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Today in the 30-Day Challenge we read…

“When Philip ran up to it, he heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you’re reading?”  – Acts 8:30
 
Have you ever thought about how paradoxical the Kingdom of God is? The more we breathe in from His teachings, the more we can exhale to those around us — to our family, our friends, and everyone we meet. In New Testament times, authors used the word, “oikos,” to describe our entire ‘household.’ Trainers are using that word today to describe our entire sphere of influence — including everyone we meet.  However, if we truly want to BE a blessing to others, we will receive instructions from God, oBEy them, then share them with everyone we meet.

Remember how we’ve been learning the three-thirds Bible study method (for example, on Day 22)?
Today’s Challenge is to make a list of five people. Call or contact one person at a time until you find someone who agrees with you to start a three-thirds study which will meet once a week. This study can become like a “simple church” within your existing church, and one to which you can invite relationships in your oikos. This will take courage – but you can do it. If none of the five agrees, make a list of five more until SOMEONE agrees (even if it’s your spouse or sibling) — then set a date for your first study.
Watch videos about today’s challenge, find the three-thirds guidesheet, and get additional help below.”

Ready? Let’s get started. Here’s that three-thirds guidesheet you’ll need to help you implement a Discovery Bible Study. Curious about what scripture passages to use for starters? Here’s a Starter Track of 8 suggested scriptures, just to get you off on the right foot. Next, listen to Curtis explaining the difference between God’s economy (the upside-down kingdom) and the WORLD’S economy.

Optional Homework

Next, here’s DMM Trainer, Jon Ralls, explaining the concept of our oikos or relational networks.

Follow Through

Here are some further resources, tools, and blog posts to help you tackle today’s Challenge more effectively.

Questions for Discussion from the Book, More Disciples

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The Revised and Enlarged Version of More Disciples (now available at Amazon) adds significant text, including Questions for Discussion. For the benefit of any who bought the "1.0" version of the…

21) Rob Jankowski: Relational Stewardship / Chat

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In this, the 21st episode of the More Disciples podcast, we join Rob Jankowski at a training program with the church he leads, New Hope Christian Church in Whitestown, Indiana.…

Oikos Mapping

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In this brief video by Chuck Wood, we learn about Oikos mapping, especially as it relates to praying for those we haven't met yet -- and for those we HAVE…

Discipleship Through the Eyes of Youth: Day 27

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Day 27 – Oikos Groups

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Day 27: Don’t Just Know..Obey

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Focusing is so hard for me.  There are so many different thoughts and ideas going through my head each day that can confuse almost anyone, including myself.  Lately I have…

Discipleship When Life Is Busy: Day 27

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Day 27: Empowering Those Around Us.  Discipleship and community are so important.  That is something that we have seen time and time again throughout this challenge.  We need other believers…

How to Get Your Church Involved in Disciplemaking

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Interview with Harry Brown, trainer and leader of disciple making movements and individuals like David Watson (author of Contagious Disciplemaking), Jerry Trousdale (author of Miraculous Movements) and Richard Williams (author…

Starting a DBS

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The engine behind launching a disciple making movement is the Discovery Bible Study (DBS). Hear CityTeam trainer, Dave Hunt, describe this process below.

Spiritual Economy

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Eric D. recently wrote, "There's a kind of spiritual or heavenly economy involved in this. It's like we are breathing in, from God, receiving from Him and then obeying, internalizing…