First Friday Freebies: Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden

On the first Friday of the month, I’d like to give you an opportunity to win a great disciple making resource. This month I’m giving away the Discipleship Essentials library from Greg Ogden. Read through to the end to find out how you can win.

This three book set includes Discipleship Essentials, Leadership Essentials, and The Essential Commandment. These resources are great guides for one-on-one or small group disciple making.

About Greg Ogden

Greg Ogden (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is a writer, speaker and discipleship teacher living in Monterey, California. He was formerly executive pastor of discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. Previously he was academic director of the doctor of ministry program and associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. For twenty-three years he served as a pastor with the Presbyterian Church, USA.

About Discipleship Essentials

Discover the fullness of life in Christ.

We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus’ own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow Jesus’ example with the twelve disciples.

This workbook by Greg Ogden is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.

Each week contains the following elements:

  • a core truth presented in a question-answer format
  • a memory verse and accompanying study
  • an field-tested inductive Bible study
  • a reading on the theme for the week
  • questions to draw out key principles in the reading

This material is designed for groups of three. It has also been used successfully as an individual study program, a one-on-one discipling tool and small group curriculum.

Jesus had a big enough vision to think small. Focusing on a few did not limit his influence. Rather, it expanded it. Discipleship Essentials is designed to help us influence others as Jesus did–by investing in a few.

A Few Endorsements

If you’ve ever looked for a tool to help people you care about understand the core principles and practices of the Christian life, look no further than this book. I have seen it help absolute beginners and advanced disciples alike mature in their walk with Christ in a life-changing way. The book is interactive, thought-provoking, enjoyable and deep. I use it weekly myself.

—Daniel Meyer, senior pastor, Christ Church of Oak Brook, Illinois

Discipleship Essentials is the most effective tool I know of for use in encouraging actual growth in personal discipleship.

—E. Stanley Ott, president, The Vital Churches Institute

One of the most serious challenges facing the church in North America is that of undiscipled church members. Greg Ogden’s work seeks to move Sunday-only consumer Christians into the adventurous life of following Jesus on a daily basis in authentic community. It provides an indispensable resource to help local churches address this challenge.

—Eddie Gibbs, professor, Fuller Theological Seminary and author of ChurchNext

Note: All the information above about Greg Ogden and Discipleship Essentials is taken from InterVarsity Press. I received review copies of this resource but the choice was mine to recommend these books. 

[Update: Congratulations to Alison Smith for winning the giveaway!]

Other than God’s Word, what is the most helpful book or resource you’ve ever read concerning making disciples? Who is the most influential leader, speaker, or writer on the topic?

Nathan is the pastor of City Life Church in Ridgewood, NY. He and his family are committed to making and multiplying disciples in the most diverse county in the US. Read more about Nathan here. Visit the City Life Church website here.

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  • Peter S.

    Life with God by Richard Foster was an excellent book that helped me understand how to help people have a life with God.

    • nathancreitz

      I haven’t read that one but his Celebration of Discipline is also very good!

  • LaTricia M.

    I’ve learned a lot from Francis Chan and John Piper about how to instill in other a love for God and his transformation!

  • Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. A true classic!

  • Alisonmsmith

    I really enjoyed “Making Life Work” by Bill Hybels!  Also, my InterVarsity staff worker was a great resource for discipleship

  • nathancreitz

    Great resources here. I haven’t read all of them but I’m familiar with all of the author’s mentioned.

  • nathancreitz

    Congratulations to Alison Smith for winning the giveaway. Please feel free to continue commenting on your favorite resources and church leaders who influence your disciple making.