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E34 – How to Disciple Someone to Study the Bible on Their Own

We all know disciples of Jesus need to be able to study the Bible on their own, but how do we teach them? Do we spoon feed them for years with the hopes they will eventually be able to read and apply God’s word to their lives, or do we do something more intentional?  We would argue the latter.

Today on this episode, we are going to talk about teaching something called the Cross Bible Study to the people we disciple.  I hope you find it helpful.  I know I did when it was first taught to me by Jim Millard.

Below you’ll see a picture of a sample Cross Bible Study.  You don’t have to do it exactly as I do, but it will at least give you an idea.

I like to write out the passage reference and the date, followed by drawing the cross and numbering it to remind me to follow each step with Jesus.

Next, I’ll go to step 1 and pray.  Then I will make a conscious effort to read with Jesus.

After I read the passage once, I will put a number 2) on my paper followed by a letter A).  I will prayerfully write out 3-5 questions (lettering them A-E) while asking Jesus to help me with the questions.  Then I will consider the questions with Jesus.

After I have answered all the questions, I will write 3) JESUS – “James,     ”

I will pause and listen to Jesus.  Sometimes I hear easily and sometimes I do not. On my best days, I listen quietly. If I do not feel like I am hearing anything from Jesus, then I will go to phase 2 of listening. I will imagine Jesus is sitting across the table from me, and I will imagine what He would say to me out of the passage. To me, this is a way of building up my listening muscle or perhaps is another way of listening. Whatever I hear I will write as accurately as I can.

Lastly, I will write a 4) and respond with how I will obey, or respond to God in some other way depending on what I heard.

I hope you find this helpful.  Let me know.

For story framework the website I mention on the podcast is



E33 – The Methods of Jesus (Part Matthew)

“You can’t take the teachings of Jesus and separate them from the methods of Jesus and get the results of Jesus.” – Jim Putman

Let’s take an aerial overview from Matthew and see what we can discover about the methods Jesus used. How did Jesus use His time?  Who was He with? What did He do?

We are trying something a little new on this episode. Let us know how you like it.

Deep Water Short – Stop Going to Church

Should you go to church? The answer isn’t what you think.

E32 – Only Fit to be Slaves?

“Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.” -C.S. Lewis

Those parts of your life you do not surrender to your owner are the parts most vulnerable to attack from the enemy.

E30 – 4 Essential Practices for Cross-Cultural Disciple Making

Did you realize that if you have been following Jesus for more than two years you are no longer the same culture as your unbelieving neighbor? In fact, while we often think of cross-cultural disciple making as involving people from different countries, there are actually all kinds of different cultures everywhere… even in your hometown.

What are some of the key practices necessary to be able to successfully make disciples cross-culturally? In this podcast, we have put together 4 essential practices necessary for successful cross cultural disciple making.

Books mentioned:
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken

The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken

E29 – Disciple Makers Love Their Enemies

One of Jesus’ most famous commands is to “love our enemies.”  Do we dare obey such an unusual command?  Do we dare disobey it?

Today in America it is election day.  So, in that vein, we’ll talk some about our political enemies, and how we can obey Jesus’ command to love our enemies.

In the podcast I mentioned several things by Carl Medearis.  Below are some links you can use to watch some of his talks.  I highly recommend the following.

You can also search his name on any podcast application and get to some great stories there as well.

E28 – 4 Tips for Frustrated Disciple Makers

Have you ever felt like you were the only one who cared about something, such as Disciple Making, in your church?  Here are 4 tips for those of you who find yourself frustrated.  Whether you are frustrated with your church, frustrated with the people you are discipling, or just frustrated with everything, these tips will help you evaluate what you need to do and help get you back on a productive track.

DW Short 02 – Jesus Perspective on Refugees

Is there a Biblical perspective on refugees?  What would Jesus say about them?  What should you and I do as followers of Jesus in regard to refugees?

On the podcast, I didn’t mention Matthew 25:31-46, but it is the next logical passage to consider after Matthew 2:13-18.  Other passages we should consider as we weigh our response and perspectives on refugees are:

Meditate on Luke 6:27 if you think refugees are our enemies.

Meditate of Luke 10:26-37 if you think they are not our enemies, but they are from different countries so that changes our duty as followers of Jesus.

What other passages do you think are important?  Let us know in the comments below.


E27 – 7 Questions To Ask the People You Disciple

Here are 7 questions I (James) like to ask when I am discipling someone.  On the show, I talk a little more about the components of a meeting with people you are discipling, as well as fleshing out the importance of each of these questions.

  1. How have you been lately? How are you?
  2. How is your family?
  3. Have you had any difficulties or something that stressed you out since we last met?
    1. Alternate question: In what ways has Satan been trying to attack you this week? (I don’t use this one often because I want the focus to be on Jesus, not the enemy.  However, sometimes its a great question to ask.)
  4. How has God been working in your life?
  5. How is your relationship with God?
  6. What is God teaching you through His Word?
  7. How is your prayer life?

Each of these questions are asked in the current context.  (… this week? or …. since we last met?)

Also, if you need these in another language let us know and we’ll see if we have someone who can translate them.

What are other questions you like to use?


E26 – Watering the Seeds of Healing

What do you do when you, or the person you are discipling needs healing?  We all know that only God can bring real healing, but what can we do to water the seeds of healing that God has planted there?

In this episode, we are talking about counseling.  Sometimes we give it, other times we need to receive it, and still other times a professional counselor can be very useful at helping bring emotional and spiritual healing.

To some people, getting counseling is like admitting they are weak or that there is something wrong with them. (Which is actually true for all of us.)  It’s like there is a stigma with going to a professional counselor.  The fact is, we all either have gone through or will go through difficult times, and so will the people we disciple.  We may or may not need a professional counselor, but let’s weigh our options carefully and see what resources God provides.  One of those resources might be professional Christian counselors.


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