Christian Growth

International Christian Foundations

International Christian Foundations series was created to assist Christians who have little Biblical knowledge to share God’s word accurately and simply. It is designed so the answers come from the passage enabling it to be prepared from the Leader’s Guide without much instruction. This makes it highly transferable and so encourages Christians to be multipliers.

 

Passport to the Bible

This book from Intervarsity is an easy to follow discussion guide that also works well for small groups. It will lead you through an introduction to the Bible, plus four sections of six studies each on “Who is God?” “Who am I?” “Jesus, Who Are You?” and “Experiencing God – Responding to Jesus.”

 

The Spirit-Filled Life

The simple and clear presentation of the Spirit-Filled Life online.

 

Ten Basic Steps to Christian Maturity

A basic course offered by Campus Crusade for Christ International, the Ten Steps have been used by millions of people, including students and pastors around the world in multiple languages. These studies are the product of many years of extensive development, testing and revision. Whether you need to discover the basics of the faith for yourself, or lead others into a more meaningful walk with Jesus Christ, Ten Steps is for you.

 

The Transferable Concepts

A series of “how to’s” – or “transferable concepts” in which are discussed many of the basic truths that Jesus and His disciples taught. A “transferable concept” is an idea or a truth which can be transferred or communicated from one person to another and then to another, spiritual generation after generation, without distorting or diluting its original meaning.

 

The Story of a Kingdom

In “The Story of a Kingdom” Jonathan Gibson explains the Bible in a simple and easy-to-understand format. Written primarily for international students, this online book is suitable for any new Christians who want to get a grasp of the Bible’s big story. As the title explains it follows the development of God’s Kingdom through the main turning points of the Bible.

 

God’s Big Picture

In “God’s Big Picture” Vaughan Roberts helps us to see the Bible as one book, with one author (God) and one consistent theme – God’s kingdom – God’s people, living in God’s place, under God’s rule and blessing. This is a short book (less than 160 pages), and well worth the time it takes to read. (order online)

 

The Master Plan of Evangelism

Convinced that studying the Master would help to spread the gospel, Coleman set out to show that Jesus offered the best blueprint for fulfilling the Great Commission. Two million copies later, this slim volume is still best for teaching Christ-centered evangelism. Foreword by Billy Graham. (order online)

 

Personal Disciplemaking

Personal Disciplemaking was written by Chris Adsit and was originally published in 1988. The vision God developed in Chris through the writing of this book and his subsequent seminars eventually led Chris to launch a ministry devoted to training and resourcing disciplemakers, Disciplemakers International. (order online)

 

Biblical Training

Biblical Training offers Christian evangelical teaching to the world. Registering is absolutely free. Classes are divided into four categories, ranging from someone who is not a follower of Jesus all the way to graduate level classes for church leaders. (online classes)

 

The Hope Video

This is a DVD that covers the Biblical story from Genesis to the book of Acts. It is available in many languages and has English subtitles. You can view the English version on-line to get a better idea.

It is very useful for all cultures but especially the Asians because they tend to be less knowledgeable of the Biblical story.

 

Christian Conferences for International Students

Christian conferences can play a huge role in motivation, training, and leadership development of international students.  Here are some of the most prominent ISM ministries and their online conference information.

 

Foundations for Faith Bible Study Series

Foundations for Faith (Chinese bilingual) are an eight-part series of studies which cover the basics of Christian belief. Two lessons each on the following topics: 1) What Is God Like According to The Bible? 2) If God Exists, Why Is the World in This Condition? 3) What Did God Do About the Problems? 4) Why Did Jesus Have to Die on The Cross?

 

Follow Up Material (four part)

A four part series of follow up materials to help a new believer become established in their faith. The series of four page colored pdfs cover various topics: confidence, acceptance, empowerment, and development.

 

Bible Gateway

The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online — all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

Storytellers/ Stranger on the Road to Emmaus

Goodseed.com produces materials which are geared for those having little-to-no Bible background – assuming nothing. This may be due to remote location (i.e. tribal), or because a dominant religion hinders a clear explanation of the Scriptures. Also included are those living in post-Christian societies.

 

Multi-Language Media

Their Online Catalog contains Scriptures in over 88 languages, Christian books in 53 languages, the Who Is Jesus? tract, Bible-based ESL materials, the JESUS DVD in over 1000 languages, plus a variety of foreign-language Christian DVDs.

 

How to Study the Bible

Walks you through six steps of inductive bible study methods.

 

Christian Character Bible Studies in Chinese

8 part series of bible studies on the various topics related to Christian Character.  Chinese language in PDF format for download.

 

Christian Living Bible Studies for Chinese

Eight part series of bible studies on various topics related to Christian living. (in Chinese)

 

Foundations for Faith Studies in English

English version of the four-part evangelistic series of Bible Studies. Also very helpful for young Christians.

 

The Challenge to Become a World Christian

“The Traveling Team” presents twelve interactive lessons designed to cause Christians to think more globally about their faith and commitment.

 

Overcoming Spiritual Barriers

An excellent article by Katie Rawson on IVP’s site. It discusses the biblical teaching on the powers of evil and the necessity of spiritual warfare.

 

Daily Bible Reading Plans

A daily, regular time of Bible reading can do more to change your life (and the lives of your disciples) than almost anything. Here is a good link to “Heartlight”, who has brought together several Bible reading plans to choose from. Find one that suits your tastes, and dig in!

 

Follow-Up Materials for Chinese (Bilingual)

Seven part followup series developed by China Outreach Ministries. Each 4 page study is bilingual.

 

Chinese Translation of Cojourners “Passages”

Passages is a 28-day, evangelism focused, daily devotional. Passages provides biblical motivation and training for sharing Christ with close friends as well as recent acquaintances, as daily prayer and meditation on God’s word aid in breaking down walls and personal barriers to evangelism. Chinese translation

 

International Essentials Units 1-6

International Essentials Bible Study Series. Includes Units 1-6, Leader’s Guides, and Instructions.

 

International Essentials Unit 1

International Essentials Bible Study guided discussion lessons Unit 1. Includes the gospel topics: God, Sin, Jesus’s Life, The Cross, and Faith topics.  One PDF file which includes Preparation Guide and Leader’s Guide. Proven effective for group discussions or one-one-one follow-up and discipleship.

 

Beginning Your New Life in Christ (in English)

Seven follow-up studies to help a new believer get established in the basics of the Christian life. This version is in English. Proven especially effective with new Chinese believers.

 

International Essentials Unit 2

International Essentials Bible Study guided discussion lessons Unit 2. Includes Follow-up topics: Assured, Forgiven, Filled, Continually, and Truth. One PDF file which includes Preparation Guide and Leader’s Guide. Proven effective for group discussions or one-one-one follow-up and discipleship.

 

International Essentials Unit 4

 

International Essentials Bible Study guided discussion lessons Unit 4. Helps the student begin a multiplication mindset: Love People, Win, Build, Send, and Glorify topics.  One PDF file which includes Preparation Guide and Leader’s Guide. Proven effective for group discussions or one-one-one discipleship.

 

 

International Essentials Unit 3

International Essentials Bible Study guided discussion lessons Unit 3. Includes topics related to practices that cause growth: Apply, Pray, Witness, Fellowship, Think topics.  One PDF file which includes Preparation Guide and Leader’s Guide. Proven effective for group discussions or one-one-one follow-up and discipleship.

 

International Essentials Unit 5

International Essentials Bible Study guided discussion lessons Unit 5. Includes God, Sin, Jesus’s Life, The Cross, and Faith topics.  One PDF file which includes Preparation Guide and Leader’s Guide. Proven effective for group discussions or one-one-one discipleship.

 

International Essentials Unit 6

International Essentials Bible Study guided discussion lessons Unit 6. Includes Christian character studies on the topics: Trust, Love God, Obey, Faithfulness, and Hope. One PDF file which includes Preparation Guide and Leader’s Guide. Proven effective for group discussions or one-one-one discipleship.

 

Inductive Bible Study Method

Inductive bible study is a skill every follower of Christ will want to master. This website is loaded with tips for you and those you lead.