The Columns – November

DISCIPLESHIP

Discipleship Challenge
God created each of us to impact the world for His Glory. We are better able to live out this kind of lasting significance only by growing as disciples and increasing Christ’s influence in and on our lives. Each month we offer challenges aimed at doing just that. Join your church family in reading, memorizing and living out the Word of God that we might grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

MEMORIZE:
John 15:12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

READ:
1 Corinthians – Commit to join your church family in reading through the book of 1 Corinthians this month. This can be done in solitude, with your family, with a reading partner or with a small group. Set aside time on a regular basis to read and reflect on God’s Word this month.

ACTION:
1. Take the third discipleship survey at members.firstdiscipleship.org and pray about how you will grow this month in your relationship with others.
2. Get to know those who sit near you in worship. Learn their names. Pray for them. Share lunch with them.
3. Join a small group.

LEAD:
1. Get to know your neighbors. Begin with those living in the 4 closest homes to yours. Get to know those who work in the stores, restaurants and salons you frequent.
2. Form a small group.

Book Review
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, renowned Christian minister and professor, recounts his unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Giving practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups, Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship. This is an especially great book to read and discuss with a small group!

Recommended on Right Now Media
The One Anothers by Tony Evans
Christians are bonded together in a relationship of unity as members of one another (1 Corinthians 12:12). In fact, so critical is this relationship that our horizontal fellowship with the family of God even influences our vertical fellowship with the Father. In this life-changing teaching series by Dr. Tony Evans, he explores the benefits, blessings and power of the living out the “one-anothers” as found in Scripture.