The only real answer is Jesus. The only real problem is Sin. The only real work is the Cross. In the end, we only have Him.
Discipling by Jesus (DBJ) is a group devotional practice for encountering the crucified Christ. By working through His Word & Spirit, Body & Blood we explore greater depths of the Father’s love as we surrender to the Holy Spirit.
DBJ adapts Discovery Bible Study for Western cultures that are already exposed (and often resistant) to the gospel. We cultivate practices such as Listening, Grace, and Humility that are often overlooked our busy, stressed, and individualistic lives.
Because DBJ focuses on Jesus rather than human teaching, it can be as helpful for lifelong believers as those meeting Him for the first time. In particular, the focus is less on teaching obedience and more on receiving grace to grow closer to Jesus.
DBJ is available as “open source” under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
|1||Praise||Recall and Rejoice||When did you see Jesus this week? (to teach, save, or comfort)|
|2||Word||Read and Retell||How is the Father revealed in this passage of Scripture?|
|3||Spirit||Reflect and Record||Where do I need less of me and more of Jesus?|
|4||Body||Report and Respond||What is the Holy Spirit saying to all of us from each of us?|
|5||Blood||Repent and Receive||Which grace do we need to grow closer to Jesus — in love, likeness, or living?|
|6||Mission||Recap and Resolve||Who can you be Jesus to this week?|
|7||Retrospective||Review and Revise||Share an “I like” and “I wonder” about today’s session|
In each Phase, this week’s “Starter” chooses one person to start answering the Question, then that person chooses the next, and so on (ending with the Starter). We typically partake of the eucharist together after Phases 4 and 5, and choose next week’s Starter after Phase 6.
Cruciformation is a cross-centered approach to spiritual formation, where we grow closer in maturity primarily by identifying with the death of Jesus, not merely His words or His power. That is, Jesus wants us to bring Him our brokenness more than our strengths.
- I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
- And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
- So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. (1 Corinthians 1:23)