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Making disciples 3

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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 3

  1. 1. MAKING DISCIPLES #3
  2. 2. 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.”
  3. 3. JESUS BELIEVED IN PETER AND SAW HIS POTENTIAL
  4. 4. We shall see the process of discipleship through the life of Peter. We start with the early days of his first meetings with Jesus.
  5. 5. This was a time of great religious interest—JTB had been preaching and people had become interested so that they went to Judea to hear him preach.
  6. 6. - Andrew and another became disciples of JTB. Then Jesus walked by;
  7. 7. The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.
  8. 8. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. (John 1:35-37,40-42)
  9. 9. Two disciples moved from JTB to Jesus. Andrew went and found his brother—“We have found the Messiah!” — brought him to Jesus. This is the first time Jesus and Peter meet face to face.
  10. 10. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). (John 1:42) It means “a rock”.
  11. 11. What do you think Jesus meant by “a rock”? How do you think Peter felt when Jesus called him this? What do you think Andrew thought—he brought Simon to Jesus?
  12. 12. One way to read this is that Jesus was actually saying, “Peter, I can see what you are going to be and I believe in you”.
  13. 13. FROM THE BEGINNING, JESUS SAW IN THE GALILEAN FISHERMAN A FOUNDATIONAL FIGURE IN THE NEW COMMUNITY YET TO EMERGE. PETER’S FIRST EXPERIENCE OF JESUS WAS A GREETING WHICH WAS AFFIRMING (SUPPORTING AND APPROVING) AND SIGNIFICANT.
  14. 14. In discipling someone ask of yourself, (you might also ask this of anyone who disciples you) - Do you believe in them? - Do you see what they might be?
  15. 15. - Will they learn from you? - Will you deal with them honestly, but with love and encouragement? - Will you stick with them through hard times? - Will you keep in touch and not give up?
  16. 16. Timothy had the same kind of discipling from Paul. Can you think of other biblical examples of discipling relationships like this?
  17. 17. Jesus believed in Peter, seeing what he could be, this is vital in discipleship. It was on that foundation that Jesus showed Peter what it is like to live under the anointing
  18. 18. The next day Jesus left for Galilee (John 1:43). As Jesus arrives... Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. (Luke 4:14)
  19. 19. In Galilee people could see that something dramatic had happened to Jesus while he was away. At his baptism in the Jordan, he had been anointed with the Holy Spirit and empowered for mission.
  20. 20. Miracles began to happen, Jesus was into his ministry. [Read Luke 4 for the full story.] Peter sees Jesus in ministry.
  21. 21. Peter is still involved in fishing, maybe full commitment has not been made? On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret…
  22. 22. 2 and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
  23. 23. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.
  24. 24. 7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken (Luke 5:1-9)
  25. 25. Jesus is filled with the Holy Spirit—living his life in the will of the Father. Peter sees this—we might say that Jesus is saying, “Peter, this is what it’s like, living under the anointing of the Spirit”.
  26. 26. If I am discipling someone else, that’s a challenge! • Can they see in me what it’s like to be living in the power of the Holy Spirit? • Can they see the fruit of his presence in my life?
  27. 27. However good our teaching, we are our ministry and that is what we will communicate.
  28. 28. YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS AT THE CENTRE OF WHAT WE GIVE TO OTHERS. DISCIPLING OTHERS IS ABOUT EXAMPLE NOT SIMPLY INFORMATION.
  29. 29. It all comes down to a simple, challenging question:
  30. 30. “Who wants your life?”
  31. 31. NOT who wants your car, house, job etc. Real life isn’t about those things.
  32. 32. This is based upon what you live your life for, the example you set, the call you follow. We can only lead others where we have been!
  33. 33. 27 people walked with Paul: • It meant travelling for months • Accepting the risks of prison • Getting caught up in one of his beatings.
  34. 34. They did it because of the value they placed upon his relationship with the Lord and his experience of the Spirit in life and ministry.
  35. 35. JESUS PROPHESIED OVER (INTO) PETER’S LIFE
  36. 36. This is early in their relationship: Following the catch of fish: “Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people”” (Luke 5:10b). Early in their relationship Jesus has heard God for Peter.
  37. 37. CONSIDER WHAT THAT MEANS; TIME IN PRAYER, FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER, SPIRITUAL ENERGY AND THOUGHT—ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO THAT FOR EACH DISCIPLE YOU COMMIT TO HELPING?
  38. 38. Question: As you pray for your disciples, how much should you tell them, how much do you wait for them to hear from themselves?
  39. 39. Jesus is helping Peter to identify his gifting and encouraging him into his future. From these words what do you think God’s purpose for Peter was?
  40. 40. • That he should be not only a rock upon whom others would rely • That he should be someone who would see large numbers of people coming into the kingdom.
  41. 41. • That he would be as successful in proclaiming Jesus and calling men and women to respond to his Lordship, as he was (when Jesus got involved) at filling the boat with fish that night.
  42. 42. • Part of Jesus’ input into Peter, prompted by the Spirit, was to help him hear God about the shape of things to come.
  43. 43. Discipleship should help someone learn how to connect with God’s voice and purpose for their life. As a disciple and servant it is important for my growth that I know:
  44. 44. • Who I am • Loving myself as I love my neighbour • Am finding my place in the body of Christ helps me in being fulfilled and fruitful.
  45. 45. Eph 1:11 The Message: “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone”.
  46. 46. Peter learns later that his place in the kingdom was bound up with his fellow disciples…in the fellowship, the church community.
  47. 47. In the early days, Jesus spoke in order to help Peter head in the right direction. Peter responded positively to what he heard and committed to it.
  48. 48. The End

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