Discipleship Basics


Grace discipleship is simply profound and profoundly simple. Here is a practical four lesson booklet, Discipleship Basics, by Dr. Phil Jones. These lessons are not intended to be comprehensive, but are foundational and user-friendly.

Here is an online copy: Discipleship Basics flipbook.
Here is a free copy of the PDF notebook: Discipleship Basics – All Lessons Booket Format

Here is a four message downloadable audio series that corresponds with the lessons. They are at Grace Fellowship Internationals’ Sermon.net audio channel here.

If you prefer the video edition of these messages, they are at First Baptist Church of Powell’s channel here:

1. vimeo.com/187232421
“The Purpose and Problem of all Mankind” (Part One of Discipleship Basics) by Phil Jones (10-09-16)

2. vimeo.com/188199943
“God’s Solution to Mankind’s Greatest Problem” (Part Two of Discipleship Basics) by Phil Jones (10-16-16)

3. vimeo.com/189794476
“The Disciple’s New Identity” (Part Three of Discipleship Basics) by Phil Jones (10-23-16)

4.  vimeo.com/190617763
“The Power to Live the Christian Life” (Part Four of Discipleship Basics) sermon by Phil Jones (10-30-16)

These were produced and preached at First Baptist Church of Powell in Tennessee.

Fermata Events in Brazil


A “Fermata” retreat/clinic for pastoral couples was held February 1-3 in Triunfo, Brazil. John taught two sessions the first afternoon: Self-life to Christ- life (wheel diagrams) and the Daily Cross (a grace perspective on Luke 9:23). His interpreter, pastor Thiago, is a kindred spirit with excellent English skills. Linda shared her testimony in the evening meeting. Team leader, Edmund Spieker, gave the introductory session.

Thursday was a full and fruitful day. John had the privilege of teaching two sessions in the morning. The first was about identification with Christ (the Line diagram); the second was on Egypt / Wilderness / Canaan (four phases of discipleship/counseling). There was a third morning session and an afternoon session on leadership and conflict resolution. After supper there was a presentation about TransWorld Radio.
On Friday morning there were breakout sessions with the men and women meeting separately. Linda spoke to the ladies, then Ursula gave her testimony and presented the Castle message via PowerPoint. In the pastors’ group Edmund, Luciano and John took turns speaking. John’s segment was on how to have and give a three Cross testimony. The retreat concluded with an hour long testimony time where the participants each shared what God has done in their lives during the Fermata.
The team’s next Fermata is scheduled for February 6-8 in Caruaru (also in the northeast region). Thank you for your interest and prayers for this ministry to leaders in Brazil. To God be the glory!