Christian Challenge

An Individual Discipling Guide

Written on 01/01/2019
Craig Freerksen

A Transferable Process

BASICS – As you receive and share this training for ministry and for daily Christian living, be aware that these subjects are simple “basics”. The purpose of this training is to get you started.  The intent is not in-depth studies, but to acquaint you with basic areas of ministry you will frequently use. Fruitful ministry will involve life-long learning. In the years ahead, you will increase in your depth of knowledge and breadth of experience in each of these “basics”.

TRANSFERABLE – This approach is intentionally simple. These uncomplicated encounters with the basics will make “transfer” to other potential leaders a joyful ministry of multiplication for the rest of your life (and hopefully theirs also). And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Tim. 2:2)

APPLICATION – The New Testament illustrates that ideal training is offered OTJ (on-the-job) and JIT (just in time). Application via active ministry assignments will greatly enhance leadership development. Be mindful that it is permissible to alter the order of the subjects presented in this Guide to meet felt needs as they arise. This may often be advisable.




Assurance of Salvation

*1 John 5:11-13, John 20:31, Rom. 8:16, Heb. 13:5, Rev. 3:20

Discuss how confident assurance is found in resting upon Christ and the reliability of His Word alone, not upon feelings.

Victory over Sin

Ps. 32:5, 119:9, *I Cor. 10:13, 1 John 1:9, Romans 12:1-2, Galatians 5:16-23, 1 John 2:15-16, James 4:7-8

Explain victory over sin and habits through faithfulness to the promises of Scripture and obedience to Christ’s ways.

Quiet Time

Psalm 5:3, 119:18, 97, Proverbs 8:34, *Mark 1:35, 3:14

Relate the importance of a personal quiet time of prayer and Bible study daily and commit to mutual accountability.


*Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 John 1:3,7

Talk about the necessity of fellowship with others in the body of Christ and the resulting fulfillment, support, protection, and joy it brings.

Bible Basics

Psalm 19:7-11, *Ps. 119:105, 160, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21

Share the meaning of “inspiration” and discuss the authority of Scripture. Consider an overview of translations, concordances, and study Bibles.

Reading and Studying

Deut. 17:19, *Joshua. 1:8, Proverbs 2:1-5, 1 Tim. 4:13, 2 Tim. 2:15, 1 Peter 2:2, Rev. 1:3

Point out the importance of a Bible reading plan and simple journaling of insights. Recommend a simple plan for daily use.

Memorizing and Meditating

Deut. 6:6-7, Ps. 1, *Psalm 119:11, Jer. 15:16, Matthew 4:4, Philippians 4:8

Show how important Scripture meditation is and how verse memorization is its essential foundation. Plan together to memorize some of the key verses in this Guide.

God’s Word Applied

Psalm 119:56,60, Luke 6:46-49, John 2:5, 2 Tim. 3:16-17, *James 1:22-25

Aim to communicate that consistent, daily living based upon God’s Word is fundamental to the believer’s growth.

Obedience and Lordship

1 Sam. 15:22, Luke 6:46, 9:23, John 13:17; 14:23, 15:10, 14, *Romans 12:1-2

Unsurrendered areas need to be discerned and submitted to Christ if He is to truly be Lord.

The Holy Spirit

*John 14:16-17, 16:7-14, Rom. 8:5-6, 8:16-17, 26-27, 1 Cor. 12:13-14, Gal. 5:22-23, Eph. 5:18

Explore who the Holy Spirit is and how He helps us daily in living for Christ.


Matt. 6:6-8, 7:7, Phil. 4:6-7, James 1:5-8, *James 5:16, 1 Thess. 5:16-18

Instruct simply in practical matters related to private and public prayer. Encourage the use of a list and sharing answers to prayer.

A Testimony

Luke 8:38-39, John 4:39, 9:17-25, Acts 4:20, 26:1-28, *1 Peter 3:15

Develop both a one-minute and a five-minute testimony. Keep these concise and include Scripture.


Prov. 11:30, Matt. 28:19-20, Luke 19:10, John 4:1-42, Acts 1:8, 5:42, 8:4, 26-35, *Romans 1:16, 1 Cor. 15:3-4

Make a list of family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who need Christ. Pray for opportunities to share Jesus with each. Consider witnessing together.


2 Cor. 5:17, Eph. 2:8-9, 6:16, *Hebrews 11:1-3, 6, 13

Discuss what it means to “walk by faith” and how this affects decision-making for us.


John 3:16, *John 13:34-35, 15:13, 1 Cor. 13:4-7, Phil 2:1-11, 1 John 3:17-18, 4:7-21

Consider need-meeting, sacrificial love as a command and an act of worship. Plan ways to serve unselfishly in Christ’s love alone.


Psalm 32:1-5, 103:10-12, Matt. 5:23-24, 18:15, Col. 2:13-14, *1 John 1:9

Explain the place of confession and restitution in true forgiveness and discuss the resulting joy.

Personal Finances

Proverbs 3:9-10, 27, 11:24-25, Malachi 3:10, Luke 6:38, 2 Cor. 8:9, *2 Cor. 9:6-8, Romans 13:8

Share how giving becomes an act of trust and obedience and a witness to God’s provision. Discuss a budget and indebtedness.

The Tongue

Psalm 19:14, Proverbs 18:6-7, Proverbs 26:20-22, *Eph. 4:29, Colossians 4:6, James 1:26, James 3:1-12

Share helps you have discovered for developing tongue control. Be honest – commit to a mutual accountability plan, if this will help.

The Will of God

Psalm 37:4-5, 119:105, 143:10, Prov. 15:22, 20:18, 24:6, John 4:34, Romans 12:1-2, *Eph. 5:17, 6:6, 1 Thess. 5:18

Explain how to use Biblical principles to discover God’s Will regarding life issues – small and large.


Isaiah 14:12-15, John 8:44, 2 Cor. 4:3-4, 10:3-5, Eph. 6:10-18, *1 John 4:4

Talk about who Satan really is and how to prepare a defense and an offense against his attacks and how to preclude temptation.

Christ’s Second Coming

Matthew 24:36-44, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:8-11, *1 Thess. 4:16-18, 1 Thess. 5:1-4, 2 Peter 3:8-10, 1 John. 3:2-3

Explore the undeniable truths about the Second Coming of Christ and how these truths motivate us to live vigilant, holy lives.

Leading Bible Study

Matt. 28:20, Luke 24:27,32, Acts 28:31, *1 Thess. 2:8-13, 2 Timothy 2:15, 24-26, Hebrews 4:12

Explain the development of a prayer- based, teaching plan that is simple, interactive, need-meeting and filled with good, discovery questions. Emphasize a teaching style that is transferable, using your life.


Matt. 28:19, Mark 1:9-11, Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-39, 16:30-33, *Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12

Discuss the importance of this obedient testimony. Explore both the method and the symbolic message of death, burial and resurrection.

Lord’s Supper

Matt. 26:17-30, Acts 2:42, 46-47, *1 Cor. 11:23-29

Share the meaning of this symbolic act and how it shows the fulfillment of God’s Old Testament provision for sin. Explain how to observe this memorial remembrance..

The Church

*Acts 2:41-47, 5:11-14, 1 Cor. 3:16, Matt. 18:15-20, Eph. 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 3:20-21, Colossians 1:18, 1 Tim. 3:1-15, 1 Peter 2:5,9

Probe thoroughly the great privileges and responsibilities that are ours in the local, autonomous body – the church. 

Vision and Mission

Matt. 9:35-38, *Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 10:1-18, 14:15-23, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, Rom. 10:13-17

Consider the three-dimensional call (local, regional, global) of the great commission. Explain every believer’s mandate to be involved in reproduction and multiplication. Discuss praying, giving, and going.

Leadership and Integrity

Matt. 20:26-28, John 13:4-17, Phil. 2:14-15, *1 Tim. 3:1-13, Titus 1:6-9, 2:1-8, 1 Peter 2:9-15, 1 Peter 5:1-10

Discover God’s standards for leadership. Discuss the effects a servant heart and blameless integrity have on one’s ability to lead others.

Use of Time

Psalm 90:4, 10, *Psalm 90:12, Eph. 5:15-17, Col. 4:5, James 4:13-14

After prayerful deliberation about priorities, develop a schedule to help effectively accomplish God’s Will. 

Family Life

Deut. 6:1-7, Ps. 78:1-8, *Eph. 5:20-6:4, 1 Peter 3:1-11, John 13:4-17

Study these passages and reflect back upon “Leadership” and how home life relationships affect the ability to serve and lead by modeling. (i.e. 1 Tim. 3:5)


Ex. 18:13-26, Acts 20:28, 1 Cor. 12:25-26, 2 Cor. 1:4, *1 Peter 5:1-4

Discuss the privilege and joy of shepherding a group. List practical ways of meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.


Matt. 28:19, Acts 8:26, 11:22-26, Col. 1:28-29, 1 Thess. 2:8, 2 Tim. 1:1-14, *2 Tim 2:2, 1 Peter 2:21, 3 John 3-4

The most effective plan for the maturing of new believers is a personal relationship with a disciple who is willing to invest his life.


Matt 9:38, Luke 10:1-2, Acts 13:2, Acts 14:23, *1 Thess. 2:8-9, 2 Tim. 2:2, Titus 1:5

God’s plan was never simple addition, but always multiplication – of believers, leaders, and congregations. This type of 2 Tim. 2:2 multiplication makes it feasible to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission using only His Word, His Spirit and YOU!