HELPING GROUPS LIVE OUT THE VISION

“Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

If the goal is really for “everyone” to be engaged in:

THEN… In Order To Accomplish The Goals

Why Not Use?

To Accomplish The Goals: Growing Evangelizing Making Disciples

As a vehicle or context for accomplishment

Using the Strategy:

To Live Out the Vision:
“To develop people into followers of Christ with a passion to worship God well and communicate his love to

create by training and teaching; [syn: train, prepare, educate] To develop people into followers of Christ Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” 1  Mar 1:17 with a passion to worship God well Learn it, Love it, Live it teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you Mat 28:20 and communicate his love to others" Communication is both verbal LoveAnd non-verbal (wordscliqueis others-focused not &

Acquaintances Relatives

Friends

Neighbors

When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

To develop people into followers of Christ
Needy Poor They are all Needy, Poor, and Sick. We just need to find those that are willing to admit it. “God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud” ts Sick

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with a passion to worship God well
Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son

Jesus’ passion was rooted in compassion

Came to seek and to save that which was lost

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Let your light shine (worship) that they may See your good deeds and glorify your Father

and communicate his love to others
Where did you often find Jesus? Where do you too often find Christian’s today?

Acquaintances Relatives

What did Jesus say the end result Would be if they followed Him? He would make them “Fishers of Men”

Friends

Neighbors

What Stands in the Way of Us Learning to Love the Lost Like Jesus Did? What prevents you and/or your Christian community from reaching out to other like Jesus did?

Why do you suppose Jesus chose That as the target for His Disciples? Because it is the ultimate test of love. When we have to love the unlovable We come face to face with all of our strongholds and sin (selfishness) God uses this struggle to teach us the way of love. Matthew 23 11 The greatest among you will be your servant.

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What Reaching for Others Requires us to Do/Be

Common Unchallenged Christian Strongholds

What God Wants to Work in and Through Us as a Result

These are many of the character defects Christ has to challenge and root out of the disciples

Everyone

This Vision Requires TeamWORK 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Teamwork does not happen on accident Nor does it occur by default It requires leaders who are willing to model By their example

our Key Questions Teams Members Must Ask Themselves To see the vision realized)

Questions of a Team

Why am I here?

To develop people into followers of Jesus Christ. with a passion to worship God well and communicate His love to others A member of Christ’s body of whom I am to build up and encourage as a fellow family member To develop people into followers of Jesus Christ. with a passion to worship God well and communicate His love to others Develop People into Followers Have a Passion to Worship God well Communicate His Love to Others Evangelize, Establish, Equip & Deploy (Context: Biblically Functioning Community)

Who are you?

Why are you here?

What shall we do?

How shall we do it?

What shall we do?
Acquaintances Relatives

How Shall we Do It?

Be a living witness of Christ to others Personally and as a group Face the strongholds that keeps us From loving the unlovable Evangelism
Share the Vision Time

Friends

Neighbors

Needy Poor

Sick

(Reaching)

Cultivation Points Harvest Events

Community Building Lifecycle of Group
(Not clique building)

Establish, Equip & Deploy
(Growing & Making Disciples)

Type A Open to Messenger & Message Share the Gospel

Type B Open to Messenger Not Message Cultivate Relationships

We need to be equipped to “make followers of Jesus Christ” We need to be equipped to “establish them in the faith” We need to be equipped to “train them to reach others” We need to be equipped to “train them to make disciples”

“As we reach we grow”

They need to be established in the faith (roots - teach to obey) They need to learn to reach others for Christ “make followers” They need to be learn how to make disciples of their new convents

Matthew 28 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, 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."

We are to “go”
(get out of our comfort zones, face our strongholds)

We are to “make disciples”
(not just converts)

We are to “teach them to obey”
(not just know a bunch of head knowledge that they never apply)

These are “commands”
(not optional if we get around to it and have time in our schedules or have the “gift” of evangelism which Is never called a “gift” in the Bible

We are to “entrust to reliable men”

II Timothy 2 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.

(we must help them become reliable)

Who will be “qualified”
(This will require training and equipping)

To “teach others”
(They are to reproduce themselves in others)