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MAKING DISCIPLES

ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE,
WHEN ARE WE MAKING DISCIPLES?
(Matt 28:19,20)

DISCIPLEMAKING occurs when a less-mature Christian makes a deliberate commitment to a more-mature Christian for the purpose of being instructed, trained, and built up in his or her walk with Jesus Christ.  "Discipling is the process by which a Christian with a life worth emulating commits himself for an extended period of time to a few individuals who have been won to Christ, the purpose being to aid and guide their growth to maturity and equip them to reproduce themselves in a third generation." Allen Hadidian

JESUS' EXAMPLE

SELECTION (LK 6:12,13)
"It is a human tendency to opt for mass production rather than quality workmanship." Keith Phillips  "Do we see an ever-expanding company of dedicated men [women] reaching the world with the Gospel as a result of our ministry?" Coleman

ASSOCIATION (Mk 3:14; Matt 16:13; Jn 15:27)
"This was the essence of His training program---just letting His disciples follow Him." Coleman   "There is no substitution for getting with people and it is ridiculous to imagine that anything less, short of a miracle, can develop strong Christian leadership.  After all, if Jesus, the Son of God, found it necessary to stay almost constantly with His few disciples for three years, and even one of them was lost, how can a church expect to do this job on an assembly line basis for a few days a year." Coleman   "Most things of importance are caught rather than taught."  "Knowledge was gained by association before it was understood by explanation." Coleman   Jesus ministered to the multitudes, but he concentrated on "the 12." 

CONSECRATION (Matt 11:29; Jn 6:66-70)
"Those who would not go all the way thus in time fell by the wayside." Coleman  D. L. Moody heard Henry Varley say that the world has yet to see what God can do through a man who is completely yielded to His will, then and there Dwight Lyman Moody resolved to be that man.

IMPARTATION (Jn 15:11-13, 17:8)
"Here is the great paradox of life---we must give ourselves away in order to live in Christ, and in that renunciation of ourselves, we must give ourselves away in service to our Lord." Coleman  Jesus gave us His life that we might pass it on to others.

DEMONSTRATION (Jn 13:15)
"Discipleship is not a communication of knowledge, but a communication of life." Ortiz

DELEGATION
Jesus first told what they were chosen to do (Matt 4:19), then He gave them practice runs at doing it (Matt 10:5-7), and then He sent them out to do it (Matt 28:19,20).

SUPERVISION
Jesus rebuked (Lk 9:54,5) and corrected (Lk 10:20; Mk 8:17-24) His disciples so that they might be directed away from their ways and toward His way.

REPRODUCTION (Jn 15:16)
Jesus' success or failure depended on whether He reproduced Himself in His followers, and they reproduced themselves in others (Matt 28:19,20)

 

PAUL'S EXAMPLE

HIS LIFE PATTERN

HIS METHODS

HIS PATTERN AND METHOD SUMMED UP (Col 1:28,29; II Tim 2:2)

ASSIGNMENT:
1. Are you or have you ever been personally discipled by someone? 
2. Would you now like to be discipled by someone?
3. Are you now discipling anyone or have you ever discipled anyone?
4. Would you like to disciple someone?
5. If your answer to questions #2 and/or #4 was yes, what can you do so that it     will begin to happen?

RESOURCES: THE MASTERPLAN OF EVANGELISM and THE MASTERPLAN OF DISCIPLESHIP by Coleman; DISCIPLES ARE MADE NOT BORN by Henrichsen; PERSONAL DISCIPLE-MAKING by Adsit