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Discipleship Explored Handbook

What's the best love you've ever known?

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Fresh new look Handbook for this popular 8-session discipleship course.

Part of the Discipleship Explored series.

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Discipleship Explored has been designed to help followers of Jesus discover the joy, unity, righteousness and love which are theirs in Christ.

This eight-session journey through Paul's letter to the Philippians will help believers young and old to discover the greatest love anyone could ever know, and how to live as disciples of Christ Jesus today.

The Handbook contains everything a guest needs to take part in this eight-session course.

Each session starts with a film (from the accompanying DVD or download), after which there is a group Bible study in Philippians.

Follow Up material is included to help course participants follow up each theme during the week.

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  • 1. Confident In Christ (Philippians 1:1-11)
    2. Living In Christ (Philippians 1:12-26)
    3. One In Christ (Philippians 1:27 - 2:11)
    4. Obedient In Christ (Philippians 2:12-30)
    5. Righteous In Christ (Philippians 3:1-9)
    6. Transformed In Christ (Philippians 3:10 - 4:1)
    7. Rejoicing In Christ (Philippians 4:2-9)
    8. Content In Christ (Philippians 4:10-23)

  • Extras: map and background to Philippians

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Contributors Barry Cooper
ISBN 9781784982027
Format Paperback
First published March 2018
Dimensions 148mm x 210mm x 5mm
Weight 0.12 kg
Language English
Pages 80
Publisher The Good Book Company/CE

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Sinclair B Ferguson

Teaching Fellow of Ligonier Ministries; former Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

Discipleship Explored has always been a valuable tool for helping Christians understand what it means to follow Christ. But with this new series of films, along with the accompanying leader’s and guest Handbooks, it reaches another level of excellence. The films are a pleasure to watch; Thabiti Anyabwile conveys the meaning of Philippians as he reads it for us, section by section; and Barry Cooper excels as an engaging guide to help us understand Paul’s Letter to the Philippians and apply it to our lives today. And all this comes with a wonderfully international flavour to both the locations used and the Christians who make cameo appearances. If, after using Discipleship Explored, you don’t love Philippians and want to grow more like Christ, you may be spiritually brain dead. The only downside is that it may make you impatient for this team to do the rest of the New Testament!

Independent reviews

Discipleship Explored – A Review

Robin Ham, That Happy Certainty, 15 Nov 2018

So when I heard that Christianity Explored Ministries was re-designing Discipleship Explored, I was keen to explore the new material. Presenter and co-writer Barry Cooper kindly took the time to answer some questions a few months ago about the new-look DE. Of course, at one level video-based resources will inevitably date quickly, so there will always be a pressure to keep ‘re-freshening’ such resources. However, ‘DE 2.0’ has more than just a facelift: all the material has been completely re-written, as well as being re-shot, whilst still retaining its focus on Philippians.... continue reading

Customer reviews

30 Oct 2022

“A brilliant resource accessible to all ages - even a pensioner like me!”

(Review written for 'Discipleship Explored Handbook (ebook)')

Discipleship Explored covers all Philippians in manageable chunks for every level of Christian - or even for a n/c to make them realise what being a follower of Jesus really entails.
Beautifully produced with interesting background scenery plus relevant interviews. Particularly helpful were the handbook questions and Optional questions (The week ahead) which were done as homework! Many thanks to all who produced this valuable resource! Planning to do Life Explored next!

31 Mar 2022

“Great service and good material”

(Review written for 'Discipleship Explored Handbook (ebook)')

Thanks for the help with the order that ensured we got the material we needed to run this great coures

5 Mar 2020


WE use this book at our bible study group. It is good and gets you thinking with the questions asked and having to refer to the bible readings

2 Jun 2019

“An excellent resource for new Christians”

The Discipleship Explored course provides a really helpful framework for a bunch of new Christians to work through Philippians, learning how wonderful a group Bible study can be as a way to understand God’s word. It helps to build up a pattern of quiet times in the week too. The videos for the course are excellent too.

22 Jul 2016

“A brilliant follow on from the Christianity Explored Course.”

(Review written for 'Discipleship Explored Study Guide')

I have just come back to God after an absence of 30 years and was asked if I wanted to do the Christianity Explored course. I agreed, but it was a very small group of 3 in total. I found it to be a very informative and soul seeking course. It gave me a lot to think about as I have a terminal heart problem, and most of the time I cannot attend worship because of this, so it was based at my house and the course had to go along at my pace. We finished the course and I and the other person thought it was really good. Having enjoyed the experience of the course, I wanted to do the Discipleship course, but the other people could not because of other ministerial duties and holidays, so I decided to start it myself. I am finding it difficult and challenging at times, but with continues prayer and guidance from Jesus I am coping. I find at times that I cannot come up with the answer straight away so I put the book back down, put the DVD back on, watch the session again, again if necessary, and I go to my quiet place and pray for understanding, then go back to it, and that works for me. I am half way through session 6, their is more thought required for this as I do not have the chance of discussion with anybody and I am finding it more soul searching than before. If you want to get in touch with me in a few weeks time, when I have completed the course, I don't mind. I hope that this might give someone encouragement to do a couse like this, as I said it had been 30 years since I had even set foot in a church and to go through Christianity Explored gave me a wonderful foundation. Thank You for that. The Discipleship Explored is giving me love, hope and encouragement for me to go on in life, and for the strength to live beyond death, to a new inspired life, a life that is full of His Grace and Mercy.
God Bless

9 May 2016

“Not easy but we loved it”

(Review written for 'Discipleship Explored Study Guide')

It's been a while since we ran a Discipleship Explored course, so we embarked on this one with some trepidation. Some felt the course material would be too dense and challenging for new believers, while others felt it misses some of the basics of the faith that might seem appropriate in a Discipleship course for new converts. In the event, we have enjoyed the course immensely and our mixed group has loved using the text of Philippians to get to grips with what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I think the secret is to use the course material as a basic framework and be prepared to be flexible and adapt it to the needs of the group as these emerge. So for instance, we spent a lot of time discussing the nature and work of the Holy Spirit following the homework in week three and also discussed the nature of the Church as part of our discussions on unity in Chapter 2. So it is possible to cover some additional topics not explicitly covered by a study of Philippians whilst benefiting from a greater understanding of what it means to be 'in Christ' and from studying the inspired text. It does still feel a bit complicated and confusing to participants and at times the material seems a bit repetitive, especially when the group are keen to ask questions on all aspects of the Christian faith. My current group has mostly new believers, with a couple of more mature Christians so the difficulty is that the new comers want to know more about Church, the Sacraments, prayer, witnessing, morality and so on and these and many other questions have to be woven into an already dense programme of study. Some of the questions are irritatingly obvious comprehension questions but in fairness, these are mixed in well with questions that prompt group discussion and a common understanding. We haven't quite finished the course but have loved doing it so far and have no doubt it will bear fruit in all our lives.

14 Mar 2016


(Review written for 'Discipleship Explored Study Guide')

We have run a small group using the discipleship explored material, it has been of great benefit to those attending and we have all enjoyed working through the weekly material. We would thoroughly recommend it.

11 Mar 2016

“Discipleship Explored”

(Review written for 'Discipleship Explored Study Guide')

Excellent material, well presented by Barry Cooper. Clear and concise outline and workbooks presented in an understanding format. Very practical course for every day Christian living as a disciple of Christ Jesus our Lord.

28 Dec 2015

“Small group study”

(Review written for 'Discipleship Explored Study Guide')

Very interactive and encouraging study on Philippians. Group members have been doing the daily devotions and say it's the best part about the study. Everyone looks forward to the next study.

17 Nov 2015

“Brilliant Materials”

(Review written for 'Discipleship Explored Study Guide')

You have done a fantastic job all round. Order delivered promptly. Have watched Dvd and correlated to the handbooks and especially helpful was the Leaders handbook. We plan to use this with a mans group and sowing the seed of God's word in hearts and mind. Pray for the fruit that will follow. God's word will not return to Him void.

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