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Textbook List: Discipleship

Discipleship Competencies

Rockbridge Seminary’s academic programs are designed to help students build competencies related to the following biblical purposes: Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry, and Evangelism. The following competencies relate to the Discipleship biblical purpose:

  1. Interprets the biblical text and applies its truth to life situations. (D-1)
  2. Effectively employs Bible study tools and basic biblical language skills for personal Bible study and Bible teaching. (D-2)
  3. Evaluates current ministry programs and issues in light of church history and theology. (D-3)
  4. Leads the church in planning, conducting, and evaluating a comprehensive program of discipleship and Christian maturity. (D-4)
  5. Demonstrates a vibrant spiritual life through the implementation of spiritual disciplines including prayer, Bible study, holiness of life, and communion with God. (D-5)
  6. Models the role of an effective teacher and communicator. (D-6)
  7. Functions as a resource person in discipleship curriculum. (D-7)

Discipleship Textbooks

Courses related to the Discipleship biblical purpose require the following textbooks:

Church History in Plain Language, 3rd Edition, Author: Bruce L. Shelley, ISBN: 978-0718025533 (Thomas Nelson, 2008) Kindle version

Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological SurveyAuthors: Walter A. Elwell and Robert W. Yarbrough, ISBN: 978-0801039645 (Baker, 2013) Kindle version

Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian SurveyAuthors: Bill T. Arnold and Bryan E. Beyer, ISBN: 978-0801031700  (Baker Academic, 2008)

Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the BibleAuthors: J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, ISBN: 978-0310492573 (Zondervan, 2012) Kindle version

Greek for the Rest of Us: Using Greek Tools without Mastering Biblical Languages, Author: William D. Mounce, ISBN: 978-0310282891 (Zondervan, 2007)

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian DoctrineAuthor: Gregg Allison, ISBN: 978-0310230137 (Zondervan, 2011) Kindle version

Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion, Authors: Richard J. Foster, Gayle D. Beebe,  ISBN: 978-0830835140 (IVP, 2009) Kindle version

Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in This WorldAuthor: J. Mark Bertrand, ISBN: 978-1581349344 (Crossway Books, 2007) Kindle version

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform UsAuthor: Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, ISBN: 978-0830833306 (InterVarsity Press, 2005) Kindle version

The Disciple-Making Church: Leading a Body of Believers on the Journey of FaithAuthor: Bill Hull, ISBN: 978-0801066214 (Baker, 2010) Kindle version

The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’ Essential Teachings on Discipleship, Author: Dallas Willard, ISBN: 9780060882433 (HarperOne, 2006) Kindle version

The Moody Handbook of Theology, Author: Paul Enns, ISBN: 9780802434340 (Moody Publishers, 2008) Kindle version

The Universe Next DoorAuthor: James Sire, ISBN: 978-0830838509 (IVP Academic, 2009) Kindle version