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The Purpose of The Church #3 Discipleship

  1. 1. <ul><li>The Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>of </li></ul><ul><li>The Church #3 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Discipleship” </li></ul>Jeffery Anselmi
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is the goal in a baseball game? To get players across home plate. There is a process. Players must get to 1st base, then 2nd, then 3rd, and finally cross home plate and in doing so score 1 point for the team. </li></ul><ul><li>Does a team cheer and quit when it gets a person to 1st base or 3rd base? They will cheer because they expect to bring that person around the bases to score. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>At the end of the game, the fans and the team are more concerned about the number of people who score than they are concerned about hits. I have seen games where a team may have only had one hit and beat a team with more hits. If a baseball team does not understand that the main goal of its purpose is to score, then they will pat themselves on the back when they just get base runners. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>In the church we can run into the same problem. We can get so excited about getting someone to 1st base that we forget </li></ul><ul><li>the work is just beginning. If we do not understand the purpose of the church, then we will stop short of what God wants us to do. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at two purposes of the church, worship and fellowship, this week we are going to look at discipleship. </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 28:19 NET Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>We are commanded to make disciples. This is a two part process. The first part of making a disciple is to evangelize and baptize them. We will not talk about evangelism this week. The second part is we are to teach them to observe all that Jesus commanded. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>We are going to look at what we are supposed to do once we have added a person to the kingdom of God. </li></ul><ul><li>We are called to disciple them. What happens in a typical church when we win a person to Jesus? </li></ul><ul><li>We usually leave it at that. </li></ul><ul><li>We are happy, we got them to first base! </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>When a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, our job does not stop there. </li></ul><ul><li>That is like getting a person to 1st base </li></ul><ul><li>And saying that our job is finished. Our goal is to help bring that person </li></ul><ul><li>around all the bases to score! Too many times we get a person to 1st base and then forget about them, </li></ul><ul><li>we leave them stranded. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ Discipleship is the great Omission </li></ul><ul><li>of the Great Commission </li></ul><ul><li>on the part of Churches.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dallas Willard </li></ul><ul><li>(A Christian Philosopher & writer) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Part of making a disciple is teaching them all that Jesus commanded. The Great commission tells us this and the early church was committed to the apostles’ teachings. </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 2:42 NET They were devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Today, let us look at the 3rd purpose of the Church, Discipleship. Acts 2:41 NET So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added. 42 They were devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>43 Reverential awe came over everyone, and many wonders and miraculous signs came about by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and held everything in common, 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, as anyone had need. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>46 Every day they continued to gather together by common consent in the temple courts, breaking bread from house to house, sharing their food with glad and humble hearts, 47 praising God and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day those who were being saved. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>THE DEFINITION AND CHARACTERISTICS </li></ul><ul><li>OF A DISCIPLE </li></ul><ul><li>What is a disciple? Quite simply a disciple is a learner, </li></ul><ul><li>or a pupil of someone. In the context of the Bible, a Christian is supposed to be a disciple. </li></ul><ul><li>Who are we to be a disciple of? Jesus! The word disciple is used over 250 times in the New Testament and is only found in the Gospels and Acts. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Acts 11:26 NET and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught a significant number of people. Now it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians. </li></ul><ul><li>Here we find that Christians and </li></ul><ul><li>disciples are the same thing. </li></ul><ul><li>In this verse the Disciples </li></ul><ul><li>were called Christians at Antioch. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>The name “Christian” was given to the disciples by Paul and Barnabus through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The English translations of Acts 11:26 makes it sound like the people called the disciples Christians, but the grammar of the original will not allow that. </li></ul><ul><li>The original says that Paul and Barnabas </li></ul><ul><li>called them Christians. </li></ul><ul><li>The word “called” has a </li></ul><ul><li>prophetic meaning to it. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Thayer definition: </li></ul><ul><li>Χ ρηματίζω chrēmatizō, called </li></ul><ul><li>1) to transact business, especially to manage public affairs </li></ul><ul><li>1a) to advise or consult with one about public affairs </li></ul><ul><li>1b) to make answer to those who ask for advice, present enquiries or requests, etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1b1) of judges, magistrates, rulers, kings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) to give a response to those consulting an oracle, to give a divine command or admonition, to teach from heaven </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>2a) to be divinely commanded, admonished, instructed </li></ul><ul><li>2b) to be the mouthpiece of divine revelations, to promulgate the commands of God </li></ul><ul><li>3) to assume or take to one’s self a name from one’s public business </li></ul><ul><li>3a) to receive a name or title, be called </li></ul><ul><li>The 1 st definition doesn't fit in this verse. </li></ul><ul><li>The 2 nd does and 3a could. </li></ul><ul><li>I can’t find can’t a definition using it </li></ul><ul><li>in a defamatory way as is </li></ul><ul><li>commonly thought. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Discipleship is the </li></ul><ul><li>development of Christians. The Characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>of a Disciple Love for the brethren. </li></ul><ul><li>John 13:35 NET </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples — if you have love for one another.&quot; </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Love for Jesus Luke 14:26 NET &quot;If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. </li></ul><ul><li>Be like Jesus Matthew 10:25 NET It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house 'Beelzebul,' how much more will they defame the members of his household! </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Commitment to Jesus Luke 14:27 NET </li></ul><ul><li>Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolent Luke 6:38 NET </li></ul><ul><li>Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.&quot; </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Abide in Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>John 15:4 NET Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. </li></ul><ul><li>How are we doing? </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>THE OBJECTIVE OF DISCIPLESHIP The objective of discipleship is to facilitate the spiritual growth of Christians. When we are immersed into Christ, (when we become a Christian) we are born again. </li></ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 5:17 NET So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away — look, what is new has come! </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>2 Corinthians 3:18 NET And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Jesus gives us a principle </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 12:43 NET &quot;When an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it passes through waterless places looking for rest but does not find it. 44 Then it says, 'I will return to the home I left.' When it returns, it finds the house empty, swept clean, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so the last state of that person is worse than the first. It will be that way for this evil generation as well!&quot; </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Discipleship fills our house with tools and encouragement for growth. </li></ul><ul><li>Myth’s about spiritual growth. Spiritual growth is automatic </li></ul><ul><li>once you are born. </li></ul><ul><li>Does a baby automatically grow? No! </li></ul><ul><li>The newly born must be nurtured, </li></ul><ul><li>fed & cared for in order to grow. </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual growth is mystical, and maturity is attainable by only a few. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Spiritual maturity can occur instantly if you find the right key </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual maturity is measured </li></ul><ul><li>by what you know </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual growth is a </li></ul><ul><li>personal and private matter </li></ul><ul><li>All you need is the Bible to grow. </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>If we fall for these myths, then we will not work on helping people grow. </li></ul><ul><li>If we fall for these myths, we will not do what we need to do to grow. </li></ul><ul><li>If we fall for these myths, </li></ul><ul><li>we will become discouraged </li></ul><ul><li>if we are not growing. </li></ul><ul><li>If we fall for these myths, </li></ul><ul><li>we will become lazy. </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>We need to get people to go from </li></ul><ul><li>1st base (membership) </li></ul><ul><li>to 2nd base (commitment to maturity) </li></ul><ul><li>to 3rd base (commitment to service) </li></ul><ul><li>To home plate </li></ul><ul><li>(committed to evangelism or missions). We need to intentionally do things that help Christians become more Christ-like. My favorite definition of discipleship: </li></ul><ul><li>MAKE ONE TO MAKE ONE. </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>WAYS TO HELP A DISCIPLE GROW </li></ul><ul><li>Church programs Bible studies. That’s logical isn’t it? </li></ul><ul><li>The early church was devoted to the scriptures, via the Apostles’ teachings. Sunday school </li></ul><ul><li>This cannot be the only food we eat. </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Preaching </li></ul><ul><li>This cannot be the only food we get. Service opportunities Providing fellowship opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>for people Mentoring programs </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Individual Personal devotion time Prayer time Serving others Bible reading Mentoring Giving Fellowship with other Christians </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Have a person that you </li></ul><ul><li>are accountable to. </li></ul><ul><li>The key to growth is commitment </li></ul><ul><li>to the truth of the word of God. Notice that part of the great Commission is teaching and the early church </li></ul><ul><li>was committed to the word. If we are not putting the word in people’s lives, then we have to ask ourselves what are we </li></ul><ul><li>winning people over to? </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>What we need to understand about discipleship is that I cannot be a disciple without being disciplined. The more disciplined I become the more God can use me. </li></ul><ul><li>The mark of a disciple is continual growth. I believe the main keys to being able to make someone more Christ-like is desire to grow, discipline, and time spent with both </li></ul><ul><li>God and His people. </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>So many people that have been in church at some point in their lives will say that God has done nothing for them. My question to them would be what kind of effort did you give to God? Did you expect something </li></ul><ul><li>(spiritual growth and blessings) </li></ul><ul><li>for nothing? </li></ul><ul><li>(no time spent trying to grow) </li></ul>
  36. 36. <ul><li>THE BENEFITS OF DISCIPLESHIP </li></ul><ul><li>The Church grows deeper </li></ul><ul><li>through discipleship. Discipleship gives us </li></ul><ul><li>principles to live by. </li></ul><ul><li>A foundation to build our lives on. </li></ul><ul><li>Word of God. </li></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><li>It gives us stability. The world is in turmoil because they do not have </li></ul><ul><li>a foundation under them. </li></ul><ul><li>As we become more Christ-like, </li></ul><ul><li>we will experience more blessing </li></ul><ul><li>than we can imagine! </li></ul>
  38. 38. <ul><li>When the church stops making and </li></ul><ul><li>developing disciples, </li></ul><ul><li>it is not a church. </li></ul><ul><li>For the church to be able to develop disciples there has to be a great deal of </li></ul><ul><li>involvement in each other’s lives. See how the first three purposes fit together. They are not separate from each other. </li></ul>
  39. 39. <ul><li>Our worship is a extension of the way that we live our life. In turn we feel a strong sense of community and desire to strive with others in our walk. (Fellowship) Our worship helps us to see how much we need to grow more Christ-like because we are in awe of God, we want to be more like Him. Through our fellowship a great love for other brethren is strengthened, we then seek to help others grow and develop. (discipleship) </li></ul>
  40. 40. <ul><li>When we get a person to 1st base , our job is just beginning. It takes time, effort and resources to develop disciples. As a Church we must make sure that we are fulfilling this purpose. As individual members of the body, we must make sure that we are committed to growth. Are you willing to invest your time to help others grow closer to Jesus? </li></ul>