Sonship Manual

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Designed to be used with Sonship Lecture Series Download, this resource presents how the gospel remakes people. Greater joy and desires await in this course, equipping small groups to share the wonderful news of God's loving kindness with others.

In this encouraging and liberating Sonship Bible study full of theological truths of the gospel, Serge helps participants apply what they may know in their heads to the nitty-gritty reality of daily life.

Sonship Manual is a sixteen-lesson updated and reformatted edition of Sonship, challenging men and women to take Scripture-based training even deeper, applying the gospel to their lives.

Many followers of Christ understand faith intellectually, but sometimes the heart isn't on the same page. The creators of Sonship Manual are committed to helping believers understand the beauty of the gospel on a mind and heart level, offering profound understanding and opportunities to experience the implications of the gospel.

If you struggle for motivation in ministry or if those in your small group are ready for renewed spiritual lives, consider the Sonship lectures and meet Jesus in the here and now.


Serge means "joining together rough edges to form a smooth seam." Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) is a ministry that sees God weaving together the ragged parts of a fallen world with God's goodness, making the tattered beautiful. This grace compels God's people to go, to join their lives with the communities Serge serves around the world, as Christ makes all things new. This is grace at the fray. Serge's work consists of sending and caring for missionaries, discipling people around the world, and developing resourcesÑsuch Sonship and The Gospel-Centered LifeÑfor spiritual growth.

Serge started as an extension of the missions' outreach of New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Jack MillerÑthe church's founding pastor as well as an author and evangelistÑbrought local and regional church leaders together to serve in global ministry. After many informal missions trips to Ireland and Uganda, Serge was officially established in 1983. Today, Serge has more than 200 missionaries serving in 16 countries.

It was while doing cross-cultural, team-oriented ministry that Serge discovered how challenging it is to be grounded in a biblical identity as sons and daughters of GodÑeven in the midst of missional work. So Serge leaders began developing teaching materials to show how the realities of the Gospel apply to our lives, work and relationships. Serge's ongoing vision is to plant and equip churches that are empowered by grace for the world's good and God's glory.

Serge believes the motive and power for mission is the gospel of grace at work in the life of a believer, and this message is clear in each of their gospel-centered Christian books and small group resources for discipleship, missional ministry and biblical counseling.

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"I know of no program more committed to helping believers understand the beauty of the gospel, the necessity of repentance, and the goodness of a life transformed by God's grace. The Sonship material is a great blessing that continues to grow in discernment as well as positive influence."
Bryan Chapell, Author of Christ-Centered Preaching; Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church

"The Sonship course does something that the church sometimes forgets to do: it sits on the gospel. It immerses you in the love of God, coming at the gospel from every angle. And it does that, not by dumbing down our sin, but by highlighting it, because our false loves, our idols, keep us from our best love, the love of the Father. That's why it's called Sonship."
Paul Miller, Director of SeeJesus; author of A Praying Life and A Loving Life

"In my own life there has been no seminar, conference, book, or teaching aid which has given me as profound an understanding and experience of the implications of the gospel as Sonship.
Scotty Smith, Founding Pastor, Christ Community Church, Franklin, TN

"Sonship has been one of the most influential, liberating studies in my life as a man and as a minister. Fears about life are vanishing through growing faith in my Savior as a child (an heir) of a loving Father. And the joy of walking with others through the class and seeing the seeds of their faith blossom is second only to the renewed joy of my salvation."
Al Kimball, Pastor of Pastoral Care, Community Evangelical Free Church, Elverson, PA

"I listened to the Sonship lectures some years ago when I was struggling for motivation to go on in ministry. These lectures breathed new spiritual life into me and many others during that time. I have listened to them several times since then, and each time God has worked through them to renew my appreciation of my sin, his grace, and his call to love others. I heartily commend these lectures to others who, like myself, who need ongoing spiritual renewal!"
Gary DeLashmutt, Senior Pastor, Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus, Ohio

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    Sonship Manual

    Posted by Curtis D. on 06 14 2023

    The Sonship manual is the best tool that I have used to help believers see the difference between believing and living as orphans in God's Kingdom and believing and living as sons and daughters in God's Kingdom. The manual poses questions and exercises to expose whether we practically focus more on our or others' outward behavior or on what is the motivation in our hearts. It helps believers see that our greatest ministry strength flows out of trusting God and being vulnerable with our greatest weaknesses. It significantly helps us to understand and live out our identity in Jesus.

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    Posted by Dave on 04 21 2021

    This study contains a great deal of rich gospel-centered insights and truth. Nonetheless I find it difficult to lead our group through because I think it is poorly edited. The audio lessons contain many rich nuggets, but they tend to be disjointed and often-times meandering. The audio lesson outlines in the study guide do not match up well with the actual talks. And the discussion questions don't always move the lesson forward very well. All this with a price greater than any study-guide we've ever used.

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    Posted by Richard on 05 06 2019

    I've used a lot of discipling tools over the years, Sonship is the best I have gone through or mentored through. It's a course I need to keep going through, preaching the Gospel to myself!

  • 5
    This material changed my life.

    Posted by Robert W Alexandewr on 10 01 2018

    I rely on the concepts and truths of sonship daily. This is a great and accessible version of the material developed by WHM. It's been almost twenty years since I first read the materials and this is the best update yet!

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    Posted by Nathaniel C Keisel on 10 01 2018


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    Highly Recommended!!

    Posted by Michael on 10 01 2018

    Highly recommended for anyone looking to revitalize a stale or stagnant relationship with God. My wife and I, as well as my small group, have gone through material in this manual, and it has led to much joy, unity, and a deeper understanding of God's love for sinful people like ourselves. It feels good to not need to pretend like we have it all together.

  • 5
    A compact update

    Posted by Coram Deo on 10 01 2018

    I have the 3 ring binder manual. I got this because it is compact and much easier to move around. I think this is one of the best Bible studies around.

  • 5
    Best dicipleship book I have ever done

    Posted by Amanda on 10 01 2018

    Best dicipleship book I have ever done. I did it with a small group and with just one other person! If you want to know your identy

  • 5
    Excellent resource!

    Posted by The Beetle on 10 01 2018

    Excellent resource!

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