The following Handouts and Suggestions for Further Study are offered to augment Course 1 and 2 in the Joy of Christian Discipleship Series as indicated in each study guide.
Course 1 Handouts
The Joy of Christian Discipleship Series books each have several supportive handouts. Those listed in the Course 1 workbooks and below are an essential part of each group member’s homework .
Course 1 group leaders are encouraged to print out enough copies of the coming week’s handout to pass out to members who are unable to purchase or print their own for use in preparing for the next meeting. A Handout book is available that has 26 of the essential worksheets. Click here for more information.
Course 2 Handouts (under development)
The Joy of Christian Discipleship Series books each will have several supportive handouts. Those listed in the Course 2 workbooks and below are an essential part of each group member’s homework. A Handout book will available that will include many of these.
References For Further Study
The Holy Bible
English Standard Version (ESV) Study Bible for regular study and daily devotions.
Samuel Bagster family
Daily Light on the Daily Path. For morning and evening devotions, all Scripture. Click here for a review. Originally published in 1875, many versions available including an inexpensive leather-bound version with additional material by Anne Graham Lotz.
Scott David Allen
Why Social Justice Is Not Biblical Justice: An Urgent Appeal to Fellow Christians in a Time of Social Crisis.
Henry T. Blackaby
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God. Can be studied individually or, better still as a church group
Revivals, Their Laws and Leaders. A seminal work on the dynamics of spiritual awakenings. Published in 1909, available in online PDF version.
True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In.
Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out.
Longing for Revival: From Holy Discontent to Breakthrough Faith. Co-written with Ryan Pfeiffer.
Richard J. Foster
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. PDF version here.
Norman P. Grubb
Continuous Revival: The Secret of Victorious Living. PDF version here.
E. Stanley Jones
The Kingdom of God: Is it Realism?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Strength to Love. 1963 collection of sermons. “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love,” wrote Coretta Scott King.
Where Do We Go From Here – Chaos or Community? Beacon Press edition available in a PDF version here.
George E. Ladd
The Gospel of the Kingdom. A very approachable work by a mid-20th century American theologian that moved the Kingdom into the present.
C. S. Lewis
Mere Christianity. Perhaps Lewis’ most famous work. PDF version here.
How to Pray: Reflections and Essays, and How to Be a Christian. Two thoughtful introductory works.
Miracles and The Four Loves (both included with Mere Christianity and 5 other Lewis books in a HarperOne edition called Signature Classics).
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help.
How to Be a Hero to Your Kids.
Sit, Walk, Stand. PDF version here.
J. I. Packer
Knowing God. PDF version with appended study guide here.
John M. Perkins
Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win.
Peace Child and Eternity in Their Hearts.
Reset: 20 Ways to a Consistent Prayer Life. Click here for versions.
Secrets of the Secret Place: Igniting Your Personal Time with God. Click here for Chapter 50 preview or here for full PDF version.
Both of Sorge’s books can be studied individually or, better still as a church group.
One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces. Based on her bestselling first book, One Thousand Gifts.
The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life. Living life to its fullest in the light of Psalm 51.
The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives.
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God.
Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ.
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God.