QBC Men’s Discipleship

 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom.

Col. 3:16

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Prov. 27:17


Men’s Discipleship is a small group of men who are committed to the church and will gather together regularly to:


1.     Read good Christian books together

a.     We will read on a schedule together. 

b.     Each week an assigned individual will briefly share their insights from that week’s reading.

2.     Study the Bible together

a.     We will spend the bulk of our time studying the Bible together through an inductive Bible study (observe, interpret, apply).

b.     Led primarily by Marc, but would be interactive

c.     Men in the group would sign up to lead a concise devotional twice throughout the season.

3.     Pray together 

a.     Separate into groups of two-three.

b.     Use the questions from Thabiti Anyabwile’s Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons to guide our prayer and mutual exhortation time (takes the qualifications of an elder and provides insightful questions to apply to our lives). 

c.     Pray for ourselves, for one another, for our church, for other churches in our city in light of the questions asked (or the passage studied together earlier).


Who is invited?

-       Any man over the age of sixteen who is a covenant member at our church and is eager to grow and willing to commit to read the required books, meet regularly, and participate in the discussions. 


What is the purpose of this group?

-       “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also,” 2 Tim 2:2. 

-       To make disciples who will make disciples. This, however, isn’t only for those who feel gifted in teaching but for all who want to obey the Great Commission and “make disciples,” which requires some element of teaching (Matt 28:18-20; Col 3:16; Eph 4:11-16).


Do I have to be a member to participate?

-       Yes. The purpose of this group is to invest in men who are committed to the health of our local church and will take what is learned and turn around and invest it into others within the church. However, if you are actively pursuing membership, then you are welcome to join.


How long do you intend to meet for?

-       The current goal is to meet follow along with the school year and break for Summer (see schedule below).


When will you meet?

-       Every other Thursday night at 7:45 PM, starting on August 13th.


Where will you meet?

-       In Marc’s backyard.


What book of the Bible will you study?

-       We will start with a study of the book of Ephesians.


What books will be read together?

-       We will begin by reading Thabiti Anyabwile’s What is a Healthy Church Member? together. 

-       We will work through a book-genre rotation of:

o   Christian Living

§  ex. What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile

§  ex. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

o   Biblical Theology

§  ex. Covenant: God’s Purpose for the World by Tom Schreiner

§  ex. Christ From Beginning to End by Stephen Wellum

o   Church History / Biography / Classics

§  ex. Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation by Erwin Lutzer

§  ex. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

§  ex. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

o   Systematic Theology

§  ex. Grace: Defined and Defended by Kevin DeYoung

§  ex. The Rule of Love by Jonathan Leeman

o   Apologetics / Current Issues 

§  ex. What does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality by Kevin DeYoung

§  ex. Mere Christianity by CS Lewis


How much reading will I be doing?

-       It will fluctuate depending on the book, but will approximately be around 20-30 pages a week. This could be adjusted depending on how the group as a whole is doing in keeping up with the reading.


Will I need to buy my own books?

-       Yes, you will be responsible for purchasing your own books. However, if there is any difficulty with this, please let Marc know and the church would be happy to help procure the books for you.


Do I need to attend the meetings regularly to be a part of this?

-       Yes. Regular attendance at the meetings is expected for all who participate. Regularly attending demonstrates respect, commitment and love to the other men in the group as well as to the leader who has been praying for and preparing for your participation.

-       Of course, we certainly understand that sometimes things just come up that prevent us from gathering. Our goal  would be to miss no more than four meetings in a given season.

o   If an emergency comes up that requires you to miss more than four, please contact Marc. 


When do I need to register by? How do I register?

-       Please register no later than August 6th.

-       You can register simply by sending an email to Marc at marcs@qbc.org.



Schedule for 2020-2021:

(NOTE: You will need to arrive at the initial meeting with first week's assigned reading completed)

Books:

What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile

Christ From Beginning to End by Stephen Wellum

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Grace: Defined and Defended by Kevin DeYoung

Mere Christianity by CS Lewis