Life with Jesus

A Discipleship Course for Every Christian

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Let the gospel and God's grace shape your attitude to church, Bible reading, prayer, suffering and how you live your life. 12 sessions for individuals, churches or small groups.

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What does Christian Discipleship look like in practice?

This 12-session discipleship course, perfect for individuals or groups, looks at how the gospel and God's grace can shape our attitude towards church, Bible reading, prayer, suffering, how to use our money and many other aspects of life.

Incorporating Bible study, clear explanations and thought-provoking discussion questions, these sessions can be completed in around an hour and are designed to be used flexibly in different contexts: individually, in small groups or one-to-one.

Includes plenty of material to engage mature Christians as well as new believers, and an emphasis on practical, real-life application to help people follow Jesus in every area of their lives.

Makes a useful baptism or confirmation gift.

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Contents

  • Introduction

  • PART ONE: A New Life
    1. Gospel: We Share the Victory of Jesus
    2. Grace: We Enjoy the Welcome of Jesus
    3. Church: We Belong to the Family of Jesus

  • PART TWO: A Changed Perspective
    4. Obedience: Jesus Gives Us a New View of God
    5. United: Jesus Gives Us a New Power for Life
    6. Suffering: Jesus Gives Us a New Hope for the Future

  • PART THREE: A Real Connection
    7. Bible: We Can Hear God’s Voice
    8. Prayer: We Can Seek God’s Help
    9. Communion: We Can Know God’s Love

  • PART FOUR: A Compelling Lifestyle
    10. Money: Jesus Enables Us to Lead a Contented Life
    11. Sex: Jesus Enables Us to Lead a Full Life
    12. Witness: Jesus Enables Us to Lead an Attractive Life

  • Space for Notes
    Leader's Guide

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Specification

Contributors Tim Chester
ISBN 9781784988234
Format Paperback
First published January 2023
Dimensions 153mm x 234mm x 9mm
Weight 0.16 kg
Language English
Pages 96
No. of studies 12
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

Graham Beynon

Head of Local Ministries, FIEC, UK

A great introduction or refresher on living the Christian life—a life-giving relationship with Jesus. Biblically grounded, clearly explained and solidly applied to real life, it will help readers to get going or keep going in following Jesus.

Carolyn Lacey

Author of 'Say the Right Thing' and 'Extraordinary Hospitality (for Ordinary People)'

This is the discipleship course I’ve been waiting for! Simple but well-written, with thought-provoking discussion questions and illustrations, this guide to life in Christ will encourage and equip new believers—and those who have followed Jesus for years—to live out a joyful, hopeful, purposeful life with him.

Stephen McAlpine

A simple, winsome and helpful tool for discipling new Christians (and rediscipling older ones) in our modern world. It's a great blend of accessible biblical material, robust theology and clear questions that both comfort and confront. And it's written in an engaging style, with examples from everyday life that ring true. Life seems complex in the 21st century, but as Tim Chester shows, everything we need for discipleship—a life with Jesus in the modern world—is available to us in the gospel. I can think of any number of groups to use this with.

Customer reviews


Jul 29, 2023

“Great Christian Life Overview. Brief, but solid.”

A great overview of the Christian life. This course has 4 parts that each contain 3 sections. This breakdown lends itself well to a monthly study. Each week you can cover 1 part and the work is 3 days so as to not overwhelm anyone. Since this is primarily geared towards new Christians or those looking for a refresher, this timeline works quite well. Full Scripture is included for each section, as well as responsive questions, a brief description, and thought-provoking application questions before ending with action points that address head, heart, and hands. There’s also space for notes and an included leader’s guide at the back of the book.

Topics covered include:
Gospel
Grace
Church
Obedience
United
Suffering
Bible
Prayer
Communion
Money
Sex
Witness

Aside from new believers, this would be a great youth course. It could even be used with ages 6-12, but I might skip the section on sex for them. For older youth, I think it’s entirely appropriate.


Jul 25, 2023

“What a great set of studies”

This primer by Tim Chester is ideal for one-to-one with new or young believers. It covers all the basics in a most accessible style - good use of story, or Bible study and of questions. I, and my friend, are thoroughly enjoying being challenged by it.


Jul 6, 2023

“Great little book packed with truth. Using it in a bible study for women new to the faith”

This book is a great teaching tool for new believers or those who are looking for Christian basics


Feb 21, 2023

“A useful resource for those for those wanting to biblically guide newcomers in Christ”

In ‘Life With Jesus’, Tim Chester provides a course for new believers who want to know the next step in their journey with Jesus, or for the more mature follower of Christ who simply wants a refresher.

The book consists of four parts and twelve sections:

PART 1: A new life
PART 2: A changed perspective
PART 3: A real connection
PART 4: A compelling lifestyle

Each section begins with a story of a fictional character (Jack or Alyssa’s), a passage of Scripture, a few questions, teachable points from Chester, ‘Action Points’, and a generous amount of room for your notes.

The stories of Jack and Alyssa are conversations between their friends (Tyrone and Molly) about Christianity, and these fictional conversations provide the topic for each section of study.

Toward the back of the book you’ll find a ‘Leader’s Guide’. Here Chester offers some pearls of wisdom regarding how to disciple using this book.

‘Life With Jesus’ is a helpful resource, providing a useful Bible study structure to be done one on one or in a small group. Perfect for a new believer, but would have to disagree with the cover when it states that this is for “every Christian” as this is really Christianity 101 and more advanced resources would be useful for those more mature in the Faith.

I’ll definitely be using this with new Christian and with the youth.

This product was sent to me by @thegoodbookcompanyuk in exchange for an honest review


Feb 6, 2023

“Best for New Believers”

In this devotional, Tim Chester covers a variety of topics that are fundamental to the Christian faith, church life, and personal holiness. Each section includes an imaginary anecdote, a Scripture reading and explanation, comprehension questions, and suggested action steps. This is appropriate for individuals to work through by themselves, but the author primarily designed this for people to go through with a friend or in a discipleship group. At the end of the book, Chester includes advice for group leaders, suggesting different ways that they can adapt the material for their group's use and foster meaningful conversations.

"Life with Jesus: A Discipleship Course for Every Christian" has a somewhat misleading title. It is for "every Christian" in the sense that it isn't for any particular demographic group, but this is best for new believers who are learning about their faith. People who have already been Christians for years may find this to be a helpful review, but the material focuses on basic concepts that will already be familiar to most Christians. Although there is nothing shallow about the material, it is very basic, and the title and book description could have better reflected the book's target audience.

This is appropriate for teenagers and adults, and can be a helpful discipleship tool in one-on-one meetings or in a group, but this is for people who are just beginning to learn about their faith, or who may have come out of a very shallow church where they didn't learn fundamental things about Christianity. If someone is looking for a deeper take on the topics this book covers, they are better off looking for another resource, especially if they are trying to deepen discipleship relationships in a group of people who have already professed faith and attended church for long periods of time.

Note: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Jan 3, 2023

“Great Course for a Homegroup, Youth Discipleship Group or Individual Use”

Disclaimer, I'm a big fan of Tim Chester's books and came into this looking for the positives, but I'm pretty sure I found plenty!

This course is great for new Christians and for those who'd like a refresher about what living as a Christian distinctively looks like. There are some great sessions about big topics that we don't often revisit in our Christian lives (e.g. communion, money and witness). I particularly love the case studies offered in each chapter so that the bible passage can be immediately applied to see what it might look like in practice.

The guide has plenty of content, so if you're aiming to use it for a homegroup or similar, you might want to start with it as a foundation and then trim it down, but most will find the sessions about the right length for a 45-minute session. It would also work well to go through one or two sessions with a friend over coffee.

We're using them like this for our Youth Group:
1) Read the introductory story together as it gives a scenario that this session will be answering
2) Read the Bible passage together and follow it up with some questions picked from the guide
3) Read the main body of the chapter together
4) Follow this up with a couple of the "Thinking it Through" questions that seem relevant to the group
5) Look at the Head, Heart, Hands application as they're a good opportunity to really ground the application for the young people, perhaps using the whiteboard to draw these symbols and then talk about the possibilities for each, or giving them an opportunity to draw/write responses as something more creative.

It's been a great resource to give to our leaders who can either use it 'off the shelf' or pick the bits that work well for their group and add some additional questions. It's also great value for a 12-session course! Would absolutely recommend


Dec 11, 2022

“good brief study”

I've read several blog posts and articles written by Tim Chester over the years and have typically enjoyed them so I was excited to get a chance to go through his new discipleship study.

Although the book is called a "course", it's essentially a daily or weekly bible study that walks through what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

The book is structures for four parts and twelve chapters:

- Part 1: A New Life

- Part 2: A Change Perspective

- Part 3: A Real Connection

- Part 4: A Compelling Lifestyle

Each section follows the same format as well:

- A Story

- A Scripture Reference

- Questions

- Chester's Insights

- Think Through It sections

- Action Points

- Notes

Chester does a great job of pushing one to dig deep into what a disciple looks like biblically and how to apply that to their own walk and following of Jesus. The Think Through It sections and Action Points provide practical and personal steps to lead one to a deeper relationship with Christ.

I enjoy Chester's writing style as he's honest, raw, and bold yet gentle with his convictions.

The book concludes with a leader's guide, thus it's able to be used in a solo setting or a group setting.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

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