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Developing Discipleship


Although there are many definitions of discipleship, at its most basic discipleship is a response to a call, the call to follow Jesus. Like Matthew at the tax booth or Peter at his fishing nets, disciples hear the invitation to follow Jesus and choose to respond. The response is enabled by God's own Spirit, who whispers the call into the hearts of all and gives those who respond the power to do so. Discipleship rests on grace, on the gift of God who "desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4).

Here are some resources, there are more available on the Methodist Church Website: Exploring personal discipleship


Compass is a short course that introduces the Christian faith to those who wish to explore its meaning. Like any compass it relates to a particular map and the one intended is Christian discipleship in the Methodist Church.
It looks not just to the foundation stones of Christian faith, but also to the experience of our Methodist heritage which has shaped our present understanding. It could be used as a membership course or with those exploring faith for the first time.
All the material can be downloaded free from the Methodist Church website. Compass

Talking of God Together

Talking of God Together helps people to take part in conversations with others, both inside and outside their church, about what really matters to them.
This accessible resource includes people's stories, Bible passages, questions and activities to increase user's confidence and conviction in speaking more openly about their faith and experiences of God with fellow Christians.Talking of God Together has four sessions, plus a bonus one:

  • A present God
  • A listening God
  • A caring God
  • A speaking God
  • Jesus as our teacher and model

It can be used by small groups and in other settings, including local arrangements for services when no preacher is available.It is available to buy from Methodist Publishing : st

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