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Making Disciples 6

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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 6

  1. 1. Based upon Making Disciples by Tony Pullin
  2. 2. Assignment Write a 500-700 words about of what you have learned through this course. Due date: 25th September 2017
  3. 3. MAKING DISCIPLES #6
  4. 4. #6 FAILURE AND RESTORATION
  5. 5. 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.”
  6. 6. 54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.
  7. 7. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.”
  8. 8. 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
  9. 9. 15 When they had finished breakfast,Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
  10. 10. He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
  11. 11. Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
  12. 12. #6 FAILURE AND RESTORATION
  13. 13. 1. WHEN IT WAS NECESSARY JESUS GAVE CLEAR CORRECTION.
  14. 14. The Situation: ✤ The religious authorities were against Jesus—they are plotting against Him. ✤ Now the disciples hear Jesus saying things that don’t make sense to them.
  15. 15. ✤ Jesus began to explain that he must go to Jerusalem suffer, and be killed and on the third day be raised to life. ✤ Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
  16. 16. ✤ Jesus began to explain that he must go to Jerusalem suffer, and be killed and on the third day be raised to life. ✤ Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
  17. 17. “ 21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying,
  18. 18. “Far be it from you, Lord![e] This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance[f] to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matt. 16:21-23)
  19. 19. HOW DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD HAVE FELT HEARING THE WORDS OF JESUS? WHY DID PETER REACT IN THIS WAY? READ MATT 16:13-20
  20. 20. ✤ The disciples didn’t understand, and felt hurt by this announcement.
  21. 21. ✤ The disciples didn’t understand, and felt hurt by this announcement. ✤ They didn’t expect the Messiah to suffer and die.
  22. 22. ✤ Probably (because they were upset) they didn’t really hear Jesus’ promise about resurrection on the third day.
  23. 23. Peters thinking was all or nothing—Jesus suffering was unthinkable.
  24. 24. He (politely) took Jesus to one side and then rebuked Him. In listening to Peter’s strong words what do you think Jesus was thought?
  25. 25. Jesus heard the tempter’s voice—and responds even more strongly: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Strong words when you think Peter earlier confessed him to be the Christ.
  26. 26. JESUS DIDN’T HOLD BACK FROM TELLING PETER WHAT HE NEEDED TO HEAR—HE LOVED HIM FAR TOO MUCH FOR THAT.
  27. 27. THERE WAS HONESTY IN THE RELATIONSHIP.
  28. 28. Peter was still learning the nature of the kingdom. He didn’t yet understand that the path to exaltation lay through the cross.
  29. 29. In correcting Peter,Jesus was neither blinded by gift nor held back by friendship. Their friendship and love meant Jesus was able guide Peter through this, and the deeper problems ahead.
  30. 30. True discipleship involves honesty. Sometimes we need to give or receive faithful love. Openness is at the heart of meaningful discipleship.
  31. 31. 2. JESUS WARNED PETER WHEN HE SAW DANGER SIGNS
  32. 32. After Jesus’ talk with Peter, he talks to the Twelve about denying themselves and taking up the cross. The disciples pathway would be similar to his. In Matthew 16 Jesus finishes by saying,
  33. 33. “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” This was fulfilled about a week later (Matthew=6 days, Luke=8), on the Mount of Transfiguration.
  34. 34. The three disciples also and heard Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus about his departure, (Luke 9) 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
  35. 35. This glory would come through suffering and death to victory over the unseen enemy and deliverance for his people.
  36. 36. “On the Mount of Transfiguration, heaven and earth came together to help Peter,James and John grasp what seemed impossible to reconcile the glory, the power and the suffering to come.”
  37. 37. Now from Caesarea Philippi they start to move south towards Jerusalem (via Galilee and Judea).
  38. 38. John mentions several trips to Jerusalem by Jesus, Matthew, Mark, and Luke only one, which occurred as Jesus prepared for his triumphal entry and subsequent death and resurrection. Beginning at Capernaum,Jesus was apparently diverted from the more direct route when Samaritans refused him access (Luke 9:51– 56), so he may have crossed the Jordan and traveled through Perea.Jesus then passed through Jericho and proceeded to Jerusalem.
  39. 39. Note: The women who had travelled around Galilee, ministering to the needs of Jesus, go with them. Mary Magdalene,Joanna, Susanna, another Mary and others show great loyalty, and are example to all (Luke 8:1-4; 23:49,55-56; 24:1)
  40. 40. - they stood within sight of the cross when others had fled; - they followed Joseph of Arimathea to see where Jesus’ body was going to be buried, - they went back at the tomb first thing on Sunday morning .
  41. 41. Mary Magdalene, Susanna and Joanna, by Mary McKenzie of the Nativity Project
  42. 42. THESE GALILEAN WOMEN, FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE, WERE COURAGEOUS DISCIPLES. THE DEVOTED FOLLOWERS OF JESUS WERE NOT AN ALL-MALE GROUP.
  43. 43. Passion / Triumphal Entry /Passover Week Jesus enters Jerusalem, and at the end of the week he is in the upper room eating the Passover meal. He has broken bread and shared wine with them.Judas has left.
  44. 44. INTERESTINGLY,THERE HAS BEEN A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHICH OF THEM IS THE GREATEST. [LK 9:46] WHY?
  45. 45. Now Jesus speaks to Peter: 31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,[d] that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)
  46. 46. Jesus is telling Peter that he is a target and you are in danger of falling. In Luke 6:14 we see that Peter was the new name given by Jesus to Simon. Luke hasn’t used Peter’s original name since that time until now, when it is spoken three times.
  47. 47. WHYTHE SUDDEN CHANGE? WHAT WAS JESUS SAYING IN USING HIS OLD NAME?
  48. 48. Was the old Simon coming back, the old ways of thinking and acting? In Mark, Peter’s reply included a bold claim: Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” (Mark 14:29).
  49. 49. The other disciples said the same, (Mark 14:31) “And they all said the same.” But Peter is at the front here—he’s on display, the leader, the example.
  50. 50. Satan wanted to get them all, but Jesus prayed for Peter in particular because he saw in him a vulnerability that would be exposed during the testing times ahead.
  51. 51. In Gethsemane, Peter,James and John were all sleeping, but Jesus spoke first to Peter, then all three: (Mark 14:37-38).
  52. 52. In Gethsemane, Peter,James and John were all sleeping, but Jesus spoke first to Peter, then all three: (Mark 14:37-38).
  53. 53. 32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”[d]
  54. 54. 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me.Yet not what I will, but what you will.
  55. 55. 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
  56. 56. Jesus was looking out for Peter and shared his concern. Jesus could say what he did to Peter because of their relationship. At this time, Peter’s heart wasn’t fully open to what he heard.
  57. 57. BEHIND THE WARNINGS WE SEE JESUS WAS PRAYING FOR PETER, BECAUSE HE CARED FOR HIM AND WANTED HIM TO SUCCEED.
  58. 58. Satan wanted to undermine the whole groups faith in Jesus at a basic level.That is what Jesus prayed about and his prayer was answered.
  59. 59. PETER’S COURAGE FALTERED UNDER STRONG ATTACK, BUT THROUGH THE HEARTBREAK AND PAIN HIS FAITH EMERGED AGAIN.
  60. 60. 3. JESUS RESTORED PETER
  61. 61. The events that happened: Jesus tells the disciples it is time to go. - He talks about the true vine, - About his Father’s love
  62. 62. - And his own love for them, - About the Holy Spirit he would send to help them understand.
  63. 63. - Then he prays (John 17). - the disciples see an intimate moment between the Father and the Son: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you” (John 17:1).
  64. 64. - We see each so caring for the other; sharing an intimacy that was at the heart of the coming storm.
  65. 65. READ JOHN 17: WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ELEVEN LEARNED ABOUT PRAYER BY LISTENING TO JESUS ATTHATTIME?
  66. 66. After praying,Jesus crossed the Valley to Gethsemane (John 18:1),Jesus takes the three disciples closest to him as he enters into an agony of prayer.Then the worrying events begin.
  67. 67. After praying,Jesus crossed the Valley to Gethsemane (John 18:1),Jesus takes the three disciples closest to him as he enters into an agony of prayer.Then the worrying events begin.
  68. 68. Look at the initial role of Peter: - When the soldiers and temple officers arrive to make the arrest,Jesus identifies himself and asks them to let his disciples go.
  69. 69. - In his earlier prayer (John 17:12),Jesus said, “2 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost...”.
  70. 70. - Now in a dangerous and difficult situation still the safety of his disciples is Jesus’ chief concern.
  71. 71. - Now in a dangerous and difficult situation still the safety of his disciples is Jesus’ chief concern.
  72. 72. “So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” (John 18:7-9)
  73. 73. - Asking the soldiers to let his friends go was simply releasing the disciples from any pressure to stay and be captured—they all moved away.
  74. 74. - Peter was devoted enough to attack and cut off the ear of the High Priest’s servant - He then was one of only two disciples who followed the arresting party back into the city.
  75. 75. - It was Peter’s love for Jesus that put him in the place of denial.
  76. 76. - It was Peter’s love for Jesus that put him in the place of denial.
  77. 77. HOW DO YOU THINK JESUS FELT WHEN HE LOOKED OUT ACROSS THE INNER COURTYARD OF CAIAPHAS’ HOUSE AND SAW THAT PETER HAD GOT IN?
  78. 78. HOW DO YOU THINK JESUS FELT WHEN HE LOOKED OUT ACROSS THE INNER COURTYARD OF CAIAPHAS’ HOUSE AND SAW THAT PETER HAD GOT IN?
  79. 79. - Peter’s commitment must have meant a lot! I don’t think Jesus would have been thinking about Peter’s mistakes.
  80. 80. - Then Peter started to think: He might be identified with Jesus! He then denied the Lord three times.
  81. 81. Peter and Jesus had had an amazing journey together. But still this denial happened. It continues in the body of Christ today— we all follow Jesus only by his grace.
  82. 82. How would you counsel someone who has made a similar mistake—or one that feels just as terrible to their own conscience?
  83. 83. - Just as he was speaking, the cock crowed.The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. (Luke 22:60-61) As their eyes met what sort of look do you think it was that Jesus gave to Peter?
  84. 84. Pullin says, “I don’t think it was a condemning look, “ I think it was a look that was full of compassion and love. One thing I know, “ it broke Peter’s heart. He went out and wept and wept and wept.”
  85. 85. How do you think Peter felt for the rest of the weekend? Jesus was crucified, the dream over, and the last contact a moment of failure. Disappointment, confusion, anger…?
  86. 86. Then came Sunday morning. Tradition agrees that Mark was a friend of Peter and that Mark’s Gospel is his attempt to arrange and record Peter’s thoughts and preaching.
  87. 87. Mark tells us about the angel outside the empty tomb, about the three women who had come just after sunrise to anoint Jesus’ body. The angel said,
  88. 88. “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee.There you will see him, just as he told you” (Mark 16:6-7).
  89. 89. Tell Peter! Jesus has been raised from the dead just a few hours but he is already thinking of Peter.
  90. 90. Interestingly Paul describes the good news in this way:
  91. 91. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve” (1 Cor. 15:3-5).
  92. 92. When Cleopas and the other disciple rushed back from Emmaus to Jerusalem with their story of seeing Jesus alive, the gathered disciples had already heard. “It is true!” they said, “The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon” (Luke 24:34).
  93. 93. Before Jesus revealed himself to the Eleven, he met Peter alone. Who can imagine what passed between them? Peter discovered the unbelievable—the Master still loved him, and had a plan for his life.
  94. 94. Peter was restored. Jesus worked patiently, lovingly, truthfully—and so Peter came through the experience of failure and understood more fully the idea of making disciples.
  95. 95. 4. JESUS TALKS WITH PETER ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OTHER DISCIPLES
  96. 96. Peter had taken a place beyond the other disciples, he claimed his loyalty was greater! This meant there was repair work needed in the whole group.
  97. 97. Jesus is as concerned about our relationships as he is about our personal growth and development.
  98. 98. The situation: John 21 - Seven of the disciples are together and decide to go fishing—actually Peter decided and the others followed. - They catch nothing all night
  99. 99. - In the morning Jesus [unrecognised] stands on the shore. - The friendly stranger tells them to let down the net and miracle happens. - One of the disciples recognises Jesus and tells Peter, “It’s the Lord!”
  100. 100. - Peter responds immediately [as usual] and jumps into the water - Soon they are enjoying breakfast - Jesus now is ready to talk to Peter in front of the others:
  101. 101. “15 When they had finished breakfast,Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.”
  102. 102. He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”
  103. 103. - Three times Jesus asked the question
  104. 104. - Three times Jesus asked the question - John tells us, “Peter was hurt” (John 21:17).
  105. 105. - Three times Jesus asked the question - John tells us, “Peter was hurt” (John 21:17). - It was painful but Jesus knew it was necessary.
  106. 106. - Finally, Peter says, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you” (John 21:17). - Gently,Jesus restores Peter to his place among the disciples but with a new humility, and his call to leadership and ministry is reaffirmed: “Feed my sheep.”
  107. 107. - Jesus’ example of leading Peter through to restoration included addressing his relationship with his brothers and sisters. - The issues had been dealt with, nothing hidden—now they would be a united team, able to work together.
  108. 108. But there is one more talk between them. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”
  109. 109. 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” What does this conversation show you?
  110. 110. - Jesus was confident in Peter for the future - Peter needed to constantly keep his eyes on the Jesus.
  111. 111. Jesus tells Peter that he would suffer martyrdom! Revelation teaches us that martyrs are seen as victorious; they have followed the Lamb through death and have a place before the throne of God where they are cared for by the Eternal Shepherd.
  112. 112. Jesus’ prophetic words to Peter show that he anticipates his servant’s steadfast faithfulness to the end. He still believes in him and he finishes by simply saying, “Follow me.” (John 21:19).
  113. 113. Then we read this: 20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?”
  114. 114. 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
  115. 115. Peter, without thinking, asks: “what about him?” (John 21:21). Still it seems that Peter can’t resist comparing himself with other disciples!
  116. 116. Jesus reminds him that this is not his concern. John’s future was between John and Jesus, Jesus simply repeats his call to Peter: “You follow me!” (John 21:22).
  117. 117. The End

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