Pastor Greg continues his eight-part series this week called “RESET.” As we journey into this New Year it is a chance for all of us to hit the RESET button and symbolically lay down everything in our lives and only pick up the things God tells us to pick back up. It is a chance for a blank slate and a fresh start in our personal, physical, relational, business and spiritual lives as well as in the life of our church. This week, Pastor G talks to about resetting our life with repentance for all our sins.
This is Week Eight: DISCIPLESHIP
Sociologists and anthropologists tell us if humans don’t make more humans, eventually, the earth will run out of humans. We will go extinct.
Likewise, if Christians don’t make more Christians, eventually we will run out of Christians on this earth. Christians will go extinct.
Between 4,000-7,000 churches in America close their doors every year.
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. ~ Matthew 28:19-20
μαθητεύω (mathéteuó) ~ Disciple
To make someone a learner, a disciple. To help someone to progressively learn the Word of God. To help someone become a spiritually mature, and growing follower, a disciple of, a student of, Jesus Christ.
DISCIPLESHIP METHOD ~ Follow me as I follow Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:1
As we get closer and closer to Christ’s return it is going to get harder and harder to make new Christians in our world…
But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God. They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these. ~ 2 Timothy 3:1-5
I NEED TO GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES!
TEN UNCHURCHED, NON CHRISTIAN LOCAL PEOPLE TO REACH
TEN UNCHURCHED, NON CHRISTIAN PEOPLE
OUTSIDE MY TOWN TO REACH
ALOHA GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
READ: Matthew 28:19-20
1) How do you “make a disciple?” Jesus commanded it in the imperative. GO — MAKE DISCIPLES. Have you ever tried to “make a disciple?” How did it go? Were you successful?
2) If you have not tried to “make a disciple” why not? What is it that prevents you from trying? If you are not doing this , are you disobeying a command of Jesus? Is it a sin to not try to make disciples? Why or why not?
3) How did you become a disciple of Jesus?
4) Have you ever baptized someone? Why or why not? If so, share the story.
5) Have you ever taught someone all that Jesus has commanded you? Why or why not?
6) In our modern church culture we typically have relegated all these types of ministries to the pastors and evangelists and missionaries, the professional “clergy” type people. Is this what Jesus meant or does this command seem like it is intended for all followers of Jesus? Explain your answer.
READ: 2 Timothy 3:1-5
1) According to this passage, why will it be more difficult in the end times to convince someone to become a disciple of Jesus?
2) Yet, Pastor Greg shared stories of places like China, Mongolia, Latin America, Kazakhstan, Africa, India, East Asia and other places where thousands and thousands of new disciples are being made. What do you think is making the difference in those places compared to America?
3) America has experienced revivals like this in the past. Pastor Greg mentioned the Great Awakenings and others. Why do you think those were able to occur during those times in America? What is happening here now that is preventing the same time of Gospel Explosion from occurring again today?
READ: John 8:31-32, Matthew 4:19-22 and 2 Timothy 2:1-2
1) According to these Scriptures, how do Jesus and Paul define being a “disciple” of Jesus? What is expected of us?
2) How actively are you doing the things that are mentioned?
3) Do you feel like you could use some “teaching, training and equipping” from Pastor Greg to feel more confident in doing these things? If so, please communicate to him that you would like some discipleship training.
4) Did you prayerfully fill out your two ten-person lists? Why or why not?
What are some difficulties you are expecting when you reach out to them? Who would be the easiest ones to start with? Why? Do you have a plan for how you begin to have conversations that lead them toward becoming a disciple? If so, share with your group.