Follow | Week: 4

Resource Topics:

Please explore the following resources that our Resource Team curated. We think they will help you as you dive deeper into the topics discussed in our sermon series Follow.

Recommended Books:

Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home through Time, Moments, and Milestones by Matt Chandler & Adam Griffin

Discipling your family can feel like an intimidating task, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming or complicated. With a simple plan in place, discipleship is something every parent can do. Filled with suggestions, sample plans, and Scripture references, this book begins with the end in mind―equipping you to create a unique plan for your family as you raise your children in the love and fear of the Lord.

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus (Building Healthy Churches) by Mark Dever
Following the pattern found in Scripture, this book explains how disciple-making relationships should function in the context of the local church, teaching us how to cultivate a culture of discipling as a normal part of our everyday lives.

Church Elders: How to Shepherd God's People Like Jesus (Building Healthy Churches) by Jeramie Rinne

Offering practical guidance for new elders and helping church members better understand and support their spiritual leaders, this succinct volume will encourage elders to embrace their calling with grace, wisdom, and clarity of vision.

Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women by Susan Hunt

Many churches lack a crucial element central to the flourishing of women: older women mentoring younger women. Using Titus 2 as a guide, seasoned author Susan Hunt casts a biblical vision of what the church can be when women invest in vibrant relationships with one another. 

Recommended Articles:

Desiring God: Every Woman Needs Another - A Call to Spiritual Motherhood

Spiritual motherhood is, in a word, discipleship. It covers the spectrum from evangelism to nurturing others to spiritual maturity. It is a woman’s response to the Great Commission, teaching younger women to observe everything Christ commanded (Matthew 28:20).

Gospel Coalition: Younger Believers, Older Saints - You Need Each Other

Living in Christian community with those who are different from us requires effort and self-sacrifice, but God calls us into this countercultural unity. The church thrives when we act like a family, where “all the members of the body, though many, are one body,” suffering and rejoicing together (1 Cor. 12:12, 26). 

Desiring God: Find Your Fathers in Christ - Advice for Younger Men

Because I’ve tasted the fruit of such fatherhood, and because I see this kind of fathering again and again in Scripture, I want to encourage you to do what you can to find the spiritual fathers that you need…

Ligonier Ministries: Disciple-Making is Ordinary Christianity

Discipleship is the ordinary practice of believers. You could say that Christianity is more than discipleship, but it is not less. We are our brother's keeper. It's in the job description.

Recommended Podcasts:

Warehouse Podcast

Welcome to The Warehouse! Has a Sunday sermon ever left you running to Google with new theological questions? Have you ever wished that you could peer behind the curtain to see how the message comes together? That’s where we come in! Here at Cornerstone Church, we spend hours every week talking about the Bible. This is the place to learn about Scripture, dive into its context, and study the Bible’s cultural background. Come to the Warehouse–where we’ll extend the stuff you learn from the stage.

Ask Pastor John: What Is Discipleship and How Is It Done?

Every Christian should be helping unbelievers become believers by showing them Christ. That is making a disciple. And every Christian should be helping other believers grow to more and more maturity. That is making a disciple. And every Christian should be seeking to get help for themselves from others to keep on growing. And that is also our discipleship.

Gospel Bound: How to Deepen Discipleship in Your Church with J.T. English
Deep discipleship is about giving people more Bible, not less; more theology, not less; more spiritual disciplines, not less; more gospel, not less; more Christ, not less. The good news is that deep discipleship does not require massive resources, a large congregation, or an enormous ministry staff. It starts with not apologizing when we ask Christians to make commitments.

The Power of Discipleship with Preston Perry & Davey Blackburn

As a young person, Preston found himself entrenched in street life, dealing drugs and watching so many around him succumb to the ills of gangs and crime. It was through being discipled by a friend who grew up in a similar environment and yet was so different from the life they both knew, that God became real to him. The power of that relationship was pivotal in changing Preston's life and leading him to Christ. In 2015, Pastor Davey came home from the gym to find his pregnant wife murdered after a home invasion. The discipleship community that surrounded him after that terrible time led him to launch Nothing is Wasted Ministries, which helps people find purpose in their trauma and pain. 

Recommended Videos:

What’s Missing in Discipleship Today

A 9 minute video of a conversation between TGC Council members Tim Keller, Don Carson, and Stephen Um. They “see a need for the church to disciple holistically… All three men agree that Acts 17 provides a good model for the groundwork that must be laid in order to do spiritual formation in our day. We must be prepared for longer processes, more patience, and more deliberateness.”

Kristie Anyabwile: Living as Titus 2 Women in a Romans 1 World
This workshop was recorded at The Gospel Coalition’s 2018 Women’s Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. It focuses on the fact that Christian women are facing a state of spiritual emergency. There is a call for older women in the church to disciple younger women, and younger women have a responsibility to seek out godly mentors.

The Gospel Coalition: A Game Plan for Discipling Men in the Church

Jonathan Leeman, Juan Sánchez, and John Onwuchekwa discuss the importance of ministry to men within the local church.

Ligonier Ministries: How Can Young Christians Learn From Older Believers?

The church consists of young and old Christians alike. How can younger believers learn from seasoned saints? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Burk Parsons recalls the mentors who have spoken into his life and expresses the importance of seeking wisdom from older members of the church.

Recommended Sermons:

Matt Chandler: A Beautiful Design (Part 10) - Together for the Gospel

God designs men and women to be equal in value but different in role. Together, they help each other and the Church via discipleship. When men and women fulfill their God-given roles, joy and human flourishing abound. This entire 10-part sermon series is excellent and is available on YouTube. 

David Platt: Radical Restoration: Elders – Servant Leaders of the Church
A biblical model of church leadership is critical for a church that aims to display the glory of Christ. In this sermon, David Platt turns our attention to Acts 20:17–31 as a helpful guide for elders, or pastors. As servant leaders, these men ought to lead under the authority of Christ, care for the body of Christ, teach the Word of Christ, and model the character of Christ. Churches should appoint and follow such men.

Other Recommended Resources:

North American Mission Board - 3 Circles

The 3 Circles gospel sharing method is a simple tool that anyone can learn and easily train others to use as well! This resource includes a “How To” guide for the method, a link to download the free “Life on Mission” app, (which includes strategies for how to use the 3 Circles), videos of people using this tool for evangelism, and downloadable conversation guides. This method is excellent for both students and adults!

North American Mission Board - Evangelism Resources

This resource is a gold-mine of options and helpful tools if you are looking to get serious about sharing your faith. In addition to all of their 3 Circles materials, it also includes: evangelism training sessions, online courses, starter kits, children’s resources, student and adult devotionals, sermons, and more!