3. What is Foundational for Discipling Someone? Notes (Letter Sized)

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This is the third of four sessions of our “Being and Making Disciples” workshop held in Săcele on September 1, 2012. In this session we answered the question “What is Foundational for Discipling Someone? by looking at what to do to help build a strong foundation in the life of those we disciple. The topics covered included looking the big picture, being vs doing, the gospel of Jesus, three main tools Jesus uses, it’s all about Jesus, our heart motivation and our new identity.

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3. What is Foundational for Discipling Someone? Notes (Letter Sized)

  1. 1. What is Foundational for Discipling Someone?The Big PictureThe “Big Picture” is like a map that shows us the beginning and the end of our journey as well aseverything in between. It also shows us everything that is important and how everything is connectedto Jesus and the gospel.In discipling someone the big picture serves as a blueprint for the things to build into their lives. The Big Picture Jesus       Gospel  Church  Mission Mission Glorify God and Jesus       Proclaiming  Discipling  Love       Kingdom of GodThe Cart Before the HorseA lot of the time as disciples and disciplers we make the mistake of getting right into the doing beforewe have grasped at the heart level who we are in Christ. Our hearts are drawn to law, to doing. Ourwhole lives we have gotten our worth out of what we do, what we have and who we know. Kingdomvalues are a lot different and it usually takes us some time to get use to it.Being vs. DoingAs we disciple others it is best if we focus more on “being” rather than “doing” in the beginning inorder for them to establish a good foundation for the rest of their lives.Tim KellerReligion: “I obey; therefore, I’m accepted.” Gospel: “I’m accepted; therefore, I obey.”Reading Paul’s letters you can see that he understood this. He spends the first half of his letters, likethe one he wrote to the church in Rome, explaining the gospel and the change it has brought in whothey are. Then in the second half he tells them what they should do in light of who they are.Romans 12:1 (NIV) (Here Paul is transitioning for “being” to “doing”)Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a livingsacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
  2. 2. Romans 12:2 (NIV)Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Thenyou will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.Question for you. Does the fruit make the branch or does the branch make the fruit? Seems sillydoesn’t it. Yet, that is exactly what we do when we try to be fruitful by trying hard. We can not find“life” in ourselves but only in Jesus.John 15:5 (NIV)I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apartfrom me you can do nothing.What is Foundational for Discipling Someone?The Gospel of Jesus1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV)For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.Romans 1:16 (NIV 84)I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone whobelieves...Philippians 1:27 (NIV)Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.What “tools” does Jesus use to make us more like Himself?Three Main Tools 1. Word of God - Study 2. Holy Spirit - Prayer 3. Church - FellowshipWord of GodJohn 8:31-32 (NIV)To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really mydisciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”Colossians 3:16 (NIV)Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another inpsalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even todividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
  3. 3. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training inrighteousness, The Bible  The Gospel  JesusKnowing the Word of God 1. Hearing 2. Reading 3. Studying 4. Memorizing 5. MeditationGetting Started 1. Matthew 2. Romans 3. ActsQuestions to Ask 1. What did I learn about Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit? 2. What did I learn about myself? 3. What did I learn about the gospel? 4. What did I learn about being a disciple? 5. What does Jesus want me to do with what I learned?Holy SpiritJohn 16:12-14 (NIV)I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes,he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, andhe will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive whathe will make known to you.PrayerPhilippians 4:6-7 (NIV)Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guardyour hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Importance of the Church (the church is not a building, the church is the family of God)
  4. 4. Ephesians 1:22-23 (NIV)And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for thechurch, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.Importance of FellowshipHebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving upmeeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the moreas you see the Day approaching.Using Spiritual Gifts1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT)A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.Now that we have looked at the blueprints and have seen the tools we need to use let’s beginbuilding the foundation.Building the Foundation 1. It’s About Jesus 2. Our Heart Motivation 3. New IdentityIt’s About Jesus!John 5:39 (NLT)You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!Luke 24:25-27 (NLT)Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrotein the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these thingsbefore entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets,explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.John 14:6 (NIV)Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except throughme.”Hebrews 12:2 (NIV 84)Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith...Galatians 2:20 (NIV)I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in thebody, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.John 15:5 (NIV)I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apartfrom me you can do nothing.
  5. 5. Our Heart MotivationJeremiah 17:9 (NLT)The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows howbad it is?Mark 7:14-15 (NLT)Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand.It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.”Mark 7:20-23 (NLT)And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’sheart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustfuldesires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are whatdefile you.”Wrong Heart MotivesJohn 6:26 (NLT)Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because youunderstood the miraculous signs.Another example - Use Jesus as a “Get out of Hell” free card but do not follow Him.Luke 6:46 (NIV)Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?What is the correct heart motive?John 14:23 (NIV)Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.”Paul Tripp“You simply cannot live as God calls for you to live unless you have a practical grasp of the forgivingand enabling grace youve been given.”Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation“We can never show the love of Christ until we understand the love of Christ. And we can neverunderstand the love of Christ until we understand His death. And we can never understand the deathof Christ until we understand why He died. And we can never understand why He died until weunderstand His holiness and our sin.”2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us thelight of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.Only thing that can transform our hearts is Jesus! The power of the gospel combined with the powerof the Holy Spirit brings about that transformation as we abide in Jesus.
  6. 6. What do we do when we realize our wrong heart motives? What do we do when we realize we haveonly been playing the church game still being in control and not really following Jesus?Do we cry and feel terrible and vow to do better? NO! We repent and put our faith in Jesus.Repentance and Faith (Study Psalm 51) 1. Recognize your sin. (Psalm 139:23-24) 2. Identify and understand the lies, false beliefs, wrong desires and idols behind your sin. 3. Take responsibility for your sin & confess it. 4. Turn from your sin and turn to God. 5. Remember, rejoice and rest in what Jesus has done for your sin. 6. Take hold of the gospel truth for yourself. 7. Trust Jesus and ask Him for help. (John 15:5)Knowing Our New IdentityTim KellerYou cannot change your identity without a radical experience of mercy; without a radical experienceof grace; without a radical experience of love.2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV 84)Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all thingshave become new.2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. Weimplore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV)Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV)So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized intoChrist have clothed yourselves with Christ.Philippians 3:20 (NIV)But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that youmay declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.1 John 3:1 (NIV)See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And thatis what we are!...Matthew 28:19 (NIV)...go and make disciples...
  7. 7. Review Questions 1. How do you see the “Big Picture” helping you to be a disciple and to disciple others? 2. What stood out for you in this teaching and why? What are one or two things you want to take away from this teaching and put to practice in your own life? 3. Why do you think is it important to focus on Jesus, our hearts and our identity when beginning to disciple someone?To Learn More 1. Take your time to prayerfully review and think through what is in this teaching for your own life asking the Lord to show you the things He wants you to put to practice. 2. Use this material in discipling someone and observe to see if any changes take place as a result. 3. Try to find additional resources on dealing with the heart and establishing a new identity in Christ.

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