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Making Disciples 8

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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 8

  1. 1. Based upon Making Disciples by Tony Pullin
  2. 2. What have we learned so far?
  3. 3. Lessons from Jesus and Peter in how to make disciples: 1.The Importance of the Great Commission, Peter is selected 2.The potential of Peter, the example of Jesus
  4. 4. 3.How Peter learned and grew 4. Peter’s failure and restoration 5. Peter shows that he is an anointed servant 6. Can we follow the example today?
  5. 5. MAKING DISCIPLES #8
  6. 6. 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.”
  7. 7. #8 CAN WE FOLLOW JESUS’ MODEL TODAY?
  8. 8. LOOKING ATTHE MODEL OF JESUS MIGHT LEAD US TO ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER WE CAN USE THE SAME MODELTODAY.
  9. 9. WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU HAVE ABOUTTHE MODEL JESUS USED IN MAKING DISCIPLES AND THE 21ST CENTURY?
  10. 10. 1.“WASN’TTHE DISCIPLING OF THE TWELVE A SPECIAL CASE?
  11. 11. 1.“Wasn’t the discipling of the Twelve a special case and not typical, an example, of what was to follow?” How would you reply to someone who said this?
  12. 12. The Twelve had the special blessing / advantage of being discipled directly by Jesus.
  13. 13. What do you think were: - the blessings - the challenges …that the first disciples faced because they were discipled by Jesus?
  14. 14. “The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. In Roman times, the man who took up his cross and started down the road was not coming back. He was not going out to have his life re-directed. He was going out to have it ended.” A.W.Tozer
  15. 15. But this also meant they had the responsibility of leading the newly formed church after his return to heaven. Acts 2:42,John 13:35
  16. 16. So, if we want to see every single believer in Jesus equipped to reach their full maturity and ministry, doesn’t the same idea apply to us today?
  17. 17. The Great Commission is commanded until the end of the age—discipleship and training as a process are part of it.
  18. 18. So surely the same importance is attached to Jesus’ example today as it was in the first century?!
  19. 19. 2. DISCIPLESHIP IN THIS WAY NEEDS A LOT OF TIME
  20. 20. 2. “Discipleship in this way needs a lot of time. Can we give such a commitment in our modern, fast-paced world?”
  21. 21. The obvious reply: If we look at Jesus’ own strategy and its results, the answer must be, “Can we choose not to follow it in our time?”
  22. 22. Jesus’ training of the Twelve produced stable and inspired leadership in the church at Jerusalem and beyond.
  23. 23. Their presence and ministry was foundational to the establishing of the Jerusalem church and the rapid increase in the number of disciples.
  24. 24. Jesus’ model shows that spending time in discipleship leads to rapid growth.
  25. 25. Do you / does your church have a week full of activities and meetings? Do you need to stop and reflect on what you are doing, and take the disciple making road?
  26. 26. WHAT MIGHTYOU WANTTO CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE, IN YOUR CHURCH (IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY?
  27. 27. 3. “IS DISCIPLESHIP OF THIS KIND POSSIBLE IN OUR CHURCH?”
  28. 28. This is a very practical and challenging question. Churches have different traditions and structures. How can we approach the challenge of discipleship in differing settings?
  29. 29. Different structures can be more or less helpful, but really structure isn’t the issue.
  30. 30. At the heart of discipleship is the nature of the kingdom of God—what does the Kingdom of God look like in your life or church?
  31. 31. The practice of Jesus-style discipleship, is mostly about the values and atmosphere practiced and shown in a church.
  32. 32. ‘Is it possible to identify a kingdom culture in which discipleship can grow and quickly produce fruit?’
  33. 33. • Values inform the choices you make;
  34. 34. • Values inform the choices you make; • Choices lead to behaviour of / in the church;
  35. 35. • Values inform the choices you make; • Choices lead to behaviour of / in the church; • Behaviour creates culture—what do you like / value.
  36. 36. WHAT VALUES HELP PERSONAL DISCIPLESHIP (REGARDLESS OF THE CHURCH SETTING) AND ENCOURAGE US IN IT?
  37. 37. DISCIPLESHIP TAKES PLACE IN THE CHURCH
  38. 38. In discipleship teaching is important, church programmes help. The best discipleship takes place in relationships. Relationships that are within the security of the body of Christ.
  39. 39. THE CHURCH IS FULL OF DIFFERENTTYPES OF PEOPLE. NAME SOME FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE…E.G. YOUNG
  40. 40. THE CHURCH IS FULL OF DIFFERENTTYPES OF PEOPLE. NAME SOME FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE…E.G. YOUNG
  41. 41. What “types’ of people do you have in your church? • People from different generations, • Men and women • With different types of jobs,
  42. 42. • Some of whom have walked with God for many years; • Different levels of experience and maturity • With a variety of gifts and calling.
  43. 43. The body is a big resource, full of potential: this makes discipleship possible for all. Leaders set an example by helping to encourage and support good and meaningful relationships between disciples.
  44. 44. We have seen Jesus’ example in discipling and commissioning the Twelve. We may be think this is the best way and want to develop it further in our own church situation.
  45. 45. But discipleship is only one part to think about in the kingdom of God. We must think about other key aspects before taking it up.
  46. 46. IN THE NEXT SESSIONS WE SHALL STARTTO LOOK ATTHE FACTORS IN CHURCH LIFE THAT AFFECT DISCIPLE MAKING
  47. 47. The End

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