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Making disciples 4

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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 4

  1. 1. 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.”
  2. 2. Section 4: Learn and Grow
  3. 3. A key idea in developing disciples is looking at how they learn and grow.
  4. 4. We shall consider a few ideas from the life of Jesus and Peter (and the others).
  5. 5. 1. Peter became one of Jesus’ closest friends
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. How do you think the eleven responded to this, what did they think about it?
  8. 8. How do you think the eleven responded to this, what did they think about it? Can you think of events, conversations etc. that show a deep relationship between Jesus and his disciples?
  9. 9. Which disciples were closest to Jesus? What evidence supports this idea?
  10. 10. Peter, James and John were closest to Jesus. This is seen in:
  11. 11. ✤ Went to the healing of Jairus’ daughter,
  12. 12. ✤ Went to the healing of Jairus’ daughter, ✤ Was with Jesus when he was transfigured.
  13. 13. ✤ Went to the healing of Jairus’ daughter, ✤ Was with Jesus when he was transfigured. ✤ In Gethsemane at the moment of Jesus’ greatest human need
  14. 14. Discipleship happened as part of a personal relationship.
  15. 15. Not in a classroom: Paul & Gamaliel (Acts 22:3)
  16. 16. Keys to the Relationship of Jesus and Peter
  17. 17. Open with one another—e.g. the things Peter said to Jesus
  18. 18. They appreciated each other. Appreciation: recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone
  19. 19. They trusted one another Life experiences were shared.
  20. 20. Jesus chose the 12 personally; they were invited to spend time with him; they ate together and travelled together; they were able to share his difficult days as well as the exciting (triumphal) days.
  21. 21. Jesus chose the 12 personally; they were invited to spend time with him; they ate together and travelled together; they were able to share his difficult days as well as the exciting (triumphal) days. 3 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons.
  22. 22. Jesus chose the 12 personally; they were invited to spend time with him; they ate together and travelled together; they were able to share his difficult days as well as the exciting (triumphal) days.
  23. 23. Being together and doing things together. - is discipleship at its best and most effective. - happens in general everyday life. - is indispensable for training leaders.
  24. 24. 2. Peter asked questions
  25. 25. Often we find Peter asking questions:
  26. 26. What was #1?
  27. 27. What was #1? Peter and Jesus had a friendship
  28. 28. Matt. 15:10-11, 15-16 10 And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
  29. 29. ...15 But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?
  30. 30. Matt. 18:21-22 Luke 12:39-41 John 13:33-36
  31. 31. Why did Peter constantly ask questions of Jesus? Why do you, or should you, ask questions?
  32. 32. - He was hungry to learn and to understand.
  33. 33. - He was hungry to learn and to understand. - The direction of his life had changed —discipleship had become a priority.
  34. 34. - He was hungry to learn and to understand. - The direction of his life had changed —discipleship had become a priority. - He took hold of God
  35. 35. - He also took initiative—took charge, tried to solve problems
  36. 36. - He also took initiative—took charge, tried to solve problems - He responded to the things Jesus did and said—Not passive, he acted on what Jesus said
  37. 37. - This was more than his natural enthusiasm showing itself—Peter had the spirit of a true disciple.
  38. 38. Matt 14 22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way[b] from the land,[c] beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night[d] he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
  39. 39. 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[e] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
  40. 40. - The disciples were alone - Just before dawn, - 3-4 miles out, - Pounded by the waves - Straining at the oars.
  41. 41. - SeeingJesus scares them at first, - They hear his voice - Peter calls out
  42. 42. Pullin describes it, “He’s leaning over the edge, ready to go. “Is it OK if I jump?” He gets the go-ahead and, despite a wobble and a rescue grab, makes it to Jesus.”
  43. 43. - The same trusting-adventurous spirit prompted Peter’s response to Jesus’ question after many of His disciples gave up.
  44. 44. John 6:67-70 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
  45. 45. Discipleship will be most fruitful in our lives when we display the same spirit as Peter.
  46. 46. The End

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