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5. Manipur—Living the Christian Life

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We need to be disciples of Jesus before we do anything. A simple challenge to be and make disciples, showing that one life can be vital when surrendered into the hands of the Living God.

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5. Manipur—Living the Christian Life

  1. 1. Living the Life
  2. 2. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.”
  3. 3. What is the church meant to produce?
  4. 4. Matt 28:18-20As Jesus was about to return to heaven he issued a command to his followers, And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
  5. 5. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  6. 6. How do you understand this command. What have you done to obey it?
  7. 7. Disciples of Jesus Christ
  8. 8. What is your life worth?
  9. 9. What does it take to buy your life?
  10. 10. Success, significance, money, family, friends, popularity, possessions...
  11. 11. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.”
  12. 12. [Jesus] said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever would save his life will lose it,
  13. 13. but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? Luke 9:23-25
  14. 14. What is the best way to see the world won for Jesus Christ?
  15. 15. What is the best way to make disciples of Christ?
  16. 16. Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade Assuming evangelistic crusades win 10,000 people per day Assuming one disciple makes one other disciple per year
  17. 17. Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade Assuming evangelistic crusades win 10,000 people per day Assuming one disciple makes one other disciple per year Which would you choose?
  18. 18. Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade 1 1 3,650000 2 2 7,300000 3 4 10,095000 4 8 14,600000 5 16 18,250000 6 32 21,900000 7 64 25,550000 8 128 29,200000 9 256 32,850000
  19. 19. Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade 19 262,144 69,350000 20 524,288 73,000000 21 1,048,576 76,650000 22 2,097,152 80,300000 23 4,194,304 83,950000 24 8,388,608 87,600000
  20. 20. Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade 19 262,144 69,350000 20 524,288 73,000000 21 1,048,576 76,650000 22 2,097,152 80,300000 23 4,194,304 83,950000 24 8,388,608 87,600000 Note the gap - now on year 19
  21. 21. 28 134,217728 102,200000 Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade 29 268,435,456 105,850000 30 536,870,912 109,500000 25 16,777216 91,250000
  22. 22. 28 134,217728 102,200000 Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade 29 268,435,456 105,850000 30 536,870,912 109,500000 25 16,777216 91,250000 Note the gap - now on year 28
  23. 23. 32 2,147,483,648 116,800000 Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade 33 4,294,967,296 120,450000 34 124,100000
  24. 24. 32 2,147,483,648 116,800000 Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade 33 4,294,967,296 120,450000 34 8,589,934592 124,100000
  25. 25. 32 2,147,483,648 116,800000 Year Disciple
 -ship Crusade 33 4,294,967,296 120,450000 34 8,589,934592 124,100000
  26. 26. One committed person makes a difference
  27. 27. In the New Testament what is the most popular name for the followers of Jesus?
  28. 28. Christian - 3 times Saint - 63 times Disciple - 269 times “The NT is a book about disciples, by disciples, and for disciples of Jesus Christ” Dallas Willard
  29. 29. A disciple is an apprentice. A person who is learning from a skilled employer
  30. 30. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.”
  31. 31. Think about Jesus… 90% of his ministry was to 12 Jews Why?
  32. 32. Because it was the BEST way to reach all of India, Bhutan, China, Pakistan and the rest of the world!
  33. 33. NO! It was the ONLY way to reach them
  34. 34. Robert Morrison
  35. 35. Missionary to China, Sept 1807
  36. 36. Hostile officials and foreign merchants
  37. 37. Hostile officials and foreign merchants Baptized the first Chinese Protestant Christian, Cai Gao, on July 16, 1814
  38. 38. Baptized the first Chinese Protestant Christian, Cai Gao, on July 16, 1814
  39. 39. Communists took over in 1949, 900,000 Protestants
  40. 40. Today > 111,000,000 Christians in China, 90% Protestant, mostly Pentecostal.
  41. 41. China is the 3rd largest ‘Christian’ country on earth
  42. 42. Estimate in 2050 218,000,000 Christians in China
  43. 43. 16% of the population. 10,000 conversions in China every day.
  44. 44. Investing time and energy in making disciples is always worthwhile
  45. 45. “Preparation for revival is like building a dam ahead of the rain. Even though we really desire a downpour to quench the drought, if we don’t build a dam, we shall not keep that rain.
  46. 46. If God showers down revival and individual ministries and churches are not ready to accept it, then all the blessings of revival will be wasted.” David Yonggi Cho
  47. 47. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.”
  48. 48. Why make Disciples?
  49. 49. 1. The Example of Jesus
  50. 50. John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
  51. 51. Peter became one of Jesus’ closest friends
  52. 52. 2. Obedience to Jesus
  53. 53. 2. Obedience to Jesus
  54. 54. Jesus believed in the disciples and saw their potential
  55. 55. 3. Effectiveness
  56. 56. Discipleship is God’s chosen strategy to reach the world
  57. 57. 4. Mature Disciples
  58. 58. How would you know a Christian is mature? What do they say and do?
  59. 59. Your relationship with God is what you give to others. Discipling others is about example.
  60. 60. “Who wants your life?”
  61. 61. The End
  62. 62. Maturity looks like…
  63. 63. 1. Fruitfulness in our service for God Jn 15:5, Matt. 25:14 – 30
  64. 64. 2. Humility John 13:12–17
  65. 65. 3. Do everything to the glory of God Col 3:17, 23
  66. 66. 4. A close relationship with Jesus (Galatians 2:20)
  67. 67. 5. The fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Gal 5:22–23)
  68. 68. 6. A stable, consistent and holy walk before God and man (Eph 4:11–16)
  69. 69. 7. A solid knowledge of God’s Word and discernment as a result (Hebrews 5:13–6:2)
  70. 70. And we’re done!

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