47902 How to Highlight Bible Passages

When you are in the Bible section of the JO App, you can highlight Bible passages and make notes.

When you highlight a verse (by selecting a verse number), six different highlight colors will appear at the bottom of the Bible page. The first five colors coincide with the five following questions of the R.E.C.A.P. Bible study method used in this app.

In this method, you ask yourself the following questions as you read a section of the Bible:

R — Is there revelation about God that I should embrace?

— Is there an example I should follow or avoid?

C — Is there a command I should obey?

A — Is there something I need to apply to my life?

P — Is there a promise I should claim?

Not all five questions will apply to every given passage. Find one question that applies to the passage you are reading and then select the corresponding highlight color. If none of the R.E.C.A.P. colors seem to apply, you can use the yellow highlight color.

As you highlight a passage, you will also have the option to add a note.

You can access all of your highlighted passages and notes by tapping the gear icon in the upper right part of any Bible page.

47802 How to Lead a Discipleship Group

Emphasize from the very beginning that what is shared in the group, stays in the group. Trust is an important component of small group sharing. Nothing will shut your group down quicker than group members feeling as though what they share might be shared with others outside of the group or used against them.

If you have more than 12 members in your group, you should divide into smaller groups of 6-8 members. This will allow for more individual sharing and can help shy individuals from being intimidated by the larger number of faces in the group. Assign a leader to facilitate discussion for each small group.

Getting Into Groups: If you need to get into smaller groups, the configuration of your groups can change each time you meet. Encourage couples to split up in order to achieve better group diversion. Use a different way of assigning groups each time you meet so that members don’t “figure out” what you are doing and “work” the system to be with those they are most comfortable with. Here are a couple of ideas for getting people into groups each time:

  • Have group members pick a slip of paper out of a basket with a color on it – group all colors together OR one of each color in each group
  • Pick a slip of paper with a number on it – group all numbers together, or all even-odd numbers, or consecutive numbers (1-6, 7-12, etc.)
  • Pick a slip of paper with different fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, etc.)
  • Be creative and come up with a unique idea or even use a tried and true method – the important thing is to help people get into a group!

Ask questions with interest and warmth. Listen carefully to individual answers. Keep in mind that no answer is insignificant; affirm each person’s participation.

Be sensitive to who is doing the talking in your group. Is one person monopolizing the time? Is another person talking about irrelevant information to the topic at hand? Is someone only listening and never offering a thought or idea? As tactfully as you know how, keep the discussion on track and draw out everyone’s ideas. This can be very difficult! Pray for wisdom and courage to keep the group focused and sensitive to all members.

47803 How to Grow in the Knowledge of the Bible

Mini Bible College

Offers Bible lessons including a complete survey of the Bible, plus additional teachings on the Sermon on the Mount and on Family and Marriage topics. Listen to the audio lessons and read/download the corresponding student workbook lesson that contains study questions to help you learn. (Go to Mini Bible College)

BiblicalTraining.org

More than 100 free online Bible and Theology classes available categorized for New Believers, All Christians, Church Leaders and Pastors. (Go to BiblicalTraining.org)

Dallas Theological Seminary

Free online courses include:

• The Story of Scripture
• Luther
• Romans
• Revelation
• The Gospel of John
• How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor

(Go to Dallas Theological Seminary courses)

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Free online courses include:

• Christ-centered Exposition
• Theology and Culture
• Interpreting and Teaching the Bible
• Leyendo E Interpretando La Biblia
• Work and Worship
• A Biblical View of Wealth and Poverty
• Evangelism in the Local Church
• Christian Theology
• Practice of Missions
• History of Missions
• An Overview of The New Testament

(Go to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary courses)

The North American Reformed Seminary

Offers free seminary-level education and degrees coupled with pastoral mentoring and oversight. (Go to the North American Reformed Seminary courses)

The Gospel Coalition Resource Library

Search over 30,000 resources. Explore this extensive library, including audio, video and text resources. (Go to the Gospel Coalition Resource Library)

47801 How to Use This JO App to Disciple Others

God has saved us from His wrath and the power of sin so that we are free to live for God in the new life in Christ in the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit. That means that we are no longer slaves to sin and the devil but saints and citizens of the Kingdom of God. Our new life in Christ belongs to God and not to us. His will is our command. His mission is our life purpose.

Helping others grow in their relationships with God is one thing that God expects from each of His children.

You can use this JO App to disciple others.

First, invite others to download this free JO App on their devices or to use its WebApp version (https://app.jesusonline.com).

Then meet with them on a regular basis (weekly is recommended) to go over articles found on the JO App.

Begin with “The Adventure of Living with Jesus” found in the “Books” section (see the main menu). It is important to lay a solid foundation for your faith. This e-book study covers the foundational truths of your Christian life with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Take time to read each page and the Scripture references, and answer all the questions. You can write them in the e-book. If you create a JO App account*, you will be able to save all the answers and notes you take.

You ask the participants to read one lesson and complete the answers before you meet with them. You also read the same lesson and answer all the questions.

When you meet with them, you discuss the answers and the Bible verses referenced in the lesson. What did you learn from each question? What did you learn from the Bible verses?

The most important discussion is how to apply into your everyday life what you learned from the lesson.

Agree with each other to keep each other accountable.

After “The Adventure of Living with Jesus”, we recommend that you study “Total Life Discipleship Series” found in “Personal Growth” section (see the main menu).

If you have just completed “The Adventure of Living with Jesus”, skip “Totale Life Discipleship Foundation” and start with “Total Life Discipleship Level 1”. You can keep studying up to Level 5.

*To create a free account with JO App, go to “Settings” and enter “Your Account” information (email and a password of your choice), and select “CREATE ACCOUNT”. Then complete “Your Profile”.

47705 How to Pray for Unbelievers Whom You Love

This is the paradoxical way of the Kingdom that God does 100% and expects us to do 100%. God desires us to be in partnership with Him to do His will.

When you pray for someone you love who is not a follower of Jesus (Christian), you completely rely on the Holy Spirit to draw that person to Jesus. At the same time, you obey God to be used in that person’s life as a witness to Jesus.

To pray effectively for your loved ones who do not have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, keep in mind the following:

Your faith in God is critical.

Your faith in God must grow to the point you are confident that He is not only able but also willing to save your loved ones regardless of their situations or spiritual conditions. Your faith in God must be such that you are fully convinced in your heart that “You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Salvation is a spiritual journey.

Unbelievers certainly need to have some information on God, Jesus, human spiritual conditions, and His plan of salvation. That is often our role to provide them with the necessary information. It is the Holy Spirit who opens the eyes of their minds and hearts and illuminates the information. A revelation is the work of the Holy Spirit. Both are needed.

Their salvation journey is warfare.

“He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)

To be saved in the name of Jesus means more than repentance from sins and changes in beliefs. It is a transfer of citizenship from the domain of darkness to the Kingdom of Light. The spiritual enemy will not easily give up his captives and preys.

Learn more about spiritual warfare, read, “Standing Firm in Christ.

God’s love drives us.

It is the Father’s love that sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to take the full penalty of the sins of all humanity. It is the love of Jesus that controls us (2 Corinthians 5:14).

Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His supernatural love so that your love for them will also be of God. The power of the Holy Spirit will flow through such love to draw them to Jesus.

47704 How to Use a Personal Testimony

A Christian testimony is a statement or declaration by a believer in Jesus about his/her personal experience with God. Its focus is who God is and what He has done in or around his/her life.

Whenever we share our testimonies of how God has related to us and shown us who He is, we are declaring the truth about God and honoring Him.

Your testimony is a story of God in your life.

How God saved you will be one of the most powerful testimonies you can share. As you grow in your relationship with Jesus, you will have many stories about God that you can tell others.

You may have an opportunity to share your testimony in front of a group of people, but in most cases, your opportunities to share a testimony will be in ordinary conversations with others throughout the day.

“But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Therefore, be ready to share your testimony at any time.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you share a testimony.

  • Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom for what, when, how, with whom to share your story (James 1:5).
  • Always keep your focus on Jesus so that your testimony will be God-centered.
  • Keep It Short and Simple (KISS).
  • In a conversation, ask for permission to share, such as: “Would it be okay if I shared with you what God has done in my life?”
  • Be truthful, positive, and joyful.  Don’t lie or embellish.
  • Be Conversational. You are not trying to persuade or convince but stating your personal experience.
  • Some words are understood only among Christians and should be avoided in a testimony: lost, saved, born again, repent, justified, sanctified, propitiation, holy, atonement, anointed, redeemed, baptized by the Holy Ghost, etc.

Learn more about a personal testimony HERE.