This course by Joe Handley and Mary Jo Wilson from Asian Acccess provides a holistic approach to being a follower of Jesus. One that is grounded in a deep love-relationship with God—a relationship that is continually shaping the disciple’s worldview, values, character, and behavior to be in line with Jesus’ life and his vision for the kingdom of God.
About this Class
This course by Joe Handley and Mary Jo Wilson from Asian Acccess provides a holistic approach to being a follower of Jesus. One that is grounded in a deep love-relationship with God—a relationship that is continually shaping the disciple’s worldview, values, character, and behavior to be in line with Jesus’ life and his vision for the kingdom of God. We focus on the disciple’s understanding of the life and teaching of Jesus, growth in obedience to his commands, and an increasing awareness of and cooperation with the work of the Holy Spirit. This course explores how that very seed of new life planted within the disciple bears fruit and is multiplied in others, ultimately causing genuine transformation in families, communities, and people groups around the world. The learner is provided with tools and guidance in what is both an exciting journey and a sacred process.
Download the Syllabus and Course Guide
The Syllabus gives you a course description, a summary of the suggested learning outcomes, the course format, a list of required readings and recommended readings, a description of the purpose and scope of the assignments and a summary of the videos and assignments for each lesson.
The Course Guide gives you an overview of the course, a plan for studying the material, suggested readings to inform and encourage you, and assignments to help you process and internalize the information. The outline on page 6 listing the four outcomes and an introduction and conclusion, corresponds to the following lectures: Introduction, Lessons 1-4; The Heart of Discipleship, Lessons 5-8; Becoming Christlike as his disciple, Lessons 9-13; Making Disciples, Lessons 14-17; Multiplying Disciples and Fostering "ekklesia," Lessons 18-21; and Summary and Final Paper, Lessons 22-25. The schedule is designed for 12 weeks, but if you have more time, there is ample material if you prefer to set your own pace and go deeper.
Joe Handley and Mary Jo Wilson invite you to begin the class.
Outline for the course
Discipleship Concepts from Willard, Logan, Card and the Gospels.
Suffering and persecution.
Heart of Discipleship
Abiding in Christ
Dependence on the Holy Spirit.
Discussion 1: What Does it Mean to Be a Disciple?
Formed in the image of Christ as a disciple.
Sermon on the Mount, Kingdom of God.
Matthew and the Kingdom of God
How the world sees that inner work.
Group discussion 2, becoming a disciple.
Being a disciple who makes disciples
Using your gifts as witness
Discussion 3, making disciples
Introduction to multiplying disciples.
Mulitplication and a culture of discipleship.
Small groups, a system for disciplemaking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the programs intended for?
The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.
Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?
In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.
Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?
At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.