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A STUDY GUIDE FOR UNDERSTANDING THE EPHESIANS 4:12 STRATEGY
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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Introduction «««««««««««««««« 1-3 What is Discipleship? ««««««««««««. 4-9 Discipleship Principles «««««««««««... 10-15 Discipleship Priorities«««««««««««« 16-21 22-26 The Discipleship Process ««««««««««... 27-36 How to Lead Discipleship ««««««««««. How to Facilitate Your Group ««««««««.. 37-39 How to Start the Discipleship Process ««««««««««««.. 40-46 9. The Discipler¶s Heart ««««««««««««... 47-51 10. The Disciple Maker and Disciple Relationship «««««««««««««««« 52-53 Appendix A. How to Become a Disciple «««««. 54-56 57 B. The Discipleship Wheel «««««... 58-59 C. Answers ««««««««««««..
INTRODUCTION Discipleship is not supposed to be complicated. Difficult sometimes, complicated never. Two thousand years ago, it was so simple that a carpenter explained it to uneducated fishermen in one sentence (Matthew 4: 19). The fishermen understood it, acted on it, and they changed the world. If modern discipleship is confusing or complicated, it is because we have strayed from the biblical pattern that Jesus and the original twelve modeled for us.
For Jesus, discipleship was and is top priority. Yes, He fed the hungry and healed the sick, but He always gave the twelve disciples His prime time. His final word to them before He ascended into heaven was a commission not just to be disciples, but to make disciples. Like the original followers of Jesus, we are supposed to be disciples and we are supposed to make disciples. In other words, we are supposed to follow Jesus and we ought to help others to follow Him. The problem is that while most Christian agrees that discipleship is important, even essential for Christian maturity, precious few have a clear strategy for discipleship. Even fewer have a simple definition for discipleship. Welcome to the Lord¶s vineyard! You are about to undertake an exciting task: helping people become disciples of Jesus Christ. Think about it: You are actually a co-worker of our Lord in His vinevineyard the people you are going to nurture are dearly loved by God bought with a high price it took His life to pay for it, He has placed them under your care. This is both a great opportunity and a serious responsibility. This Ephesians 4:12 Method can help you acquire skills in helping people grow as disciples. However, the most important than a skill is motivation. Ask yourself: Why do I want to help people become disciples? Why do I follow-up? Our primary motive should be to please our Lord Jesus Christ and not merely to fulfill a duty or to increase the membership of our church or fellowship. If you feel as our Lord feels, as He saw the crowed He was with compassion, if you think as He thinks, then you will acts as He wants you to act. Disciple making is not mere impacting of head knowledge, it is life transference. If the people you nurture cannot see that your life is being continually changed by the presence and power of the risen Lord Jesus, they will have a hard time integrating what they learn into their daily lives. You ought to interact with the people you mentor, while all of you are being transformed by our Lord Jesus.
Our aim is that the people we nurture ³May become blameless and pure children of God, without fault in a crooked and depraved generation where they shine like stars in the universe´ (Philippians 2:15). What can be a more glorious task than this? What if some of the people you mentor fail to mature? Don¶t consider yourself a failure. Just look at our Lord Jesus in His earthly ministry in making disciples, one of His disciples Judas was failed. Just as when we evangelize we share the Good News of Jesus Christ and leave the rest to the Holy Spirit, in making Disciples, we nurture the people under our care the best way we can, leaving the rest to God. Whether or not a new believer grows to become a mature Christian is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, a discipler should have a shepherd¶s heart, as exemplified by our Lord Jesus. Making Disciples was written in part to give a simple, biblical definition of discipleship, rather than a complicated theological definition based on a particular church tradition. It was also written to present a clear discipleship process that any church can adapt to meet its evangelism, discipleship, and maturity needs. And finally, it was written to help individuals and churches get started in the discipleship process in a way that will ensure maximum fruitfulness.
Since 1993, the church I pastor in Cagayan de Oro City has been built around the discipleship principles of Jesus Christ and presented here. The Church was originally established in 1998 and for the 13th years grew through a combination of special outreach events and one- to- one discipleship. In 2008, because of growing pains and the desire to reach unbelievers more effectively, we developed what is now being called the ³Ephesians 4:12 ³Methods´ for disciples and church growth. This method has enabled our church to consistently grow in quality, strength, and influence. It has enabled us to empower many ordinary believers to make disciples in small groups all over Mindanao. This Ephesians 4:12 Method is not just a Filipino phenomenon.
It is being applied underground in closed Communist nations. It has been an effective evangelism method in Muslim nations. If applied with wisdom, consistency, and prayer, it will bear fruit in your city and on your campus, too.
Bishop Danilo O. Bantilan., Th.D Cagayan de Oro Philippines February 28, 2011
1 What is Discipleship?
³Come, follow me,´ Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.´ Matthew 4:19
iscipleship. All Christians know it is important, but few know exact what it means. Even fewer have clear methods to make disciples. By looking at Jesus in the Gospels, we can see a clear discipleship method and pattern.
When Jesus calls a person to be His disciple, He issues a three-fold call Discipleship is a call to follow Jesus
The starting point of being a disciple is to follow Jesus. ³Come, follow me,´ Jesus said, ³and I will make you fishers of men.´ Matthew 4:19 13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve- designating those apostles- that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach. Mark 3:13-14 The first twelve disciples were able to physically follow Jesus as He ministered around Galilee. During Paul¶s time, Jesus was no longer walking the earth in flesh and blood. Paul taught the Corinthian believers to follow Jesus by imitating and following godly people. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Making Disciple 4 15 Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 1 Corinthians 4:15, 16 2. Discipleship is a call to Evangelize/evangelism (2)
For fish men (3) Jesus expects all who follow Him to reach out to the lost. ³Come, follow me,´ Jesus said, ³and I will make you fishers of men.´ Mark 1:17 y We called it relational evangelism or friendship evangelism is one of the most effective ways to reach out others. You are saved because there was somebody who invited you, it might be your close friend. E.g. Like in my case, I came to the Lord because of my friend Chris invited me and he shared to the way to salvation 1n 1987. Following Jesus does not mean we cut off all contact with nonChristians. Rather, it means we actively seek to introduce them to Jesus. Matthew answered the call to discipleship and immediately had a party at his house to introduce his friends to Jesus. The problem of the traditional church there are many departments. Department of evangelism for instance. Discipleship is the work of everybody, is not only for a chairman of every department. This is a spiritual family that every member of the family has to do its function.
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9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector¶s booth. ³Follow me,´ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew¶s house, many tax collectors and ³sinners´ came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ³ Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners¶ 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, ³ It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ³I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.´ Matthew 9:9-13 3. Discipleship is a call to Believers (4) with other believers. None of the original disciples attempted to follow Jesus alone. Following Jesus meant following along with other disciples. In time, as they walked with Jesus and each other in close fellowship, their relationship developed into a spiritual family. Biblical fellowship is more than greeting a few churches members are the lobby before or after a worship service. Real fellowship means Christ- centered community not a pastor centered community. Jesus Christ must be the centered in fellowship or relationship to avoid division. They devoted themselves to the apostles¶ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42 Component: y Teaching y Fellowship y Prayer But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 Accountability with one another.
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In both passages where Paul exhorted Christians to ³bear with one another,´ the key word preceding this injunction is patience. The King James Version uses the word ³longsuffering,´ one aspect of ³walking in the Spirit´ (Gal.5:22). It is also the focus
of Paul¶s prayer for the Colossian Christians: ³ And we pray this « so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of light´ (Col. 1:10 -12). To ³bear with one another,´ then, means being patient with each other¶s weakness. Not one of us is perfect. All of us fail, particularly in human relationships. How easy it is to expect more from other Christians than we expect from ourselves. This has particular relevance to Christian family living. In the family setting we get to know others like in no other social unit. We live together day after day, week after week, year after year. As members of a family unit we are seen at our best and at our worst- both as parents and as children. Parents often expect more from their children than they do from themselves. Children often expect more from their parents than from other adults in their lives. And together, this dynamic often erupts in anything but patience and forbearance with one another.1
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26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ³Dear woman, here is your son,´ 27 and to the disciple, ³Here is your mother.´ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19:26, 27 y We called it Spiritual Family In summary, the call to discipleship is a call to build relationship with God, God¶s people, and lost people.
Dr. Gene Getz, Building up one anther copyright©1976 by sp Publications, Inc. p.p 92-93
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The call to follow is a call to build a relationship with God (5) The call to fish is a call to build relationship with Lost (6) people. The call to fellowship is a call to build relationships with God¶s People (7)
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11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
12 to prepare God¶s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up « Ephesians 4:11, 12
ost Christians agree that making disciples should be top priority. Many fail to make disciples because they do not know how to start or what to do. The Ephesians 4:12 Method gives a clear starting point and direction to the discipleship process. What is the Ephesians 4:12 Method? 1. A Discipleship (1) ±based church growth method There are many ways to grow a church. Few are discipleshipbased. While excellent worship, preaching, community service, kids¶ ministry, and other traditional pillars of church growth are important, the Ephesians 4:12 Method sinks or swims on small group discipleship. 2. A Church (2) based discipleship method Most of the best discipleship material is produced by para-church ministries. The Ephesians 4:12 Method is designed to work in a local Church.There are many available materials for discipleship making such as: G-12, D-3, and D-5 etc. No matter what would be our strategy or methods could be used «. the important thing is you make disciple. In the traditional church, the pastor does all the works. Many Christians fell quite content to allow paid clergy and staff to do all the work. ³After all,´ they may ask, ³if I am not a preacher or missionary or something of the kind, how can I be properly engaged in ministry.´ The answer lies in their seeing the great commission a lifestyle encompassing the total resources of every child of God. Here the ministry of Christ comes alive in the day-by-day activity
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of discipling.2 Foundational Discipleship Principles Following are four foundational discipleship principles that are essential for the Ephesians 4:12 Methods to work. These principles are timeless and apply to all cultures and church sizes.
One goal of the Ephesians 4:12 Method is to get ministry out of the hands of the experts and into the hands of every believer.
Every church, every ministry, and every discipleship group can Grow (3)
6 I planted the seed, Apollo¶s watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 y V.6 plant, water, Grow (4) y V.7 plant, water, Grow (5) y V.8 plant, water, one Purpose (6) The one purpose of planting and watering is growth. The Ephesians 4: 12 Method will help every church, every ministry, and every discipleship group consistently grows
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Robert Coleman, the Master Plan of Discipleship, 1998
Maturation in the love of Christ. John 14:23 y y y Stronger (7) Larger (8) More influential (9)
2. Every disciple should make Disciples (10) 18Then Jesus came to them and said, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit«´ Matthew 28:18, 19 ³Five fold ministries is function not for a title´ How we grade of being mature? We could say that she or he is mature when they make disciples.The discipler will become fruitful when his disciple begins to disciple others. Immaturity is selfish, self-centered. Too often, we act like only full-time ministers or people who have been Christians for a long time can make disciples. The Apostolic Mandate to make disciples (Matthew 28) was originally given to men who had questioned, doubted, and even denied Jesus. Spiritual progress, not perfection, qualifies a person to make disciples. If our target is to have twelve disciples, start from one to one. 3. Every minister should prepare others to Minister (14)
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11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God¶s people for works of service « Each one begins with one to make 12 disciples. Eph. 4:11, 12 The Protestant Reformation emphasized the priesthod of all believers, restoring the biblical pattern of relating to God. The modern church needs a ³Discipleship Reformation´ that will emphasize the ministry of all believers, restoring the biblical pattern of ministry. The job of the ³minister´ is to prepare others to minister, not to do the entire ministry. One goal of the Ephesians 4:12 Method is to get ministry out of the hands of the experts and into the hands of every believer. Three Levels of Preparation y God prepares good works for us in advance. For we are God¶s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 y Spiritual leaders prepare us for good works through discipleship. «to prepare God¶s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up « Ephesians 4:12 We prepare ourselves for good works by keeping our lives clean. 2Timothy 2:21 Our life testimony is very important in discipleship. All three levels of preparation are necessary to us to be and do all God have called us to be and do.
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Every soul is valuable to God (15)
³For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.´ John 3:16 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 Value is determined by the price one is willing to pay. God paid the ultimate price to redeem lost souls. Since God places such a high value on lost people, we must learn to see them the way He sees them. Every one is wonderfully made by God so special creation in the sight of God. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36 When we see people the way God see them, we will have compassion on them and we will see that they are: y Harassed (16) y Helpless (17) y Ripe for the Harvest (18) If we are not compassionate for people; few people will come to the Lord! 1. 2. Compassion for souls, how? Doesn¶t judge theme now, help them now! See them the way God see them.
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Matthew 28:19, 20
19 ³ Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.´
hat are we trying to accomplish in the discipleship process? hat is our goals? If we do not understand basic discipleship priorities, the Ephesians 4: 12 Method will become just another lifeless church program. The following five priorities represent what we are trying to accomplish in the discipleship process. Five Discipleship Priorities 1. Foundations (1) Sometimes we focus on numbers and programs. Obedience established spiritual foundations. The first goal of discipleship is to establish spiritual foundations in the life of each disciple. The following Scriptures teach three important truths about foundations. y Obedience establishes spiritual foundations. 24 ³ Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 the rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.´Matthew 7:24Program is good but it must be balance we need to hear the word of God.
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This manual is just a road map where we are going. We need to have an intimate relationship with God. y Jesus is the only foundation. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 We need methods or strategy in discipleship, inspired by the Holy Spirit, inspired by love to our God. Every action we should make must be motivated by love. Repentance is foundational. Nevertheless, God¶s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: The Lord knows those who are his,´ and, ³Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.´ 2Timothy 2:19 Repentance is a lifestyle. FREEDOM (2) One goal of discipleship is freedom from all destructive habits and sin patterns. Discipleship produces breakthrough when we realize that freedom comes from Jesus. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord¶s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3: 17, 18 ³So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.´ John 8:36
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FAITH (3) Faith was always an issue when Jesus disciple the twelve. He stretched their faith, commended people who had faith, and corrected those with little faith. «for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 Faith the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 This is faith with reason, we believe because the Word of God says. We should always refer to the Scriptures because faith comes from hearing or reading the Word of God. It is not base on feelings of what you feel.
FRUITFULNESS (4) Since we believe that every disciple should make disciples, one goal of discipleship is fruitfulness. John 15 speaks of five levels of fruitfulness. Fruitfulness ± Work- Work or Hard work! There is no magic in prosperity!
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We need to work for it, dream on it, and act on it! No fruit ³He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit «´ John 15:2a Fruit ³« While every branch that does bear fruit he prunes «´ John 15:2b More fruit ³« While every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.´ John 15:2c Much fruit 5´ I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. «8 This is to my Father¶s glory, that you bear much fruit, is showing you to be my disciples.´ John 15:5, 8 Lasting fruit ³You did not choose me, but I choose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.´ John 15:16
FAMILY (5) The church is a family. Jesus expected His disciples not just to follow Him, but to walk with one another. He spoke of them as family. 47 Someone told him, ³ Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to You.´ 48 He replied to him, ³ Who is my mother, and who are my brothers 49Pointing to his disciples, he said, Making Disciples 19
³ Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.´ Matthew 12:47-50 Paul used family terms such as father, brother, and mother to describe discipleship relationships. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:11,12 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God¶s people and members of God¶s household « Ephesians 2:19 Honestly, it is not easy to make disciples; it involves your time, money effort, and commitment to them. Then the worse thing is your disciple will fight against you and don¶t be discouruage that¶s normal even Jesus was betrayed. However one thing that encourages us to continually doing it in spite of bad things happens because we love God and His ministry. We are here not to please people but to do the will of God to make disciples.
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The Discipleship Process
Things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2 aving looked at the priorities, we can now turn to the process of discipleship. The priorities are what we hope to accomplish in discipleship. The process is how we will go about accomplishing the priorities of discipleship.
The Discipleship Process
The process of discipleship in the Ephesians 4:12 Methods is built on the five E¶s: 1. Encounter/evangelize (1) the lost It is important to understand that the discipleship process begins with evangelism. When Jesus told His disciples to go and make disciple of all nations (Matthew 28:18, 19), they did not interpret this to mean that they should help people who were sent to the world, not to the church, to make disciples. ³For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.´ John 3:16 ³For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.´ Luke 19:10 We need to have a personal encounter with God or intimacy with Him. 2. Evangelize/ establish in their faith (2) new believers
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It is not enough to evangelize the lost. If we want to make disciples, we must help establish them in the faith, in the Word, and in the church. Now to him, who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past« Romans 16:25 « If you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Colossians 1:23 3. Establish (3) to minister The discipleship process begins with evangelism and establishing, but it must not end there. In order to make disciples, we must equip all believers to minister. 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God¶s people for works of service« Ephesians 4:11, 12 4. Equip (4) to make disciples If we equip without empowering, we will have frustrated disciples. The whole point of equipping to minister is so that each disciple will be empowered to make disciples. ³But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.´ Acts 1:8
5. Empowerment (5) to be a channel of God¶s presence. ³Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams
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of living water will flow from within him.´ John 7:38 « ³He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire´ Matthew 3:11 Only believe and you can have all God¶s divine providence for you to become effective in making disciples. John the Baptist was standing on the cold river water in the Jordan for repentance of sin. However, our Savior Jesus Christ is waiting for us to come on the river of fire to cleanse us from the Spiritual dirt. He is willing to baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. There is no short cut in the ministry of the Lord, we must undergo the process: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Repentance Receiving the saving grace of Christ Baptism of water Spiritual Baptism of fire Then be witnesses to others. « ³In Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.´ Acts 1:8
³Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit «´ Matthew 28:19
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The Ephesians 4:12 Methods in a Local Church Applying the Ephesians 4:12 Method to a local church greatly simplifies church administration and activities. As the following chart shows, there are only six basic church activities in the Ephesians 4:12 Method: outreach groups, leadership groups, worship services. Victory Weekend, Monthly report, Spiritual family orientation, ARCT CLASS every night Monday to Friday
PROCESS TOOLS E512 Outreach Materials ACTIVITIES Discipleship Group [outreach] Worship Services
Evangelize the lost ³Come, follow mw,´ Jesus said, ³I will make you fishers of men.´ Matt. 4:19 Establish New Believers
y In faith
One to One Preparing For victory Experiencing Victory Foundations Series Spiritual Family
In the Word In the church
Spiritual Family Orientation
Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ «
Romans 16:25 Equip to Minister
« to prepare God¶s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up « Ephesians 4: 12 Making Disciples
PERSONAL APPLICATION Empower to Make Disciples
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.´ Acts 1:8
³But you will receive power APPLICATION when the Holy PERSONAL be my witnessesSpirit comes on you; and you will in
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How to Lead Discipleship Groups
1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them, saying « Matthew 5:1,2
esus made disciples in small groups. He also ministered to the individual disciple when the need arose. Small group discipleship Versus one-on-one discipleship is not either -or, but both-and. Jesus did both. Rather than discipling twelve men individually and independently of each other, Jesus built a team spirit into His disciples. When one needed private ministry, Jesus ministered to that man privately, but most of their disciple ship was a group project. It is not enough for disciples to relate to each other. If we want to get past addition to multiplication, then we must minister to the twelve and to the one, to t he group and to the individual.
What is a Healthy Ephesians 4:12 Discipleship Group?
Just as a human body consists of small cells, the church body is made of small groups. Everyone agrees about the nature of a biological cell, but there are many different ideas about church cells or discipleship groups. To underst and the Ephesians 4:12 Method, we must understand what a discipleship group is and what it is not. Discipleship is not a contest or focus on numbers. An Ephesians 4:12 Method Discipleship Group is not a« y Need- focused care group where each person comes to talk about problems and receive personal pastoral care.
Leader ± centered Bible study where each person comes to listen to and learn from a Bible expert. Fellowship- based social time where each person comes to meet Christian friends.
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Spiritual gift experiment group where people can try out spiritual gifts on each other. y Accountability group where everyone goes through a spiritual checklist. y Home group where food is served and whole families gather for fellowship. y Mini-church service complete with worship, offerings, and preaching. People in a healthy small group may meet needs, study the Bible, and fellowship with each other, but the primary purpose is to make disciples. y The Ephesians 4:12 Method utilizes two types of discipleship groups: Outreach (1) groups or accountability group. Leadership (2) groups It is not a Bible study The small group in the Ephesians 4:12 Method exists for one reason: To make Disciples (3)
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OUTREACH GROUP Who Size limit Time limit Purpose Gender Where When Process Open to all None Sixty minutes Grow the group Open Anywhere Anytime Evangelize and establish
LEADERSHIP GROUP Open only to outreach Twelve Ninety minutes Grow the leader Men-men, Women-women Anywhere Anytime Equip and empower
How to Lead an Outreach Group The outreach group is the starting point of the discipleship process, which is designed to introduce people to Jesus and help them grow in their faith. An E512 outreach group has four parts: 1. Warm up question (4) (10-15 minutes). Each outreach group begins with a warm up question. The warm-up is designed to give everyone a chance to speak and to get to know each other. Each lesson in the Ephesians 4:12 Method Bible Study Series include two or three warm-up questions. Use only warm-up question each meeting. The small group leader should introduce the warm-up question, designate who should answer first, and encourage everyone to answer. If the lesson takes more than one meeting to complete, use a different warm-up question each week.
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Good warm-up questions: y Have no right or wrong answers. y Ask for opinion or experience. y Require no Bible knowledge. y Are not controversial. y Are connected to the Bible study topic. 2. The Word (5) (10-15 minutes) The Word is time is a short and practical Bible teaching on the text or topic of the week. This brief teaching is followed by a time of personal application where each person is encouraged to share how they will put the lesson into practice. During the warm-up and personal application, everyone is encouraged to talk, but during the Word time, only the leader talks. Each lesson begins with key verses and introductory comments this can be read out loud or summarized. Don¶t pretend to be expert or Bible know- it- all. How much of the Bible you obey is more important than how much you know. Tips: y y y y y y
The small group meeting is more than a Bible study. It requires a good leader, not an expert teacher. Let the Bible speak for itself. Remember, the goal is to minister to the needs of the people, not to finish a Bible lesson. Be led by the Spirit, not the material. Use illustrations and tell stories to explain the Bible verses. Some lessons are too long to complete in one discipleship meeting. Take two, three, or four weeks if necessary.
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USING E512 OUTREACH MATERIAL Each lesson has several main points, followed by a verse, comments, and questions. These questions are not designed to be asked during the small group meeting. Rather, they are to help the leader prepare the lesson and to think of ways to communicate the point . 3. Personal Application (6) (10-15 minutes). In an outreach group, we teach the Bible so people can do it, not so they can know it. The whole point of teaching is for practical and personal application. 22 Dot not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at is face in a mirror 24 And, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it ± he will be blessed in what he does. James 22:-25 24 ³Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.´ Matthew 7:24-27
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OUTREACH GROUP TIMETABLE Warm-up ««««.10-15 minutes Word «««««.. 10-15 minutes Application ««« 10-15 minutes Prayer ««««« 10-15 minutes
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Most lessons include several application questions. Choose only one. Feel free to add your own questions. An effective standby application question that can always be used is: ³what did you learn from this lesson and how will it affect your life? Ask the application question and designate who will answer first. Do not allow people to argue or be critical of others. Remind everyone to apply the lesson to their own life, not to someone else¶s. Small group leaders must cry out for wisdom to know when to balance or correct weird and unbiblical applications. Insensitive correction or criticism can kill the group, as can unchecked heresy.
4. Prayer ±praying one another (7) (10-15 minutes). Prayer is probably the most important part of the outreach group Make sure you have plenty of time left so your prayer time is not rushed. This is not a ³closing prayer,´ but a time to take specific requests to God.
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The prayer time may begin with a brief reporting of answers to prayers to encourage and build the faith of each one present. Keep your prayers simple, sincere, and short. Most nonbelievers have never heard an ordinary Christian just talk to God, and will be touched by the sincerity and simplicity . Conversational prayer, not intercessory warfare prayer Remember, your group will include new believers and unbelievers who will probably be scared or confused by ³strongholds,´ territorial spirits,´ binding and loosing,´ and other common phrases used in warfare prayer. BLAMING DEMONS FOR EVERYTHING? Some people tend to look for a demon behind every problem. From Ephesians 2:2-3 we see that evil comes from the devil, human nature (flesh or sinful nature) and a fallen world. Ultimately it is the devil who promotes sin through our sinful nature and through the fallen world we live in. But a person who attributes every problem to the devil falls into the deception of the devil. Such person is usually bothered by fear and worries. The presence of the devil becomes more real to him than God. He will spend his time and attention ³rebuking the devil´ and ³searching for deliverance,´ inst ead of owing up to his responsibilities. Example: Marry watches late night TV shows. She always wakes up tired the following morning, but forces herself to get up because she has to work. She begins to have a nagging headache and becomes irritable. Lately she easily loses her temper.´ To solve these illnesses, she tries to cast out the ³spirit of headache, spirit of irritation and the spirit of bad temper.´ For a while she feels good. After a few days the symptoms are back. This is because she had not corrected her habit of going to bed late, which produced her tiredness causing these Symptoms.
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Conversational prayer is generally thanksgiving and petition. No shouting at strongholds or binding devils; plenty of thanks, adoration, and specific petition. y Spend your time praying for one another, not sharing prayer requests, because of the inordinate amount of time spent discussing prayer requests, many prayer meeting should be called ³prayer request meeting.´ y Don¶t preach, pray. Encourage each person to pray simple sentence prayers, not loud sermon prayers or long dissertations on theology addressed to God, somehow designed to impress the less spiritual. There is a time and place for everything. The celebration service is the place for sermons. The small group meeting is the place for prayer. y Pray in a language that people can understand. Not foreign languages, tongues of angels, or hyper- religious jargon. y Listen! Keep one ear tuned to whoever is praying at the moment and the other to the Holy Spirit. Listen carefully during the warm-up and application time for things that may need prayer.Be creative. Don¶t pray in the same way and order every time. y Expect God to answer your prayers. LOOK WHO¶S TALKING WARM-UP ««« EVERYONE WORD «««........ LEADER ONLY APPLICATION«««EVERYONE PRAYER «««««.EVERYONE
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HOW TO LEAD A LEADERSHIP GROUP An outreach group will usually have a combination of non-believers new believers, and mature believers. A leadership group will only have people who are leading outreach groups. The primary goal of the leadership group is to help the members be successful in their outreach groups. A leadership group has three parts: 1. VISION (8) (20-30 minutes) This is a time for each outreach leader to give testimonies, updates, and reports from their groups to encourage the others. It is also a time to share frustration and problems in their outreach groups. Many times it is not the leadership group leader who has the answer to the problem, but another member of the group who has overcome a similar situation in his own outreach group. Remember, the purpose of the leadership group is to help each outreach group leader become more fruitful.
2. INSTRUCTIONS (9) (20-30 minutes) The leader usually shares a ten to twenty minutes Bible message designed to help everyone become more fruitful in their outreach groups. 3. PRAYER (10) (20-30 minutes) The prayer time is a discipleship group is a time to pray for personal needs and ministry growth. This is not the time to intercede for the nation or world peace. This prayer should be focused on specific needs and specific lost people our outreach groups are reaching out to.
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How to Kill Discipleship Group The Ephesians 4:12 Method of outreach groups and leadership groups works in small churches and large churches, in Asian nations and Europe nations. As simple as it is, there are proven ways to fail. The following lessons were learned the hard way. 1. No mixing Business (11) with discipleship. 2. No mixing Politics (12) with discipleship. 3. No Private (13) ministry to the opposite sex. 4. No Personal agenda (14) 5. No Borrowing Money (15) 6. No Promotion (16) of para- church ministries or any event, spiritual or secular, through the small groups. 7. No Guest (17) speakers. 8. No receiving of tithes (18) and offerings.
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How to Facilitate Your Group
1. How to Control Talkative Members? When one or two group members seem to monopolize The discussion, it often helps to ask ³what do the rest of You think?´ or Jack, what ideas do you have about this? In some situations you may have to control the discussion, and you may have to talk privately with the ³talker´ explaining the necessity of group participation. You may enlist him to help you draw others in. This will help him become more sensitive to the contributions of other people. 2.How to get Back on Track? If the discussion has gotten off tangent, you could say, ³This is interesting. However, we¶ve left out our topic. Perhaps we can finish first the main points of this lesson. After that, if we still have time, we can tackle the issue that you raised.´ This way, you are able to maintain proper time control. Make sure that you discuss the major points and don¶t get bogged down in the minor details. 3.How to Handle ³Wrong´ Answers? Never tell a group member he is wrong. If someone says Something that is inaccurate or unbiblical, try to get another viewpoint: ³Okay, What do others think?´ or does anyone know other Scripture passages that may help us here?´ You may also restate the issue, or ask Making Disciples 37
another question that would help clarity or stimulate further thought. Always keep others from losing ³face´ or getting embarrassed because of a wrong answer. 2. How to Handle Silence? Don¶t be afraid of pauses or try to fill in silent moments. If you give everyone time to think, they will bring up good Points and ask good questions as the discussion progresses. By being patient, you may be surprised with the number of excellent thoughts the group comes up with. Silent minutes may seem uncomfortable, but don¶t be embarrassed or feel as if you must say something.3 How to Handle Difficult Questions? Don¶t be afraid of saying, ³I don¶t know´ when a difficult Question is asked. If you don¶t know the answer, don¶t pretend that you know. You can always look for the answer later, orask someone else in the Group to research on it. There is no merit in being thought of as a ³know it all.´ How to Live up a dull Group? Your group will respond to your own attitude. Pray for your own sincere enthusiasm. If you want them to be enthusiastic, you must be that way too. The right source for this excitement is a desire to know God himself, a desire for his Word, and a sincere commitment to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. you, as the leader, must demonstrate these issues carefully. What can you do to give more glory to God in the way you lead this group?
Learn to Show Positive Reinforcement Acknowledgement individual responses with positive comments such as ³That¶s good,´ or ³That¶s a
3 This section is adapted from How to Lead Small Group Bible Studies(Manila: NavigatorMinistries Inc, 2 nd floor, Vicar Bldg., #25 Denver St. corner New York, Cubao, Q.C;
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´ It¶s best not to overdo positive comments, but often most discussion leaders err on the side of not saying them. Help Increase Listening Ability Some members of your group may tend to think more about what they want to say rather than about what others are saying. They become preoccupied with their own thoughts. To help them get Rid of this lapse in listening let a group member summarize what Has just been said by the previous person. Before doing this, You may announce to the group that you would do it as an exercise In helping the group becomes better listeners.4 6.
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How to Start The Discipleship Process
41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ³ we have found the Messiah´ (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas´ ( which, when translated, is Peter). John 1:41,42
he outreach group is the heart and soul of the Ephesians 4:12
Method for discipleship-based church growth. If the outreach groups are healthy, then the disciples will multiply. If the outreach groups become ingrown, then the whole system shuts down. The purpose of small group ministry is to make disciples, and discipleship begins with evangelism. The Right Attitude Evangelism must be more than a method or a message to be effective. We must have the right attitude. Not ingrown to nail. Attitude of Reconciliation (1) Evangelism is about restoring relationships.
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men¶s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18,19
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1. Attitude of an Ambassador (2) Evangelism is about representing Christ. We are therefore Christ¶s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore on Christ¶s behalf: be reconcile to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 We represent the Kingdom of God. A. Attitude of Friendship (3) Evangelism is about reaching out to non-believers. 10 while Jesus was having dinner at Matthew¶s house, many tax collectors and ³sinners´ came and ate with Him and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ³Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, ³It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 but go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.´ Matthew 9:10-13 The Right Focus Rather than attempting random acts of evangelism targeting strangers, outreach groups focus on relational evangelism or friendship evangelism, especially: 1. Family (4) Evangelism in the New Testament was not just about the individual, but also the family. 13 ³He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14 He will bring you a message through which you and your entire household will be saved.´ Acts 11:13, 14 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. ³If you consider me a believer in the Lord.´ She said, ³ come and stay at my house.´ and she persuaded us. Acts 16:15
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They replied, ³Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household.´ 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God- he and his whole family. Acts 18:8 1. Friends (5) The best place to start making disciples is with people who know and trust us. Matthew and Cornelius are good examples for us follow. As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector¶s booth. ³ Follow me,´ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew¶s house, many tax collectors and ³sinners´ came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ³ Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ³sinners?´ Matthew 9:9-11 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went along. 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. Acts 10´23,24
Who are the Lost?
When Jesus sent His twelve disciples into the ripe harvest fields, He told them to go to the lost. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the followi ng instructions: Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.´ Matthew 10:5,6
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In the same way, we are also called to the lost. But, who are the lost?Jesus compared the lost in need of a Savior to the sick who need a doctor. Who are the sick and lost that we are to reach. y y y y y y y y y y Unsaved Unchurched Backsliders- compromisers Cult (6) and counterfeits Lost (7) sheep (8) sheep Sick Starving (9) sheep Abused (10) sheep Wandering(11) sheep Sheep without Shepherd (12)
How to Start and Outreach Group The goal of the outreach group is make disciples by reaching the lost, beginning with lost friends and family. There are three keys to getting off to the right start: Identify (13) two or three others who desire to make disciples by reaching the lost. Your outreach group can start with a maximum of four ( you and three others). It will grow as the four of you pray for and reach out to lost friends, family, and acquaintances. 2. Intercede (14) for your lost friends, family members, and acquaintances. At the first meeting, each member of the new outreach group will make a list of at least ten friends, family members, or acquaintances who are not active church members. The group will fast and pray together for one month, specially praying for the needs of these people. 1.
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Prayer and Fasting (15) friends, family, and acquaintances to your outreach group. After four weeks of prayer and fasting, some of the people you are praying for will be more open to the gospel and will be more interested in visiting your small group. (Note: ³outreach group´ is a term we use internally. We never invite a person to an outreach group. We invite them to a ³Bible study´ or a particular topic that might interest them, or we invite them to a ³men¶s group,´ a prayer group,´ or a women¶s fellowship.
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The VIP Prayer List The following worksheet is designed to help identify people who will potentially be interested in your outreach group.
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The Discipler·s Heart
hat is the heart of the discipler? hat is his dream and desire to be accomplished? Matthew 12:34 says that "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." The key is out of the abundance of the heart, that is, "what is in the heart," what we want to talk about and the cause of our actions. Of the four broad areas in Isaiah 58:13-14, this is probably the most difficult one for us. We wrestle with it, wondering whether "what we are saying and acted of it" should be act and said or not. The heart is the center of life that flows our personality or actions. 1. Vision to Make Disciples Vision is a clear mental image and the capacity to see the present and future of what we need be accomplished inline to the will of God. Vision is one of the vehicle of God could be used to commune with His people.The Church that has been entrusted to me by God was the product of God¶s communication through vision; while I was in my home washing my clothes, then God gave me a vision to plant His Church that brings revival and it could be possible, through making disciples of all nations and baptizing them through the name of the TRIUNE GOD: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, not through the name of my denomination. Making disciple is lifting up the Name of Jesus to become famous and it is not for our own benefits and fame or may be our motive is we want that the finances of our Church will be increased. That¶s why we make disciples. I always believe that ³God¶s work is done in God¶s way will never run out«..
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any resources.´Therefore, being a discipler our heart should be motivated by vision from God. I have to paraphrase this, Numbers 12:6 to make more personal to His discipler. ³He said, ³Listen to my Words: When a discipler of the Lord is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. Vision for Multiplication ³Biological Multiplication and the Delegated Authority to Reproduce His own kind physically and spiritually´ ³A God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth´ Genesis 1:28 AV But man failed to reproduce God¶s image and likeness. They made it after the fall but corrupted version of productions. That¶s why discipleship making is vital for the church, it is not another program but rather it is life of Jesus Christ channeled to His church that ought to be followed and it is a command not an option. 19 ³ Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing Them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 20 And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.´ Matthew 19-20 NIV ³You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I Have appointed you[ I planted you], that you might go and bear Fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be Lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name[as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you. John 15:16 AV
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God¶s perfect plan and designed for His people is to multiply not only for addition or division but is to multiply His own kind. Reproducing not only in numbers but in quality of character. The Restoring His image and likeness that was destroyed and lost because of man¶s disobedience against the will of God. Mostly, of the church today in the body of Christ were funs of making the numbers of disciples not in quality in character, it should not be done that way, we¶re mislead many times, we tempt to compete to ministry comparing the numbers of disciples. It should be balanced in quantity and in quality of Character. That¶ why the first sermon of Jesus in making disciples was done in Mount of Olives and His first subject on His sermon and it is a very important subject in disciple making is the ³Restoration of God¶s Image´ ³The beatitudes´. Matthew. 5: 1-12 Making disciples is a three-step process: first by going to those who had no exposure to the gospel; second, by calling them into a relationship with Jesus that culminates in baptism; endeavors to reach those who have not heard - the unreached ethnic of our times. In doing that we expect to see the church planted and in turn reaching out to and third by teaching them to observe his commands. There is an overwhelming need and challenge to the missionary others. But the challenge does not stop there. Making disciples includes a process that follows to keep that new follower learning and growing in his new faith, what some call ³spiritual formation.´ The important thing is that there is an on-going growth experience. A new believer¶s worldview must be changed; his lifestyle adjusted to increasingly conform to the image of Christ; and his ethical conduct increasingly marked by integrity. When transformation is apparent in these areas, that believer in turn is in a position to teach others also and thus duplicate the process. Patience and grace are very important when dealing with a disciple¶s weaknesses. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown Into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit [their character] you will recognize them. 21 ³ Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord,
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did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your Name drive out demons and perform many miracles? 23 Then I will tell them plainly, I never new you. Away from Me, you evil doers! Matthew 7:19-23 Character is more important than gifts. It might be that you will flow in the spiritual gifts, but you don¶t have Christ likeness you will end up in hell. In refining the character; it really done through discipleship making but first of all you must be a disciple of Jesus before you make disciples. Sometimes we love to have spiritual gifts for us to become famous and tempt to forget the fruits of the Holy Spirit, that should be the major aspect in the lives of each believers. We love the gifts but we don¶t love the giver. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 3. Vision for Great Things 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I Have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask Me For anything in my Name, and I will do it. John 14:12-14 To perform great things in God¶s Kingdom it is the work of Jesus Christ and the primary purpose is to glorify Him alone! Not to promote our denominations were you belong. It is a big mistake if we miss out the point to become great in God¶s Kingdom. In the context of obeying God by making disciples, Jesus assured us that we can ask anything through His Name and He is willing to answer our request. a. We need to pray for disciples. b. We need to pray for great things to come. c. We need to pray that we can do the things
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as Jesus did before. d.We need to pray that Jesus may glorify in all we do. The primary heart¶s of being a discipler is to increase the Name of Jesus. John the Baptist said, ³He must increase and I must decrease!
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Disciple Maker and Disciple Relationship
Time to pair off your group mates. Challenge (Individually) the spiritually mature ones in your group to commit to nurture the new believers. The choice of who to pair off with that should be done with much prayer and thought. Try to discover your members¶ backgrounds first before pairing them. If there are only a few members in your group and all of them are of the same level of spiritual maturity, then you are to mentor everyone. After pairing them off, you should sit down with each pair. Discuss each one¶s role and expectations. This wil l give direction to the disciple - maker/disciple relationship. GOAL AND OBJECTIVES OF DISCIPLE- MAKING GOAL ± To help the person you mentor become a disciple of Jesus Christ. To help him or her grow so that by the end of this series lessons (seven month s time), he or she will have become a disciple- maker, helping a new believer grow. (At that point, he will be a partner in the ministry with you) OBJECTIVES 1. To usher the disciple to a life that is continually changed by God. 2. To guide the disciple to read through the important Chapters in the Bible in one year¶s time. 3. Within the first seven months, to help the disciple lead a Type A non-believer to the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Type A non-believer refers to a person who is receptive to the Gospel.) After this, during the next six months, he, together with two other Christians«
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From the prayer house will lead three Type B non -believers to Jesus. (³Type B non-believer´ refers to a person who is resistant to the Gospel.) 4. To see how the disciple grows in his relationship with his or her family, prayer house group, fellowship, church, and community. JOB DESCRIPTION: DUTIES OF A DISCIPLE- MAKER 1. Regularly spend time, at least once a week, with the disciple outside prayer house meeting. a. Share each other¶s prayer concerns including items for thanksgiving. Pray together. b. Share insights you gained from Bible readings. c. Help the disciple memorize the memory verse of the week. d. Check if the disciple is consistent I his Bible reading course, quite time, prayer, and worship life. 2. Show real care and concern. Be transparent as you share your own struggles and how God has enabled you to overcome them. Be there when the disciple needs you. 3. Help train the disciple on how to lead a person to Christ. Use the lessons ³Friendship Evangelism and the Gospel Class. 4. Seek the Lord with all your heart. As you grow spiritually, you will be able to help the disciple grow. 5. Help the person you are nurturing become a disciple of Jesus Christ, not your disciple. So be careful that you don¶t refer to him or her as my ³disciple.´ 6. For a more comprehensive plan on how to be a disciple-maker.
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HOW TO BECOME A DISCIPLE
efore we can make disciples, we must be disciples. Here are four basic steps to becoming His disciple.
1. Count the cost. Jesus made it clear that there would be a price to pay to follow Him. He warned all followers to count the cost before starting the discipleship journey. 27 ³And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it´ Luke 14:27,28 Rather, as servant of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distress; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:4-10
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2. Confess Jesus as Lord. There can be no discipleship without Lordship. Submission to Christ as Lord is the starting point. That if you confess with your mouth, ³Jesus is Lord,´ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 But if yours hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give as answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect « 1Peter 3:15 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him « Colossians 2:6 3. Choose God¶s will and God¶s people. Discipleship means we choose God¶s will over our own. ³If anyone chooses to do God¶s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.´ John 7:17 Discipleship also means choosing God¶s people. When Matthew chose to follow Jesus, he was also choosing to follow along with Peter, Andrew, James, and John. If we want to follow Jesus, we must follow along with others who also follow Him. 24 by faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh¶s daughter.
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25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. Hebrews 11:24.25 4. Carry your cross. The cross was an instrument of death. As we follow Jesus, we must carry our cross and continually die to sin and self. Then he called the crowed to Him along with His disciples and said: ³if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.´ Mark 8:34 Appendix A 57 Then he said to them all: ³if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.´ Luke 9:23 18 for, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is ion earthly things. Philippians 3:18, 19
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THE DISCIPLESHIP WHEEL
The following illustrations were developed by Dr. Greg Mitchell, pastor of the Every Nation Church in Vancouver, Canada, to help explain the discipleship process.
Discipleship is Christ ±Centered relationship Process of Spiritual Growth
The Process of Transformation
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CHAPTER 1 What is Discipleship? 1. Follow Jesus 2. Fish 3. Men 4. Fellowship 5. God 6. Lost 7. People CHAPTER 2 Discipleship Principles 1. Discipleship 2. Church 3. Grow 4. Grow 5. Grow 6. Purpose 7. Stronger 8. Larger 9. Influential 10. Disciples 11. Work 12. Age 13. Saved 14. Minister 15. God 16. Harassed 17. Helpless 18. harvest
CHAPTER 3 Discipleship Priorities 1. Foundations 2. Freedom 3. Faith 4. Fruitfulness 5. Family CHAPTER 4 The Discipleship Process 1. Evangelism 2. Establish 3. Equip 4. Empower
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CHAPTER 5 How to Lead Discipleship Groups 1. Outreach 2. Leadership 3. Discipleship 4. Warm-up 5. Word 6. Application 7. Prayer 8. Vision 9. Instruction 10. Prayer
CHAPTER 6 How to Start the Discipleship Process 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Reconciliation Ambassador Friendship Family Friends Compromisers Lost Sick Starving Abused Wandering Shepherds Identify Intercede Invite
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Appendix D Recommended for Readings
Many contemporary books about discipleship focus on how to be disciples of Christ rather than how to make disciples of Christ. Such books focus on personal commitment and spiritual growth. A number of books have sections on making disciples, but we are aware of relatively few complete books on the subject. 1. Adsit, Christopher. Personal Disciple Making: A Step by Step Guide for Leading a Christian from New Birth to Maturity . Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1988. This extremely practical handbook discusses the basics of disciple making and gives tools that may aid a discipler in her work. Adsit looks at the different levels of spiritual maturity: babies, children, adolescents and adults. He then seeks to prescribe which kinds of spiritual food each might need. This book has many charts and outlines that could be taken and used directly in a discipleship relationship. Adsit comes from a Campus Crusade background, and advances the Ten Basic Steps as suitable tools for training. Arn, Win. The Master's Plan for Making Disciples (2nd ed.) Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998. Barna, George. Growing True Disciples: New Strategies for Producing Genuine Followers of Christ. Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2001. Barna uses his sociological research to demonstrate the relative absence of real disciple making in the evangelical church in America. But the book is not negative as a whole. He goes on to cover several churches where discipleship is faithfully practiced at some level, and makes a strong call to return to the biblical ideals in this area. His definition of discipleship is loose, including things like taking a spiritual growth class or participating in an online Christian chat group as possible models, but he has the right idea.
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Briscoe, Stuart. Discipleship for Ordinary People. Wheaton. 111. Harold, Shaw Publishers, 1988. This book is not about disciple making, but teaches how to be a good disciples of Christ. It is a useful coverage of what goes into full commitment to following Christ as his disciple. Bruce, A. B. The Training of the Twelve. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1971. This fairly academic coverage of how Jesus taught his disciples is a classic, and the basis for several other more wellknown books.
Bly, Stephen A. Radical Discipleship: Tough Standards for Spiritual Greatness. Chicago: Moody Press, 1981. As the title suggests, this book is about living a radical, surrendered life for God. He doesn't really teach about discipling others, although he is very insistent that each Christian find a way to minister to others. This book is very practical and hands-on, unlike most other book on this topic. For instance, Bly has lists to fill out that have people asking, ³Who can I minister to?´, ³When will I do this?´, ³What is radical fellowship?´, etc. 5. Coleman, Robert E. The Master Plan of Evangelism. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company, 1963. While this book says it's about evangelism, it's really about how Jesus made disciples. Coleman has another book under the title, The Master Plan of Discipleship, but we prefer this title for learning about disciple making. This book explores principles essential to effective disciple making in a way found nowhere else. It is a mustread. Using the example of Jesus, Coleman expounds on principles like selection, association, reproduction, delegation, and more. 6. Comiskey, Joel. Home Cell Group Explosion: How Your Small Group Can Grow and Multiply. Houston: Cell Group Resources, 2002. Comiskey studied the cell-church movement as exemplified by Paul Yonggi Cho's church in Korea. He identified eight other huge cell-churches and did a survey of the cell leaders as a basis for this book. The cell-church model is being adopted by a growing number of large churches in America. The model assumes extremely rapid growth. Most expect their cell groups to double and multiply in six to 12 months.
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Leadership class of several weeks to a year in length, although with the longer programs, the students are already leading groups during most of the training. We found it hard to sinful than the people in these groups (seriously). By six months, we just hope our people have stopped taking drugs and fornicating! Asked about this discrepancy, Dr. Comisky told me that cell churches compensate for the lower level of training by increased quality in coaching. reconcile his insistence that good cell leadership training ³maintain both the quantitative and qualitative edge. Both are essential,´ with his claim that, ³Six months usually is sufficient time for you to develop a new leader to shepherd a cell.´ (p. 63, 64) Apparently, our people are slower learners, or perhaps more Comiskey, Joel. Cell Church Solutions: Transforming the Church in North America. Morneo Valley, CA: CCS Publishing, 2005. This explanation of cell church theory as it relates to the special conditions in North American culture makes an excellent case for why cell churches will work anywhere. Disciple making plays a key part in multiplying cell groups in this model, and this book includes helpful chapters on making disciples, training, and coaching. Comisky includes numerous examples of churches in America where the cell-based strategy is bearing impressive fruit. Coppedge, Allan. The Biblical Principles of Discipleship. Grand Rapids: Francis Asbury Press, 1989. This simple and straightforward book again does not teach how to disciple other people. Rather it explores what the Bible has to say about being a disciple of Christ and why God wants us to be disciples. Coppedge looks at both the Old Testament and the New, proposing that God has always been interested in having a people who follow him and glorify him. Eims, Leroy. The Lost Art of Disciple Making. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1978. An excellent introduction to the idea of disciple making, this book includes a few study guides in the back that could be used in a cooperative study with disciples. Eims is passionate to persuade people of the value of disciple making. The only unfortunate thing about this book is that it is brief, and only covers the early stages of this lost art Forman, Rowland, Jeff Jones, and Bruce Miller. The Leadership Baton: An Intentional Strategy For Developing Leaders In Your Appendix D 62
Church. Grand Rapids, MI.: Zondervan, 2004. This group writes from the perspective of the Fellowship Bible Church, founded by Gene Getz. FBC is one of the exceptional equipping churches in America, not only growing to great size using a ³mini-church´ or house church model, but also successfully planting dozens of other local churches mostly in Texas, Arkansas, and the Rocky Mountain states. They have founded the Center for Church Based Training which propagates the FBC approach to leadership development. Their excellent training material is interactive and suited for use in small groups and classes. The book has a section on personal mentoring that is brief but good. 10. Foss, Michael W. Power Surge: 6 Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000. This is not a book about personal disciple making, but about moving churches from a ³membership model´ to a ³discipleship model´ of church affiliation. Foss speaks from the perspective of a mainline pastor in a Lutheran church who realized he needed to move his church from a paradigm where the members saw the church as meeting their needs, to one where they saw themselves as disciples there to accomplish the church's mission. He frames this shift as one where the pastor moves from caregiver to leader, and where members shift from being maintained to being mobilized to ministry²in other words, decentralizing ministry in the church. One example involves the women who have taken it upon themselves to organize a church-wide garage sale that raises $60,000 a year for the poor. His chapter on leadership development advances the idea of a Young Leaders' Forum, where leaders can be trained, mentored, and held accountable. He gives an example of one new leader successfully trained to lead celebration of the sacraments. Although operating from a different perspective than ourselves, Foss' thrust is certainly in the right direction.
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11. Hanks, Billie Jr. and William A. Shell. Discipleship: The Best Writings from the Most Experienced Disciple Makers. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1981. This anthology of readings includes writings from Robert E. Coleman, Leroy Eims, Walter A. Hendrichsen, Gary Kuhne, and more. These writings are all taken from authors who specialized in writing about disciple making. 12. Hendrichsen, Walter A. Disciples are Made, Not Born. Colorado Springs: Cook Communications, 1974. This short but comprehensive overview begins with information on being a disciple of Christ personally, and then moves to cover evangelism and follow-up. Hendrichsen discusses the stages of the disciple making process, including selection, imparting basics, and then multiplying. Important themes in this book include developing conviction in others and appreciating the calling of God. 13. Hendrichsen, Walter A. How to Disciple Your Children. Wheaton: Victor Books, a division of SP Publications, Inc., 1981. Family can be a touchy area, but Hendrichsen approaches hard issues with such grace and humility it becomes easy to take his challenge. This book gives us a category for bringing ministry into our homes. More than that, he suggests beginning our ministries in our homes. This challenges the idea that ministry is done with other people's families, and our time at home is ³me time.´ Although this book puts forth good concepts, it would be nice to have more practical ideas on how to incorporate his ideas. 14. Fryling, Alice, ed. Disciplemakers' Handbook: Helping People Grow in Christ. Downers Grove Ill: InterVarsity Press, 1989. Fryling is a staffer for Intervarsity, and speaks from long experience. This book covers the basics of friendship building, modeling, and instruction that go into building up disciples. Her focus is more on grounding believers than on leadership development. Publishing House, 1981. This anthology of readings includes writings from Robert E. Coleman, Leroy Eims, Walter A. Hendrichsen, Gary Kuhne, and more. These writings are all taken from authors who specialized in writing about disciple making. 15. Hendrichsen, Walter A. Disciples are Made, Not Born. Colorado Springs: Cook Communications, 1974.
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16. This short but comprehensive overview begins with information on being a disciple of Christ personally, and then moves to cover evangelism and follow-up. Hendrichsen discusses the stages of the disciple making process, including selection, imparting basics, and then multiplying. Important themes in this book include developing conviction in others and appreciating the calling of God. 17. Hendrichsen, Walter A. How to Disciple Your Children. Wheaton: Victor Books, a division of SP Publications, Inc., 1981. Family can be a touchy area, but Hendrichsen approaches hard issues with such grace and humility it becomes easy to take his challenge. This book gives us a category for bringing ministry into our homes. More than that, he suggests beginning our ministries in our homes. This challenges the idea that ministry is done with other people's families, and our time at home is ³me time.´ Although this book puts forth good concepts, it would be nice to have more practical ideas on how to incorporate his ideas. 18. Hull, Bill. The Disciple making Pastor. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Co., 1988. Unlike his more general works on disciple making, this title is geared towards leaders. Hull begins by stressing the importance of discipleship, challenging the traditionalist view that the pastor is the only one capable of doing important ministry. Later he focuses on how pastors can coach their people toward a successful multiplication ministry. 19. Hendrichsen, Walter A. How to Disciple Your Children. Wheaton: Victor Books, a division of SP Publications, Inc., 1981. Family can be a touchy area, but Hendrichsen approaches hard issues with such grace and humility it becomes easy to take his challenge. This book gives us a category for bringing ministry into our homes. More than that, he suggests beginning our ministries in our homes. This challenges the idea that ministry is done with other people's families, and our time at home is ³me time.´ Altho ugh this book puts forth good concepts, it would be nice to have more practical ideas on how to incorporate his ideas. 20. Hull, Bill. The Disciple making Pastor. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Co., 1988. Unlike his more general works on disciple making, this title is geared towards leaders. Hull begins by stressing the importance of discipleship, challenging the traditionalist view that the pastor is the only one capable of doing important ministry. Later he focuses on how pastors can coach their people toward a successful multiplication ministry.
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21. Hanks, Billie Jr. and William A. Shell. Discipleship: The Best Writings from the Most Experienced Disciple Makers. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. 22. Hull, Bill. Jesus Christ Disciplemaker. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1984, 2004 (20th Anniversary Edition). This is a fine analysis of Jesus' work in making disciples. Anyone interested in making disciples should read this careful study which is full of insight on how Jesus formed character and understanding in his followers. 23. Kuhne, Gary W. The Dynamics of Discipleship Training: Being and Producing Spiritual Leaders. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1978. This book is focused on the importance of self-discipline, and instilling a value for discipline in disciples. Themes include the importance of time management, hard work, and discernment. A very brief study course is included in the back of the book that helps to cover the basics of Christian growth. 24. Krallmann, Günter Mentoring for Mission: A Handbook on Leadership Principles Exemplified by Jesus Christ, ( Waynesboro, GA: Authentic Media, 2002) This is a well-researched study of Jesus' method of mentoring. Written by an experienced missionary-practitioner, his insights are deep and highly useful. Although hard to find, this book deserves careful study by serious disciple makers. 25. Longenecker, Richard. Patterns of Discipleship in the New Testament. (Grand Rapids, MI, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1996) . T his is a scholarly discussion of how the idea of discipleship is used by different authors in the New Testament. It does not explain how to make disciples. 26. Moore, Waylon B. Multiplying Disciples: The New Testament Method for Church Growth. Tampa: Missions Unlimited, 1981.This book is very motivating, and one of our favorite titles on making disciples. Moore does an excellent job raising tension and demonstrating how essential the disciple making ministry is to the Christian mission. In most of the book, he describes the value of multiplication and the accessibility of this ministry. ³Anyone can multiply!´ is his battle cry. The remainder of the book speaks to some of the character qualities a disciple maker should posses.
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27. Neighbor, Ralph. Where Do We Go From Here? Houston, TX: Touch Publications, 1990. This is not a book on disciple making, but on ecclesiology. Neighbor advances a model for cell churches which he argues is more biblical than today's ³program-based churches.´ He advocates the Yonggi Cho although Ogden's increased success in multiplication coincided roughly with his move to three-way discipleship, his success may be partly the result of other factors. Separating individual causes is notoriously difficult when studying ministry. One major difference between Ogden's approach and our own: his multiplication involves multiplying triads, while ours involves multiplying house churches and cell groups. This partly accounts for why we hold to a higher standard of training and experience before disciples would be considered duplicated. It also results in a somewhat different paradigm in general, where the focus in duplication is on the church more than the individual. This is a complex and subtle difference that should be explored Appendix D 66 more. Ogden includes a wonderful section on building slowly and solidly (127,128). 1. even his patience-oriented approach envisages duplication But after less time than we propose. But for existing believers, a year and a half may be sufficient, while new believers with lots of problems (like most of our people) may take a lot longer if we hold out for leadership qualifying character. His section on getting started on page 190 says pastors should begin with those in their churches who are already most mature, while in our church, those people were discipled long ago. model of cell church, including some associated assumptions with which we do not agree. He implies that church programs are largely unnecessary and often harmful. We think both cells and programs are necessary for a wellrounded church, and both are seen in the New Testament church (e.g. the relief project for Judea mentioned in 2 Cor. 8, 9). We agree, however, than when programs become the center of church strategy, we have moved away from the New Testament pattern. Overall, the book is well worth reading, and paints an appealing picture of a church based more on lay empowerment for ministry than on centralized programs and celebrities. He has short sections on personal discipleship, as each cell leaders is responsible for developing an assistant leader, usually within the (in our opinion) unrealistically short period of six months.
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27. Ogden, Greg. Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ. Downers Grove Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1998) This is Greg Ogden's study guide for use in discipleship triads (see below)Ogden, Greg. Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2003.This is an important, high quality, recent work on disciple making from a longtime practitioner who has served as a pastor and seminary teacher. Ogden surveys the low condition of discipleship in the Ogden, Greg. Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2003.This is an important, high quality, recent work on disciple making from a long-time practitioner who has served as a pastor and seminary teacher. Ogden surveys the low condition of discipleship in the modern church before analyzing Jesus' and Paul's approaches to making disciples. His analysis is rich in principles and useful insights. Then he provides a section on practical strategy for making disciples in the modern church. He correctly stresses the relational dimension of disciple making, and clearly explains why programs cannot deliver the real life transformation needed. Ogden advances a method based on triads, where three meet together. We have also had good results with this approach at times, although we find the one-on-one model has advantages of its own. Ogden makes a good case for the efficacy of three-way discipleship, but his claim that three-way meetings lead to multiplication, while one-on-one meetings don't, contradicts our experience. We have seen large-scale multiplication using both models. We suspect that discipleship with younger people (students) might benefit from a one-on-one format. Most of the stories he tells are about adults of family age or higher. We also suspect that, We feel that Ogden's dread of leader/follower roles in discipleship is somewhat exaggerated (although he allows for directive leadership in coaching and spiritual guide roles). We certainly have biblical examples where the disciple maker takes a leading role, and as mentioned earlier, our experience has not duplicated his failure to see multiplication in leader-follower dyads. We agree that any perception of hierarchy should be minimized.
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28. Petersen, Jim. Lifestyle Discipleship: The Challenge of Following Jesus in Today's World. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1993. This is a great book on disciple making from an experienced discipler working within the Navigators' organization. Like most books on disciple making, he focuses mostly on establishing young believers, and teaching them how to walk with God. Only a few pages near the end refer to leadership development. But this is a well worthwhile read that grapples with most of the central issues involved in spiritual growth. His last chapter on time priorities contains helpful points for busy disciple makers. 29. Rabey, Lois and Steve. Side by Side: A Handbook. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2000. This anthology of discipleship resources includes organized readings by many of the great Christian minds of today and yesterday. Many focus more on how to be disciples than on how to make disciples. There are quotes from many authors, including John Stott, Ravi Zacherias, Andrew Murray, Martin Luther, Oswald Chambers, Madeleine L'Engle, and C.S. Lewis. 30. Robinson, Martin, and Dwight Smith. Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow's Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Monarch Books, 2003. Written by two missions and church planning experts, this interesting book is written for mission and church leaders considering how to foster church planting movements like those already flourishing in many parts of the world today. Their last three chapters contain elements needed to empower the laity for ministry and personal discipleship figures prominently. But the book is more a theoretical reflection than a practical study on how to raise up disciples. 31. Sanders, Oswald J. Spiritual Discipleship. Chicago: The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, 1990. Originally published under the title, Shoe-Leather Commitment, this book is an extended description of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus. It focuses on committing your own life to discipleship rather than on how to make disciples of others. It is good for inspiration, and for getting a vision of committed Christian living.
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32. Schroeder, David E. Follow Me: Discipleship by the Book. Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1992. A book on being a disciple, not on making disciples. Stanley, Paul D. and J. Robert Clinton. Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed in Life. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1992. This classic discussion of mentoring brings the expertise of two important authorities on leadership development to the table. Their discussion tends to widen the field when they consider mentoring to include a variety of different relationships. Essentially, any Schroeder, David E. Follow Me: Discipleship by the Book. Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1992. A book on being a disciple, not on making disciples. 33. Stanley, Paul D. and J. Robert Clinton. Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed in Life. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1992. This classic discussion of mentoring brings the expertise of two important authorities on leadership development to the table. Their discussion tends to widen the field when they consider mentoring to include a variety of different relationships. Essentially, any Stanley, Paul D. and J. Robert Clinton. Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed in Life. Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1992. This classic discussion of mentoring brings the expertise of two important authorities on leadership development to the table. Their discussion tends to widen the field when they consider mentoring to include a variety of different relationships. Essentially, any relationship that involves one person benefiting another could be considered mentoring. They even discuss ³occasional mentoring´ such as teachers, counselors, and ³passive mentoring´ such as role models. So mentoring is not exactly a synonym for personal discipleship. In fact, their definitions are so broad they include secular mentors in business or professions. Their coverage of the discipling role again involves mainly grounding believers in their walk, as opposed to leadership development or multiplication. Practical suggestions for how to make personal disciples are limited to two pages. One of their most important points is that most Christian leaders name more than one person as having key influence in their lives, often in different roles.
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the single notion of disciple making. But we agree that God will often use others to fill in areas where a given disciple maker may need help. The discipler, the coach, and the spiritual guide are the three most intentional types of mentors. Readers will noti ce we have incorporated all these roles into disciple making.We certainly are familiar with many cases where multiple disciple makers have given input to the lives of the same believers. When making disciples in the context of good community we should frequently see others investing meaningfully into the life of any disciple with whom we work. But we continue to believe that someone should ideally take the lead, or the responsibility to see that any promising and willing young believer received the help he or she needs. This book ends with a stirring study on finishing well. The authors reveal disturbing findings that most leaders fail to do so. Watson,David. Covenant Discipleship: Christian Formation Through Mutual Accountability, Wipf & Stock Publishers 2002. According to a reviewer, this is an introduction to the way United Methodists and other ³mainline Protestants´ have attempted to reclaim the practice of giving and receiving counsel in the context of what is most often called ³covenant discipleship groups.´ In this book, Watson provides instructions for how to go about creating such a group, explains what is involved with fostering the kind of accountability in which members can ³advise, reprove, comfort, or exhort,´ and even offers a ³Sample Group Meeting´ (154-161). Watson and company invoke the Pietist notion of the ecclesiola in the ecclesia (³the little church in the big church´) to explain how it is that small groups can seek to have a more enriched life together in the midst of a wider surround of a congregation that is not committed in the same way. Watson & company
encourage contemporary Methodists to seek renewal in ways analogous to what the earliest generations of Methodists did. Wilkins, Michael. Following the Master: A Biblical Theology of Discipleship. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992. This is a fairly academic analysis of discipleship, both from the standpoint of being a disciple of Christ and raising up disciples. Although Wilkins has been a practitioner, he is now a professor. We wish he had more practical teaching in this book. 34. Wright, N. T. Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995. This book is not on making disciples. His 12 meditations explore what it means to be a true disciple today. We think Wright is soft in some key areas.
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1. BERTRAM LIM, Practical Discipleship Leader¶s Guide. Copyright © 1997 by Bertram Lim. Published (1997) in the Philippines By OMF Literature Inc. 776 Boni Avenue Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila www.OMFLit.com STEVE MURRELL, Making Disciples Series Copyright © 1996-2008 Published by Every Nation Productions P.O Box 12229 Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines www.everynationstore.com Email Productions@everynation.org.ph DR. GENE GETZ, Building up one another Copyright © 1976 by SP Publications, Inc. NAVIGATOR MINISTRIES, INC, Manila, How to Lead Small Group Bible Studies. RALP NEIGHBOUR¶S, The Sponsor¶s Guide Book (Singapore: Faith Community Baptist Church, 1993). Coleman, Robert E. The Master Plan of Evangelism. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company, 1963
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