Discipleship Scale

As you know, people are at different stages in their journey with Jesus. Some are brand new to the faith while others are further along. For that reason, we have provided a Discipleship Scale in an attempt to indicate the depth of each study. You will find that rating below each study title.

We hope this helps you!

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Example of a New Christian: A person who has recently followed Jesus as Lord. This person does not know much about Jesus, the Bible, the Church, personal gifts, etc.

Example of a Mature Christian: A person who knows Jesus, prays regularly, gives of his/her gifts, invests in others, etc.


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Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

Scale: 5

Richard J. Foster's Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978.

In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.

Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovare, helps motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.

 
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Chazown, by Craig Groeshel

Scale: 4

In this practical, energizing guide, pastor and author Craig Groeschel shows how to live life fully by finding, naming, and achieving your unique, God-given goal. The secret: knowing your chazown, a Hebrew word for vision, dream, or revelation.

You'll see how to identify your chazown by taking a fresh look at your core values, spiritual gifts, and experiences. You'll understand the big picture and the vital details.

 
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Counter Culture, David Platt

Scale: 3

Ask a group of Christians what they think about poverty, sex trafficking, or the orphan crisis, and you'll probably get a pretty quick response. But ask that same group about gay marriage or abortion, and you'll most likely be faced with a lot of nervous hesitancy or fuzzy answers.

In this day when social issues are creating clear dividing lines in society, moral and political neutrality is not an option for those who believe the gospel. It's simply not enough to focus on only those issues that are most comfortable--and least costly--to us.

Join David Platt as he invites us to fix our gaze on the holiness, goodness, love, truth, justice, authority, and mercy of God revealed in the gospel and to live with conviction, courage, and compassion in the midst of a culture that is drifting further from the truth every day.

 
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Enemy Access Denied, by John Bevere

Scale: 4

Imagine your life if you could walk free from sin and keep Satan out of your personal and business affairs. What is the key? In this bestselling book, formerly titled The Devil's Door, John Bevere reveals that the greatest form of spiritual warfare for any Christian is the powerful force of an obedient life. Enemy Access Denied will give you a fresh revelation of how God supplies a security system in the Spirit and prompt your heart and mind to find hidden sins and identify rebellion. As you're challenged to be holy, you'll discover how grace gives you the power not to be a slave to sin anymore.

 
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Erasing Hell, Francis & Preston Sprinkle

Scale: 3

In Erasing Hell, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle take on the topic of hell and our eternal destiny, with a sense of humility and a deep respect for the inspired Word of God. They will address questions such as "Will everyone be saved?" and "Does God Get What He Wants in the End?" as well as reviewing in depth, everything Jesus said about Hell. Chan and Sprinkle lay all the evidence on the table and present all the facts from Scripture, so that people can decide what to believe for themselves.

 
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Experiencing God, by Henry & Richard Blackaby with Claude King

Scale: 3

Through examination of biblical and contemporary illustrations, participants will understand and apply seven realities of experiencing God. Churches will be helped to better function as the body of Christ, as members understand how to experience God as a church.

This expanded edition features a new personal introduction by Henry, updated stories and examples, a clearly outlined plan of salvation, and seven new chapters.

 

 
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Follow Me, by David Platt

Scale: 1

For many Christians, following Jesus is seen as best done from a distance. We want to be disciples as long as doing so does not intrude on our lifestyles, our preferences, our comforts, and even our religion. But what if we really took the time to look Jesus in the eye and see who He truly is? What if we really listened to Jesus' words and heard what He is truly saying?

Jesus' invitation to follow Him was—and still is—an invitation into a relationship marked by self-denial, personal intimacy, single-minded ambition, and ultimate joy. When people truly engage with Jesus' personal invitation to follow Him, everything changes, for He is worthy of all our trust and all our affections. Building on the lessons in Radical, this book will motivate all of us to experience the grand purpose for which we have been created: to exalt the glory of God by spreading the gospel of Christ—to make disciples who are making disciples.

 
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Forgotten God, by Franchis Chan

Scale: 1

Forgotten God offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit's direction in our lives. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit--the Helper--so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today's church has admired the gift but neglected to open it. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan's invitation to stop and remember the One we've forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.

 
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Fresh Air, by Chris Hodges

Scale: 1

We've all gone through times in our lives when we feel like we need a fresh breeze to breathe new life into us—in our work, in our marriages, with our kids, in our friendships, and maybe at church. We've all been drawn to people who exude a kind of positive, life-giving spirit. We've also seen the difference between environments that exude a fresh air-like atmosphere and those that don't. But what is it? What is that energy-giving, life-breathing force that draws you, inspires you, and empowers you to be all God made you to be? And how do we get it? How do we put the wind in our sails again, so we can get unstuck, reclaim our compass, and redirect our course? Fresh Air reveals how breath—the breath of God—is the essence of life as it's meant to be. Fueled by the breath of God, we are not only refreshed in spirit ourselves; we have the power to create a life-giving environment of freedom and joyful purpose around us.

 
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The God I Never Knew, by Robert Morris

Scale: 1

Most Christians can grasp God as Father and Jesus as his Son, but where does the Holy Spirit fit in? Clarifying the mystery surrounding the Trinity's Third Person, Morris explains the Spirit's role in the believer's life and reveals the qualities that make him such a great friend---compassion, helpfulness, wisdom, empathy, and more.

 
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Greater, by Steven Furtick

Scale: 1

Are you unsatisfied with the kind of Christian life you ve settled for? If you are tired of cul-de-sac Christianity or self-help pseudo solutions, today is the day God's greater plan for your life begins in full force.

Pastor Steven Furtick draws on the biblical story of Elisha to give you the confidence to know that nothing is impossible with God, the clarity to see the next step He's calling you to take, and the courage to do anything He tells you to do.

 
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I Am Not But I Know I Am, by Louie Giglio

Scale: 1

In this super-sized era where bigger is better and fast is too slow, it's time to become small and let God be great! Redefining success, Giglio shows you how to obtain the astonishing freedom and incredible rest that come from believing, like John the Baptist and Moses, that you must decrease while Jesus increases.

 

 
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It, by Craig Groeschel

Scale: 1

Some churches have "it" and some don't. Congregations that do have this powerful, life-changing force thrive and grow---sometimes even in the most difficult circumstances. But what is "it" exactly? Blending in-your-face honesty with off-the-wall humor, Groeschel seeks to define the elusive "success gene" that provides spiritual balance for leaders and helps ministries flourish.

 
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The Life You've Always Wanted, by John Ortberg

Filled with humor and sparkling anecdotes, this expanded edition features a new chapter on prayer and added discussion questions. It's an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that's worth living - a life on the edge that fills an ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and joy.

 
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Looking For God, by Nancy Ortberg

Where do you find God? In your quiet time or church? Not that these practices are bad, but God can be found in every aspect of life, if you let Him in. In her debut title, "Looking for God," Nancy Ortberg explores the traditional and nontraditional places where we find God. A former teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, Ortberg's gift for storytelling makes deep truths of the Christian faith accessible. Come and find God where you didn't expect him, in every moment of your life.

 
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Multiply, by Franchis Chan

Scale: 2

Jesus gave his followers a command: “Follow me.” And a promise: “And I will equip you to find others to follow me.” We were made to make disciples.

Designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings, Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.multiplymovement.com, where New York Times bestselling author David Platt joins Francis in guiding you through each part of Multiply. 

 
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Not a Fan, by Kyle Idleman

Scale: 2

Are you a follower of Jesus? Don’t answer too quickly. In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a “Define the Relationship” conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn’t ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you’re not into Jesus, period. In any case, don’t take the question—Are you a follower of Jesus?—lightly.

Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.

 
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The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller

Scale: 4

Using his characteristic intellectual approach to faith issues, Keller uncovers an unexpected message in the familiar---and often misunderstood---New Testament parable of the prodigal son. Seekers and believers alike will see Christianity in a whole new way when they learn how Christ's followers are supposed to love, so they can join him in heaven.

 
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Radical, by David Platt

Scale: 2

David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences. With passionate storytelling and convicting biblical analysis, Platt calls into question a host of comfortable notions that are common among Christ's followers today. Then he proposes a radical response: live the gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and ultimately world changing.

 
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Weird, by Craig Groeschel

Scale: 1

Normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Many of their relationships are, at best, strained and, in most cases, just surviving. Even though we live in one of the most prosperous places on earth, normal is still living paycheck to paycheck and never getting ahead. In our oversexed world, lust, premarital sex, guilt, and shame are far more common than purity, virginity, and a healthy married sex life. And when it comes to God, the majority believe in him, but the teachings of scripture rarely make it into their everyday lives. Simply put, normal isn't working. Groeschel's WEIRD views will help you break free from the norm to lead a radically abnormal (and endlessly more fulfilling) life.