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How Do I Begin to Disciple Someone?ReviewWhat does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?Being a disciple of Jesus means that you live for Jesus and Jesus only. (see Philippians 1:21)Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore,go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son andthe Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure ofthis: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Go (as you are going) - we are to actively seek to share the gospel as we go about our lives.Make - those who believe the gospel message we help to grow as disciples of Jesus.Baptize - when they understand what baptism is we baptize them.Teach - we are to teach them how to obey what Jesus commanded His disciples to do.We are to be disciples who make disciples.Before You StartBefore you start discipling someone here are some things to think about.Model JesusThey will learn as much, if not more, from watching you than from what you teach them.1 Corinthians 11:1 (NLT)And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.Philippians 4:9 (NIV)Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And theGod of peace will be with you.How to Actively Model Jesus 1. You watch me and I ask you questions 2. You help me and we debrief 3. I help you and make suggestions 4. I watch you and give feedback 5. You do alone and I give advice when you askDanger! - There is a danger you need to be aware of in this regard1 Corinthians 1:11-13 (NLT)For some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers andsisters. Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “Ifollow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.” Has Christ been divided into factions? Was I, Paul, crucified foryou? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not!
What Should You Focus on Mostly in Discipling Others?Outline of the Gospel 1. Relationship 2. Rebellion 3. Rescue 4. Restoration 5. Renewal We were created in the image of God and part of that image involves relationships because God is Father, Son and Holy Spirt and they live in perfect relationship with one another. For love to exist there has to be relationships. That is why the Trinity makes sense because God is love.Matthew 22:34-36 (NLT)But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met togetherto question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question:“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT)Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor asyourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these twocommandments.”Love in the context of relationships is the main focus of our discipling of others.Danger! Treating the person you are discipling as a project.Other Considerations in Discipling Someone 1. Be growing as a disciple yourself. 2. Be honest and transparent. 3. Pray all the time. 4. Open your life up to those you disciple. 5. Understand that discipleship is messy. 6. Realize that you will probably get hurt. 7. Remember there is a spiritual battle going on at all times.What is the Goal of Discipling Someone? To become more and more like Jesus.Galatians 4:19 (NIV)My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,Romans 8:29 (NIV)For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into hisimage with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.What is Christlikeness? 1. To have the heart of Jesus. 2. To have the character of Jesus. 3. To love like Jesus. 4. To obey like Jesus. 5. To live like Jesus.Synonyms - holiness/holy and godliness/godlyHow Do I Begin to Disciple Someone?To Begin 1. Pray. 2. Spend time together and develop a friendship. 3. Understand where they are at spiritually. 4. Help them to understand the basics. 5. Baptize them and have them partake of the Lord’s supper.Pray 1. Confess your weakness and need for help. 2. Ask Jesus to give you His heart for who you are discipling. 3. Ask for wisdom, guidance and discernment.Friendship 1. Go out and do things together. 2. Find out what their likes, interests and passions are (music, TV, movies, sports, etc.) 3. Open up your house and life to them.Spiritual State 1. Have them tell you why and how they became a Christian. 2. Have them explain the gospel to you. 3. Ask them what they think it means to be a disciple of Jesus.Understand the Basics 1. The gospel 2. Being a disciple of Jesus 3. Baptism and Lord’s SupperBasics - The Gospel 1. Why do we need Jesus? - Sin, spiritual death, judgement and hell. 2. What did Jesus do to rescue us? - Born of a virgin and became a man, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death on cross and rose again on the third day. 3. How do we receive salvation through Jesus? - Repentance and faith.
Basics - Being a Disciple of Jesus Matthew 28:18-20 Mark 8:34-35 Luke 6:40, 14:25-27, 33 John 8:31-32, 13:35, 14:15-16, 15:7-8 1 Peter 3:15 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 2 Corinthians 5:15 Galatians 2:20 (memorize)Basics - Baptism1. Why be baptized? Because Jesus said to and Peter confirmed it.Matthew 28:19Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son andthe Holy Spirit.Acts 2:38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for theforgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.2. What is baptism? A public testimony that you have repented and are now a disciple of Jesus.Romans 6:2-4We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of uswho were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with himthrough baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory ofthe Father, we too may live a new life.Basics - Lord’s Supper Matthew 26:26-29 Mark 14:22-25 Luke 22:14-20 1 Corinthians 11:23-34Baptism & the Lord’s Supper 1. Share testimony 2. Recite Disciple’s Creed Bible Verse - Galatians 2:20 3. Be baptized 4. Partake of first communion 5. Celebrate - have a partyReview Questions 1. What things stood out to you about what a discipler should consider before they start discipling someone and why? 2. What is the focus and goal of discipling someone and why? 3. What are your thoughts and observations about the five things you should do when beginning to disciple someone? Would you add or change anything?
To Learn More 1. Study and learn the things in this teaching for yourself. 2. Ask the Lord to give you someone to disciple and start doing it. 3. Keep a journal of your discipling experience. 4. Get together with others who are discipling and find out what they are doing and ask questions. 5. Read good books, blogs and websites on discipleship.