Essential Guide to Becoming a Disciple: Eight Sessions for Mentoring and Discipleship, By Greg Ogden
Essential Guide to Becoming a Disciple
  • Length: 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Number of Studies: 8
  • Published: October 05, 2016
  • Imprint: IVP Bible Studies
  • Item Code: 1149
  • ISBN: 9780830811496

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What am I committing to when I say I want to follow Jesus?

Using the Great Commission to explore the mission to make disciples as well as the core characteristics that identify us as Jesus' followers, this guide lays the foundation for a life in Christ. Following the popular and effective design of his curriculum Discipleship Essentials that sold over 250,000 copies, Greg Ogden has included the following elements in each of the eight sessions:

  • a core truth
  • a Bible study
  • a reading
  • life application

Whether you are mentoring one-on-one or in a small group, this essential guide will serve as an ideal on-ramp into the discipleship journey.

"Camarillo Community Church has used Greg Ogden's Discipleship Essentials as our primary discipleship tool for the past six years. The methodology advocated and the breadth of the curriculum in that book have dramatically transformed this church. I am excited to incorporate Essential Guide to Becoming a Disciple into our discipleship process. Greg Ogden has faithfully gathered from Scripture and beautifully presented Jesus' compelling call to be a disciple. He gives a deeply satisfying answer to the question, what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Both novice and veteran believers will be challenged and changed through this book for the advancement of the kingdom."

Jim Moyer, pastor of discipleship, Camarillo Community Church, Camarillo, CA

"In a day when the church is struggling to make authentic followers of Jesus, this study is a much-needed resource. Clarifying what it means to be a disciple and how to live as a disciple is crucial for those both in the church and those seeking Jesus. In a proven format, Greg Ogden has provided a disciple-making resource that has great potential to refresh the vitality of discipleship for the sake of the church."

Eric Camfield, Christ Church of Oak Brook


A Word from the Author
Introduction: What Does Jesus Expect of His Followers?
1. Jesus: Who Does He Think He Is?
2. Become Disciples: What's the Difference Between Disciples and Christians?
3. Go: Reach All People
4. Baptize: Enter the Circle Dance of Love
5. Teach: Fall in Line Behind Jesus
6. Make Disciples: Jesus' Relational Way
7. Transformation: Get Real and Find Freedom
8. The Jesus Promise: I Am with You Always
Closing Challenge: Are You Ready to Be "All In"?


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Greg Ogden

Greg Ogden is a speaker, teacher, and writer with over twenty-four years experience in pastoral ministry. He is the author of several church ministry and discipleship resources such as Discipleship Essentials, Transforming Discipleship, and The Essential Commandment.