You will hear the words Disciple and Discipleship/Disciplemaking at The Bridge Montrose often. A disciple is a follower. Our hope is that we are all disciples of Jesus. We define discipleship/disciplemaking as “An intentional and relational process in which we introduce people to Jesus and equip all in the Church for God’s Kingdom work.”
Notice the words “intentional” and “relational.” We understand that discipleship must go beyond a program. At the same time, we all need help in learning what our personal involvement of what it is to disciple and be discipled. Therefore, we are providing an avenue through this structure to help us called Huddles. Our hope is that these huddles awaken a value in us that results in these types of relationships continue year round.
What is a Huddle? A Huddle is a group of two or three that commit to meet together six to eight times face to face over the summer to build into each other. You are not limited to those in the Bridge Community. This is a great opportunity to invite your co-worker or friends who are seeking to come alongside you. We are providing various resources, as a place to start, depending on your desire or need to help focus your conversations and learning in your huddles. You can find a list of these resources below. Find one or two people, pick a resource and enjoy being transformed by the Truth of God together. Worst case scenario is that you become better friends as a result. Best case scenario is that your whole life changes for the better. If you need help connecting with someone to be in a Huddle with, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Together- The Classic Exploration of Christian Community
Synopsis: In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, recounts his unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Giving practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups, Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship. Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: Read and discuss one chapter per meet up.
Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission
Synopsis: This book by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis walks through 1 Peter (not a commentary) to help us understand what “The Church” can and should look like in a culture where Christendom is no longer at the center of culture and popular thought. The forming community of The Bridge Montrose read this together during our time before our “launch.” This book was helpful in shaping understandings and clarifying terms. We would love for all in our community to be familiar with this book. Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: Read one chapter per meet-up and work through questions in study guide. Get the study guide here.
A Praying Life- Paul Miller
Synopsis: In Paul Miller’s book he lays out a pattern for living in relationship with God and includes helpful habits and approaches to prayer that enable us to return to a childlike faith. This books focus on the relationship with God and freedom and joy a powerful prayer life brings. Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: This book has 32, (very short) chapters so we suggest reading and discussion four chapters per meet up.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life- Donald S Whitney
Synopsis: Whitney's guide reveals the importance of the disciplines; shows how they'll help you grow in godliness; and offers practical suggestions for cultivating them in your daily life. Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: This will be a longer huddle. This book has an intro chapter a ten different spiritual discipline practices. We suggest you do one chapter a week and focus on application, practice, and accountability each week.
God Space- Doug Pollock
Synopsis: How do you bring God up in to a conversation without shutting it down? This book is shares real life stories of how ordinary people learned how to engage others in rich spiritual conversations that open doors instead of slamming them shut. It includes insight and practical tools for connecting and having these conversations in your everyday life. Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: This book is 11 chapters long, so we suggest combining chapters 3 and 5, chapters 5 and 6 , and chapters 10 and 11 for an eight week study.
The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving
Synopsis: Randy Alcorn bases his message on the words of the world's foremost financial consultant, Jesus Christ, who advised listeners to "store up for yourselves treasures in heaven" (Matthew 6:20). He leads the reader toward the Treasure Principle mindset by proposing and illustrating key truths. "God owns everything," writes Alcorn. "I'm His money manager. What I call my money is really His. The question is, what does He want me to do with His money?" Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: 6-week discussion guide available HERE
Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples
Synopsis: Multiply is a book by Francis Chan that pursues the thesis, “You Were Made to Make Disciples.” This book is designed for use in discipleship relationships and other focused settings. Multiply will equip you to carry out Jesus’s ministry. Each of the twenty-four sessions in the book corresponds with an online video at www.mulitplymovment.com. One plus One plus One. The aim of Multiply is to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus until the whole world knows the Truth of Jesus Christ. Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: Multiply is made up of 24 sessions so doing three sessions in each of the 8 meet-ups works well. The sessions are short enough that this is very manageable.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
Synopsis: This book by Timothy Keller is great for the person who has big questions about God as well as the Christ-follower who is wanting to engage their friends, coworkers and families with love and sound Truth. Questions like, “How can God be good with all this death and destruction in the world?” Each chapter of this book covers a specific question. This book will challenge you, encourage you, and equip you. Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: This book is split into two parts: “Reasons against God” and “Reasons for God.” There are too many chapters for eight weeks of study so we suggest picking four questions from “Reasons Against God” and four questions from the “Reasons for God” section.
Life Change Studies
Synopsis: The Life Change Study series is great for personal Bible Study. These books are designed to help you personally engage the text and see the transforming work of the Gospel and move beyond mere moralism or behavior modification. There is a Life Change Study book for every book of the Bible. These would be great for two Christ-followers to come together and walk through a book of the Bible together. Browse and Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: With every book being different, you will have to work with those in your huddle and decide what the best course of study will be for the book that you pick.
Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel
Synopsis: Marriage reveals something of eternal significance. From the beginning, God designed marriage to convey a greater reality—the passionate, unfailing, redeeming love of God for sinners, the eternal romance between Christ and his bride. In this volume, Ray Ortlund traces marriage throughout Scripture—from the first marriage in the garden of Eden to the ultimate marriage in the book of Revelation—laying out a transcendent vision of marriage that dignifies our own imperfect unions as a display of the gospel. This book offers insight and hope to every married person today. Purchase HERE
Suggested Structure: This huddle is meant to be done with two married couples. The book is made up of 4 sections and we suggest splitting it up to cover half a section each meet up.