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Disciple Makers handout
Plan: “To make disciples that make disciples”
A Disciple-making culture:
What sort of ‘yeast’ am I?
“Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” – Mark 8:15An Underlying Ethos: Transforming like ‘Yeast’:
Jesus told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” – Matthew 13:33
From the verses above we can see our influence can be a positive Kingdom one or a negative destructive one.
An Underlying Approach: Walking alongside:
How can I model and Serve?
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance – Proverbs 1:5One of Service: One of Listening:
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant – Philippians 2:5-7
As we walk together on The Way, listening to those we are seeking to serve, what sorts of things are they saying? What might this be revealing about their current spiritual progress?
A Questioning Approach:
As we walk alongside those the Lord has entrusted to us – conversations can be based around a set of questions rather than a “show and tell” approach. For example, do you think that these three scriptures describe the walk of a mature disciple? Each scripture leads to a question which can be the focus of discussion and prayer:
34 'A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.' – John 13:34-35
How are we loving the ‘people of peace’ in the places the Lord has put us?
(A ‘person of peace’ is depicted in Luke 10:1-7, when Jesus sent out the 72, as the one who welcomed the disciple and their message)
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. – John 10:27-28
What was the last thing the Lord said to you? How are you getting on with obeying Him?
12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called 'Today', so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. – Hebrews 3:12-13
How have we encouraged others this week? What has encouraged you?
“I went out to find a friend, but could not find one there. I went out to be a friend, and friends were everywhere!”
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." – Matthew 4:17
19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." – Matthew 4:19
Jesus immediately started his plan to train disciples. On the first tour of Galilee he took the four; on the second tour, he took the 12; and on the third tour he sent the twelve ahead of him, two by two, and followed after them.
How are we responding to God’s plan?
– seeking what the Lord wants in our lives
… I will make you…
– being transformed by Him
…fishers of men…
– ambassadors of the Kingdom that transforms others around us like the yeast working all through the dough – Matthew 13:33
A Practical Approach:
Built upon relationship
Reading/listening plan – Gospels, starting with Matthew
Discern appropriate resources (consult with strategic team)
Transformation will be two-way!
Think through a basic pastoral cycle when thinking about your progress:
The strategic team are here to provide support and guidance as and when needed. You will be allocated a dedicated member of the team in addition to being able to get together with other disciple-makers on a quarterly basis to feed back into and review the progress.
To show up every time on time
To fully participate including doing all the work
To submit to what God’s teaching – keep a record
To be open, honest, and vulnerable
To be fully present including putting away phones
To keep confidentiality
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To show up ever