The Gospel Tool focuses on the core aspects of the Christian faith, which Bible-based believers of all times and places will find in common, regardless of theological background.
The Gospel Tool and Bible Study emphasizes the good news of the Kingdom of God, deepens biblical literacy, and nurtures a vibrant and growing relationship with God, while preparing each participant to disciple others. Watch this short video to find out more, and then explore more about The Gospel Tool Bible Study below.
While there are many ingredients involved in successful disciple making and growing as a disciple, the following five are absolute essentials:
Jesus is Lord. A life of obedience to Jesus and His Words is a life that is fruitful and thriving.
The Holy Spirit draws us to new life in Christ. He transforms our characters and shapes Christ’s life within us. He draws us into unity and community in the body of Jesus. He gifts and empowers us for effective witness and service. Learning to be sensitive to and welcome the Holy Spirit’s work is foundational for experiencing all of this.
Disciples of Jesus eat, drink, study, memorize, and meditate on and grow deep roots in the Bible because it is God’s inspired Word. An amazing gift, it is the only infallible guide for our faith and life.
Jesus restores us to relationship with God. Prayer is the place we grow in vital communion with Him. Just as children grow in their ability to speak, so we grow in our relationship with God by learning to speak with Him. This includes learning to pray with and for others
Followers of Jesus are part of a body. Jesus brings us into unity as a community who together shares and embodies the good news of the Kingdom of God. It takes intentionality to nurture the kind of relationships that reflect the love and gospel of Jesus to all.
The Gospel Tool Bible Study was intentionally developed to include the following elements. All of them are essential for sustained growth in each believer on their discipleship journey:
What is The Gospel Tool?
The Gospel Tool is a gospel overview, which reads like a story, summarizing and describing the biblical narrative of God and his Kingdom in 40 short units. This document has been reviewed by many pastors and theologians to ensure that it briefly and accurately depicts the overarching story of the Bible. It highlights both of these themes:
- Relationship: The good news of Jesus’ Kingdom and the restoration of relationship with God the Father.
- Role: The restored role that God’s people have within His Kingdom, both now and into eternity.
Please read The Gospel Tool to understand the big picture of God’s story as you prepare to begin this season of Bible study.
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See What’s Inside: Bible Study Lessons
The 40 Lessons are designed to be engaging and inviting, and are normally done independently over the course of a week. They include scripture study and other spiritual disciplines to nurture one’s relationship with and obedience to Jesus Christ.
To download a sample lesson, go to the Resources page.
Track Your Growth
The Self-Assessment Tool was developed as a way to intentionally evaluate one’s own growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ, at several points along this discipleship journey. While we often have goals in other areas of our lives, we sometimes neglect that type of intentionality when it comes to our spiritual growth.
Insights from the field of education, as well as a study of discipleship maturity, have shaped this assessment tool. It is designed to help grow self-awareness, and also to help identify marks of maturity and goals for personal growth, which can be discussed and shared with one another for the purpose of prayer and mutual encouragement. It is not a complete list of the marks of spiritual maturity, but those who have used it thus far have found it very helpful to track their progress.
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See What’s Inside: Discussion Guides
Each Discussion Guide reviews two of the weekly lessons. They are designed with learning retention activities, prayer for the lost, and “building bridges” time for practicing starting spiritual conversations and sharing the gospel.
To download a sample Discussion Guide, go to the Resources page.