Digging Into Being A Disciple

July 21, 2014

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Here are some questions to consider as a leadership team about making disciples and being a disciple-making church:

1. In the space below write the vision statement of your church (what is winning for us?):

2. Read the following scriptures and answer the question that follows:

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: [20] We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18, 20 (NIV)

“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.” Matthew 28:19-20a (NIV)

Q: Based on the above scriptures, what is God calling His church to do?

3. Write a definition for the word “Disciple”:

4. Read the following scriptures and answer the question that follows: (It might help to highlight key words in each Scripture.)

 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Mathew 4:19 (NIV)

“Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (NLT)

“Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings.” John 8:31 (NLT)

“My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father.” John 15:8 (NLT)

“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another.” Galatians 5:22-26 (NLT)

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (NLT)

Q: Based on the above scriptures, what are some characteristics of a disciple?

5. Read the following scriptures and answer the questions that follow: (It might help to highlight key words in each scripture.)

“Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” Hebrews 3:12-13 (NLT)

“Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. [12] A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 (NLT)

“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.” Romans 12:4-5 (NLT)

“They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord’s Supper and in prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything they had. They sold their possessions and shared the proceeds with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47 (NLT)

Q: Based on the above scriptures, what are some key components of discipleship?

Q: Based on the above scriptures, what is God telling us about our need for one another and the importance of intentional relationship?

Q: Write down the first ten words that come to mind when you think of how Jesus modeled intentional relationship:

Q: Describe the relational environment in which Jesus discipled people. (Key components)

6. Using your description above, write a definition for “Relational Environment” as it relates to how Jesus discipled others.

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