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WEDNESDAY 

Evening Bible Study

 

6:00P.M.

First Missionary Baptist Church

Wednesday Night Bible Study

Jeremie Turner, Sr. Senior Pastor

DISCIPLING OTHERS

WHO, ME? MAKE DISCIPLES?

Faciliatory: Minister Phillip Wiley

       

 

WHO HAS HAD A GREAT INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE FOR CHRIST? WHAT QUALITIES DID THIS PERSON HAVE THAT ENABLED HIM OR HER TO HAVE SUCH AN INFLUENCE ON YOU?

2 TIMOTHY 2: 1-2

DEFINITIONS

 

  • BELIEVER: SOMEONE WHO HAS COME TO HAVE PERSONAL FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.

 

  • GROWING DISCIPLE: A BELIEVER WHO WANTS TO MATURE AS A DISCIPLE AND IS BECOMING ESTABLISHED IN HIS OR HER FAITH THROUGH THE EXERCISE OF SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES.

 

  • DISCIPLE: AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS RECEIVED FOUNDATIONAL TRAINING AND HAS BECOME ESTABLISHED IN THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF FOLLOWING CHRIST.

 

  • NEW DISCIPLER: A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST WHO ACTIVELY SHARES HIS OR HER FAITH IN THE PROCESS OF DISCIPLING OTHERS. A DISCIPLER CARRIES OUT THE GREAT COMMISSION.

MATTHEW 28: 18-20

  • THREE ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF A DISCIPLEMAKER

  

  1. A WALK OF FAITH

WHEN GOD APPEARED TO MOSES THROUGH THE BURNING BUSH, HE TOLD HIM HE HAD SEEN ISRAEL’S MISERY AND WANTED MOSES TO GO BACK AND LEAD THEM OUT EGYPT. WHAT WAS MOSES RESPONSE?

EXODUS 3: 11

 

WHAT WAS GOD’S RESPONSE?

EXODUS 3: 12

  1. THE FEAR OF FAILURE.

  2. THE FEAR OF REJECTION.

  3. THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.

 

GOD DIDN’T TRY TO ENCOURAGE MOSES TO RELY ON HIS ABILITY AND TRAINING. HE SIMPLY ASSURED MOSES OF HIS PRESENCE. JESUS MADE THE SAME PROMISE WHEN HE COMMISSIONED THE APOSTLES TO GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES.

 

PEOPLE WHO TRUST GOD MAKE EXCELLENT DISCIPLEMAKERS; KNOWING THAT ONLY GOD CAN CHANGE LIVES, THEY BECOME PEOPLE OF PRAYER.

1 THESSALONIANS 5: 24

 

A DISCIPLER HAS FAITH THAT GOD WILL WORK THROUGH HIM OR HER TO MAKE DISCIPLES.

 

  1. A HEART FOR PEOPLE

 

A DISCIPLEMAKER MUST LOVE THOSE HE OR SHE WANTS TO HELP. LOVE SEES PEOPLE THE WAY THEY ARE AND THEN SERVES THEM.

 

A DISCIPLEMAKER’S GOAL IS TO BUILD PEOPLE UP IN CHRIST.

1 CORINTHIANS 8: 1

 

IT WAS PAUL’S LOVE, MORE THAN HIS KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES, THAT ESTABLISHED HUNDREDS OF CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT ASIA MINOR AND EUROPE.

1 THESSALONIANS 2: 6-8

 

LOVE, LIKE FAITH, EXPRESSES ITSELF IN ACTION

1 THESSALONIANS 2: 9

1 CORINTHIANS 4: 1

 

SERVING IS LOVE IN ACTION

THOSE WHO WANT TO CO-LABOR WITH CHRIST IN OTHERS’ LIVES ARE NOT TO “LORD IT OVER THEM, BUT TO SERVE THEM.

MATTHEW 20: 25-26

 

EVERY HUMAN BEING HAS NEEDS AND BURDENS. THEY ARE NECESSARY FOR GROWTH. WE HELP PEOPLE GROW WHEN WE CARRY EACH OTHERS’ BURDEN.

GALATIANS 6: 2

 

DOING THIS TAKE A SERVANT HEART!

LOVE GIVES US THE CAPACITY TO SERVE OTHERS EVEN WHEN OUR BURDENS ARE HEAVY.

MATTHEW 11: 28

 

WITHOUT LOVE, WE WILL NEVER TRULY DISCIPLE OTHERS!

  1. A LIFE PATTERNED AFTER JESUS

A DISCIPLE FOLLOWS JESUS CHRIST WITH THE INTENT OF BECOMING LIKE HIM. THIS IMPLIES THINGS: A FOCUS ON JESUS AND A TEACHABLE SPIRIT.

MATTHEW 4: 18-22

EVERYTHING IN LIFE FINDS MEANING WHEN WE PROPERLY RELATE TO JESUS, HE LEADS, AND WE FOLLOW.

THE DISCIPLEMAKER IS A LEARNER. HE OR SHE IS OPEN TO CHANGE.

HE OR SHE NOT ONLY TEACHES THE ONE HE OR SHE IS DISCIPLING, BUT HE OR SHE IS ALSO LEARNING FROM THEM.

ECCLESIATES 4: 13

THE DISCIPLEMAKER STUDIES PEOPLE AND SEEKS TO BECOME SKILLFUL IN HELPING THEM.

PAUL WAS A SKILLED MASTER BUILDER; PAUL LAID A FOUNDATION MESSAGE OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED.

1 CORINTHIANS 3: 10

 

CLOSING

THE LORD WANTS US TO MAKE DISCIPLES. HE COMMISSIONED US TO DO IT WHEN HE SAID, “GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS.” (MATTHEW 28: 19)

 

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

  1. WHO HAS HAD A GREAT INFLUENCE ON YOU? WHAT WERE SOME OF THE QUALITIES OF PEOPLE THAT YOU FOUND TO BE INSPIRING?

 

   2. WHO IS SOMEONE YOU TRIED TO INFLUENCE BUT FAILED? AS YOU NOW LOOK BACK, WHY DID YOU FAIL?

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS

COLOSSIANS 3: 16

PHILIPPIANS 3: 10

1 JOHN 1: 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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