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Making Disciples: introduction Part 2/2

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Course Notes for a foundational level course on discipleship and how to make disciples

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Making Disciples: introduction Part 2/2

  1. 1. 1. What is the great commission - explain it - what do you think a disciple looks like? - what do you think Jesus thought a disciple of his would look like? This leads into what the essential qualities of disciples are - and this leads into maturity
  2. 2. 2. how did Jesus make disciples - how would you disciple a new believer - what practices and teaching / training content - then the example of Jesus
  3. 3. MAKING DISCIPLES Richard Chamberlain
  4. 4. THE GREAT COMMISSION Matthew 28:18-20
  5. 5. 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
  6. 6. 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. 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.” Assignment: In your own Bible Memorise Matthew 28:18-20
  8. 8. GO MAKE DISCIPLES BAPTISE TEACH
  9. 9. What did the eleven understand this to mean, what did they do?
  10. 10. How does the church you attend, understand and act upon this command?
  11. 11. How do you understand this command. What have you done to obey it?
  12. 12. If we copy the example of Jesus we are likely to produce disciples like he wants. This course looks at the example of Jesus.
  13. 13. - Jesus took people with normal lives and made them the basis in his plan to change the world.
  14. 14. Peter,Andrew, James, and John were fisherman (Matt 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20; Lk 5:1-11). Matthew was a tax-collector (Matthew 10:3). The jobs of the rest are unknown.
  15. 15. The Cost of Being a Disciple Luke 14:25-35 (NIV) 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
  16. 16. 28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying,‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
  17. 17. 31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king.Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
  18. 18. Write your own [brief] definition of what a disciple is. ___________________ ___________________ ___________________
  19. 19. “A disciple is one who thinks, feels and acts like Jesus Christ… God’s purpose in our lives is to make us like Jesus.” Rick Warren
  20. 20. A FEW HELPFUL VERSES ABOUT BEING A DISCIPLE
  21. 21. Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all:“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
  22. 22. 1 John 2:6 …whoever claims to live in him must live (walk) as Jesus did.
  23. 23. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  24. 24. John 8:31–32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said,‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’
  25. 25. 1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
  26. 26. Final Time: Write your own definition of what a disciple is. ___________________ ___________________ ___________________
  27. 27. IN OUR CHURCHES WHAT WORDS DO WE USE INSTEAD OF DISCIPLE?
  28. 28. The Greek word for disciple is ‘mathetes’ which means, “__________________________________ __________________________________”
  29. 29. The Greek word for disciple is ‘mathetes’ which means, “__________________________________ __________________________________” ‘one who learns instruction from another’.
  30. 30. Used more than 260 times in the first five books of the New Testament. In Jesus’ world it was an apprentice to a tradesman — they were spoken of as imitators of their teachers.
  31. 31. THE BASICS OF BEING A DISCIPLE. A DISCIPLE…
  32. 32. 1. Follows Jesus and puts him first in everything
  33. 33. 2.A disciple…Lives their life by the Word of God. Do you know it? Do you obey it?
  34. 34. 2.A disciple…Lives their life by the Word of God. Do you know it? Do you obey it?
  35. 35. The Word of God refines and purifies our life: thoughts, attitudes and actions will be changed.
  36. 36. 3. Produces fruit
  37. 37. 4 Abide in me, and I in you.As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
  38. 38. John 15 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
  39. 39. 5 ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
  40. 40. 5 ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
  41. 41. What would spiritual fruit look like?
  42. 42. • FRUIT OF HS • OBEDIENCE • LOVE FOR GOD • FELLOWSHIP OF HOLY SPIRIT • GOOD RELATIONSHIPS…ETC.
  43. 43. 4. Loves the Church The Greek word for this love is ‘agape’ = Selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love
  44. 44. Matthew 6:14  For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
  45. 45. Romans 12:13 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality.
  46. 46. Colossians 3:12 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 130,000,000 US$ = 8,929,065,361 Rs
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  48. 48. 2 Corinthians 8: And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,  they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 130,000,000 US$ = 8,929,065,361 Rs
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  51. 51. 5. Disciples…share in His sufferings, and also share in His glory Even when obedience proves costly, you will not be the loser, for God will always give back far more than is given to Him; both in this life and eternally in heaven (Luke 6:38; John 10:10).
  52. 52. Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
  53. 53. Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 2 Timothy 2:11-13 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him,     we will also live with him; 12  if we endure,     we will also reign with him. If we disown him,     he will also disown us; 13  if we are faithless,     he remains faithful,     for he cannot disown himself.
  54. 54. 2 Timothy 2:11-13 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him,     we will also live with him; 12  if we endure,     we will also reign with him. If we disown him,     he will also disown us; 13  if we are faithless,     he remains faithful,     for he cannot disown himself.
  55. 55. TO CONCLUDE…
  56. 56. Disciples seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. You can be confident that God will keep His promise and provide for your every need, as He did with Jesus (Matthew 6:33).
  57. 57. THE END

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