Read Brandon Guindon’s review of The Discipleship Gospel Workbook by Bill Hull and Ben Sobels to help you decide about using it for your group.
In this post, Brandon Guindon and I review The Discipleship Gospel Workbook by Bill Hull and Ben Sobels. You’ll get the main message of the book, Brandon’s three biggest takeaways, and vital information about using this book in a group.
Brandon Guindon is the author of Disciple-Making Culture, among other discipleship books, and he is the lead pastor of Real Life Texas. His church has helped plant many other churches in various areas.
Three Big Takeaways
Brandon Guindon offers his three biggest takeaways from The Discipleship Gospel Workbook.
1. The Relational Aspect
This workbook encourages readers to go through this process together. For example, you share a meal together as one of the application exercises.
2. The Application Aspect
This book has homework assignments that encourage you to engage and apply the concepts of the main book to your life.
You go through what’s called the “forgiveness prayer project” and “the Lord’s Prayer project.” Everything in this is application.
There’s a little cutout sheet at the back with the definition of the gospel as a memorization tool, as well as their definitions of a disciple and disciple making, the Lord’s Prayer, and a few verses from the Bible.
3. Where the Rubber Hits the Road
When I’ve seen small groups and some of my leaders work through this workbook, it’s really helped cement the principles from the book into everyday life. It makes you ask, “How do we actually make sure that we have brought together the process of Jesus, the methodology of disciple making, and the gospel? Those three things are woven together, and the workbook solidifies that.
It takes what’s going to be theological for some and helps the rubber hit the road.
How to Use The Discipleship Gospel Workbook With Your Group
This workbook works well with a smaller group of four to six people. It’s really intended for that smallest unit of disciple making.
It does get more difficult with a mixed-gender small group. It’s best if the group is gender-specific so that you can get a little bit more real.
It goes through the Gospel of Mark. So it’s 16 weeks to go with the 16 chapters in the Gospel Mark. Literally, the curriculum is the Bible.
Vital Information about The Discipleship Gospel Workbook for Groups
- Chapter Count? 16 chapters
- Weeks of Study? 16–24 weeks
- Recommended size of group? 4–6 people
- Age of target audience? Adult
- Gender specific? No
- Reader difficulty? 5 out of 10
- Appropriate for New Believers? Yes
- What level of maturity does The Discipleship Gospel Workbook assume? This assumes that readers are curious and interested in the gospel, but they don’t need to be Christians.
- Discussion questions in the book? Yes
- Homework required? Yes
- Video series available? No
Theology of The Discipleship Gospel Workbook
- Theological red flags? No
- Denominationally specific content? No
- Author’s preferred Bible translation? ESV
- Publisher? Nashville, TN: HIM Publications, 2018
What Can The Discipleship Gospel Workbook Accomplish for Your Group?
- Guides your discipleship group through the Gospel of Mark chapter by chapter to multiply disciples
- Trains people to understand the Bible and put into practice what they’re learning
- Encourages you to step outside your comfort zone, vulnerably share your journey, and embrace gospel-motivated action
- Helps your discipleship groups clarify their understanding of Jesus’ kingdom gospel, practice obedience to Jesus, and multiply disciples
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