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Making disciples 5

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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 5

  1. 1. MAKING DISCIPLES #5
  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. DO IT
  4. 4. 1. JESUS SENT PETER OUT (AS PART OF ATEAM) TO DO WHAT HE HAD SEEN JESUS DOING
  5. 5. As Jesus’ ministry spread... ✤ Peter and the other disciples saw him performing many miracles.
  6. 6. ✤ They heard amazing words about the kingdom of God being near (Matt. 4:17), at hand (NASB).
  7. 7. ✤ They saw a new authority in teaching and in casting out demons—no one else had this.
  8. 8. ✤ Jesus often took them aside to explain more, to help them understand the hidden meaning of powerful images.
  9. 9. Why do you think Jesus showed them so much in a short period of time?
  10. 10. They were being equipped to be his ambassadors. Now they need to step out without Jesus being seen at the centre.
  11. 11. And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3 And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.
  12. 12. 4 And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5 And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (Luke 9:1-6)
  13. 13. The human mind will retain:
  14. 14. The human mind will retain: 10% of what is heard. 20% of what is seen. 50% of what is discussed.
  15. 15. The human mind will retain: 10% of what is heard. 20% of what is seen. 50% of what is discussed. 90% of what is participated in.
  16. 16. Jesus is developing Peter’s character and his ministry. - Peter gets the opportunity to do what he has watched Jesus doing.
  17. 17. - He will take new steps of faith. - He will work with another member of the Twelve. - Jesus’ approach to discipling them showed his wisdom and care for each one, as well as his strategy.
  18. 18. - He will take new steps of faith. - He will work with another member of the Twelve. - Jesus’ approach to discipling them showed his wisdom and care for each one, as well as his strategy.
  19. 19. - He will take new steps of faith. - He will work with another member of the Twelve. - Jesus’ approach to discipling them showed his wisdom and care for each one, as well as his strategy.
  20. 20. THE DISCIPLES WERE SUCCESSFUL: TRAVELLING AND DOING WHAT JESUS HAD DONE.
  21. 21. Sending out of the Twelve here was an extension [a part added to something to make it bigger] of Jesus’ personal ministry. We then see this comment about Herod Antipas, who was in charge of Galilee,
  22. 22. “ Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,” (Luke 9:7). All over Galilee there was talk of miracles and of a kingdom that wasn’t Caesar’s and wasn’t his!
  23. 23. There is a simple lesson: The best way to develop in ministry is first to walk alongside someone who is farther along the road in the same area of gifting.
  24. 24. There is a simple lesson: The best way to develop in ministry is first to walk alongside someone who is farther along the road in the same area of gifting.
  25. 25. There is a simple lesson: The best way to develop in ministry is first to walk alongside someone who is farther along the road in the same area of gifting.
  26. 26. Imagine someone has a burden for the lost and an ability to get to know them and understand them—we might call it an evangelistic heart. How would you help them to grow?
  27. 27. - Let them spend time with someone who is seasoned in winning others to Christ - At first they can watch it being done
  28. 28. - Then they can work with the experienced person and learn - Then they can move out on their own
  29. 29. E.g.A young Christian has the seeds of a prophetic calling; there is evidence of meaningful words being given, with blessing and fruit.
  30. 30. How can we help them to team up with someone who is more experienced in hearing God and prophesying, in a relationship of fellowship and accountability? How would you do the same for a person with a teaching gift, healing gift etc.?
  31. 31. In summary: - We might encourage people from the platform, and in general conversation, about the need to pray more (which is always important) and,
  32. 32. - We might encourage them to ask someone who is more mature in their gift, “How would you like to meet and pray with me each week?”
  33. 33. - We might also encourage ‘older’ believers to make the first move to help new giftings grow and develop
  34. 34. To develop gift, biblical teaching (in class, sermons etc.) is needed, but personal discipleship brings a extra growth and development which teaching alone can never achieve.
  35. 35. Peter’s experience of being discipled shows us that Jesus was willing to take risks.
  36. 36. Peter’s experience of being discipled shows us that Jesus was willing to take risks. - Peter was sent out in Jesus’ name.
  37. 37. Peter’s experience of being discipled shows us that Jesus was willing to take risks. - Peter was sent out in Jesus’ name. - How would he represent the Master?
  38. 38. - Would the hasty (foolish) Peter get it ‘right’?
  39. 39. - Would the hasty (foolish) Peter get it ‘right’? - Would he mess up?
  40. 40. - Would the hasty (foolish) Peter get it ‘right’? - Would he mess up? - Would he misrepresent the message of Jesus, or the spirit of it?
  41. 41. JESUS SENT HIM OUT IN HIS OWN NAME BECAUSE HE WAS WILLING TO STAND BY HIM IF HE MADE MISTAKES.
  42. 42. In true discipleship there is room to develop and grow, and someone to help deal with fears etc. and safety as you do so.
  43. 43. There are opportunities to take bigger steps of faith in a safe environment, knowing that we are loved and cared for and that we will be supported through all that might happen.
  44. 44. 2. JESUS GAVE THEM TIME FOR FEEDBACK
  45. 45. Going from village to village in pairs, the Twelve proclaimed the good news of the kingdom and called people to repentance.They demonstrated the kingdom, (Mk 6:12,13)
  46. 46. 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.
  47. 47. On their return they were to find Jesus and tell him all about it. When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done.Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida (Luke 9:10)
  48. 48. If you were Jesus what would you want to talk with the returning disciples about?
  49. 49. Jesus knew that it was important to talking about their experiences: - the highs and the lows - the lessons learned, - the questions they hadn’t been able to answer.
  50. 50. Jesus took time in a quiet place—he reviewed things and gave support.There was accountability. It was a joy and blessing for the disciples to tell their stories, receiving approval and encouragement
  51. 51. But Jesus could bring correction or further insight into the situations they had come across. It is a comprehensive example of what discipleship is meant to be.
  52. 52. Leaders are always facing the dilemma of prioritising the use of time. Often we give our time to activities that are immediate.
  53. 53. Jesus knew that although the fields were ripe for harvest, the key to the long-term growth of the kingdom was for him to step back regularly and invest time in his disciples.
  54. 54. Mark 9:30-31 in the NLT says, (the section heading is Jesus Again Predicts His Death) 30 Leaving that region, they traveled through Galilee.Jesus didn’t want anyone to know he was there,
  55. 55. 31 for he wanted to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.”
  56. 56. JESUS GUARDED QUALITY TIME WITH THOSE ON WHOM THE FUTURE WOULD DEPEND.
  57. 57. 3. PETER RECEIVES REVELATION FOR HIMSELF
  58. 58. Jesus and his disciples travel to Caesarea Philippi. He asks them a question:
  59. 59. Mount Hermon
  60. 60. 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
  61. 61. 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 16:13-7)
  62. 62. 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 16:13-7) WHAT DO YOU SEE HAPPENING HERE?
  63. 63. Caearea Philippi, Grotto of Pan
  64. 64. Caearea Philippi, Grotto of Pan
  65. 65. Caearea Philippi, Grotto of Pan
  66. 66. Two things happen: - Peter produces an amazing confession, declaring who Jesus of Nazareth really is, - Peter receives revelation for himself.
  67. 67. At first Jesus was hearing God for Peter, but now Peter is hearing God directly: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” - Peter is growing!
  68. 68. An important principle: Discipleship does not aim to make or keep a person dependent on another. It aims to help them grow in their own experience of God—to become more mature.
  69. 69. - able to live life out of their own relationship with the Father; - better able to recognise his voice, - to understand his purposes, - to become more fruitful.
  70. 70. Often discipleship is a short term process. But the goal is always the same, “Developing mature disciples, helping them to work with greater confidence, growing in their experience of the Spirit’s leading and enabling.”
  71. 71. 4. PETER IS PROMISED KEYS
  72. 72. After Peter’s confession,Jesus said more to him about his future: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matt. 16:19)
  73. 73. After Peter’s confession,Jesus said more to him about his future: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matt. 16:19) WHAT DO YOU THINK PETER THOUGHTTHATTHIS MEANT?
  74. 74. After Peter’s confession,Jesus said more to him about his future: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matt. 16:19)
  75. 75. Peter has been seeking to learn and understand. He’s been growing in faith and revelation. Now he hears that he is to receive a very special spiritual authority “the keys of the kingdom”.
  76. 76. ✤ He used it at Pentecost, proclaiming the resurrection and Lordship of Jesus—he held open the door of the kingdom to the Jews in Jerusalem.
  77. 77. ✤ In Acts 10 he received a revelation that would challenge the Early Jewish Church. ✤ The vision of the sheet let down from heaven, containing all kinds of animals, clean and unclean ✤ The voice of God—a voice Peter had learned to recognise.
  78. 78. ✤ Then he goes from Joppa to the house of the centurion at Caesarea, and preaches the Lordship of Jesus ✤ He witness the Spirit being poured out upon a Roman centurion and his relatives and friends.
  79. 79. ✤ As a result he would lead the Jerusalem church into the era-changing revelation that even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life (Acts 11:18). He opened the door to the Kingdom to the whole world!
  80. 80. Peter’s Path ✤ He heard“I will give you the keys” from Jesus, but could not have imagined how much it meant or what was to come.
  81. 81. ✤ Even after his confession there were still painful lessons to come. ✤ But he asked questions and learned; he had many difficult experiences but in the end was the one who was entrusted with the keys.
  82. 82. Discipleship is the path to true spiritual authority.
  83. 83. Paul walked through the door that Peter opened. Paul…Met Jesus on the Damascus road …Was a high-powered academic who had been advancing in Judaism (Gal. 1:14)
  84. 84. …Sat at the feet of a relatively unknown disciple called Ananias, …Finds out from him what to do next …Is prayed for Like Peter, Paul also displayed the spirit of a disciple.
  85. 85. DO IT —THINKING TIME
  86. 86. THE END

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