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Growing in the Habits of a Disciple

Growing in the Habits of a Disciple

In the midst of these uncertain and challenging times, our mission as a church has not changed: Following the Holy Spirit, we exist to create a movement of disciple-making disciples, in RDU and around the world. In light of this call, we’re taking the next five weeks to help our church family grow in five essential habits of being a disciple of Jesus.

Each week, we’ll focus on one habit of a disciple of Jesus, discussing it in our small groups, challenging each other to grow in it, and using resources to dig deeper.

  • Small Group Discussion - The curriculum for our small groups during this five-week series will center around one habit each week. Take this opportunity to grow personally and corporately with your community. If you are not in a small group, please reach out to your campus team to get connected.
  • Habit of a Disciple - Each week’s study will lead us to one outcome, one habit, to develop as disciples of Jesus.
  • Dig Deeper - For those that want to go deeper in this habit, we’ll provide some resources that can help you do so. As you use these resources, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to respond in ways he is wanting to grow you.

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Dig Deeper

Habit Five

The Habit of Personal Testimony

Share what God is doing in your life with one person each day this week.

Small Group Guide

Dig Deeper

Watch

Summit’s Who’s Your One? Evangelism Training

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“Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-defying Missions” (David Platt)

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Read

Gay Girl, Good God (Jackie Hill Perry’s Personal Testimony)

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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (J.I. Packer)

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Do

The Word One to One

Virtually read through the Gospel of John with someone who doesn’t know Jesus.

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Dig Deeper

Habit Four

The Habit of Serving Others

Choose one tangible way to serve someone in your household, neighborhood, or community each day this week.

Small Group Guide

Dig Deeper

Watch

Sermon on Service

“Generous Justice” (Tim Keller)

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Read

Becoming Whole (Fikkert and Kapic)

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The Gospel Comes With a House Key (Butterfield)

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Do

Blood Drives

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Serve Your Community and RDU

Ways to Serve

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Dig Deeper

Habit Three

Develop the Habit of Daily Prayer

Pray for five minutes a day through ACTS.

Small Group Guide

Dig Deeper

Watch

Sermons on Prayer

Watch these sermons to learn more about what Scripture says on prayer.

"The Primacy of Prayer" (Tim Keller)

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"Prayer to God, Your Sovereign Father" (Pastor J.D.)

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Read

Habits of Grace: Chapters 7–10 (Mathis)

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Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible (Bonhoeffer)

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Do

Three to 30 Prayer Challenge

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Dig Deeper

Habit Two

Develop the Habit of Christian Accountability

Choose one friend to be accountable to and establish a rhythm of accountability with them.

Small Group Guide

Dig Deeper

Watch/Listen

Teachings on Christian Accountability

These excellent teachings explain some of the nuances men and women face in friendships and accountability.

For Men

For Women

Read

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

This is one of the best books on building deep, healthy, Christian friendships. If you’re short on time, the articles are great summaries.

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"Who Knows You?”

"Growing a Healthy Friendship"

Do

Start an accountability group

Listen to a sermon on biblical accountability.

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Download a Practical Guide to Accountability.

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Dig Deeper

Habit One

Develop the Habit of Personal Bible Study

Small Group Guide

Dig Deeper

Watch

Basics for Reading the Bible

This is a powerful and practical teaching on growing in more love and understanding of God’s Word by Pastor John Piper.

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Read

Habits of Grace: Chapters 3–4

Part one of this book, especially these chapters, gives some great insight and inspiration on developing deeper intimacy with God through his Word.

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Do

Develop a Bible memorization plan for yourself

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Practice

Take a free online seminary course

Understanding the Bible

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Family Resources

Summit Kids wants to partner with families in the discipleship of their children. We've developed these resources to help you apply the Habits of a Disciple within your family as well.

Habit Five: Sharing Your Testimony

Summit Students

Summit Kids

My Story

This week, we challenge you to record your story and share it on social media. If you don't have social media, no problem! Write out your testimony and share it with your family at dinner. Use the resource below to help you.

Resource

Constructing a Testimony

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Summit Kids

Parents, be intentional about sharing your testimony with your kids this week. As you do, share the gospel with them and ask them if they've trusted in Jesus for their salvation. If they have, help them develop their testimony. If they haven't be sensitive to the Spirit and see if he's doing a work right now to bring about their salvation. This could be the moment you've been believing would happen for years!

Resource

Introduce Your Child to Jesus

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Habit Four: Being a Servant

Summit Students

Summit Kids

The Socially-distant Servant

This week, find three opportunities to serve your family, friends, or neighbors.

Resource

Ways to Serve

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Summit Kids

Parents, develop a plan to help your kids serve your family this week. Learning to be a servant to our families is a key building block to being a good servant to our world.

  1. Have your kids write or draw a way to serve each family member on slips of paper. Examples include: "Make my brother's bed," "Give my dad a hug," or "Do the dishes."
  2. Place the slips in a jar/box/etc.
  3. Each morning, have your kids choose a slip of paper and use it as a reminder to serve someone that day.

Habit Three: Daily Prayer

Summit Students

Summit Kids

Five and One Prayer Challenge

Take the challenge of praying through the ACTS prayer resource five times this week. On one of those days, pray through it together with your accountability partner (see habit two).

Resource

ACTS Prayer Resource

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Summit Kids

Parents, go through the WITH prayer model alongside your kids three times this week—at dinner, at bed time, or a random time during the day.

  • Wow - Tell God how amazing he is. Give him praise.
  • I’m Sorry - Tell God what he already knows: that you have sinned (disobeyed). Ask for his forgiveness.
  • Thank You - Thank God for the awesome things he has done in the world, in the Bible, and in your life. Be specific and make it personal.
  • Help - Ask God to help you, people you know, and people all over the world. He can do anything! Ask him, trust him, and believe him to do big things.

Habit Two: Christian Accountability

Summit Students

Summit Kids

This week, have a video meeting with a friend who loves Jesus and ask each other:

  • How was your time in God's Word this week? What were you reading?
  • How have you seen your love for Jesus grow this week?
  • In what ways can I be praying for you?

Resource

Fight Clubs Chapter 1: "Why Fight?"

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Summit Kids

Parents, pick a day this week where you ask your kids the following questions:

  • What did you learn about Jesus during Bible reading time this week?
  • How can the family be praying for you today?

Habit One: Personal Bible Study

Summit Students

Summit Kids

Reading Plan

Bible App daily reading plan with Summit Students

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Already in a Summit Students small group?

Take the challenge and spend five days in God’s Word this week using the Daily Devotionals provided for you in your weekly curriculum.

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Summit Kids

Weekly Resource

Use the Summit Kids weekly family worship resource (Read, Pray, Sing) and pick a night this week to do this with your entire family.

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More Resources

Looking for more resources to help your kids get in the Word on a daily basis?

Word of Life Devotionals

Foundations for Kids

About the Habits of a Disciple

As we love and care for each other, our city, and our world, we know God has called us to grow as disciple-making disciples and deepen our dependence on him. As we say often around here, “The gospel is not just the diving board; it’s the pool.” We believe God is at work in this season in many ways, but we know one of them is for us to go deeper into that pool. We don’t want to waste this moment; we want to trust that God will redeem it.

The following verses serve as guides for us:

" … walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God." - Colossians 1:10 (CSB)

"Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk​—​not as unwise people but as wise​—​making the most of the time..." - Ephesians 5:15–16 (CSB)

God wants each of us to increase in our knowledge of him, even in this season. In light of this call, we want to take five weeks and focus our church family in growing deeper in essential habits of being a disciple of Jesus. For five weeks, we will focus on five essential habits for disciples of Jesus. We will discuss them in our small groups, challenge each other to grow in them, and provide resources for those that are led to dig even deeper.

We look forward to growing with you!