Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Discipleship Brainstorm

Here is a quick discipleship brainstorm/information dump:

1. When I think of "discipleship" I think Talmidim.  I look at the Hebrew way of education.  Particularly, I look to Jesus.  How he did things.
2. I think of the command of The Cause in Matthew 28.  We are called not to "Evangelize" but to "make disciples".  Not that we don't evangelize in this, we most certainly do.  But discipleship is the goal.  The master says, "Go and make disciples of all nations.  Baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  Teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you."
3. The word disciple means student/follower. 
4. The goal of discipleship is to become like your rabbi. 
5. Discipleship cannot be done in a classroom alone.  In fact, a classroom is a worst case scenario, in my opinion.  Especially todays lecture classrooms.  Lectures are boring and do not inspire.  We are not computers.  So let's not make our disciples lecturers.
6. It is a program, but it is also organic.
7. I have always prayed about who the Lord would want me to disciple.
8. I always have an end date for discipleship (sometimes this comes later and not initially).
9. The goal of discipleship is to glorify God. This is done by passing the torch of God's word, my life, and them grabbing the call to make other disciples and keep passing the torch.
10. My discipleship has phases: 1)relational & learning, 2)go & reporting, 3)go & ask for help as needed, 4)then gone.  I am permanently available to disciples.
11. Must reads:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Lost-Art-Disciple-Making/dp/031037281X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1420561286&sr=8-1-spell

http://www.amazon.com/Master-Plan-Evangelism-Robert-Coleman/dp/0800731220/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1420561357&sr=8-1

12. Typically this takes 2-3 years. 
13. I have done this with men, students, family, co-workers, and church leaders.  I do it differently each time.  Some places I have done this are: at someone's kitchen table, in my office, at Taco Bell, at a coffee shop, at work, in my living room, around my kitchen table, in the middle of an event, out in the woods, camping, fishing, during airsoft, shooting, laying in bed. This is done best while serving/ministering together....actually this is only done while serving/ministering together.

14. I could go into great detail, or write a book on curriculum.  Typically curriculum is done as I get to know them, see where they are, and see where the Lord wants them to go (ie, become holy & use their gifts to serve him).

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sparrows!


 I read Jesus' teaching on fear this morning, Luke 12:4-7.  it says,

"philois mou may, phobathate...may oun phobeisthe pollon strouthion diapserete."

Literally, "Friends of mine, fear not...fear not you carry more weight than all the sparrows."



Some thoughts-
1. Sparrows are significant to God.  Not one falls to the ground without Him knowing it.  Yes, common, brown sparrows.  Those little birds that are barely noticed by man....those ones.  They are significant to God.

2.  Who is the audience in this passage?  philois mou may - which means my friends, or friends of Jesus.  Are you his friend?

Note- Friendship with Jesus is seen through partnership in his mission, obedience to him, and trusting him for your salvation.  Are you his friend?  Do you at least strive to trust Jesus to save you, strive to obey Him, strive to partner with him in his mission of saving souls?  Is this your hearts desire?

3. His friends should not fear people who can, at worst, kill them.  If they want someone to fear, then fear God.  He has the power to both kill & send someone to Gehenna for eternity.  After all the fear of God is the beginning of wise living & thought.

4. If sparrows are significant to God, and Jesus' friends are worth the weight of all the sparrows, then you are very important, and significant, and valuable to God.  If you have nothing else in this world, at least you have that.

So be of good cheer, be a friend of Jesus. And refuse to fear.