The Great Commission to Discipleship

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GBC Saturday Seminar
Session One
2010-10-09

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The Great Commission to Discipleship

  1. 1. MAKING DISCIPLES Completing the Trinitarian Commission
  2. 2. THE GREAT COMMISSION TO DISCIPLESHIP Session One
  3. 3. Session One Objectives • To acknowledge the ironies/limitations of a seminar on personal discipleship • To cover a few administrative details • To distinguish between, and discuss the benefits of, both public and private disciple-making methods
  4. 4. IT’S NOT BUSINESS, IT’S PERSONAL What shape did the disciple-making project take in the disciples’ minds? They would say we have it good for making disciples. I think they would also say we’re not doing good at making disciples.
  5. 5. The Great Commission Matthew 28:18-20 • Going in Person • The Meaning of μαθητεύω • The Practice of Baptism • Teaching to Obey When Jesus “called to Him those whom He desired...He appointed twelve so that they might be with Him...” (Mark 3:13-14)
  6. 6. Paul’s Ministry Acts 20:17-32 “I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house” (v.20) Why bother living “among” them? (v.18) Why live with them so long, “three years?” (v.31) Why work “night and day”? (v.31) Why cry over them? (v.31) Because making disciples is personal.
  7. 7. AIR WAR & GROUND WAR “Illustrations, like windows, let light into the chambers of the mind.” ~Spurgeon
  8. 8. Air War Ground War Large scale Small scale Remote explosives Close-range offense Blanket provisions Personal care Which one is better? Which one is harder?
  9. 9. Working with a difficult person is harder than working with a difficult text. One keeps moving, the other doesn’t. Discipleship: helping others follow Christ Discipleship proper: one person helping another person follow Christ Our camp has been sending most of our funding to the air force. We have very few examples of bayonet fighters and first responders.
  10. 10. UNITED

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