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Making Disciples 7

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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 7

  1. 1. Based upon Making Disciples by Tony Pullin
  2. 2. Making Disciples #7
  3. 3. #7 The anointed servant
  4. 4. What is anointing?
  5. 5. 1. Peter fulfils his call
  6. 6. The story: John tells us of Jesus’ first meeting with the disciples after rising from the dead. John 20:19-22
  7. 7. Pullin suggests this meant, “Now it’s your turn!”
  8. 8. Luke has Jesus saying, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about” (Acts 1:4),
  9. 9. Pullin argues that Jesus’ act in John 20 was prophetic living, powerful words that would be fulfilled a few weeks later at Pentecost.
  10. 10. Acts 2:1-5,14, When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them.
  11. 11. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven...14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.
  12. 12. On the Day of Pentecost a restored Peter, empowered by the Spirit, stands up with the Eleven and begins to fulfil all Jesus saw in him, and prophesied for him three years before.
  13. 13. He boldly proclaims the risen Lord and three thousand people respond to the Lordship of Jesus.
  14. 14. Peter is beginning to live and serve under the anointing of the Spirit. The servant had become a little more like the Master—he had been discipled.
  15. 15. Discipleship and anointing complement one another.
  16. 16. Peter speaks again to the Jerusalem crowds in Acts 3, and says something quite remarkable: Read his speech and tell me what is remarkable.
  17. 17. While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant[b] Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.
  18. 18. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus[c] has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
  19. 19. “You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you” (Acts 3:14). What is amazing about this?
  20. 20. I think if I had been there I might have said, “Hold on, Peter — you disowned him! And after all you had heard and seen!”
  21. 21. Peter was in such a place of forgiveness that he was free in his spirit to stand and deliver the Lord’s message. That was real restoration!
  22. 22. Peter is a wonderful example of a servant of Jesus, “ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven” and fruitful.
  23. 23. Discipleship had achieved the goal of Jesus. The anointing of the Spirit had empowered a servant who was ready.
  24. 24. Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven; To His feet thy tribute bring. Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Evermore His praises sing: Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.
  25. 25. The story goes on: Peter and John spend the night in jail— next morning they are taken before the Sanhedrin. Peter speaks before Annas and Caiaphas (in whose courtyard Peter had denied the Lord),
  26. 26. “we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20). This is a new Peter.
  27. 27. Soon after they suffered the first flogging after proclaiming more of Jesus, Acts 5:40-42, “when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
  28. 28. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.”
  29. 29. - People brought their sick people on to the streets so that Peter’s shadow might fall across them.
  30. 30. - The people living in surrounding towns brought their sick and demon-tormented into the city. All of them were healed.
  31. 31. - The miracles performed by Jesus in the power of the Spirit are now being performed by Peter, in the power of the same Spirit.
  32. 32. Acts 9, 36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas.[d] She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.”
  33. 33. 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics[e] and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
  34. 34. 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics[e] and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
  35. 35. - The revelation and courage of Peter led to the vital visit to the house of Cornelius and of the gospel reaching the Gentiles (Acts 10).
  36. 36. - In Acts 12, Peter’s old fishing partner, James, dies on the orders of King Herod of Judea. (He was a nephew of Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee who ordered the beheading of John the Baptist and became friends with Pilate during the trial of Jesus.)
  37. 37. Peter was meant to be next, but the Lord sent an angel to deliver him from prison. His time would come as Jesus had prophesied, but not yet.
  38. 38. - Acts 15 sees Peter (this is his last appearance in the book) as part of the Council at Jerusalem. The Jerusalem- based apostles and elders, along with Paul and Barnabas, had met to discuss the important question of whether new Gentile converts should be circumcised and required to keep the Law of Moses.
  39. 39. James (the Lord’s brother) was the leader of the Jerusalem church. Peter makes a contribution to the conference that helped change it’s direction and policy—it reflected his journey.
  40. 40. 7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.
  41. 41. 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” (Acts 15:7-11)
  42. 42. Peter learned grace from Jesus. Here he carries it on in his handling the keys he had been given.
  43. 43. 2. Go and disciple the nations
  44. 44. We began with Jesus, commissioning his disciples just before he ascended to heaven: Matt. 28:18-19
  45. 45. - We have seen the example of Jesus discipling the Twelve—they knew what they had been called to do.
  46. 46. - We saw Jesus discipling Peter—it was personal, authentic, challenging and very encouraging. It was intentional and strategic. It changed his life.
  47. 47. The Lord asks people who love him: “Are you ready for this? Do you want to be discipled at this level?”
  48. 48. To those walking as disciples, he asks: “Who are you discipling? Are you being strategic? Jesus chose carefully those he would disciple.
  49. 49. Maybe for you the challenge is about receiving and giving. We have seen Jesus give a discipleship Masterclass. Now ask yourself, “how does this affect my life, my church and my generation?”

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