growing in grace

Grace Church Discipleship Resources

Our passion is to help each other become disciples who make disciples who make disciples.  The first step in that process is growing as disciples ourselves.

Below we have listed 15 areas in which we want to grow, along with resources which can help bring growth in these areas.We include lots of resources under each topic, not because anyone would use all of them, but because some might be more suited to some than others (you may prefer reading over audio, for instance).

Go through these topics in the order and pace that fits you.  Use these topics as you disciple yourself, and also suggest them to others to help their discipleship – so we can all be growing as disciples who make disciples who make disciples – to the glory of King Jesus. 

 

Trusting Christ

John Piper: When I Don’t Desire God  (free 6-part video or audio)

Steve Fuller: Quick Overview of Living by Faith (11 blog posts)

John Piper: Desiring God (free 4-part video or audio)

John Piper: Future Grace / Battling Unbelief (free 3-part video or audio)

John Piper: Desiring God (free PDF book)

 

Bible Reading

Use an accurate Bible translation (we recommend the ESV).

Use a plan which takes you through the entire Bible; follow these plans at whatever pace works for you. Here’s one, and another, and another.

Memorize the books of the Bible in order from Genesis to Revelation. (YouTube Song.)

Why You MUST Read the Bible, view this link

How to Pray for Your Times in the Word (Don’t Neglect This!): Piper IOUS

John Piper: 2 Peter 1:3–4: Precious and Great Promises (9-minute video Bible lab)

John Piper: 1 Peter 1:13–16: Think Hard for the Sake of Your Heart (11-minute video Bible lab)

John Piper: Desiring God (free PDF book; well worth buying), chapter 5: “Scripture: Kindling for Christian Hedonism”

 

Prayer

Steve Fuller: Five Promises to Help You Spend Time with God (blog post)

Steve Fuller: Why Keep Praying When I’m Feeling Dull? (blog post)

Steve Fuller: “Praying With Faith” (blog post)

Mike Riccardi: “A Sample Prayer Plan” (blog post)

John Piper: Desiring God (free PDF book; well worth buying), chapter 6: “Prayer: The Power of Christian Hedonism”

Paul Miller: A Praying Life (book)

 

Doctrine

John Stott: The Cross of Christ (book)

Wayne Grudem: Bible Doctrine (book)

John Piper: The Story of His Glory (free 1-hour audio)

John Piper: TULIP: The Pursuit of God’s Glory in Salvation (free 9-part audio)

Sam Storms, Chosen for Life: The Case for Divine Election (book)

 

Life Purpose and Management

Steve Fuller: How Paul Motivates Wise Use of Time (blog post)

Steve Fuller: Promises for Overcoming Procrastination (blog post)

John Piper: The Story of His Glory (free audio)

Steve Fuller: Three Ways God’s Grace Can Transform Your Work (blog post)

John Piper: Don’t Waste Your Life (free article)

Stephen Covey: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (book)

 

Sin and Temptation

Steve Fuller: The Right Way, and the Wrong Way, to Fight Sin (blog post)

John Piper: Romans 8:12–13 : Put Sin to Death (8-minute video Bible lab)

Steve Fuller: How to Overcome Sexual Temptation (blog post)

John Piper: Strategies for Fighting Lust (blog post explaining the acronym “Anthem” for fighting sexual lust, or any other kind of lust) 

 

Marriage and Singleness

Brad Hambrick: Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage (free videos)

John Piper: Desiring God (free PDF book; well worth buying), chapter 8: “Marriage: The Matrix for Christian Hedonism”

John Piper: What’s The Difference?  Manhood and Womanhood (free 31-page PDF)

C. J. Mahaney: Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God (book)

John Piper: “For the Single Men and Women (and the rest of us)” in Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (free PDF; pp.13-24)

Barry Danylak: Redeeming Singleness: How the Storyline of the Bible affirms Singleness (book)

 

Parenting

Ted Tripp: Shepherding a Child’s Heart (book; also DVD’s)

Paul Tripp: Getting to the Heart of Parenting (DVD’s)

Paul Tripp: Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens (book)

 

Career

Steve Fuller: 3 Ways God’s Grace Can Transform Your Job (blog post)

Steve Fuller: Promises for Those Struggling with Unemployment (blog post)

Gene Edward Veith: God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in all of Life (book)

 

Finances

Steve Fuller: How to Not Worry about Money (blog post)

John Piper: Desiring God (free PDF book; well worth buying), chapter 7: “Money: The Currency of Christian Hedonism”

Dave Ramsey: Financial Peace University free YouTube seminar

Gary North: free Deliverance from Debt website and course

 

Christ-Centered Community (Home Groups)

Steve Fuller, One Reason You MUST Be Part of a Church Community (blog post)

Steve Fuller, How to Help Your Small Group Grow in Faith (blog post)

Steve Fuller, Help Your Small Group Grow in Christ-Centered Community (blog post)

Steve Fuller, How to Help Your Small Group Become Missional (blog post)

 

Mission

Steve Fuller: How to Have Gospel Conversations (PDF)

Steve Fuller: How to Share Your Testimony (PDF)

Steve Fuller: A Different Way to Share the Gospel (blog post)

J. I. Packer: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (book)

John Miller: A Faith Worth Sharing: A Lifetime of Conversations About Christ (book)

 

Trials and Suffering

John Piper, Suffering for the Sake of the Body (free 5-part audio or video teaching)

John Piper and Justin Taylor, editors, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (free PDF book)

Steve Fuller, Dealing with Loss and Grief (blog post)

Steve Fuller, How to Sanctify Your Sorrow (blog post)

 

Spiritual Gifts

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology (book), pp.1016-1088

Wayne Grudem, The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today (book)

D. A. Carson, Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14 (book)

Sam Storms, Convergence: Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist (book)

 

Leadership and Ministry

John Piper, The Marks of a Spiritual Leader (free epub, mobi, or PDF)

John Piper, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals (free PDF)

Robert Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism (book)

Steve Fuller, Fellowship Must Strengthen Our Faith, Not Just Lift Our Feelings (article)

Steve Fuller, How to Help Your Small Group Grow in Faith (article)

Steve Fuller, Help Your Small Group Grow in Christ-Centered Community (article)

Steve Fuller, How to Help Your Small Group Become Evangelistic (article)