Essentials is a brand new resource for use within your congregation that aims to help followers of Jesus reflect on and live out the essentials of discipleship. This isn’t an event you need to attend, a book you need to read, or even a pre-packaged resource being sent to you from across the Atlantic. Instead, this is a practical Discipleship Resource that has been developed specifically for the context of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, drawing on a wide collection of voices, insights, teaching and testimonies from right across our denomination.
EXPLAINING THE FILMS
Essentials is a multi-session course that will work best in small groups, midweek settings or specific courses within your congregation. The resource provides 8 films of around 15 minutes in length, packed full of bible teaching, personal testimony and practical application. The Essentials films will walk participants through the journey of discipleship by drawing on passages from the life and ministry of Jesus, right from the call of the first disciples to their commissioning into his mission. These sessions will unpack how it is essential for disciples to come to Jesus, respond to His call, share in community, take their place in culture, reflect His courage, accept the cost, take up His challenge and continue with Christ.
ACCOMPANYING THE FILMS
As well as the Essentials Films, an accompanying participants’ manual is also provided, helping group members to fully engage in both the video teaching and group conversation. Each section of the manual is packed full of bible passages to look up, questions to consider, extra quotes to reflect on and space to write your response. Each session is divided up into the following sections:
- Before you watch: Intro questions to set the scene and a Bible passage to read together.
- As you watch: Some things to listen for as you watch the Essentials Film.
- After you watch: A set of questions to help unpack what you’ve just seen.
- Beyond being together: Further ways to read, reflect or respond to the theme.
PACKAGING IT TOGETHER
Essentials will be released at the end of August and the “Essentials Bundle” will provide you with all the main resources you need to get started at the price of £12. This will give you a Memory Stick with all 8 films and 5 participants’ manuals. Along with this you will also receive a download code to let you access the films online, as well as additional resources such as Leaders Resources and an Essentials Preaching Plan. Additional manuals can be purchased at the price of £1 per manual. This bundle can be purchased through the CCLW office or online here at the end of August.
THE ESSENTIALS JOURNEY
SESSION 1: COME / John 1:35-51
Discipleship starts with awareness of Jesus before activity for Him.
SESSION 2: CALL / Matthew 4:17-24
The essential call of discipleship is to follow our Master Jesus.
SESSION 3: COMMUNITY / John 17:20-26
We can’t do discipleship alone. We learn to follow Jesus as part of His church.
SESSION 4: CULTURE / Matthew 5:13-16
Disciples don’t escape or embrace culture, but engage with it as they follow Jesus.
SESSION 5: COURAGE / Matthew 10:1-16
Disciples aren’t just called to live well in culture, but also to speak up for Jesus.
SESSION 6: COST / Mark 8:34-38
Following Jesus brings a cost in every area of our lives.
SESSION 7: CHALLENGE / Matthew 28:16-20
The challenge of becoming disciples who make disciples.
SESSION 8: CONTINUE / Luke 9:28-36
We never graduate from needing Jesus but continue following him in every age and stage of life.