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Day 02

Let’s do this, together

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“Who would follow me?” One of the barriers I face, most days, is one of responsibility. What do I need to do today? Who do I need to talk to? How do I make sure everyone is doing what they need to do? Really, for me, it comes down to the insecurity of, “Why would anyone, in their right mind, think what I am doing is a good idea?” Before, faced with that vision of crushing responsibility, I responded by doing nothing. What I came to realize was profound: nobody would think it’s a good idea and that’s a good thing. Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 came into focus. Only the eternal work of my Father matters and I follow Him. Released of the responsibility of having to be anything more than what God made me, I am now free to simply follow Him and show others what I’ve seen. Today I reached out to some friends and told them about this really great thing He is doing. I’m going to give simple obedience a try for 30 days and see where it goes. You want to do this with me? Day 2, Let’s do this – together.

Discipleship Through the Eyes of Youth: Day 2

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So I read the challenge to recruit another yesterday and immediately felt God lay my friend Morgan on my heart. Morgan is two years younger than I so she is getting ready to be a Junior in High School. She loves the Lord and genuinely loves people.

God’s timing again has played out perfectly as Morgan and I had already made plans to hang out last night. She came over to my house to spend the night.

Morgan is an avid reader and so as we were sitting on my bed talking she began telling me about the book she has been reading lately called “Multiply” by Francis Chan. I am again in awe of how God is moving behind the scenes of this 30 day challenge and I’ve only been through Day 2. After she told me about Multiply we started talking about discipleship and I ran and got my laptop so I could pull up the 30 day challenge and show it to her. She thought it was pretty interesting and she turned to me and asked “So what day are you on?” I pulled up the Day 2 page and she read at the top “Recruit Another” and just started laughing. We were both in awe of God and his timing and just started laughing.

As we talked more about discipleship Morgan mentioned how she wants to be a disciple but feels like she still needs to work on her faith with God before she can be. I showed her the Day 1 video that explained how the first disciples were just regular people who obeyed Jesus. I also told her about the discipleship questions (that I mentioned in my Day 1 post) that have stuck with me the past 6 months… “Is someone pouring into you?” (Discipling You) and inreturn “Are you pouring into someone else?” (Discipling Others). I told her how I felt that God was challenging me with these questions but I wasn’t really sure what to do about it. I felt that through life groups I was being discipled but that I was slacking on my part and not discipling others. Morgan told me, “Don’t think you haven’t had an impact, because you’ve encouraged me in my faith.” She then asked me if we could start meeting on a weekly basis to talk about our faiths and disciple one another. I praise God for his sovereignty! He has heard my questions and answered me. “Is someone pouring into you?” – With my high school life groups now being over I now feel that my friend Annie has stepped into this role for the summer as we continue to encourage and stretch one another. In return, “Are you pouring into someone else?” – I feel that God has answered this question through my meeting with Morgan last night and I look forwards to continuing to meet with her and talk about how God is moving in her life. But I’ve also learned that these questions aren’t one-sided because as I talk with Annie I’ve realized it’s not just her pouring into me, I’m pouring into her as well. Talking with Morgan last night not only was I able to encourage and pour into her, but she poured into me as well and I believe she will continue to do so. Discipleship works both ways.

Join me and Morgan in prayer as she asks God if the 30 day discipleship challenge is something He wants her to do.

Day 2 – A Running Partner

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Andrew brought Peter. Philip found Nathanael. One found a family member. One found his friend. The point — finding Jesus was too good to keep to themselves. The same is true today! Sergeant’s video reminder — every Marine is a rifleman — every disciple’s first calling is to be a disciple maker; is a great reminder that has been lost in today’s church. It is time for a comeback!

I see something else at work here too — and, oh, how important, how imperative it is! If you don’t have a mate running alongside you; then, who will pick you up when you go down? Who will spur you up and over those mountains? If you aren’t a runner, trust me when I say, running with someone is so much better than running alone!

Day 2: Why add when you can multiply?

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Discipleship has been on my heart for the last 3 years.  I believe God woke me up to this through a lot of the books I had been reading.  One of the books talked about Multiplication of disciples and if we trained 2 disciples who discipled others each year it would be around 6 billion in 30 years.  I thought that would be a really cool legacy to have since I was 33 at the time to shoot for.   Over the last couple of years that has been my focus but it is hard to stay focused on the simplicity of that.  It seems like not enough, it seems like their should be a better way.  But what if we just simplified discipleship to this.  It would mean we would  have to get rid of many “Good” church things, and things in general, and really focus.  

I read through the first 4 of these before I started the challenge and decided to have our discipleship group go through this..  For the last year we have been doing “Discipleship Groups” based off the book by Bob McNabb “Spiritual Multiplication in the Real World.”  It has been challenging and encouraging.  I really truly believe so many people in the church want more but they are not sure what that more is.  So ask some people to try this with you and see if this leads to that more.  Try not to just ask the people you think are spiritual but ask those who you think are hungry to learn.  Believe me, it might surprise you and also encourage someone as you ask them to live this out with you.

Discipleship When Life Is Busy: Day 2

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Day 2: Recruit Another.  After I read the challenge for today I began praying over who God wanted me to ask to join this challenge with me.  He gave me the name of a friend from my small group: Kelly.  I planned to ask her at church, but I looked for her before and after both services that I attended and never saw her.  So, I knew that she lead a junior high life group at the church on Sunday nights and I was going to the church anyway so I thought I would stop by and ask her then.  Well, of course, she wasn’t there tonight.  Finally, I just called her up on the phone.

Kelly is someone like me who is busy.  Her kids play all kinds of sports and are involved in many things in school, plus she and her husband serve on several ministries with our church.  I knew that, like me, it would feel like she didn’t have time, but I felt confident that God had placed her name on my heart for me to ask.  I told her all about the 30 day challenge and how she could find more information about it.  After laughing a little bit about my invitation, she said “You know, it’s funny that you would ask because I had just been praying yesterday and today that God would show me what He wanted me to do next.  I just didn’t think His answer would come tonight.”  She got off the phone and looked over the website.  Soon after, she texted me saying that she would accept the challenge! I am excited to have Kelly on board and can’t wait to see the things that God does through her discipleship!

I feel very encouraged tonight after seeing that God had been speaking to my friend at the same time He was speaking to me.  It is amazing to see the way God works.  The thing is: It is not about what I can do, but what GOD can do through me.  This is His discipleship challenge to do with what He desires.  Maybe some of the things we will do in the next 30 days aren’t things that I would just naturally do.  Maybe they are things that will require me to go a tad bit out of my comfort zone, but I think that is where God shines brightest.  In 1 Corinthians 1 it says:

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.  Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

(1 Cor. 1: 26-31)

NonSequential

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Does church growth always happen in predictable patterns, along predictable lines, in predictable sequences? Not necessarily, says Curtis Sergeant, trainer in DMM principles. Nature would tend to agree. Check out the Gulin Mountains  in the header picture above. See how there are beautiful patterns which appear, at first, regular and symmetric, but, upon further study, can sometimes be wildly random. Listen as he explains his position about disciple making movements (DMM) — and think about the examples you’ve studied in God’s word. Can you remember instances in which people became disciples in nonsequential ways?

The Importance of Multiplication

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Throughout MoreDisciples.com, we feature trainers who share and elaborate on the concepts we’re presenting in the 30-Day Challenge. These trainers will help you pick up on key topics such as how to facilitate a Discover Bible Study (or Three-Thirds Group), principles in launching disciple making movements (or DMM’s), and becoming a disciple worth multiplying. Here is Curtis Sergeant answering the question, “Why should we even talk about multiplication?”

The Importance of Multiplication

What Kind of Character Does it Take?

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What kind of person does it take to disciple people who will want to make disciples? What kind of character does it take to stand beside them? Start with prayer. Add in care. Then pour on a thick layer of training. To help you imagine what kind of person you might need to become, and to help you imagine those you want standing beside you, watch this video by trainer, Richard Williams.

Richard Williams

Could this book help us recruit?

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If we’re going to be successful at mobilizing the whole church in these DMM principles, I wonder if we’re going to have to be more creative than we ever have before. For example, could this book (which seeks to weave DMM principles into a novel or story-line) help us convey the concepts to someone who might never have imagined them otherwise?

hastening

Click the image of the book to see the listing on Amazon to read/learn more — or, if you prefer, copy this link and paste it into your browser:

http://www.amazon.com/Hastening-No-Place-Left-Book-ebook/dp/B017E406B2

 

Join the conversation about recruiting another 30-day Challenge participant

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world-lights-large-200x200Do you have a story about recruiting another 30-day Challenge participant? Did he or she agree, then come back to tell you how much he or she appreciated the process? Or are you having trouble figuring out how? Just click “Comment” below. If you’re willing to become a regular blogger about implementing the 30-Day challenge, just say so in your reply. We’ll elevate your status so you can create regular blogs about multiplying disciples.