Transformation thru discipling 6th jan 2013

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Transformation thru discipling 6th jan 2013

  1. 1. A “True Disciple” “Great joy. He greeted me like an old friend. And looks after me. How I love him! Adolf Hitler Then he speaks. How small I am.” Paul Joseph Goebbels
  2. 2. A “True Disciple” Adolf Hitler “When he speaks, all resistance breaks down before the magical… He divides the hot from the cold. But Paul Joseph lukewarmness he spits Goebbels from his mouth”
  3. 3. A “True Disciple” “We shall go down in history as theAdolf Hitler greatest statesmen of all time, or the greatest criminals” Paul Joseph Goebbels
  4. 4. Our VISION TRANSFORMING LIVESEXPANDING HIS KINGDOM
  5. 5. Theme for 2012 : TRANSFORMATION thru’ PRAYER Col 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
  6. 6. "If we have no ideawhere we are going,any road will lead us there." Merv Thompson
  7. 7. In the New Testament ...‘believers’ were called various names : Christian(s) : 3 ‘the Way’ : 5 ‘saints’ : 45 ‘brethren’ : 193 ‘Disciple(s)’ : 294
  8. 8. GREAT COMMISSION Matt 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said,"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore GO and MAKE DISCIPLES ofall nations, BAPTIZING them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and TEACHING them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
  9. 9. Theme for 2013 TRANSFORMATION thru’ DISCIPLING
  10. 10. In the Bible ...Christian - “belonging to Christ”Disciple (Gk: mathetes)  A Learner,  An Apprentice,  A Student  A FollowerDisciple of Christ – Follower of Christ, our Teacher / Rabbi
  11. 11. Definition: A DiscipleA DISCIPLE is a CHRISTIAN who is a FOLLOWER of Jesus, LEARNING to be more like Him and TEACHING others to do likewise
  12. 12. Question ?What does Paul, the What does Paul, theCHRISTIAN look like ? DISCIPLE look like ?
  13. 13. Transformation Thru’ DisciplingWhat does IDENTICAL mean ? No difference Same
  14. 14. you are a sinner that Jesus diedfor your sins that Jesus isyour Lord and invite Himinto your heart
  15. 15. currentsituation...
  16. 16. A Choice ! Which would you want ? Which is better for you ? Ref 1 Cor 3 & Heb 5
  17. 17. of Salvation
  18. 18. Transformation Thru’ Discipling Discipleship is not optional...it must be
  19. 19. Baseball Example
  20. 20. Transformation Thru’ Discipleship• Discipleship does not just happen• Discipleship must be INTENTIONAL – Devotional & Prayer Life – Discipleship Group involvement – Discipled – Learning & Encouraging – Discipling – Sharing & Growing  CELEBRATION Worship & Word
  21. 21. Transformation Thru’ DiscipleshipIDENTICAL  To be a CHRISTIAN is to be a DISCIPLEINTENTIONAL  DISCIPLESHIP must be INTENTIONAL
  22. 22. Verse 2013 “Imitate me, just as I alsoimitate Christ”1 Cor 11:1 (NKJV)
  23. 23. “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” 1 Cor 11:1  Paul wrote to the Corinthians in 1 Cor 11:1 -“Imitate me, just as I also IMITATE CHRIST”  For TODAY we will just focus on Paul’s call to IMITATE CHRIST
  24. 24. IMITATE CHRIST Transformation Thru’ Discipling IMITATE CHRIST But how ?
  25. 25. IMITATE CHRIST Transformation Thru’ Discipling Look & Learn E.g. Jesus & His Disciples : • Called & Chosen (cf. Jn 15:16) • Time spent together Learning – Formal Learning – Informal Ministering together Meals together Practical Training (Mt 10, Lk 10) • Empowered – (Jn 20:22, Acts 1:8)
  26. 26. IMITATE CHRIST Transformation Thru’ Discipling 1. To KNOW about JESUS Reading His Word – the Bible Talking to Him – that’s Prayer “shopping list” prayers
  27. 27. IMITATE CHRIST Transformation Thru’ Discipling Quote: Good to know the but more importantly to know
  28. 28. IMITATE CHRIST Transformation Thru’ Discipling 2. To KNOW JESUS  Read & Meditate on His Word – the Bible  Talking & Listen to Him in Prayer  Obeying Him  Need to Make Time  Need Discipline  Need Help ??
  29. 29. IMITATE CHRIST Transformation Thru’ Discipling 3. To KNOW HIS WORD Imitate Christ Being His Disciple In the Gospels on 4 occasions Jesus stated clearly : “you are MY DISCIPLE if ...”
  30. 30. IMITATE CHRIST “you are my disciple if ...” in the WORD John 8:31 "If you hold to my teaching, you are really MY DISCIPLES.”
  31. 31. IMITATE CHRIST “you are my disciple if ...” FRUITS John 15:8 “ This is to my Fathers glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be MY DISCIPLES.”
  32. 32. IMITATE CHRIST “you are my disciple if ...” the COST Luke 14:26-27 "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be MY DISCIPLE. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be MY DISCIPLE.”
  33. 33. IMITATE CHRIST “you are my disciple if ...” CHARACTER – LOVE John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are MY DISCIPLES, if you love one another."
  34. 34. IMITATE CHRIST “you are my disciple if ...” in the WORD FRUITS the COST CHARACTER – LOVE  Slowly unpacked in the coming weeks & months
  35. 35. IMITATE CHRIST Transformation Thru’ Discipling 4. GUIDANCE of the HOLY SPIRIT John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
  36. 36. Our VISION TRANSFORMING LIVESEXPANDING HIS KINGDOM
  37. 37. Our Mission Having a sense of God’s calling and destiny for us to be missional,we endeavor to be aDiscipling, Gifted & Sending Church, undergirded byPrayer & Worship.
  38. 38. Our Faith GoalsTo fulfil our vision and mission, we are trustingthe Lord for the following faith goals:1. TRANSFORMING LIVES- A Church Whose Congregational Members ...• 75% Have A Regular Devotional Time• 85% Are In Discipleship Groups• 80% Share Their Faith With Others• 90% Exercise Responsible Stewardship• 75% Are Involved In Some Church-based Or Christian Ministry
  39. 39. 2. EXPANDING HIS KINGDOMA Church That ...• Grows by 150 new members over this period… For 2011 + 2012 BAPTISM GROWTH : 47 *Cambodian Baptism: 33 **Transfer Growth : 40 Total Church Membership 2012: 798 Our Faith Goals
  40. 40. 2. EXPANDING HIS KINGDOMA Church That ...• Grows by 150 new members over this period…• Impacts 100 families/households with God’s Love. For 2011 + 2012 PPKSKA Community Ministry touching 100+ families Our Faith Goals
  41. 41. 2. EXPANDING HIS KINGDOMA Church That ...• Grows by 150 new members over this period…• Impacts 100 families/households with God’s Love.• Continues to be actively involved in missions, locally and globally through strategic partnerships. For 2011 & 2012 combined: No. of m-trips : 32 trips No. of people : 201 people Our Faith Goals
  42. 42. 2. EXPANDING HIS KINGDOMA Church That ...• Grows by 150 new members over this period…• Impacts 100 families/households with God’s Love.• Continues to be actively involved in missions, locally and globally through strategic partnerships.• Sends at least 2 more members into full- time missions. Full-Time Missionaries: Possibilities but still PRAYING Our Faith Goals
  43. 43. TRANSFORMING LIVES EXPANDING HIS KINGDOM DISCIPLING SENDINGGIFTED PRAYER & WORSHIPA MISSIONAL CHURCH
  44. 44. PastorLeadership Team (LT)Discipleship Gp Shepherds (DGSs)Discipleship Group Leader (DGLs) Trish & David
  45. 45. Q: How muchwater can thisbucket hold ?By the shortestmember or link !
  46. 46. DGG DG DG DG DG Growing in DG DiscipleshipDG DG DG DG DG
  47. 47. Definition: Christian Discipleship CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP is a RELATIONAL process ofINTENTIONALLY bringing people into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD and developing them to FULL MATURITY IN CHRIST, that they in turn might MULTIPLY OTHERS.
  48. 48. Q: How Strong Physically orSpiritually is SSMC ?As strong as her weakest member !
  49. 49. 2013 BUDGETSungai Way-Subang Methodist Church
  50. 50. INCOME COMPOSITION (%) 2008 - 2013 100.0% 90.0% 25.8% 29.4% 80.0% 31.3% 31.2% 32.2% 32.7% 70.0% 60.0% 25.8% 24.8% 25.8% 50.0% 24.4% 23.2% 23.5% 40.0% 30.0% 46.4% 20.0% 41.0% 43.0% 41.0% 38.7% 10.0% 40.2% Pledges 0.0% 2.0% 1.8% 2.8% Offering 3.4% 2008 6.0% Gift Day 2009 3.6% 2010 Others 2011 2012 2013
  51. 51. GIVING in SSMCa. PLEDGES a. Planned systematic giving similar to “tithing”. b. PLEDGE FORM to assist youb.OFFERINGc. GIFT DAY for MISSIONSd.Special Love Gifts
  52. 52. EXPENDITURE COMPOSITION (%) 2008 - 2013 100.0% 44.1% 50.5% 80.0% 59.0% 61.1% 58.1% 69.4% 60.0% 40.0% 7.4% 3.8% 3.1% 7.8% 4.3% 4.0% 25.6% 20.0% 12.3% 18.6% 22.5% 18.3% 25.3% 14.2% 16.5% 0.0% 15.4% 19.4% 16.4% 22.9% 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013Missions & Outreach Body Ministries Staffing Establishment/Office & Reserves
  53. 53. KEY DATES for SSMC 2013Fri 29th Mar – GOOD FRIDAYSun 30th Mar – EASTER SUNDAYSat 18th May – MISSIONS CELEBRATIONSun 19th May – 38th ANNI GIFTDAY for MISSIONSFri 30th Aug – Sun 1st Sep – FAMILY CAMPWed 25th Dec - CHRISTMAS
  54. 54. Yes- let’s go faster but why so slow and smoother ? bumpy ? can’t we go faster ?Is this a picture of our Church ? 4
  55. 55. Transformation Thru’ DiscipleshipIDENTICAL To be a CHRISTIAN is to be a DISCIPLEINTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP must be INTENTIONAL IMITATE CHRIST DISCIPLESHIP is about IMITATING CHRIST
  56. 56. Is this possible for SSMC?…

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