The Tree of Life Discipleship Series moves a believer toward maturity in the Christian faith. The lessons can be used alone, with a mentor, or in a group.
The series has two goals: First, to grow the Christian to maturity. Second, to teach the skills necessary for continued growth.
Throughout the series, the student must answer questions about Bible passages. This format allows the Holy Spirit to be the teacher as the student thinks on the scriptures.
Download the booklets here:• Booklet 1 ) Roots – Make the basic truths clear.
• Booklet 2 ) Nutrients – Study and use the trustworthy Bible.
• Booklet 3 ) Sap – Receive and walk with the Holy Spirit.
• Booklet 4 ) Pollen – You belong in the Church of Jesus.
• Booklet 5 ) Fruit – Mature in the Fruits of the Spirit.
• Booklet 6 ) Seed – Share Jesus and train disciples.
• Entire Series.
Introduction to the SeriesTrees are used throughout the Bible to teach lessons. In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, the tree of life was in the garden where God placed humans. Because mankind sinned, they were never allowed to eat the fruit of the tree of life.
In the last book of the Bible, Revelation, the tree of life is talked about again. This time the tree is in the paradise of God. Christians will be able to eat of that tree because Jesus Christ made a way for us to enter the paradise of heaven by dying for our sins.
Trees are in the beginning of the Bible and at the end, but also in
the middle. Jesus said:
“What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.” Luke 13:18 – 19 NIV
When the gospel truth is believed, we become like a seed planted in a garden. Through learning the ways of Jesus, we grow like a plant. Eventually we become a strong tree and help others find rest and safety, like the birds in the parable of Jesus.
While we wait to be completed in paradise, we are to grow like trees. Another word for this growth is discipleship. That is why this series is called Tree of Life Discipleship. Our job from God is to grow like the seed in the parable of Jesus until we become a tree of life.
This series uses the symbol of a tree. Beginning with the roots and ending with seeds, we will compare the Christian to the life of a tree.
Growing in Jesus is the most exciting part of life. Anyone can grow strong in Jesus. It does not matter what personal history brought you to Christ, or what status you hold, or what age, race, outward appearance, or education you have. Every Christian can grow to be beautiful to men, angels, and God himself. In fact, the rich and famous have more obstacles to Christian beauty than the poor.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. 1 Corinthians 1:27 – 29 NIV
As you commit yourself to discipleship growth, you will discover these are the most productive days of your life.