HOW TO MAKE DISCIPLES
“ If you love me, obey my commands” John 14:15
To invite someone to follow you as you follow Christ is not saying "I am perfect and have no flaw." Such a claim would be arrogant and false. But if I am "striving for perfection" and "seeking to conform to the image of Christ" then that attitude is worthy of imitation Philippians 3:12-16.
Before we start on this study, let us pray.
Dear Father, as we go forth to study this message, how the make disciples please guide us fill us with the Holy Spirit to be with us as we build our knowledge up to go out into the mission field to make new disciples so they to can go on and make new disciples and so on so we can help spread your message across the nations, in Jesus name we pray. Amen
THE MASTERS PLAN
Who is the master – It is Jesus Christ - To develop disciples we must look to Jesus as our example. First, He chose 12 men and committed to invest in their lives. He is not asking us to pick 12. We can have one at a time or a number this is up us you how you minister. You may be working as an Individual or as a group so numbers are different. Jesus and Paul did both. And don't limit mentoring to "one-on-one." Jesus mentored 12, sometimes 3, and on rare occasions, one. Train new disciples the way Jesus and Paul did.
Start by teaching loving obedience to Jesus. He said, "If you love me, obey my commands." In His "Great Commission" He said to make disciples by teaching them to obey His commands. Such loving obedience enables disciples and His church to multiply.
1. We are called to make disciples, not just converts.
2. Pray practice intercession, daily family and personal devotions
3. Disciples are made in intimate, accountable relationships.
4 Discipleship is a process, not a program.
5. Making disciples involves helping another learn to obey all that Jesus teaches and commanded.
6. Evangelise and confirm repentance without delay with baptism
6. Making disciples occurs as each person assists others in their commitment and growth to Christ Jesus.
7. Making disciples includes helping others grow in God’s Word (Studying the Bible,) fellowship together where possible, and in prayer.
8. If doing it on the internet, always check your mail often in case your new disciple needs help or answers.
9. Be ready to pick them up if they fall, none of us are perfect some fall and this can be many times, but a true teacher of Christ will stay with the new Christian and do their best to continue to pick them up, dust them down and continue in the making.
10. Best place to start is in your home. So as you consider how you accomplish the great commission in your family, look no further than following the example that Christ provided for us. The following are but a sampling of the witness Jesus has given us in the New Testament that we can model and share with our loved ones including our children as we live life together. Jesus instructed his disciples on many truths of life through parables. We also can teach these truths to our family and friends through the life experiences we share.
THE GREAT COMMISSION
Our resurrected Lord appeared to His disciples in Matthew 28:19-20 and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This is known as “The Great Commission” because it was Jesus’ final mandate to the Church (His people). It displays the heart f God for His Church.
TO MAKE WE MUST FIRST BE A DISCIPLE
To make a disciple however, one must first be a disciple. Only disciples can make disciples. We reproduce what we are.
Deciding to be a disciple of Jesus is the most important, and the best decision you could make in your life.
I believe that making disciples should be the work of all believers. The Great Commission it is a command for all Christ-followers. No one is excluded. Whether one is a hotel Cook, schoolteacher, construction worker, pastor, bank manager, politician, or stay-at-home mom, young person, old person, office worker, house builder or whatever, the priority of their life must be to train other learners of Christ.
As in any relationship, it should develop and grow.!
You have an exciting time ahead of you. You will learn and experience many new things. There will be times of trial and temptation -- but do not fear. Jesus promised He would never leave you nor forsake you Hebrews 13:5.
You were born into a new family. Now you need to grow and develop to your full potential in Christ.
For your relationship with Jesus Christ to develop and grow -- communication is necessary. That is done mainly as you pray and read the Bible.
So you can know Jesus, He sent His Holy Spirit, and gave His written Word, the Holy Bible.
No doubt you have many questions. Be assured that there are answers. However, you cannot expect to get them all answered today. Just as a young child cannot understand everything, so you may need to learn and grow, before you will be able to comprehend some things, too.
Ask questions. There are answers. Do not give up. Keep seeking -- you will find.
Find a mentor, a mature Disciple or a missionary to help you and teach you.
The Bible is the highest authority on the Earth. God's Word is His message to you. It is nourishment for your spiritual life. You need to "feed" on it. Read it. Study it. Speak it. Think about it.
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE DISCIPLES?
Christians today are becoming more and more aware of the fact that they should be helping to fulfill Christ's Great Commission. They should be obedient to the command of Jesus to “Go . . . and make disciples.”
Still, as in Jesus' day, “the laborers are few.” Why? Some lack motivation. They simply don't seem to care very much. Others don't have a vision for what we should and can do. Many simply just don't know how to go about it
Jesus' command for all believers is to make disciples. It is not optional.
Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Over the Whole Earth
And notice in verse 19 of Matthew 28: since Christ's authority extends over the whole earth, we must go to all the nations, all the ethnic groups on the globe. So whatever village, town, city or country you are in You are to make disciples
Like Raising Children
Making disciples is much like assuming the responsibilities of being a parent
1. Until they learn to feed themselves, you make sure they are fed.
2. You teach them how to feed themselves as soon as possible.
3. If they get into trouble, you help them -- even if it is inconvenient, because they are your top priority.
4. You train them to do what they need to do.
5. You teach them what you know.
6. You help protect them from danger.
7. Mostly, you must spend time with them because people learn best by example.
8. Your goal is to eventually reproduce yourself -- another believer who can also stand on their own and reproduce.
Teaching and Observing All His Commands
Verse 20 of Matthew 28: shows that making disciples means more than getting them to say a salvation prayer. "Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you . . . " Salvation is very much essential, but so is the on-going teaching of what Jesus taught.
The new life of a disciple is a life of obedience to Jesus' commandments, or it is not a new life at all. It is worthless to acknowledge the lordship of Christ and then ignore his commandments. So all disciple-makers must be teachers, and disciples must be continual learners.
1 Pray for God's direction. God directs you in the path in your daily life.
2 Who do you have opportunity to help? God opens many doors for you to witness, take it.
3 Find a way to hook up with them. Be it at home, in a group, church, or even on the internet. It could be in your family, friends, neighbours, people at work or school, in your village, town or city or in some cases even overseas. New disciples are those God is entrusting to you, that He may train them though you.
1 Pray for God's direction.
2 Love them till they ask you why. (Romans 13:9)
3 Take someone with you. It is good to work with another Disciple or a group
4 Lead by example -- not by command.
5 Keep Jesus central
Training has not been accomplished until the desired action is being practiced.
A very important verse to remember- A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. Luke 6:40
Although we cannot remove the inevitable human influence, we must strive to make disciples of Jesus, and not just followers of ourselves. Train them to trust in, rely on, and follow Jesus Christ.
Let Jesus Build The Church
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18
Beware of not seeing disciples for seeing the church. Jesus said He would build the church, but He told us to make disciples.
How do you plant a church? You don't. You plant one disciple at a time. Those disciples then reproduce other disciples and a church develops.
Disciples cannot be mass-produced. Be faithful to help whoever God has given you opportunity to disciple, and Jesus will build His church
The Few To Reach the Many - Jesus concentrated on a few at a time so He could have greater effect on their lives. Jesus concern was not programs, but people. These people would become fathers and mothers to the multitudes. Though He had a vision for the whole world, He started by investing his life in a few men and women. He dreamed big, but built small.
TEACH THESE STEPS
Build on these steps these will also help you to grow stronger as well.
Hear to be informed - Romans 10:17; Jeremiah 3:15 Hearing the Word from good teachers of the word provides us insight into the scriptures as well as stimulating our own appetites for the Word.
Read to be healthy - Revelation 1:3; Deuteronomy 17:19 Reading the Bible gives us an overall picture of God's Word. Try and read and study daily if you can.
Build Loving Fellowship One with Another Love one another: 1John 13:34-35; 5:12, 17; Romans 12: 10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 3:11,14, 23; 4:7, 11, 12; 2 John :5; 1 Peter 1:22 Love one another to fulfill the law: Romans 13:8 Increase our love one for another: 2 Thessalonians 1:3 Abound in love for another: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 Love each other deeply, to cover a multitude of sins: 1 Peter 4:8
Harmony Have patience one with another: Ephesians 4:2 Glorify God together: Romans 15:6 Do not criticise one another: Romans 14:13 Do not speak bad one of another: James 4:11; 5:9
Study to be intelligent - Acts 17:11; II Timothy 2:15 Studying the Scriptures leads us into personal discoveries of God's truths. It also draws us closer to God and building a strong relationship.
Memorise to be skillful - Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Proverbs 7:1-3 Memorising God's Word enables us to have it readily available for witnessing to and helping others and for overcoming temptations. Not everyone is good at memorising so write down important scriptures on cards and carry them with you.
Serve Serve one another with the gifts each person has received: 1 Peter 4:10 Serve one another in love: Galatians. 5:13 Be kind to each other: 1 Thessalonians 5:15 Care for one another: 1 Corinthians 12:25 Bear the burdens one for another: Galatians. 6:2 Work with one another: 1 Corinthians 3:9; 2Corinthians 6:1
Meditate to be fruitful - Psalm 1:2-3; I Timothy 4:15 Meditating on God's Word, thinking of its meaning and application to our daily life, enables us to release its transforming power to continually work within us.
Apply to be obedient – Ezra 7:10; James 1:22 Application of the Word of God to our daily life is a continual process that enables us to obediently walk in close personal fellowship with Him.
Proclaim to be reproductive– Colossians 1:28-29; II Timothy 2:2 Our objective: To know, love and glorify God, to be used of Him to raise up qualified labourers in significant numbers, as fast as possible, to help fulfill the Great Commission. But never send a disciple out into the mission to he/she is ready
Making disciples is not complex. Jesus tells how in Matthew 28:19-20. Making disciples means simply teaching new believers to observe Christ's commands.
If you can meet with the believer in his home, preferably with his unsaved family and friends, and teach them the 8 basic commands of Christ listed below, this good, but having small groups, doing it one on one anywhere even on the internet is also good and we are called by God to pray to Him for guidance .
1. Repent believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit. Be Born Again
The first command for a new follower of Jesus is to repent (turn from sin), believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit Mark 1:15; John 3:16; 20 :22 We can't do one of these things without the other two. When we do them, we are “born again. To teach what it means to repent, tell your family, friends, new disciples the story of the Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32 or of Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10. Be sure that your friends also know the accounts of Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection Luke 22:1-71, - 23:1-56, - 24:1-53. Start with these historical events if your friends do not already know them.
2. Be Baptized The next command, after repenting, is to confirm it with baptism Matthew 28:18-20. To teach your friends to be baptized, tell the account of Jesus’ baptism Matthew 3:1-17, or of the Ethiopian’s baptism Acts 8:26-39.
3. Break Bread From its beginning, a new group of believers should obey Jesus’ command to break bread in remembrance of His death Matthew 26:26-27. Some call this Communion or the Lord’s Supper. By eating the bread and drinking from the cup, we are taking part in a mystical way in Jesus’ body and blood 1 Corinthians 10:16-17. To instruct your friends about this, recount its historical roots in the original Passover Exodus 12:1-14. Also, tell how Jesus changed the Passover feast to its current form for Christians, in the Upper Room the night before His arrest Luke 22:1-20.
4Love God and Neighbour Love God and neighbour Matthew 22:36-40. Jesus’ command to love includes forgiving those who have hurt us and caring for the needy. Stories might include Ruth’s love for Naomi Ruth 1:1-17 and the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
5. Pray John 16:24. This includes personal and family prayers. Stories can include Abraham’s prayer for his nephew Lot Genesis. 18:17-33 and Jesus’ ordeal in Gethsemane Matthew. 26:31-50.
6Give Give Luke 6:38 We are to give to anyone in serious need, starting with fellow believers; we also help support Christian workers. Instructive stories can include Abigail’s gift of food for David’s soldiers 1 Samuel 25:2-38, and Jesus’ parable of the three stewards Matthew 25:14-30.
7. Build A loving fellowship with one with another is very important and helps to build a strong faith. The whole Christian faith is built on love. Lets look at some of the scriptures: Love one another: John 13:34-35; 5:12, 17; Romans 12: 10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 3:11,14, 23; 4:7, 11, 12; 2 John 1:5; 1 Peter 1:22 Love one another to fulfill the law: Romans 13:8 Increase our love one for another: 2 Thessalonians 1:3 Abound in love for another: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 Love each other deeply, to cover a multitude of sins: 1 Peter 4:8
Lifestyle. Sharing Jesus needs to be lifestyle. God provides divine connections with people wherever we go. Our job is to be open, be interested, to share the gospel, to serve and to be personal. God wants to use us to bring people to Christ
8. Make Disciples Matthew 28:18-20. We
are to tell our friends about Jesus, lead God’s people, train new
leaders and spread the Good News about Jesus to people all over the
world. Stories might include Jesus’ parable of the two builders Matthew. 7:24-29 Peter’s visit to Cornelius’ house Acts 10:1-48, and what the first followers of Jesus in Jerusalem did from the beginning Acts 2:37-47.
"Winning People to Christ"
It don’t matter what we call ourselves, pastors, evangelist, mentors, missionaries, ambassadors, etc, we are all DISCIPLES of Jesus and this simple guide will help you disciple others. It will help you Win People to Christ, Build Them Up in Christ and Send Them out to Win, Build and Send Others.
Though we may not all be Billy Graham's, able to preach to millions, we can all reach one person at a time. We are called to "preach the gospel to all creatures everywhere." Here are five ways to share Christ with those we meet every day!
Sharing Christ With Your Testimony
We may not know much about the Bible or Theology, but all of us are experts in our own lives. Although people may not be interested in hearing what we have done for God, they are interested in hearing what God has done for us! Our Testimony is the story of what Christ has done in our lives! Use the following outline to share your Testimony.
1. Your Life Before Christ: Share specifically about an area of your life in which Christ changed you. Resist the temptation to dwell on how bad you were.
2. How You Came to Know Christ: Explain clearly how you heard about Christ, and how you made the decision to trust in Him for forgiveness. This will help the person you are sharing with hear a clear presentation of how to know Christ in your Testimony!
3. Your Life After Receiving Christ: Share how Christ changed you in the area of your life mentioned above.
Sharing Our Faith After a Presentation
After having your friend read, see or hear a Gospel presentation through a booklet, tract or video. use the following four questions to introduce the Gospel.
1. What did you think about the (booklet, video, or tract.
2. Did it make sense to you?
3. Have you ever trusted jesus Christ to forgive your sins as presented by the (booklet, video, or tract? If your friend answers "No", ask ...
4. You would like to wouldn’t you? If your friend answers "Yes", lead them in prayer to receive Christ.
Sharing Our Faith With Prayer
Although many people are hesitant to talk about God, most people are happy to have you pray for them. This opens up a great opportunity to share Christ with others.
Offer to pray for the needs of friends, co-workers, acquaintances, neighbors, etc. Pray that God draws them to Himself and look for opportunities to share Christ with them as God provides.
1. Review each of the above ways to share your faith and practice each one.
2. Pray and ask God to show you people who need to hear about God’s forgiveness in Jesus Christ, then make a list of the names God brings to mind.
3. Pray for each person daily asking God to draw them to Himself.
4. Take advantage of every opportunity God gives you and share Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
5. Be available to share with people you meet through the day. You never know when God has set up a Divine appointment for you to share with someone!
6. Always remember that it is God who brings people to Himself ~ not our techniques or charm. Be continually filled with God’s Spirit and expect God to use you!
DISCIPLESHIP -Building and Sending People for Christ”
In the Great Commission, Jesus Christ commanded us to “make disciples of all nations”. But in order to make disciples, we must ask ourselves this question,
“Do I really care?” Discipleship is more than just informing people about Christ, it is infecting them with His Life! It is infecting them with our love for God and our zeal to glorify Him in the world!
As we invest our lives discipling others, we will be making an eternal impact in their lives. The following principles will help launch you into a lifetime of ? Winning, Building and Sending? people for Christ!
Follow-Up All Who Receive Christ!
Discipleship begins by providing follow-up to every new Christian within 48 hours of coming to Christ, and to all Christians who have never learned the Basics of Christian Living.
1. Schedule to meet people who have personally come to know Christ within 48 hours. Remember, Satan is there to steal God’s Word from the young Believer. Therefore, we must be there to encourage that Believer to trust Christ. Mark 4:13-15
2. Invite the person to your Church or home group and encourage faithful attendance. Surround him with Christians who love God and are walking by His Spirit!
3. Challenge the young Believer on Spiritual Multiplication, to commit his/her life to “Winning, Building and Sending” people for Christ. If the new Believer has led someone to Christ, encourage him to follow that person up on their own doing by doing what you did with him/her.
4. Spend time with those you follow up. Your impact in anyone’s life is directly related to your relationship with that person! Remember, Discipleship is not Informing others, it’s infecting others with Christ in you ... and the closer you are to anyone, the greater the chance they will catch the real disease!
5. If you or the person you are seeking to follow up cannot meet together, give him/her a copy of the “How to live a Christian Life” to study on their own.
6. Pray continuously for those you follow up. We may teach and encourage those we follow up, but only God can cause them to grow!
Disciple All Who Desire to Live for Christ!
Discipleship is the process of reproducing Christ's Life in You into the life of another. (1 Corinthians 11:1) Note that you cannot impart a life of discipleship to another if you do not have one yourself! Discipleship always starts with the discipler! Luke 6:39-40.
If you decide to personally disciple individualspay close attention to whom you select. You will be investing much of your time in those you disciple, with the hope that they will go on to Win, Build and Send others! The chance of this occurring depends in large part on whom you select.
Use your Follow Up time to help you determine the readiness of that person for discipleship. Disciple those who display three key qualities: A Heart for God, a Teachable Attitude and Availability. There must be a desire to glorify God, a desire to learn from God and a willingness to take the time and make Discipleship a priority.
When you have found someone that possess the three qualities, meet together and work through the lessons in Discipleship Study Books Two and Three. Always keep the Vision of Winning, Building and Sending others for Christ before your disciple!
Encourage your disciple to share Christ with family, friends, fellow students or co-workers. (The most effective time for people to bring others to Christ is often right after they have come to know Him.) Together, follow up anyone who comes to Christ and pray for God to raise up someone for your disciple to also disciple. Again, the purpose of Discipleship is to Win, Build and Send people in order to Win, Build and Send others!
If you can’t meet in person always make a habit of text, email or chat on line at least once a week.
Spiritual Multiplication is Winning People to Christ, Building Them Up in Christ and Sending Them out to Win, Build and Send Others.
In 1 year - 4
In 2 year - 16
In 3 year - 64
In 4 year - 256
In 5 year - 1,024 (thousand)
In 6 year - 4,096
In 7 year - 16,384
In 8 year - 65,536
In 9 year - 262,144
In 10 year - 1,048,576 (million)