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8) David Platt on “Why Some Aren’t Making More Disciples”

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Why don’t some believers make disciples? Our friends at our companion site, www.AntiochJourney.com , referred us to the following explanation, by David Platt.

If you’d prefer, catch the audio from the above David Platt talk via our podcast.

4) Curtis Sergeant on “How to Get Your Church Involved in Multiplying Disciples”

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“The Must-Have’s For Disciple Making” was on February 24, 2016. It featured Dr. Curtis Sergeant, trainer of those who want to multiply disciples and Doug Lucas, President of Team Expansion discussing…

  • Prayer
  • Intentional Conversations
  • Sharing Your Testimony and more

3) Harry Brown on “How To Get Your Church Involved in Multiplying Disciples”

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“How To Get Your Church Involved in Disciple Making” first took place as a webinar on January 20, 2016. It featured Harry Brown, VP of International Ministry at Cityteam, and Doug Lucas, President of Team Expansion discussing…

  • What is a disciple and
  • How to become a disciple worth multiplying.

Discipleship Through the Eyes of Youth: Day 15

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Today I was able to explain the idea of discipleship to some students in my camp group. We talked about our call to be disciples and share our faith. We had some really good conversations about baptism and surrendering our lives to Christ. I also explained to my group that there is a difference between making converts and making disciples that multiply. I told them that I want to be a disciple that multiplies so that the message of Jesus will spread way beyond just the people I tell.

Day 15 – Sharing the DMM Principle

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I had to laugh as I read today’s assignment!  Sometimes you don’t realize until days, months or even years later that some random events were all a part of God’s Divine providence.  And, then, there are days like today, when it just so happens that you have a meeting scheduled with all your small group leaders, and you’ve been struggling to articulate our new direction.  Of course, you know there is no such thing as coincidence when it comes to Kingdom work!  Again, I ask as much of myself as I ask of anyone else who may read this:  If we aren’t making disciples who can make disciples, then what are we making? And, then, if I’m unwilling to make what God wants me to make; will he continue to send souls my way?  Would He really want anyone to follow me?

Day 15: Discipleship is What????

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Discipleship is one of those buzz words in the church that has kind of lost it’s meaning.  We call bible studies discipleship, we call small groups discipleship, and we call Sunday school the discipleship hour.  When you truly look at discipleship as Jesus modeled, it did not look like any of these.  Jesus was constantly teaching his disciples because they were with him  A LOT.  In our culture it is tough to do that, but could we?  Months ago the guys in our discipleship group were saying it is hard to do this because we were living in different areas of town.   I agreed halfheartedly but thought “we still should be able to do this.”  Weeks after that discussion I was visiting some friends in Texas who are training people to go to unreached people groups and one of the gals said “For us to do discipleship well we need to live in the same apartment complex.  If we are across the street it just doesn’t work.”  That really got my wheels turning.  What if we gave up the comforts of our own house and the convenience of our own space for the sake of discipleship?  Discipleship wasn’t meant to just be another program because programs are optional. Discipleship was a command meant to be obeyed.

 

I did love this video so much because it kind of flipped the purpose of the church around.  The people weren’t meant to serve the church but the church was meant to equip the people to be sent out weekly to disciple.  Everyone in the church has a mission field where they work and the people they influence and we have to help everyone realize that and equip them to do something about it.
Around 8 years ago I had two young men start working with me at the garden center.  They were 15 & 16.  I made it my point to train them well the first 2 years. I was out there daily and taught them about plants as we put them away, how to talk to customers, how to water, how to do displays and everything else.   They became an extension of me and the place could run without me, sometimes more smoothly.  I patted myself on the back and thought I had done a great job because they were doing what I was doing.  Not until both of their brothers started working underneath them did I realize I had failed to make them reproducers.  I thought they would just teach their brothers what I taught them, but because I didn’t have that as the expectation it didn’t get done.  I from the beginning did not have the goal of them teaching the next people.  If I would have, they would have been able to do a better job training their brothers.  This taught me a valuable lesson about discipleship that from the beginning the expectation needs to be to teach others to teach others.  As a result of this experience I have switched my approach with my teenage boys I now regularly say to them;  “The reason we are praying, reading the bible, etc. is so that you can do this with your kids someday.”  We need to make sure the blessing doesn’t stop at us or the next person but it keeps continuing on.  If we truly grasp this concept multiplication will happen rapidly.

Discipleship When Life Is Busy: Day 15

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Day 15: What is a Disciple? Well, friends, we are half way through the 30 day challenge! I feel as if this online training has really changed the way I look at my relationships within the church.  I love to encourage people, to teach people, and to have deep conversations, but this has really made me think about that multiplication part of disciple making.

Today was a rarity in that I spent the whole day at home.  It was such a nice day with my family.  I went on a walk with a friend and her boys and my husband’s parents came over for dinner.  Then tonight I was able to have a conversation with my husband about what a disciple is and what making disciples really looks like.  My husband works for our church as a youth ministry assistant so I really wanted to have a conversation with him after watching the video that was posted on today’s challenge.  That video made me really stop and think about how when you really strip Christianity down, it really is simple: love God, love people, make disciples.  However, I think this all gets very mucky sometimes when you mix in our American culture and what that looks like.  I feel that in some ways people are drawn to the church because of events or programs and that those things are a good way to get them in the doors and making relationships with other Christians to start that discipleship process.  But many times we get bogged down by all of the things we “have” to do that we forget about our primary purpose as Christians.  I do believe that the devil can use busyness as a distraction from what is really important and that we can become so intrinsic in the way that we do “church” that we forget what we are called to do.  It is a good reminder that our primary job is to GO and be a light to the world.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

How Big is Your God?

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Do you put God in a box? How big is your box?

Curtis Sergeant fears that we ALL put God is a box sometimes. He also holds that ALL of us can do some enlarging of that box (and some searching for a deeper bottom). Listen as he explains.

Relational Stewardship

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Trainers in the art of launching disciple making movements often speak about a concept known as “relational stewardship.” The idea is — no one, regardless of his or her relationship with Christ, lives 100% of the time for the Lord, with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength. So EVERYONE can use encouragement and upbuilding. Check out this explanation by Curtis Sergeant.

More on Defining Discipleship

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After you cover the Day 15 challenge, you might be curious to know more about what we mean when we say the word, “disciple,” and how disciple making movements are different from the discipleship “programs” typically being promoted at churches large and small across the land. Here are some elements that distinguish these movements from past discipleship processes, as shared by John K., at Team Exapansion’s 2015 Team Leaders’ Summit.