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Goals for Growth

Discipleship Goals



Discipleship Goals: Adult Beginner

LIFE

  • Regularly has at least 10 min. daily quiet time, composed of prayer and systematic Bible reading (starting in John or Romans), and worship.
  • Started keeping a prayer journal.
  • Able to share the gospel using the Roman Road.
  • Has prepared a three-minute testimony and knows how to share it and the gospel with friends.
  • Beginning to discover spiritual gift(s), by taking spiritual gifts questionnaire.
  • Regularly serving in the church.
  • Beginning to give financial support to the gospel ministry.
  • Has family dinner devotions, and openness to talk about Christ with family.
  • Weekly prayer and encouragement time with spouse (or dating partner).

DOCTRINE:

Have memorized and understood the following Scripture passages:

  • Bible:
    2 Tim 3:16
  • Assurance of salvation:
    John 3:16, 5:24, 10:28
  • Total Depravity:
    Romans 3:10-12
  • Assurance of God’s love:
    Rom 8:38-39
  • Jesus is God:
    John 1:1
  • Assurance of God’s forgiveness:
    1 John 1:9
  • Jesus is Man:
    Heb 4:15
  • Assurance of God’s help:
    Phil 4:13, Matt 6:33
  • Jesus the only way:
    Acts 4:12, John 14:16
  • Assurance of change (sanctification):
    2 Cor 5:17
  • Salvation by grace:
    Eph 2:8, 1:11
  • Great Commission:
    Matt 28:19
  • God’s sovereignty:
    Rom 8:28
  • The chief purpose of life:
    1 Cor 10:31
  • The Greatest Commandments:
    Matt 22:37-39
  • Has memorized the Roman Road,
    and understands and believes in his/her own assurance of salvation and Gospel basics.
    Rom 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9

Note: Supplemental readings may be assigned from Stott’s I Want to be a Christian, Heidelberg Catechism, or the Belgic Confession, and Randal Young’s Disciple’s Growth Kit.


BIBLE KNOWLEDGE

  • Has taken brief notes (a sentence summary for each reading section or passage) on each book of the New Testament.
  • Has taken brief notes on the following:
    Genesis, Exodus 1-20, Exodus 32-34, *Numbers 11-14, 20:1-13, chap 22-24, *Deut 34, *Josh 1-12, 23-24, *Judges 2:6-3:6, chap 4, 6-8, 13-16, *Samuel, *Kings, *Nehemiah
  • Has learned how to study a passage of the Bible, so that he/she understands the message of a Bible text, e.g. John 4, using a concordance, Bible dictionary, chain references, and commentaries. What does it say about God, Christ, Holy Spirit, salvation, man, etc.?
  • Has had an overview of Bible history explained to him/her. Has skimmed each book of the Old Testament, and has tried to place each book along the timeline.
  • Has memorized the principal cities on a map of New Testament geography.

* Optional

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Discipleship Goals: Intermediate

LIFE

  • Tithes, or gives faithfully and abundantly.
  • Volunteered at soup kitchen, or has reached out beyond his/her own comfort zone.
  • Prays for world and national concerns.
  • Expanded quiet time to 30-45 minutes a day.
  • Taken the time management seminar.
  • Knows how to coach a new convert (a beginner).
  • Received specialized training (e.g. conferences, seminars, one-on-one) to develop spiritual gift.
  • Is serving consistently, faithfully, and reliably in a ministry that uses his/her spiritual gift(s).
  • Has begun to share the gospel to those not within circle of friends and relatives.

DOCTRINE

  • Memorized Scripture passages to defend the Christian faith against Jehovah’s Witnesses.
  • Knows how to defend the faith against Mormons.
  • Has read, questioned, and taken oral quizzes on Christian doctrine.
    Reading sources: Belgic Confession, Canons of Dort, Heidelberg Catechism, Boice’s Foundation of the Christian Faith, Sproul’s Essentials of the Christian Faith.

BIBLE

  • Has read every book of the Bible at least once.
  • Has learned to study the Bible using the systematic plan of outlining, summarizing, questioning, interpreting, applying, quizzing, etc.
  • Has memorized the sixty passages of the Navigators topical memory system.

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Discipleship Goals: Advanced

LIFE

  • Has become an “expert” in using his/her spiritual gift, and is now teaching or modeling the use of this gift to others.
  • Is a regular supporter, financially and in prayer, of world missions.
  • Has embarked on a genuine missions trip that is one month or longer.
  • Is sure of God’s calling of life-long ministry in this world.

DOCTRINE

  • Has read one or more books on apologetics. Knows how to use Christian apologetics in witnessing.
  • Finished reading Foundations of the Christian Faith or Berkhof’s Systematic Theology. Has been orally tested by the pastor.
  • Has read the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and Canons of Dort.

BIBLE

  • Knows how to study a Bible passage in-depth, using techniques of Biblical exegesis, and an introduction to the use of elementary Greek and Hebrew tools, e.g. interlinears, lexicons.

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