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1 The Principles and Practice of Disciplemaking Lesson Eleven: Core Faith James F. Davis, PhD The Biblical Studies Foundation

2 Copyright Notice You may download this presentation on your computer for personal study or you can print it or use it in a multimedia presentation for yourself and others as long as you give the printed material away and do not charge for it. In this case, free means free. It cannot be bundled with anything sold, nor can you charge for shipping, handling, or anything. It cannot be posted on other websites or servers. It is provided for personal study or for use in preparation and presentation of sermons, Sunday school classes, undergraduate or seminary religion classes or other non-commercial study. Material in the presentation may be edited (added to, deleted or changed) on the condition that no revision contradicts the Bible.org doctrinal statement and that substantive revisions are identified as being the work of a reviser and not that of Dr. Davis. The Biblical Studies Foundation

3 Dawson Trotman In 1934 Trotman founded a worldwide Christian organization called the Navigators. At the heart of Trotman and the ministry he founded was and is the discipleship of believers—grounding Christians in the spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship, Bible study, and service. The Biblical Studies Foundation

4 Dawson Trotman Navigators started when Trotman was asked to visit a sailor, Les Spencer, and share God's Word with him : "Parked by a schoolhouse, they were pouring over the Scriptures when a security guard approached and asked what they were doing. 'Reading the Bible,' Trotman answered and seized the opportunity to witness... Dawson turned from one passage to another to explain the Gospel and answer all the defenses of the hapless guard. The Biblical Studies Foundation

5 Dawson Trotman "On the way back to the landing [Spencer] said, 'Boy, I'd give my right arm to know how to use the Word like that.'“ It marked the beginning of The Navigators ministry, so named for its nautical origins. Spencer led another to Christ who in turn led still others to salvation. The discipleship ministry of The Navigators was birthed. The Biblical Studies Foundation

6 Dawson Trotman The Navigators' influence has since grown to worldwide proportions with about 4,600 staff representing 69 nationalities working in 103 countries gators_(organization) Date accessed October 16, 2012) The Biblical Studies Foundation

7 1. Discipleship Defined 2. The Great Commission and Evangelism and Teaching 3. Methods of Discipleship that Jesus and Paul Used 4. The Need for Multiplication 5. The Marks of a Mature Disciple Overview of Lesson The Biblical Studies Foundation

8 What is a Disciple? A disciple is a learner; a disciple of Jesus is one who learns and lives from the teachings of Jesus himself and those whom Jesus taught (the apostles) Navigator Definition: A disciple continues in the Word, loves others, bears fruit, and puts Christ first. (Church Discipleship, Vol 11, No 1, the Navigators) The Biblical Studies Foundation

9 The Great Commission Then Jesus came up and said to them, “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 the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:18- 20). The Biblical Studies Foundation

10 The Great Commission “Make disciples” is the main verb as opposed to “Go”. The main thing is to make the main the main thing and make disciples is the main thing But the mood of the command to make disciples carries over to the word “Go” Who is to be disciple is “all nations” so this would imply you have to get to them either by them coming to you (E.g., Day of Pentecost) or you going to them (E.g., Paul’s missionary journeys). The Biblical Studies Foundation

11 The Great Commission How does one make disciples? By “baptizing” and by “teaching” The baptizing into the Father Son and Holy Spirit implies evangelism and conversion The teaching is a teaching with a view toward obedience of all that Jesus said. In summary making disciples includes both evangelism and instruction in the Christian faith. The Biblical Studies Foundation

12 The Great Commission Billy Hanks Jr. and William Shell write “Historically it is difficult to discover why the simple plan which worked so effectively in the early church ceased to be used in later generations... The challenge of the future is simply to apply the timeless divine strategy of the past. Nothing less than total victory should be expected in world evangelization and church growth..” (Discipleship, 12, 13) The Biblical Studies Foundation

13 1. Selecting a Few Good Men From Jesus: Now it was during this time that Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he spent all night in prayer to God. When morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles (Luke 6:12-16). The fact that Jesus spent all night in prayer showed the importance of what he was doing in selecting the disciples. He only chose 12. And beyond that he even focused on three (Peter, James and John). Methods of Discipleship from Jesus and Paul The Biblical Studies Foundation

14 From Paul: And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well (2 Tim 2:2). Paul looked for faithful people. Some have described them as FAT = Faithful, Available and Teachable Methods of Discipleship from Jesus and Paul The Biblical Studies Foundation

15 Discipleship relationships in the Bible Joshua had Moses Elisha had Elijah Jesus had the 12 Paul had Barnabus Timothy had Paul The Biblical Studies Foundation

16 2. Life to Life Association From Jesus: He appointed twelve (whom he named apostles), so that they would be with him....(Mark 3:14). The disciples were with Jesus over three years, observing, listening, doing. Methods of Discipleship from Jesus and Paul The Biblical Studies Foundation

17 From Paul: And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted this man to go with him; (Acts 16:1-3) Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ (1 Cor 11:1). Discipleship is more caught than taught. Methods of Discipleship from Jesus and Paul The Biblical Studies Foundation

18 3. Transfer of Ministry From Jesus: Jesus preached but he sent them out to preached; Jesus healed but he sent them out to heal (Matt 10) We should always be trying to work ourselves out of a job Methods of Discipleship from Jesus and Paul The Biblical Studies Foundation

19 From Paul: And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well (2 Tim 2:2). Four generations of ministry Paul Timothy Faithful People Others Methods of Discipleship from Jesus and Paul The Biblical Studies Foundation

20 D. L. Moody: It is better to train ten people than to do the work of ten people. But it is harder. Methods of Discipleship from Jesus and Paul The Biblical Studies Foundation

21 What would you rather have someone 1) give you one million dollars every week for a year or 2) one penny for the first week then doubling it every week for a year (1 cent, two cents, 4, 8 cents etc) At the end of the year option one would yield you 52 million but option two would yield you over 40 trillion dollars. 750,000 times more money The Principle of Multiplication The Biblical Studies Foundation

22 What would be better in the long run discipling 10 people a year or one person every two to four years but that person in turn would be able to disciple someone else? Take enough time to make reproducing disciples. The Principle of Multiplication The Biblical Studies Foundation

23 I want to ask the question of what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? What does a disciple of Jesus look like? What are the characteristics of a disciple? What are the marks of a disciple? If we do know what we are shooting for it will be hard to hit it. Seven Marks of a Disciple The Biblical Studies Foundation

24 Mark 1: A disciple must share the message of the kingdom (gospel) with others and multiply his life in others. In Matt 3 Jesus had preached a message of repentance because the kingdom of heaven was near. In Matt 10 he asks his disciples to do the same where he states “Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ (Matt 10:6-7).' Seven Marks of a Disciple from Matt 10 The Biblical Studies Foundation

25 Sharing the Gospel Focuses on Needs of Others Years ago, the Salvation Army was holding an international convention and their founder, Gen. William Booth, could not attend because of physical weakness. He cabled his convention message to them. It was one word: "OTHERS." The Biblical Studies Foundation

26 Mark 2: A disciple must learn to trust God for his or her needs and circumstances Freely you received, freely give. 10:9 Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts, 10:10 no bag for the journey, or an extra tunic, or sandals or staff, for the worker deserves his provisions (Matt 10:9-10) Seven Marks of a Disciple The Biblical Studies Foundation

27 C. H. Spurgeon on God’s Sovereignty There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God's sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty overrules them, and that sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children ought to more earnestly contend to than the doctrine of their Master over all creation--the Kingship of God over all the works of His own hands--the Throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne...for it is God upon the Throne whom we trust. The Biblical Studies Foundation

28 Mark 3: A disciple must be prepared to be rejected And you will be hated by everyone because of my name (Matt 10:22) Seven Marks of a Disciple The Biblical Studies Foundation

29 Mark 4 A disciple must place Christ above family relationships if need be Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against parents and have them put to death.... “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter- in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me (Matt 10:21, 34-37). Seven Marks of a Disciple The Biblical Studies Foundation

30 Mark 5 A Disciple must fear God more than men Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows. (Matt 10:28-31). Seven Marks of a Disciple The Biblical Studies Foundation

31 Why not be afraid? Two reasons 1) God is the ultimate judge; he will judge everyone and everything; man’s judgment is temporal but God’s judgment is eternal. We have to stop and ask the question of what does God think? 2) God cares for you; He sees; he knows and he cares and we are worth a lot to God. People matter to God; We matter to God; You matter to God Seven Marks of a Disciple The Biblical Studies Foundation

32 Mark 6 A Disciple must lose his old life and find his new life in Jesus And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it (Matt 10:38-39). A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing. M. Luther. Seven Marks of a Disciple The Biblical Studies Foundation

33 Mark 7 A Disciple must look to the future reward reserved in heaven. Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, he will never lose his reward.” (Matt 10:41-42). Seven Marks of a Disciple The Biblical Studies Foundation

34 Martin Luther: How the future life needs to affect the present If we consider the greatness and the glory of the life we shall have when we have risen from the dead, it would not be difficult at all for us to bear the concerns of this world. If I believe the Word, I shall on the Last Day, after the sentence has been pronounced, gladly have suffered ordinary temptations, insults, and imprisonment. The Biblical Studies Foundation

35 Final Thought on Discipleship Dawson Trotman: God works through men. I see nowhere in the Word where God picks an organization.... Do what others cannot and will not do. The Biblical Studies Foundation

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37 Who has benefited from a discipleship relationship and why? Is there anything that surprises you from the way that Jesus disciples? How did Jesus handle situations where his disciples failed (e.g., Peter)? How should we? Discussion Questions The Biblical Studies Foundation

38 What responsibilities does the discipler have? What responsibilities does the disciplee have? Why is disciplemaking so difficult? Discussion Questions The Biblical Studies Foundation


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