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Making disciples 1

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An introductory course looking at the process involved in making disciples. Using Tony Pullin's Making Disciples book as a primary resource.

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Making disciples 1

  1. 1. IF YOU WERE LEADING A “SUCCESSFUL” CHURCH WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE? HOW MIGHT YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?
  2. 2. IN JOHN 17:4 JESUS PRAYS,  I GLORIFIED YOU ON EARTH, HAVING ACCOMPLISHED THE WORK THAT YOU GAVE ME TO DO. WHAT WAS THE WORK THAT JESUS HAD DONE. LIST AS MANY PARTS OF IT AS YOU CAN?
  3. 3. MAKING DISCIPLES #1
  4. 4. As 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. 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.”
  5. 5. As 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. 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.” Which of these words are commands to do something?
  6. 6. These words are still at the heart of our mission 2,000 years after Jesus ascended. This course will help us to understand what Jesus meant by these words. Answer these questions:
  7. 7. These words are still at the heart of our mission 2,000 years after Jesus ascended. This course will help us to understand what Jesus meant by these words. Answer these questions: What did Jesus mean by “make disciples”?
  8. 8. These words are still at the heart of our mission 2,000 years after Jesus ascended. This course will help us to understand what Jesus meant by these words. Answer these questions: What did the eleven understand it to mean, what did they do?
  9. 9. These words are still at the heart of our mission 2,000 years after Jesus ascended. This course will help us to understand what Jesus meant by these words. Answer these questions: How does the church you attend, understand and act upon this command?
  10. 10. These words are still at the heart of our mission 2,000 years after Jesus ascended. This course will help us to understand what Jesus meant by these words. Answer these questions: How do you understand this command. What have you done to obey it?
  11. 11. Assignment: Memorise Matthew 28:18-20
  12. 12. If we copy his example then we are likely to produce disciples like he wants. This course looks at how Jesus did this, what his example shows and teaches us.
  13. 13. - Jesus took people with normal lives and made them foundational in his plan to change the world. - What he did with the Twelve will help us to understand this command.
  14. 14. Colossians 3:16 says, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly What does this mean?
  15. 15. - E.g. the sayings and teachings of Jesus - These words were passed on from disciple to disciple before being put together in the Gospels.
  16. 16. - To know what Jesus wants me need to be I must know these books and what they say.
  17. 17. “True discipleship has enormous potential...taking Jesus’ words seriously is dangerous and rewarding at the same time…the Great Commission, still relevant to the twenty-first century...remains a major key to the advance of God’s kingdom.” Tony Pullin, Making Disciples
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  19. 19. MAKING DISCIPLES #2
  20. 20. PART 1: HOW JESUS TEACHES
  21. 21. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
  22. 22. “Discipleship doesn’t come after mission—discipleship is our mission” Jim Pullin
  23. 23. Post-resurrection Jesus gave the Great Commission when in Galilee…where the disciples had seen much of his ministry, where much of their learning had occurred. GO TO GALILEE
  24. 24. GO TO GALILEE What things would they have seen and experienced there?
  25. 25. e.g. Matt 4:12-17 - Miracles and healings - Teaching - Preaching - The Sermon on the Mount - In Galilee many of them had been called by Jesus to follow him
  26. 26. They had travelled with Jesus to Jerusalem, knowing his words predicting all that was to come. They saw him suffer and be crucified— then found out he was alive and calling them to meet him in Galilee.
  27. 27. How do you think the disciples felt as they walked back from Jerusalem to Galilee for this meeting?
  28. 28. Read Matthew 28:16-20 Explain what this passage tells us, what it means and think about what is new (what the disciples were finding out for the first time)
  29. 29. Read Matthew 28:16-20 Explain what this passage tells us, what it means and think about what is new (what the disciples were finding out for the first time) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
  30. 30. Jesus tells them that he now has “all authority”. This is new, the Kingdom of God has broken in. The cross had changed everything in the seen and unseen worlds. Jesus then commissions his disciples,“You go and you disciple others”
  31. 31. Jesus is saying to them, “What I have been doing for you over these last three years I want you to go and do in every nation”
  32. 32. What did Jesus mean that they should do? What had Jesus done with his disciples?
  33. 33. This might include; - Investing in them - Spending time with them - Eating meals - Encouraging - Challenging attitudes - Showing them how to live and how to serve - And more…
  34. 34. What have been the things people have done in discipling you that have most helped you grow?
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  36. 36. Remember that there was also ministry activity that takes place in church. Jesus had discipled his followers—they had the best possible example.
  37. 37. What words would you use to describe a disciple?
  38. 38. Strong’s Dictionary offers this definition: 3101 mathētḗs (from math-, the "mental effort needed to think something through") – properly, a learner; a disciple, a follower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechised (teaching by Q&A) with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications).
  39. 39. Bible.org says, “The Greek term μαθητής (mathētēs) refers generally to any “student,” “pupil,” “apprentice,” or “adherent,” as opposed to a “teacher.”
  40. 40. A word that is often used is apprentice. One dictionary defines apprentice as, a person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, a beginner: an apprentice.
  41. 41. In Jesus’ time an apprentice learned under the instruction of a rabbi, usually living with him during this time of training. The words pupil or learner are also used.
  42. 42. Public teaching in the Church is enriching and helpful and part of the process of making disciples, but discipleship is more than that.
  43. 43. Making disciples isn’t simply telling people about Christ and leading them to salvation, but about a relationship where they are helped to learn and grow to become like Jesus.
  44. 44. Paul had at least 27 people who travelled with him at one time or another. They shared in Paul's life and learned from him— not simply listen to him teaching and preaching. [Paul’s sufferings would have been seen close up by these people].
  45. 45. What experiences do you think would have been part of every day life in travelling with Paul? What would a disciple learn from these? • ________________________________ • ________________________________ • ________________________________ • ________________________________
  46. 46. Disciples of Jesus: - he is Saviour and Lord - We follow him—discipleship puts him first in everything (Luke 14:25-27). - Our ambition is to serve him by the help of the Holy Spirit.
  47. 47. - HS brings God’s life and love into our experience, and draws us closer to the Father, to Jesus and to one another; - he teaches, guides and empowers us. God wants us to be encouraged and helped in our walk as disciples by the body of Christ, the church.
  48. 48. How have you been helped in being a disciple by other Christians?
  49. 49. So if I am going to be truly discipled; • I will need to be willing for someone else to speak into my life.
  50. 50. • I will need to be open with someone who can help me to grow into the image of Jesus.
  51. 51. • What should a discipling relationship look like, what questions are good (or bad)?
  52. 52. Jesus making disciples of the twelve was their example for making disciples, they in turn would fulfil his commission. PETER—AN APPRENTICE WHO BECAME AN APOSTLE
  53. 53. PETER—AN APPRENTICE WHO BECAME AN APOSTLE Pullin looks at Peter from his first meeting with Jesus up to the day of Pentecost.
  54. 54. This is helpful for all involved in discipling. “Peter shows human weaknesses, impulsiveness, enthusiasm, the flaws, all mixed together. He was like us. He lived in the northern part of the country and spoke Aramaic with a northern accent. He was born in a lakeside town, married and a bit of an entrepreneur; he part-owned a fishing business with two friends...He was a loveable hothead, whose heart was basically in the right place.“
  55. 55. This course primarily looks at how Peter was trained as a disciple by Jesus. For him, and the other disciples, the commission they received from Jesus shaped the rest of their lives.

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