9:23 Fellowship

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23



The call to follow Jesus is a call to lay down everything in our lives, and finances are one of the most difficult things for us to lay down. But until we surrender every part of our lives we will be torn between a desire for more of the world and a desire for more of God. The 9:23 Fellowship is a 10-month financial discipleship journey, meeting once per month, in a cohort of like-minded believers, either online or in a local group. Participants delve into deep spiritual formation and biblical financial wisdom through assigned readings, supplemental videos, and growth exercises.

Program Overview

Unit 1: Biblical Theology of Money and Possessions

A firm foundation in what the Bible says about money, possessions, generosity, and surrender is necessary to develop an informed life of following Jesus. This quarter will take a deep look at the major themes presented in the Bible around money and possessions. 

Unit 2: Exploring Generosity and Whole Life Surrender

Moving from a knowledge of God’s Word to a life living out those truths begins by exploring generosity and the call of Jesus to follow Him. This quarter will challenge participants to deeply examine whether or not they are living the surrendered life of a follower of Jesus. 

Unit 3: Modeling Biblical Personal Finance

This quarter moves from the theoretical to the practical. Now that participants know what the Bible says and whether or not they are obeying it, they can begin to develop a plan for aligning their financial life with their beliefs. A part of this process comes in teaching others the truths participants now understand more fully.

Unit 4: Forming a Personal and Community Rule of Life

The capstone project of the program is for each participant to develop a specific plan for putting into practice all that was learned. Many of the participants will implement their plans through their work, ministry, church, or local community. 

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God's Word on Following

What does the Bible say?

 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.  For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

Luke 9:24-25

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field

Matthew 13:44

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Mark 10:37-38

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple

Luke 14:26-27

Program Details:

The 9:23 Fellowship program is not merely a reading program. It is a transformative, equipping experience intended to ignite active responses and involvement in God’s work. The culmination is the guided development of a plan to clarify one’s calling and put into practice what participants have learned and experienced. With the help of others, each person will develop a personal plan to expand God’s Kingdom and impact their church, community and culture for Christ. Each unit of the 9:23 Fellowship focuses on a different step in the journey to a life of surrender in one’s financial and spiritual life.

Duration: August – May

Cost: $800 per person

Time Commitment Estimation:

Reading: Number of hours depends on speed and comprehension (up to 2,500 pages)

Videos: 10 hours of video-based content

Activities: 10-15 hours to fully engage in the activities presented

Interactions: 10 hours per quarter, with one in-person gathering at the conclusion of the program



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