Discipleship

Spring 2023

The Prayer Course

Join an in-person or zoom group for an eight-session journey through the Lord’s Prayer. With teaching, testimony, and conversation, this course is designed to help you and your community grow and deepen in prayer, one week at a time. Email Sara Buskirk at sbuskirk@fpchouston.org to join a group today!

Fall 2022

Worshipping While We Wait
During Advent, we look back to the first coming of Christ while also looking forward to the second coming of Christ. In God’s grand story of redemption, today we live in the in-between and the now-but-not yet. We remember that Jesus, who was faithful to fulfill the promises of God in His first coming, will be faithful to return and complete the promises of God. In this season, we look back and praise God for what He has done, while also looking forward to His return, when He will relieve the groaning of all creation and make all things new. This season reminds us that our hope is in Jesus Christ, and moves us to worship while we wait for His return. 
We Are a Church here to serve

While we are studying Luke in this sermon series, let’s read the gospel of Luke from start to finish. Statistically-validated studies by the Center for Bible Engagement have shown that reading the Bible four or more times a week is the positive tipping point in our journey to become more like Jesus. People who read the Bible four or more times a week are 228% more likely to share their faith with others and 231% more likely to disciple others. So let’s get reading! As you read, pay attention to Luke’s special emphasis on the Holy Spirit, prayer, and joy. 

Here are two great RightNow Media resources to guide your study.

For the big picture, see The Bible Project’s How to Read Luke Part 1 and How to Read Luke Part 2. 

To watch 3-4 minute videos on each chapter, see the Spoken Gospel’s Jesus in All of Luke.

RightNow Media

At the beginning of this year, we launched a strategic content partnership with RightNow Media, the world’s largest library of video-driven Bible study resources. This will help us address the questions we find ourselves asking about how our faith intersects with our everyday lives: the practicalities of finances, sexuality, screens, community, anxiety, vocation, and more.

We want you to have access to RightNow Media—it’s our gift to you! The videos can be downloaded and watched offline.

You will receive unlimited access to all of their videos for all of 2022. Click on the link below to learn more.

Previous Discipleship Series'

Beginnings
Our new study, Beginnings, broadly surveys the book of Genesis, presenting us with the beginnings of creation, faith, and redemption for God’s people. We see how God begins to reveal himself to His people and redeem them from the consequences of their broken desire to “be their own gods.” Genesis is a story of God at work in the lives of flawed yet faithful people who slowly grow in their understanding of God and their calling to be a blessing to the nations: a story still playing out in our own lives.
Lent: The Gospel of mark
Join us as we study through the Gospel of Mark as a church each Sunday. As the story of Jesus journeying with his disciples unfolds, we will journey with Him through His word! Follow along with our church-wide reading plan. 
Lent: Sunday School Series
We will prepare for Easter by looking at our faith from an ancient perspective in the Lenten Sunday School series, From the Garden to the City: A Christian Worldview. We will rediscover the significance of subjects whose names may be familiar and how the powerful story of the risen Christ continues to shape life today.
Called & Able

As followers of Jesus, we are called to make disciples, but often the how—where to start and who to disciple—can feel intimidating and overwhelming. Through 20-minute videos and guided discussion, we will discover not only how we can make disciples, but also how in Christ we have all that we need to follow Jesus and lead others on their journey to do the same. 

Rediscovering the Cross

During the season of Lent, we reflected upon the centrality of the cross—understanding what God did on our behalf through Christ’s voluntary submission to crucifixion and death. While Jesus did indeed die to “save us” and “forgive our sins,” what He achieved on the cross entails so much more. Through Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension, we are united with Christ, we are adopted into God’s forever family, and we are loved by a just, forgiving, communal, self-sacrificial God. To engage with these resources, click the link below.

Rediscovering Church

For this series, we reflected on the entire book of Ephesians, moving beyond simply reading it, but really slowing down to dwell in the Scripture, pray through it, and apply the text to our lives as we learn about our identities in Christ as those called together to be His body.  Visit our Online Campus to access reflection guides for five days of the week for ten weeks by clicking the resource button below.