GET ACQUAINTED: Who would you consider your mentor teacher? What do you admire most about them?
SCRIPTURE: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 emphasis added)
Open your time together with prayer. NOTE: This is only a guide! Feel free to select the points you want to discuss and adapt them to your needs.
OBSERVATION: A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. This process requires believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God. This requires that we be in the Word daily - studying it, praying over it, and obeying it. In addition, we should always be ready to give testimony of the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15 ) and to disciple others to walk in His way. According to Scripture, being a Christian disciple involves personal growth characterized by the following: Putting Jesus first in all things (Mark 8:34-38 ); Following Jesus teachings (John 8:31:32 ); Fruitfulness (John 15:5-8 ); Love for other disciples (John 13:34-35 ); Evangelism - Making disciples of others (Matthew 28:18-20 ) - GotQuestions.org
Discipling is teaching a man to follow Jesus so he can feed on God for himself. It’s leading a man to take responsibility for himself and for others.
- “Go therefore and make disciples …” How were you discipled? Was there anyone in your life who took the time to teach you how to follow Jesus’ teachings, love other disciples, how to share your faith and how to make disciples? In your opinion how are disciples made?
- "… of all nations …” The word “nations” in the original translates “ethne.” That is where we get our English word ethnics. What person of a different ethnicity have you discipled? If you haven’t, why not? If you have, what did you learn from them?
- Jesus said, “… if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” What do you think Jesus is trying to convey to us? What does He mean by “… let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”? What does this have to do with discipleship?
- “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ) What kind of power is He talking about? How does this power help us be more effective in making disciples? How can one get this power?
Personal Application and Commitment: Last week Pastor Ruben mentioned that perhaps since we are going so little that God has reversed the Great Commission and now the world is now coming to us. Which confirms the fact that the New Testament church was never intended to be an institution where people just come to volunteer – do good works for the good of the organization. The church was always intended to be a mission out post for believers to gather to scatter into the world on mission for God. I believe that other than for a few, our priority mission isn’t just within the walls of the church but within the needs of people’s lives in the community. Yet the modern church often has made the building the destination – yet that’s not the intent of the Great Commission. The church is a sending place – no the finish line.
Prayer: “Father, Your word says in, Matthew 5:13-16 : “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Father, may we make men thirsty for You! May we through the power of Christ deliver them from sin, may we develop them into fully committed Christ followers of Christ and may we deploy them to make disciples. Father, we pray that you would make our Life Group a disciple making group. In Your name we pray, amen! (Plan, put your prayer into action!)