!
“Dear Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned against You and need your
forgiveness. Thank-You for dying on the cross in my place for my sins. I
receive you into my life and trust in You alone as my Savior and God. In
Your name I pray. Amen!

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Important
It is not the words that are
important but our faith. We must
trust Christ to forgive our sins
because He promised He would.

©1999
The Discipleship Ministry

Assurance of Eternal Life
@ Read the following Bible passage and answer the questions below to learn
how you can be certain you have Eternal Life in Jesus Christ.
“And this is the testimony:
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He who has the Son has life;
he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
I write these things to you who believe
in the name of the Son of God
so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
1 John 5:11-13
@ Circle what God has given to us according to 1 John 5:11-13.
@ Underline where Eternal Life is found.
@ Circle what a person has if he has Jesus Christ.
@ Circle what a person does not have if he does not have Jesus Christ.
According to this passage, can a person know for sure he has Eternal Life?
+ Yes + No
@ Underline this passage’s answer to this question.
@ Circle who can ‘know’ they have Eternal Life.

MEMORIZE!

Basis for Our Assurance
Eternal Life is not based on how
good we are, or how we feel. It is
based on our faith in Jesus Christ.
Notice that the teaching in 1 John
5:11-13 is written to those who
“believe in the Name of the Son of
God”!

A How does 1 John 5:14-15 relate
Do you have Christ in your life? + Yes + No
If ‘yes’, what else did you receive from God?
+ a Perfect Face and Body to Match.
+ Financial Riches
+ Eternal Life

to what is taught in 1 John 5:11-13?

Romans 1:16-17

Application
We will close with the same question we began. “If you died today, are you
sure you have Eternal life?”

“I am absolutely sure I have Eternal Life
through Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
If I were to die today, I KNOW I will be in Heaven with God.”
_____________________
Date

_____________________________
Signature

(If you are still not sure you have Eternal Life, review 1 John 5:11-13 above.
Discuss any questions you may have with your Pastor or Minister.
It is important that you understand this Lesson
for it is the foundation of all the others!)

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Affirmation
1.Christ died on the cross for me.
2.God will receive me in heaven
when I die because He promised
He would.
3. I have Eternal Life because I
have Christ!

A Prayer
Father, I praise You for You have
promised Eternal Life to all who
believe in your Son Jesus Christ.
And Your promises are sure for You
cannot lie, nor do You change Your
mind. You are Faithful in all Your
ways, and I thank you for the
assurance I have in Christ! Amen
©1999
The Discipleship Ministry

2. God’s Forgiveness
Introduction
How would you complete the following statement?
When a person becomes a Christian, ...
+ only those sins that he confesses are forgiven.
+ all of his sins in the past are forgiven, but not those in the future.
+ he becomes perfect and unable to ever sin again.
+ all of our sins past, present & future are forgiven.
A problem facing all Christians is Sin. In the next two lessons, we will not only
learn the correct answer to the above statement, but also God’s Solution to help
Christians overcome sin in their lives!

Dealing with Sin
This study will answer four questions that will teach us how to deal with sin
in our lives:
1. What is Sin?
2. Who Sins?
3. What is God’s Solution for Sin?
4. What Should We Do When We Sin?

1. What is Sin?
The word sin translates a Greek word which means“missing the mark”. It
describes the distance between where an arrow lands and the bull’s eye of the
intended target. Notice how it is used in the following Bible passage.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Romans 3:23
Romans 3:23 describes Sin as falling “short of the glory of God”. Sin is Man’s
failure to live up to the perfect standard of God. We have all broken God’s
perfect moral law, either in action or in thought. Even our failure to do what we
know is right is Sin! So there is no one innocent or perfect among us!

Sin’s Results

Sin ‘ hamartia (Grk)
A to miss the mark
A to err
A to do wrong

MEMORIZE!
A Think of the best person you
know. Would you say that
person is perfect? Why or why
not?
James 2:10
James 4:17

“The soul who sins is the one who will die.”
Ezekiel 18:20
@ Circle the word that describes the result of Sin.
Do you believe people who are guilty of violating the moral law should be
punished? So does God! Sin brings God’s Judgment of death on all who are guilty
of breaking God’s perfect moral law.

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©1999
The Discipleship Ministry

2. Who Sins?
@ Circle the word in Romans 3:23 (previous page) that describes who God
considers a sinner.

“If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. ...
“If we claim we have not sinned,
we make (God) out to be a liar and
his word has no place in our lives.
1 John 1:8,10

Proverbs 20:9
Ecclesiastes 7:20
Isaiah 53:6
Isaiah 64:6

@ Underline how 1 John 1:8,10 describes Christians who claim they are without
sin or have not sinned.

3. What Is God’s Solution for Sin?
@ Read the Bible passages that describe God’s Solution for Sin listed below.
“When you were dead in your sins and
in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,
God made you alive with Christ.
He forgave us all our sins,
having canceled the written code,
with its regulations,
that was against us and that stood opposed to us;
he took it away, nailing it to the cross.”
Colossians 2:13-14
“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’
With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
John 19:30
“God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
In Colossians 2:13-14, the apostle Paul uses an illustration from the legal
profession. During his time, convicted criminals were issued a “written code”
which listed all the crimes they had committed as well as their penalty
sentenced by the court. After fulfilling their sentence, the court took the “written
code” and stamped over it the Greek word “tetelestai”, which means Paid in
Full. This was the exact word Christ used in John 19:30 when He said, “It is
Finished”, just before He died on the cross!
@ Circle how many of our sins God forgave according to Colossians 2:13-14.
@ Underline what God did with the “written code” that contained a list of
our sins and the penalty of death.
(By “nailing it to the cross” God was in essence making His Son, Jesus, pay
for our sins by dying on the cross in our place. If Jesus didn’t pay for our sins,
we would have to!)
@ Circle the phrase “It is finished” in John 19:30. Write Paid in Full above it.
@ Underline why God did this according to 2 Corinthians 5:21.

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A Could God have forgiven us
without having to sacrifice His Son
on the cross? Why or why not?
The Death of Jesus Christ
satisfied two attributes of God. It
satisfied His Holiness which
required that Sin be punished, and
it satisfied His Love which desired
Man’s salvation. Through the
sacrifice of Jesus. God is able to
demonstrate His Love for Man
while maintaining His Holiness!

MEMORIZE!
Diploma
Written
Code

Theologians describe
Christ’s death on the cross as
Vicarious Atonement because He
is our Substitute, taking the
punishment for our sins upon
Himself!

©1999
The Discipleship Ministry


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