About This Workbook
Welcome to the family of believers
who belong to our Lord Jesus Christ! You have already received water baptism,
footwashing, partaken of the Holy Communion, and you might have also received
the Holy Spirit. You know that in addition to keeping the Ten Commandments,
“you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of
strangled animals and from sexual immorality” (Acts 15:28, 29, NIV).
You’re probably wondering, “What
Aside from all that has been
mentioned, what else do you need to know and do? Since you’ve already got
started on your journey of faith, this workbook only serves to help you
continue on your journey. This journey, however long or short, will not be
without its obstacles. This workbook, then, also acts as a reminder that with
the help of our Lord Jesus, you shall persevere for his Spirit will guide you
and his Word will light your way.
This workbook has been designed to
help you in your personal study as well as in a classroom setting. The amount
of time and effort you put into your workbook will determine its worth to you.
If you choose to go by the pace of one-lesson-per-week, the whole course will
last about four-and-a-half months. The advantage of going at this rate is that
you personal study may correspond with the class your church offers. Bear in
mind, however, that the important thing is not about how quickly you complete
the book. Rather, the important thing for you to remember is that you want to
get as much knowledge and insight from each lesson as you can; so that you can
take another step forward in your journey of faith.
For your personal study, carving
out quiet time from your busy schedule will be your first consideration. What
part of today is the time when you are least likely to be interrupted? Ideally,
you’d want to stick to a certain time every day. But sometimes, this isn’t
always possible. Allow for flexibility. For example, if you have to move your
personal study time to your lunch hour tomorrow, that’s okay.
Do you begin with Lesson 1 and end
with Lesson 18? The answer is yes, although you might find it helpful to first
look through your workbook from cover to cover to get an idea of what the
lessons are about. Then go to Lesson 1 and proceed from there. Because each lesson
comes with Bible verses, you’d want to look up these verses to help you better
understand God’s Word. Whenever possible, you’d want to complete one lesson in
one sitting and review the material during the next few days. But, if, some
days, you find yourself only able to study one or two sections of a lesson, do
not be discouraged. Pick up from where you left off the next day.
A journey is like that: you keep
on going. This requires involvement and commitment. Your workbook is like that
too. You need to be involved and committed. Apart from reading the text and
looking up Bible verses, you’d want to think about all that you’ve read and
what all this means to you on a personal level. Is the
Bible coming alive for you, so to speak? Do you, in retrospect, see how God has
actually been there for you all this very long while? Write down your thoughts
in the margin. If you have any questions, write them down as well. Every lesson
also comes with a section on questions that help you review the text. When you
come to this section, tackle the questions and write down your answers in the
space provided. If one of the questions call for a
memory verse, look it up, memorize it, and write it down. You will also come
upon an activity section at the end of every lesson. Again, be involved.
A section on case studies is
included in every lesson. This section is most valuable in a classroom setting.
Find out if a class on the Discipleship Workbook is currently in session at
your local church or if one is being planned. These classes will be facilitated
by an instructor who will guide you through the lessons and, in particular, be
there to lead the discussions on case studies that have been presented in the
workbook. Be prepared to participate. Ask questions. Share your opinion. In the
process, you will discover that you are learning from your brothers- and
sisters-in-the-Lord, as much as they are learning from you. We are in this
But this is what our journey of
faith is about. It is written that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and
certain of what we do not see” (Heb 11:1, NIV). By accepting water baptism into
the family of Christ, you have already expressed such a faith. The journey that
lies ahead of you now may be few or many in years. Either way, the Word of God
tells us that, at the appointed time, this journey will bring all those who
have stayed on track to the New Jerusalem where God shall dwell with his
people. There, they shall see God face to face. There, no tears shall fall.
There, instead of the sun or moon, the glory of God will illuminate the city.
May every one of us, then, fix our
eyes on this promise as, starting from today, we begin
taking one sure step after another in this journey of faith.