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Presentation on theme: "HOW TO MAKE MULTIPLYING DISCIPLES ONE LIFE AT A TIME"— Presentation transcript:

Marius Chiciudean, President of Mentorbiz, Romania Paul Johnson, Director of CBMC Leader Advancement, USA EUROPARTNERS CONFERENCE February 2014, Prague, Czech Republic

2 How would you define Life on life Discipleship?
IS NOT: IS: The PROCESS of helping one grow spiritually in the context of a 1 2 3 Just a Curriculum or a Program RELATIONSHIP

3 As parenting is a long term commitment,
It’s a Process Christ-likeness Disciple-making Parenting Adult “I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children.” 1 Corinthians 4:14 “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,…” Galatians 4:19 “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin…” I John 2:1 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.” I Corinthians 3:6-7 metaphor Adolescent Child EVANGELISM metaphor Baby NEW BIRTH Believer Harvesting Spiritual growth is a process made up of two processes – evangelism (spiritual farming) and - Disciple-making (spiritual parenting) Farming Sowing Cultivation Unbeliever Time As parenting is a long term commitment, so is Disciple-making.

4 Why Make multiplying Disciples?
- To be Obedient Christ gave us a number of commands: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27 (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 28:19-20 (NIV) The Great Commandment The Great Commission Christ gave us a number of commands: …”Love the Lord your God … …”Go into all the world and make disciples We call them “The Great Commandment” and “The Great Commission” So, one of the answers to “Why Disciple?” is “To be Obedient” [Fly-in:NOTE: The command in Matthew 28:18 is not “to make CONVERTS” but “to make DISCIPLES.” And, it is not optional.] For “disciples” Jesus used the Greek term, “methetes” meaning “one who follows another’s teaching, an imitator of the teacher.” Not, the Greek term for “convert” meaning to “turn about or turn toward.” In the military, if you disobey the order of a commander, it is insubordination. If you take authority away from the captain of the ship , it is called mutiny. What is it called to disobey the Commander, Captain and Savior of all Creation? Mark Cahill, One Heartbeat Away NOTE: The command “Go and make DISCIPLES” is not a suggestion. It is a command and it is not optional!

5 Why Make multiplying Disciples?
- Be like Christ Christ described a DISCIPLE in relation to his TEACHER A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher Luke 6:40 The Lord is simply saying ‑ when you're fully trained you're going to be like your teacher.  Jesus made disciples; we are to do the same. So as we continue to explore “Why Disciple?” we see how Christ described a disciple in relation to his teacher. Answer: So we are to actually “Be like Christ.”

6 Why Make multiplying Disciples?
- To Glorify God “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples.”John 15:8 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15:16 Another answer to “Why Disciple?” In the Message, it is stated this way, “This is how my Father shows who He is – when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.” Answer: “To Glorify God” [Fly in: God is glorified by “fruit”– “fruit that lasts”] God is glorified by “fruit”– “fruit that lasts”

7 How Do you make multiplying disciples?
- Like Jesus Life-on-Life Jesus spent time with His followers. His disciples had the opportunity to observe His reactions to the rich, the poor, the priests, and the politicians. Remember, Disciple Making is done life-on-life and in a life-to-life relationship. Just as Jesus spent time with His followers we are to spend time with our Timothy. His disciples had the opportunity to observe His reactions to the rich, the poor, the priests, and the politicians – we are to offer that same opportunity.  It is important to understand, your skill in applying GOD’S TRUTH to your Disciple’s problems and life issues will go a long way in determining the overall effectiveness of the discipling experience.

8 How Do you make multiplying disciples?
- Like a Mother But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. I Thessalonians 2:7-9 “The image … of nurse-mother, tenderly fostering …not concerned how to correct every mistake… doesn’t load her children with information. Rather, making them feel SECURE IN HER LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE.” Lifestyle Discipleship, Jim Petersen

…as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. I Thessalonians 2:10-12 Fathers parent differently Father play differently Fathers build confidence Fathers communicate differently Just go to a playground and listen to the parents. The father is the one who is encouraging his children to swing or climb just a little higher or go across the monkey-bars. The mother is encouraging her children to be careful.

10 What Is Keeping Most Christians From Making Multiplying Disciples?
Discipleship Question Saturday, April 08, 2017

11 Principles Of Life On Life Discipleship In The Church
Discipleship is the way for the true growth of an individual and of the church Discipleship is the bridge between evangelism, church planting (quantitative goals) to likeness of Christ and God’s glorification (un-measurable goals) It is possible to have evangelism without discipleship, but it is impossible to have discipleship without evangelism. Discipleship Discipleship in the church

12 1. Establishing the disciple in the fellowship of the believers
 Process Of Life On Life Discipleship In The Church The process may be developed according to the context, but it should fulfill the following goals: 1. Establishing the disciple in the fellowship of the believers 2. Establishing the disciple in the Word of God 3. Establishing the disciple in the church 4. Establishing the disciple in the ministry of Christ The end result – in the disciple we will see the knowledge of the Word of God, personal identity, accountability and responsibility. Discipleship Goals

13 Stories Of Life On Life Discipleship In The Church
The experience of Hope Baptist Church Brasov Understanding the social situation – at the moment the church has 250 members, a bigger attendance on Sunday morning than the number of members in a context when in one year 70 church members left the country to work abroad. Discipleship Realities

14 Practical Application 1
Practical Application 1. Determine the foundational truth of the Word of God on which the disciple should stand firm and build his/her life (at Hope we had 16 Bible truths – starting with understanding Salvation, security of salvation and ending up with the Judgment seat of Christ); 2. Determine the process by which you (the community) make disciples and stick to it (personal discipleship, small group discipleship, etc. – at Hope Church the practice was one on one discipleship); 3. Evaluate from time to time the process and people; 4. Remember – discipleship means life sharing, not just knowledge or catechism. Discipleship Aplication

15 Discussion For Personal Application 1
Discussion For Personal Application 1. What did you learn about the process of making multiplying Disciples? 2. What role do you see yourself playing in God's strategy for making multiplying disciples? 3. What barriers might be in your way? How can you remove those barriers? 4. What questions do you have for Marius and Paul? Discipleship Questions

Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:37-38 “Laborers are few. They were few in Jesus’ day and they are few today. Churchgoers are many. Seminars are many. Conferences are many. Religious institutions are many. Programs are many. But laborers are few.” Leroy Eims WILL YOU BE ONE OF THE LABORERS FOR HIM?



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