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Phase 3 Amplified Discipleship Concepts

Lessons to deepen understanding of the Phase 1 lessons.

Lesson 3-6 Three Areas

We can divide our lives into three distinct categories. 1) Time 2) Energy 3) Possessions.
These three areas of my life is where I need to yield my independence and acknowledge His Lordship authority. We use the examples of Adam and Eve in the Garden, Jesus being tempted by Satan, the Prophet Jeremiah and portions of 1 John.

3-6 Three Areas (12:59 min.)

 

Lesson 3-6 Lesson 3-6 God Was at Work in 3 Areas of Job’s Life

The story of Job is often presented with an emphasis on “suffering and patience.” We believe the greater lesson is one of “how God molds His children.” This series of videos looks at the three area that God allowed Job to suffer in and looks at Job's responses and the way in which Elihu tries to restor Job as described in Galatians 6:1-2, which is a model for how we are to help restore other believers when we see them out of abiding fellowship with the Lord.

3-6 Part 1 The 3 "Areas" of our Lives (3:01 min.)

We can divide our lives into three distinct categories. 1) Time 2) Energy 3) Possessions. These three areas of my life is where I need to yield my independence and acknowledge His Lordship authority.

 

3-6 Part 2 God's Sovereignty Examples(3:47 min.)

Art & Toni Barkley share how the response of two different believers differs towards God's Sovereiginity

 

3-6 3 Job Part 3 Points 1-6 (5:46 min.)

We look at how God puts a "Hedge of Protection" around each believer and only allows The Enemy permission into each "Area" by degrees.

 

3-6 Part 4 Points 8-9 (5:26 min.)

God reveals to Job, the true reason why he allowed calamity to come into his life - Because Job had a distorted view of his own "goodness" based on his human understanding.

 

3-6 Job Part 5 Restoration to Abiding FellowshipLesson (1:47 min.)

The way in which Elihu gently and humbly pointed out Job’s error is a worthy example of Galatians 6:1-2, where the Lord instructs us: Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted. Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:1-2)

 

 

Lesson 3-8 My "Old Self" and My "New Self" Walking in the Spirit

This lesson uses Ephesians 4 & 5 where the Apostle Paul is making a contrast between walking in the flesh to walking in the Spirit.This lesson addresses the topic of how to grow new believers. 

Lesson 3-8 Part 1 of 2 (18:15 min.)

 

Lesson 3-8 Part 2 of 2 (13:24 min.)

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Phase 2 Mentor Training

Guidelines for those who want to disciple/mentor other believers, explanation of Balanced Discipleship and a discussion on how new believers grow spiritually.

Lesson 2-1 10 Reasons Why Personal Discipleship is Needed

10 reasons why we believe that personal discipleship (spiritual parenting) is needed, in addition to corporate discipleship. In these discussions we attempt to identify areas of spiritual need in order to prayerfully seek God’s solutions.

2-1 Part 1 of 3 (18:25 min.)

 

2-1 Part 2 of 3 (23:27 min.)

 

2-1 Part 3 of 3 (18:15 min.)

 

Lesson 2-2 What is Personal Discipleship?

To most Christians the term "discipleship" simply equates to "Presenting Biblical Truth". More accurately we believe the concept of "Spiritual parenting / mentoring" more accurately reflects the Biblical meaning of discipleship. 

2-2 Part 1 of 3 (16:29 min.)

 

2-2 Part 2 of 3 (25:28 min.)

 

2-2 Part 3 of 3 (22:09 min.)

 

Lesson 2-3 Growing New Believers

This lesson addresses the topic of how to grow new believers.

How does a new believer acquire spiritual understanding? In our discipleship workshops we ask the question to Christian leaders, “would you prefer to place a new believer in your congregation knowing that they were going to become like the typical person in your congregation?” How do you think they answer? What's your response? 

2-3 Part 1 of 5 (26:46 min.)

 

2-3 Part 2 of 5 (19:24 min.)

 

2-3 Parable of the Sower (19:24 min.)

Using the parable of the Sower from Matthew and Luke we look at the four groups presented in the narrative and apply it to those believers that are discipled versus those that are not discipled.

 

2-3 Spiritually Is Graded on The Curve (10:25 min.)

Spiritual maturity is typically graded on the curve. If you're in a church and everybody is very immature and you're just a "little" immature don't you feel good about yourself? You say, "I'm ahead of those guys." God knows where every believer is and God holds you accountable for where He knows you are. He doesn't hold you accountable for how you are compared to someone else. We need to disciple new believers and help them to get started so that they don't go through their Christian life comparing themselves to other people.

 

2-3 Discipled vs. Undiscipled Believers (20:56 min.)

Using a timeline of a Christian's life, the purpose of this diagram is to convey what happens to a new believer that is discipled versus a believer that is not discipled.

 

Lesson 2-4 What is a Biblical Disciple?

What Is a Biblical Disciple? To many Christians the term “disciple” speaks of a believer who exhibits "correct Christian behavior". Since one’s behavior is a product of one’s convictions and values, we believe being a “disciple” more accurately reflects a believer’s disposition of the heart relationship with the Lord. In this lesson we seek to focus on a disciple’s heart attitude, rather than just what a disciple “does.” 

2-4 Part 1 of 3 (10:10 min.)

 

2-4 Part 2 of 3 (11:11 min.)

 

2-4 Part 3 of 2 (7:40 min.)

 

Lesson 2-5 Essential Roles for Discipling

Art discusses the three "components" of the discipling process. They are: 1) The Holy Spirit, 2) The Discipler and 3) The Materials. 

2-5 Essentials for Discipling (2:45 min.)

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Introduction and Assessment

An overview of how the DTI manual is arranged and how to use the two diagnostic tools to help you as the mentor discern the spiritual maturity level of the mentee and possible gaps in their understanding.

 

Intro 1 The DTI Mission Statement

Discipler Training International, a non-denominational discipleship ministry, provides free discipleship resources for training disciplers (spiritual mentors) to help every Christian grow in spiritual maturity (Colossians 1:28), spiritual fruitfulness (John 15:8) and spiritual reproduction. (2 Timothy 2:2). Listen as Art Barkley discusses how DTI can assist churches in reaching these goals. 

Intro-1 Our Mission Statement (4:16 min.)

 

Intro-3 The Need for Balanced Discipleship

We think most church leaders would agree that the Body of Christ is not having the impact on the world that we would desire. There are a myriad of reasons that can be put forth as to why the Church is not more spiritually healthy.

At a seminar, the following statement was made: “The system you have in place is perfectly designed for the results you are getting”. We believe that the Church has strayed from God’s model for spiritual growth.

The typical church has been successful in providing what we refer to as “Corporate Discipleship”, which is an essential element for healthy individual spiritual growth, as well as for healthy church growth.

However, we believe there is another element that is essential to normal healthy spiritual growth, which we refer to as “Personal Discipleship”. 

Intro-3 The Need For Balanced Discipleship (5:11 min.)

 

Intro-4 The Course Timeline

The DTI discipleship manual is divided into three Phases. Phase 1 is what you would present to a new believer to help them to understand how to walk with the Holy Spirit, how to follow God, and what the Christian life is all about. Phase 2 is the philosophy of discipleship; why disciple, what is the disciple, and how to disciple. Phase 3 is a continuation of Phase 1, what we call amplified discipleship concepts. 

Intro-4 How the Manual is configured (2:56 min.)

 

Assessment-1 - 5 Biblical Concepts Every Believer Needs to Know

As you begin the spiritual mentoring process with a disciple, use the 5 Concepts Every New Believer Needs to Understand to help diagnose the spiritual maturity level of the believer. It will help you determine gaps in their understanding moving forward using Phase 1. 

5 Biblical Concepts Every Believer Needs to Know (5:35 min.)

Assessment-2 - Where Am I As A Christian?

Many believers don't know where they are spiritually. This diagnostic tool is intended to help mentors and mentees evaluate where they are in relation to four "spiritual catagories."  Pastors and Leaders can also " look" out at their congeration, and discern, based on the qualities listed who might need spiritual mentoring and who might best be a spiritual mentor. The lesson is located in the Assessment section of the DTI manual. Or, download this lesson in PDF format.

Where Am I As A Christian Overview (3:15 min.)

 

Where Am I As A Christian Group #1 (7:06 min.)

 

Where Am I As A Christian Group #2 (1:10 min.)

 

Where Am I As A Christian Group #3 (4:09 min.)

 

Where Am I As A Christian Group #4 (1:28 min.)

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 Discipler Training International provides free resources on our website to:

1) Redefining Discipleship

  • Discussion on possible reasons the Church is not having a greater impact and provide potentional solutions
  • Click here to download the Redefing Discipleship document 

2) Mentor video training tools

  • Live audio teaching of Art Barkley facilitating a Sunday morning class combined with screen captures of lesson pages and read-along text of what Art is teaching. Click here to go to the Author Teaching Lessons page.
  • Archive Videos from Crosspointe Church in Largo, Florida, where DTI Mentors Frank and Jeannette Meitz prepared faithful men and women who wanted to be equipped to come along side and mentor new believers. All 16 Phase 1 lessons are available in this series. Click here to go to the Live Archive page.
  • 3) Intentional Discipleship Communities. Frank & Jeannette Meitz lead small groups of believers who seek the Lord for His presence, unity, and a fresh anointing in His individual and collective calling and mission. We use all three Phases in the DTI manual with thoughtful engaging conversations to seek the Lord and His promise of Living in The Abundant Christian Life. Click here to go to the Intentional Discipleship Communities page.

3) Facilitation Training Guide

  • (useful tips for Small Groups and for mentoring) Click here to download the Facilitation Training Guide

4) Implementation Guidelines

  • Ideas and tips to effectively establish a disciple making culture in your church
  • Sample forms and agendas for follow-up
  • Click here to download the Implementation Guidleines document

5) Additional video teachings are imbedded in the DTI electronic app.

6) YouVersion Bible app devotionals

  • (Search for "DTI" in Plans)

7) Live remote or on-site training

  • DTI will consider requests to conduct live remote training or onsite training for pastors and leaders, with a commitment and plan to implement discipleship utilizing DTI.

Anyone may freely reproduce and distribute our materials, but please do not sell or charge for the resources, or alter anything without DTI's consent.

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Phase 1 - Understanding the Christian Life

Foundational concepts and principles to be used in the mentoring process, focusing on inward transformation and the heart attitude rather than behavior manipulation.

 

Lesson 1-1 Abbreviated Overview of the “Normal” Christian Life

Lesson 1-1 is a practical overview of the Normal Christian life. We visualize the Christian life as a picture - as a box top for a jig-saw puzzle. We want to help you mentally connect the puzzle “pieces” (Biblical Truths) to God's overall plan for your life.

The Spiritual Mentor may also find “gaps” in the understanding of the mentee that will help determine the pace of future lessons. 

 1-1 Part 1 of 2 (11:18 min.)

 

1-1 Part 2 of 2 (9:46 min.)

 

 

Lesson 1-2 Knowing God

This lesson asks the question, what is spiritual maturity? In the video you'll learn that spiritual maturity is the degree that God has been able to change your thinking to see life from His perspective. Spiritual maturity is not how well you're behaving or how many good things you're doing or how much of the Bible you're reading or how often you go to church or anything else. Spiritual maturity is how much do you see life from God's perspective. (Romans 12:1-2)

This lesson covers four main areas: 1) My Attitude, 2) God's Word, 3) Prayer, 4) Corporate Gatherings.

1-2 Point 1 (8:48 min.)

Point #1 asks the question, what is spiritual maturity? In the video you'll learn that spiritual maturity is the degree that God has been able to change your thinking to see life from His perspective. Spiritual maturity is not how well you're behaving or how many good things you're doing or how much of the Bible you're reading or how often you go to church or anything else. Spiritual maturity is how much do you see life from God's perspective.

 

1-2 Point 2 Part 1 of 2 (5:30 min.)

Point 2 discusses God’s Word, the Bible. Be aware of the importance of allowing the Lord to speak to us through His Word because as He speaks to us through His word He's pushing us towards the truth. The Bible is the truth and as you allow it the truth will impact your mind. He is moving us towards the absolute truth, whereas anything else in this world will try to push us away from the truth.

 

1-2 Point 2 Part 2 of 2 (5:48 min.)

This video continues to help the disciple understand the nuances of reading the Bible. For example, is the idea to just spend some time in the Bible and then go on about your business? That's not the way to look at our time in the Bible. God wants us to ponder, contemplate, meditate on the things that He wants to speak to us about. It's not something that comes naturally though. We are told to let the Word of Christ dwell within us.

 

1-2 Point 3 Part 1 of 3 (5:38 min.)

Point 3 is about our prayer life with God. As we think about prayer we need a balance. On one hand we have an awesome God who created the universe and at the other extreme we have a God who wants to be personally involved in every part of our life. To have the right balance we don't want to take God for granted. We want to come to God with reverence, but not in a mechanical sense. Think about this: God keeps every atom of every single piece of His creation in place and yet at the same time that same God is interested in the minute details of our lives.

 

1-2 Point 3 Part 2 of 3 (6:00 min.)

Continuing our discussion on prayer. Proverbs 3:5-6 says to "acknowledge or include God" in your decision making process. So prayer can be continual. Continually include Him in all our ways. To acknowledge Him means to include Him by saying, "God I want your input." Include God in our moment by moment decision making process. God wants us to have this habit of including Him.

 

1-2 Point 3 Part 3 of 3 (6:22 min.)

Prayer includes adoration, thanksgiving, praise, confession, reconciliation, forgiveness, supplications, requests for personal needs, requests for the needs of others and intercession. We should reflect on that on a frequent basis. Prayer is just not saying I need, I need, I need. There are other things that God wants us to be concerned with beyond our "gimme" attitude.

 

1-2 Inward Transformation NOT Behavior Manipulation (4:57 min.)

This is a supplemental video for Lesson 1-2. A believer’s level of spiritual maturity is the degree to which the Holy Spirit has been able to change their inward value system in His direction. Many believers are very good at manipulating their behavior to “appear” to behave correctly, but NOT allowing God to transform their thinking which will produce the behavior that is pleasing to Him. This video reveals the correlation between how many parents discipline their children and how many believers manipulate their behavior to "appear" good.

 

 

Lesson 1-3 Salvation Principles

The Christian life should not be based just around salvation but on Christ.  Salvation is just the entrance into the Christian life.  This lesson provides some basic concepts concerning salvation such as: Mercy & Grace, God's Principle of Substitution, and the difference between "Christianity and Religion".

1-3 Points 1-2 (4:09 min)

1-3 Points 3-6 (9:15 min)

  

 

Lesson 1-4 The Spiritual Anatomy of a Christian

This lesson is a transition lesson describing the "circle inside of a circle" which will be used in many future lessons. We want the new believer to see the interactivity of the spirit, soul and body and at the same time realize they have different functions.

 

 

Lesson 1-5 My Human Nature & God's Divine Nature

This lesson is intended to help clarify the events which have led to our present condition of the believer having two natures. We provide a description of God's nature and how the "enemy" wants to distort it. It's important to focus on God's Character and the Scripture verses in this lesson because as you spiritually mentor a believer, you will constantly fall back on this lesson, and revisit God's character, and why you can trust Him. 

1-5 Page 1 Diagram Explanation (1:52 min.)

 

Lesson 1-5 Point 1 God's Character (5:29 min.)

 

Lesson 1-5 Points 2-3 (7:55 min.)

 

Lesson 1-5 Points 4-7 (6:14 min.)

 

Lesson 1-5 Points 8-10 (6:10 min.)

 

 

Lesson 1-6 How To Relate to The Holy Spirit

As you disciple a new believer you have introduced them to the two natures and helped them to understand that they have their old nature they inherited from Adam and the Divine new nature from God in the person of the Holy Spirit.   Now we want to introduce the disciple to the personality of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is a person.

Lesson 1-6 Intro & Point 1 (4:33 min.)

 1-6 Point 2 (4:13 min.)

 

1-6 Points 4-6 (5:23 min.)

 

1-6 Points 7-9 (6:20 min.)

  

 

Lesson 1-7 Lordship and Surrender

 The purpose of  this lesson is to help the new believer understand the importance of making a Lordship decision.  That is the decision to acknowledge His Lordship in my life.  To see the Lord as the one that is in charge of my life.

For additional teaching videos on Lordship see lesson 2-4 by clicking here.

1-7 #1 - Lordship and Surrender - Diagram Overview (4.52 min.)

 

1-7 #2 A Step by Step Discussion of Page 1 Diagram (Part 1) (7:53 min.)

 

1-7 #3 A Step by Step Discussion of Page 1 Diagram (Part 2) (9:10 min.)

 

1-7 #4 - Consider Surrender (3:11 min.)

 

1-7 #5 - The Abnormal Christian Life (6:20 min.)

 

1-7 #6 - Why don’t we allow God access? (1:58 min.)

 

1-7 #7 - Is it reasonable to NOT trust God? (5:56 min.)

 

1-7 #8 - The Rooms of My "House" (5:22 min.)

 

1-7 #9 - The Hall Closet - Is Jesus my LORD and not just my Savior? (3:36 min.)

 

  

Lesson 1-8 Review of Our Two Natures

 This lesson is a review of our two natures and looks at our four spiritual conditions. Either walking in the flesh or walking in the Spirit.

1-8 Point 1 (3:08 min.)

 

1-8 Points 2-3 (6:57 min.)

 

1-8 Point 4 (3:55 min.)

  

 

Lesson 1-9 Abiding Principles to Help Me Maintain Fellowship With The Lord

 Why is it so important for me to abide?  We are vessels and it's the treasure that's in the vessel that is important.  We ourselves have nothing to offer but what we can do.  As we are abiding His living water can flow through our lives.

1-9 Introduction to Abiding (7:20 min.)

 

1-9 The Condition of “Abiding” VS. The Condition of “Not Abiding” (6:59 min.)

 

1-9 Why Is It Important For Me to Abide? (6:09 min.)

 

1-9 Abiding Dimension of Width (6:42 min.)

 

1-9 Abiding Dimension of Height (3:35 min.)

1-9 Abiding Dimension of Depth (3:27 min.)

1-9 Symptoms of NOT Abiding Part 1 (10:44 min.)

 

1-9 Symptoms of NOT Abiding Part 2 (3:30 min.)

 

1-9 Misconceptions (6:17 min.)

  

 

Lesson 1-10 Verses and Illustrations Relating to Abiding

In John 15, Jesus is depicted as the vine and I as a Christian am the branch and the Holy Spirit produces the fruit.  The main point is that the believer is simply a vessel or conduit through which the light flows.

1-10 (7:58 min.)

  

 

Lesson 1-11 Abiding Today, The Present, This Moment

 God wants me to be free from the burden of unresolved issues of the past or the future allowing Him freedom to produce fruit in my life.   If I'm not abiding with the Holy Spirit, why not?

1-11 Intro and Point 1a (4:46 min.)

1-11 Points 1b-1f (5:59 min.)

1-11 Points 2a-b1 (8:35 min.)

1-11 Points 2b3 Growth (4:21 min.)

1-11 Points 3a (7:22 min.)

1-11 Points 3b-d (7:22 min.)

  

 

Lesson 1-12 Living Daily In (or out of) Fellowship With The Lord

 This lesson is an overview of concepts previously covered in Phase 1. We want to help believers to understand their continual interaction with the two natures, and how that impacts their daily relationship with the Holy Spirit.

1-12 Diagram Overview Part 1 (3:23 min.)

 

1-12 Diagram Overview Part 2 (3:23 min.)

 

1-12 Diagram Overview Part 3 (1:43 min.)

 

1-12 Abiding Discussion (16:45 min.)

  

 

Lesson 1-13 The 3 Major Phases of the Christian Life

 In this lesson we review the principles of Salvation, Lordship, Abiding and His Fruit produced through me. The 2nd part of this lesson is a true story of "Vera" that illustrates the principles reviewed in Part 1.

1-13 (11:09 min.)

  

 

Lesson 1-14 Hardships, Suffering & God's Sovereignty

 One of the main purposes of this lesson is to present the idea that God allows suffering in this life for Christians.  Many Christians begin the Christian life with the idea that now that I'm saved there is no more suffering.  We're attempting to present a balanced view of suffering.  We want to help Christians to understand that suffering is a normal part of the Christian life.  We are to learn through suffering.

1-14 Part 1 of 3 (22:42 min.)

 

1-14 Part 2 of 3 (23:37 min.)

 

1-14 Part 3 of 3 (19:37 min.)

  

 

Lesson 1-15 Making Right Choices, Discerning God's Will

 God will always give the very best to those who leave the choice with Him.

1-15 Part 1 of 3 (21:36 min.)

 

1-15 Part 2 of 3 (18:58 min.)

 

1-15 Part 3 of 3 (17:10 min.)

  

 

Lesson 1-16 Christian Maturity

 Growing in Spiritual Maturity refers to the process in which the Holy Spirit transforms my spiritual understanding (values, priorities) in order to increase the flow of His life (His Living Water) through me. As more of His life is free to flow through me, there will be an ever-increasing measure of His spiritual fruit in my life.

1-16 Part 1 of 2 (21:36 min.)

 

1-16 Part 2 of 2 (21:18 min.)

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FACILITATION TRAINING GUIDE

While this document is designed for training facilitators in a conference or workshop, the information and techniques are also applicable for small groups and one-on-one facilitating.

NOTE TO GROUP TRAINING FACILITATOR:

  • This training should be delivered in a “facilitation style” to model how facilitation works.
  • Always consider your PURPOSE for the training. What do you want to accomplish?
  • What do you want them TO KNOW?
    • For example: Do you want the attendees to know the DTI curriculum / manual?
  • What do you want them TO DO with the information from the training?
    • For example: Do you want them to disciple/mentor at least one person and to implement in their churches?
  • What do you want them TO BELIEVE?
    • For example: They must believe that one-on-one spiritual mentoring is important, and they can do it.  Otherwise, no matter how much they “know” – they will never “do it”.  So don’t ignore this important part of the training.

Download the Facilitation Guide by clicking here.

Frank and Jeannette Meitz from DTI started a 16 week “Equipping the Saints” class for Crosspointe Church in Largo, Florida. The purpose of the class is to prepare and equip the faithful men and women who have a desire to come alongside new believers and mentor them using the DTI manual, A Tool for Personal Discipleship.

These archive videos were recorded live at Crosspointe.

What is an Intentional Discipleship Community?

It is a group of believers getting together regularly to seek the Lord for His presence, unity, and a fresh anointing in His individual and collective calling and mission.

The group will wrestle with questions many Christians face, such as:

  • How do I recognize God’s will and plan for my life?
  • Can I REALLY trust God to take care of things that are important to me when I surrender them to Him?
  • What do I have to do to please God? What does it mean to live the normal Christian life?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit, and how does He fit into my daily life?

By experiencing the Lord in such a group, we truly desire that every disciple of Jesus Christ will continually be living In the abundant life.

These recordings took place at Crosspointe Church in Largo Florida, where our "community" gathered each Sunday for prayer, fellowship and teachings from all three Phases of the DTI Manual, "A Tool For Personal Discipleship".

DTI invites you to use these videos and the accompanying PDF handouts to lead your own Intentional Discipleship Communities as you journey in the Spiritual Promised Land.

Note that these lessons and videos are also available in the DTI app.  Click here to download the app.

For questions or comments please contact us here.

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