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Covenant discipleship : Christian formation through mutual accountability

Author: David Lowes Watson
Publisher: Eugene, Or. : Wipf and Stock Pub., 2002, ©1998.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Lowes Watson
ISBN: 1579109535 9781579109530
OCLC Number: 56321903
Notes: Previously published by Discipleship Resources, 1998.
Description: xvi, 169 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: A Wesleyan Tradition --
Covenant Discipleship Groups --
A New Handbook --
The "Why" of Covenant Discipleship --
The "How" of Covenant Discipleship --
Gracious Discipline --
Back to Basics --
Class Leaders --
The Challenge of Christian Discipleship --
The Call to Discipleship --
The Unconditional Condition --
The Cost of Discipleship --
The Dilemma of Discipleship --
The Anguish of Discipleship --
The Search for God's Will --
The Power of Discipleship --
The Obligations of Discipleship --
The Worldly Suffering of Discipleship --
The Pitfall of Spiritual Withdrawal --
The Hope of Discipleship --
An Impossible Tension? --
The Task of Discipleship --
The Condition of Discipleship --
The Obedience of Discipleship --
A Deep Unease --
Back to Our Roots --
The Practice of Discipleship --
A Ring of Common Sense --
A Practical Example --
Mutual Help and Support --
The Need for Leaders --
A Pattern for Discipleship --
For Thought and Discussion --
Early Methodist Discipleship --
The Wesley Brothers --
Wesley the Theologian --
The Tension of the Gospel --
Wesley's Upbringing --
An Influential Mother --
Wesley's Churchmanship --
Ecclesiola in Ecclesia --
Reform of the Church --
Reaching Out to All --
The World His Parish --
Churchly Tensions --
Against Schism --
Formative Factors --
The Religious Societies --
The Moravians --
The Bands --
Too Much Too Soon --
Disciplined Christian Living --
Christian Assurance and Christian Discipleship --
Degrees of Faith --
Forms of Grace --
Freedom to Resist --
Wesley's "Pelagianism" --
Salvation with Responsibility --
Family Chores --
Necessary Good Works --
A Revolutionary Teaching --
Christian Maturity and Christian Obedience --
Aldersgate Street --
Spiritual Diversity --
Mutual Accountability --
Basic Guidelines for Discipleship --
The Form and the Power of Discipleship --
The Method of Methodist Discipleship --
The Class Meeting --
For Thought and Discussion --
The Early Methodist Class Meeting --
"That Excellent Institution" --
Lots to Tell --
Criteria for Accountability --
The General Rules --
Do No Harm --
Do Good --
The Ordinances of the Church --
The Means of Grace --
Gracious Works --
Maturity of Obedience --
Format of the Class Meeting --
The Danger of Formality --
Continuation of the Bands --
Basic Structure --
The Class Leader --
Class Discipline --
Class Tickets --
Conditions of Membership --
The "Muscle" of the Body --
Body Building --
The Body of the Church --
The Decline of the Class Meeting --
From Society to Church --
Keeping Things in Context --
To Reform the Church --
Ecclesiola AND Ecclesia --
Commitment to the Church --
The Challenge of Early Methodism --
For Thought and Discussion --
The Class Meeting for the Church of Today --
Traditioning the Class Meeting --
Accountability for Christian Discipleship --
Accountability for Living in the World --
Accountability for the General Rules --
Accountability for Works of Mercy --
Accountability for Works of Piety --
Working for Our Spiritual Food --
Accountability to and for the Church --
Accountability to the Holy Spirit --
The Method of Methodism --
Accountable Discipleship for Today --
Two Important Contextual Factors --
Mutual Accountability --
One Day at a Time --
Holding Fast with One Another --
Meeting Jesus Christ in the World --
Serving Jesus Christ in the World --
On Call for Christ --
Active Expectancy --
The Need for Basic Guidelines --
For Thought and Discussion --
The General Rule of Discipleship --
Mercy and Piety: Social and Personal --
A New General Rule --
A Fourfold Tension --
A Basic Checklist --
An Old Mistake --
Christian License --
The General Rule of Discipleship --
Witnessing to Jesus Christ --
Witnessing in the World --
Following the Teachings of Jesus --
Accountability for Acts of Compassion --
Common Courtesies --
Accountability for Acts of Justice --
Justice with an Agenda --
Social Risk --
Mutual Consultation --
Social Responsibility --
Accountability for Acts of Worship --
Liturgical Renewal --
To Glorify God --
A Personal Illustration --
Accountability for Acts of Devotion --
Face to Face with God --
Alone with God --
The Discipline of Fasting --
Accountability to the Holy Spirit --
The Threat of Christ's Presence --
Promptings and Warnings of the Holy Spirit --
Accountability to and for the Church --
The Few and the Many --
Congregational Leadership --
Covenant Discipleship Groups --
Holding Fast --
For Thought and Discussion --
Forming a Covenant Discipleship Group --
Joining a Group --
Group Membership --
Covenant Discipleship for Young People --
Covenant Discipleship at Seminary --
The Number of Members --
The Right Day and Time --
Task-Oriented --
What Covenant Discipleship Groups Are Not --
The Top Priority: Be There --
The Importance of Regular Attendance --
Certainty in the Midst of Uncertainties --
Two More "First Steps," --
Some Common Questions --
Writing the Covenant --
The Nature of Covenant with God --
The Preamble --
The Clauses --
A Sample Covenant of Discipleship --
The General Rule of Discipleship --
Spiritual Promptings and Warnings --
Living in the World --
Responsiveness to Context --
Practicality --
"Taking up the Slack," --
Length of the Covenant --
Keeping Our Bearings --
Personal Clauses --
The Conclusion --
Signing the Covenant --
Openended Commitment --
Leaving the Group --
Radical Freedom --
Some Covenant Preambles --
Some Covenant Clauses --
No Neat Categories --
Progressive Accountability --
Christ the Only Paradigm --
Acts of Compassion --
Acts of Devotion --
Acts of Justice --
Acts of Worship --
Spiritual Promptings and Warnings --
Some Covenant Conclusions --
A Covenant from Prison --
Some Common Questions --
The Group Meeting --
Only One Strict Rule --
Any Time, Any Day --
A Regular Meeting Place --
Leading the Group --
Catechesis: Question and Answer --
Opening the Meeting --
Reading the Covenant --
The Covenant Clauses --
Covering All the Clauses --
Controlled Dialogue --
"Advise, Reprove, Comfort or Exhort," --
Polite Rather Than Intense --
Personal Problems --
Closing the Meeting --
Housekeeping --
Conveners --
A Sample Group Meeting --
Conclusion: Two Warnings and a Promise --
The "Doldrums," --
Complacency --
The Promise of Grace.
Responsibility: David Lowes Watson.

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