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1 Strategic Discipleship to advance Church Planting Peter Kutschker B.Eng M.Div Missionary to German-speaking Europe

2 The Apostle Paul wrote: We proclaim him [Jesus Christ], admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. Colossians 1:28.

3 Question: What does it mean, to be perfect in Christ? What does this practically look like? Question: How, exactly, do I help people to achieve this goal? Question: Where do I start?

4 God said to Abraham: I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. Genesis 12:2-3.

5 The result of this blessing: The result was to be Shalom. This Shalom comes through the rule of justice and righteousness in mercy and humility. (See Micah 6:6-8)

6 Jesus the fulfiller of this blessing Jesus came to fulfil this blessing through His inauguration of the Kingdom of God. (See Mark 1:15) When we become a part of this kingdom, abundant life is our inheritance, to be enjoyed in foretaste now. Question: How does one become a part of the kingdom, and what does this abundant life look like?

7 Become a disciple of Jesus! When you repent and believe in Jesus, you are in. When you become like Jesus, you have life! Look at this ten-pin bowling illustration: (adapted from George G. Hunter III, Church for the Unchurched)

8 Discovery When we can knock down all these ten pins, we have the life that God always had in mind for us: Experience New Life New Lifestyle

9 Discovery 1. We matter to God Experience New Life New Lifestyle We first have to discover something:

10 2. A new relationship with the people of God Then we have to experience two things: Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle

11 2. A new relationship with the people of God 3. A new relationship with God Then we have to experience two things: Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle

12 4. A love for people and creation After that we begin to live anew: Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle

13 4. A love for people and creation 5. Freedom (from legalism, sin, the past, etc.) After that we begin to live anew: Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle

14 4. A love for people and creation 5. Freedom (from legalism, sin, the past, etc.) 6. Doing the will of God Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle After that we begin to live anew:

15 7. Life in the world, but not of the world Finally we have a new lifestyle: Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle

16 7. Life in the world, but not of the world 8. Service and Ministry Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle Finally we have a new lifestyle:

17 7. Life in the world, but not of the world 8. Service and Ministry 9. Witness and Mission Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle Finally we have a new lifestyle:

18 7. Life in the world, but not of the world 8. Service and Ministry 9. Witness and Mission 10. We discover our true identity and selves! Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle Finally we have a new lifestyle:

19 We become a part of the kingdom when the first three pins fall over! Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle

20 We matter to God 2. A new relationship with the people of God 3. A new relationship with God We become a part of the kingdom when the first three pins fall over! Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle

21 We experience abundant life as the next seven fall over! Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle

22 A love for people and creation 5. Freedom (from legalism, sin, the past, etc.) 6. Doing the will of God 7. Life in the world, but not of the world 8. Service and Ministry 9. Witness and Mission 10. We discover our true identity and selves! Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle We experience abundant life as the next seven fall over!

23 The first three pins correspond to the first half of Jesus last command to us: Make disciples of all the nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Baptize Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle

24 The next seven pins correspond to the second half of Jesus last command to us: Teach and teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you. Jesus (Matt 28: 19-20) Make disciples of all the nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Discovery Experience New Life New Lifestyle Baptize

25 And how do we knock the pins over? Discipleship is the Process! The process is often represented as follows: (first (?) by LeRoy Eims, 1978)

26 Evangelising or Enlightening Committed to Discipleship (Conversion) Growing and Witnessing Disciple Exercising gifts effectively Growing and Witnessing Disciple Exercising Leadership Establishing Equipping Empowering able to evangelise able to establish able to equip person to person; training units

27 Nearly all churches in the world that are growing go through this 4-step process!

28 This process can be delineated into the following flowchart:

29 Evangelising / Enlightening (Step A) Conversion Establishing (Steps B,C,D) Growing and Witnessing Disciple Equipping (Step E) Effective use of Gifts Empowering (Step F) Exercising Leadership

30 And the 6 steps A to F explained as follows:

31 Step A, Alpha Conversion (Born Again, Commitment to Discipleship) Step B, Beta Wholeness and Freedom through discovery of ones true Identity in Christ Step C, Gamma Community Life, Values, Vision, Mission -> Stable Fellowship and Encouragement Step D, Delta Daily Living in the world: Congruent Holistic Lifestyle, "Salt and Light" Step E, Epsilon Equipping according to gifts: Effective person to person "ministry" Step F, Zeta "Ministry" training; Leadership recognized by others

32 Note how the Establishing phase is divided into three steps! Whilst traditional Christian discipleship has normally included ones new identity in Christ and concepts of community, in a broken, hurting, and individualistic world these 2 steps deserve significant attention.

33 But it is important to note that these 6 steps are not necessarily separate and distinct as presented above - they often run into each other. More importantly, these 6 steps are actually a process of always (re)visiting the Gospel, so that it is more and more applied to our lives. Therefore it is important for us to now understand the Gospel of Jesus.

34 The Gospel The Gospel or Good News which Jesus preached (similar to a military proclamation of victory) was: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. (Mark 1:15). The promised reign of God with the Messiah at its head had now made a beach-head in the world, and the result would be unfolding justice and righteousness on the earth, especially toward and for the poor and oppressed.

35 The Gospel As Jesus said: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour" (Luke 4:18-19)

36 The Gospel Thus we can see that overall, Jesus came to proclaim and ultimately establish a kingdom in which all His subjects would be TOTALLY FREE: FREE from oppressive powers and structures, FREE from slavery to sin, FREE from sickness and poverty, FREE from the fear of death and the coming day of judgement, so that we can now live in the fullness of life that God always intended for people. This is the Gospel!

37 The Gospel This reign of God, Jesus said, will also necessarily involve judgement of those who continue to live contrary to the will of God. Hence we read in Hebrews 6:1-2 the elementary teachings, the foundations of the preached message of the early church: 1. Repentance from dead works 2. Faith in God 3. Instruction about baptisms 4. The laying-on of hands 5. The resurrection of the dead 6. Eternal judgement

38 The Gospel Thus combining all these elements with the presuppositions into which they were preached (that there actually is a good God who is creator of all things who wants us to be in relationship with Him) leads us to what I suggest is an essential formal 10 point structure in which we may understand the Gospel:

39 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 1. God is glorious. He is the creator and ruler of all things. He is infinite yet personal. He is holy, good, kind, loving, and generous toward all of His creation, and He loves being in relationship.

40 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 2. We as humans are made in the image of our glorious God. We have a free will and were intended to live in a way which reflects God's glory through obeying His easy commands. The result would be eternal life in harmony with God, each other, and creation.

41 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 3. But we have all fallen short of God's glory. We have listened to the devil's lies and have been selfish, covetous, proud, and unbelieving: the roots of sin. As a result our relationships with God, ourselves, each other, and the rest of creation are in a mess - subject to death. That's the result of sin. And to try and cover up our sin we choose to find our significance, sense of purpose, and wholeness, in things, beings, or pursuits other than the one true God. We try to hide from God.

42 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 4. But God's kindness, tolerance and patience are such that He leads each one of us to see the wrong we've done. He speaks to our conscience. He hopes that we will turn to Him with a desire to change our ways.

43 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 5. God's wrath is therefore deservedly towards those who consciously suppress this knowledge and His promptings and end up living a life of depravity, and there is coming a Day when He will judge the world based on truth.

44 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 6. But for those who do turn to God, there is good news! Because God in His gracious mercy and covenant faithfulness still loves us, wanting us to experience life to the full, He did for us what we could never do for ourselves - provide a means of taking the penalty due us, washing us from our guilt & shame, and bring us back into a right relationship with Him, each other, & creation.

45 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 7. This means is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, namely the Word of God incarnate on earth.

46 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 8. Thus, to all who turn to God asking for the forgiveness of their sins, believing in His means of getting right with Him - that is, ultimately trusting that Jesus died for you in your place, and that He rose again - there is the present eternal assurance of everlasting life: we shall not come into judgement; we have been washed of our sins & guilt! But to those who do not believe, there is the certainty of judgement & hell.

47 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 9. Furthermore, to all who trust in Jesus Christ there is the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit, to be able to live a new God-glorifying life now in humility, set free from the power of sin and healed of our brokenness and hurt which had so influenced many of our behaviour patterns. As we abide in Jesus through the Holy Spirit, we are able to do all that He told us and modelled for us. And to top it all off, this Holy Spirit also anoints each believer with gifts & abilities to serve the cause of Christ in the world!

48 The Gospel - a biblical meta-narrative 10. And this new life is lived out not in isolation but together with others who also believe and are filled with the Holy Spirit. This is Christ's church, and we are the salt & light of the earth, being a microcosm, an illustration, an example, a sign of the Kingdom of God. But we are still living in the midst of an evil world whose god is the devil, and we will suffer persecution. But we live for Jesus Christ until the day He returns, after which there will be a new heaven & earth in which there is no more evil, the Kingdom of God in its fullness, and a whole new realm of living will unfold. Amen!

49 This meta-narrative can be transformed into an evangelistic flowchart, across which we can map the 6 steps A to F:

50 The Gospel - an evangelistic flowchart Do you believe that God exists? Character of God Gods plan for humanity Nature of humanity Way of salvation Enlightening (A) Way of life Establishing (B,C,D) Phase 1 Equipping (E) Empowering (F) Establishing (B,C,D) Phase 2 Discovery and use of gifts Faithful in opposition Future glory Big Picture; Servant leadership

51 The Gospel - an evangelistic flowchart Enlightening (A) Establishing (B,C,D) Phase 1 Equipping (E) Empowering (F) Establishing (B,C,D) Phase 2 It is important to note that we now have 5 levels in discipleship: The Establishing Phase is visited twice.

52 These 5 levels match perfectly with the structure of the New Testament and with the five planes of life (spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, physical):

53 Enlightening Establishing (Phase 1) Equipping Empowering Establishing (Phase 2) Spiritual plane New birth Christian lifestyle Discovery and use of gifts Faithful in opposition Servant leadership Biblical plane Matthew to Romans Corinthians to Thessalonians Timothy, Titus, Philemon Hebrews to Revelation Timothy, Titus, Philemon

54 Intellectual plane Given the tools (eg. reading, writing, etc.) Overview of the realms Training in specific realms Integration with the realms Vocations Enlightening Establishing (Phase 1) Equipping Empowering Establishing (Phase 2)

55 Social plane Acquaintances Casual friendship Close friendship Casual / Close mix Intimate Relationships Aware Friendship Courtship / Dating Engagement Marriage Enlightening Establishing (Phase 1) Equipping Empowering Establishing (Phase 2)

56 Emotional plane Unconscious development Conscious development Rush Analysis and Integration Maturity Enlightening Establishing (Phase 1) Equipping Empowering Establishing (Phase 2)

57 Physical plane Birth (neutral) [0-4] Gender [5-11] - first conceptions about boys and girls Puberty [12-14] Gender II [15-17] - new thoughts about men and women!! Adult [18+] Enlightening Establishing (Phase 1) Equipping Empowering Establishing (Phase 2)

58 And from these 5 levels we can put together a comprehensive discipleship plan which corresponds to every age-bracket, and which forms the basis for a Christian community structure. Lets have a look: Enlightening Establishing (Phase 1) Equipping Empowering Establishing (Phase 2)

59 Enlightening Establishing (Phase 1) Equipping Establishing (Phase 2) Empowering

60 Born Again Establishing (Phase 1) Equipping Establishing (Phase 2) Empowering

61 Born Again Christian lifestyle Equipping Establishing (Phase 2) Empowering

62 Gift discovery and use Establishing (Phase 2) Empowering Born Again Christian lifestyle

63 Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Empowering Born Again Christian lifestyle

64 Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

65 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

66 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Ideal development path Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

67 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Playgroup Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

68 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Primary School Groups Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

69 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Primary School Groups Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

70 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Youth Groups Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

71 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Youth Groups Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

72 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Senior Youth Groups Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

73 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Senior Youth Groups Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

74 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Community Chaplains / Evangelists Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

75 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Community Chaplains / Evangelists Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

76 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Recovery Ministries Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

77 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Recovery Ministries Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

78 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Leadership School Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

79 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Leadership School Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

80 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Evangelistic Events Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

81 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Evangelistic Events Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

82 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Weekly Worship Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

83 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Weekly Worship Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

84 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Male / Female Homegroups Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

85 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Male / Female Homegroups Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

86 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Family, Community, and Worldwide Ministry Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

87 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle Family, Community, and Worldwide Ministry

88 [0-4][5-11][12-14] [15-17][18+] The comprehensive Discipleship Plan! Gift discovery and use Faithful in opposition Servant Leadership Born Again Christian lifestyle

89 Finally, it is very interesting to note that the 6 steps form a wonderful jigsaw puzzle cross, that also corresponds to all phases of life: (Birth, Family, Identity, Daily life, Talents, Leadership )

90 Leadership Daily Life Birth Family Identity Talents new in Christof God Gods way Spiritual gifts & Servant Enlightening Establishing I & II Equipping Empowering LifeAbundant

91 Actually these 6 steps apply to all teams that we would like to join! - whether a football team, a marriage, a workgroup, etc: You have to become part of the group first (Alpha) You begin to discover and adopt your new identity as part of that group (Beta) You have to learn how things are done around here or as part of this movement (Gamma) You then have to adjust your daily lifestyle to suit, hopefully being congruent with your new identity and team spirit (Delta) You then develop your talents so that you contribute well as part of your team (Epsilon) ; And finally,as you become proficient, the mantel of leadership gets placed on you, so that you can lead and set an example for others (Zeta).

92 And what does the cross represent? DEATH to SELF That is, death to covetousness, pride, anything that is an expression of selfishness and rebellion. If we take up our cross and follow Jesus, we then become free to be in relationship with others. Gods ultimate aim for us is to realise: I AM... in relationship. It is not good for us to be alone (Genesis 2:18).

93 But the cross represents still more: DEATH to the WORLD CRUCIFIED by the WORLD But the GATEWAY to eternal LIFE!

94 As Jesus said: Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Matt 10:38)

95 Are you willing to follow Jesus ? That is discipleship! For detailed, simple further explanations on each of the 6 steps, visit: and for an outflowing Blueprint Christian Community Structure with further comments: Yes! I want to be a disciple of Jesus!


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