Discipleship class – Multiplying disciples – taught by Pastor Don Moore
Notes from class taught 8/22/13
Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The Great Commission, Matthew 28:19-20 (see above), describes what a disciple is. This is the Lord’s last commandment Jesus gave to His disciples. If we are a disciple of Christ, then we need to make this the first commandment to us. We are to teach ALL that Jesus has instructed us. Our goal is not to save the world, but to MAKE DISCIPLES so we further the Kingdom of God. Disciples must multiply. We are to teach everything Christ commanded. When we teach, it is not only with words but by example. People can’t mimic, reproduce, and replicate what they can’t see.
Pp 3 – discipleship manual – “That is multiplication of discipleship. That was the goal. Creating church leaders, that is our goal. … Our goal is multiplying disciples. Therefore, babysitting Sunday School, nice worship and other church activities exist to serve the goal. Everything else is a by-product or side benefit, icing and gravy, while the main course is meeting the goal. Anything that is alive is growing, changing and moving to accomplish survival and reproduction.”
Pastor Don said we’re not about getting our dance on in Kingston or helping someone else get their dance on.
We are to know who we are discipling now and who our potential disciples will be. Our disciples could be within our family – a mother disciples a daughter or her children. A father disciples his children.
Discipleship is not the same as having someone who is a cooking partner or someone that we meet for tea – although those activities might be part of what you do with your disciple, it is not the main thing you are doing.
We are to look at the relationships we have and identify what they are – are they friends, hang-out partners, or disciples. Ask yourself who each of the people in your life are to you.
It is not up to Pastor Don to do all the discipling.
After a person is saved, the next step is to get them discipled. Too many churches concentrate on salvation but don’t do the next step, discipleship – Go ye therefore…
There are different types of disciples.
CHURCH GOERS – pp 4 Discipleship Manual – “We need church goers. We need people to sit in the pews to fill them up. The problem is when they do not multiply. … These people are Christians in that they try to regulate their personal lives according to the tenets of the Christian Faith. But they may live their whole life and not multiply, and that is not God’s plan… The goal is to take every church goer and make them multiply… Every disciple may, for a time, be stagnant but this must be a temporary condition. This is the ongoing condition of many churches and the reason is: churchgoers become lukewarm.”
We are not trying to guilt the church goers. Instead, we want to encourage them, to help them, to motivate them and get them out of the pew. A stagnant disciple is not multiplying. Pastor Don gave an example – he said perhaps go up to someone and complement them on something that they did that was good, “I heard you talking to that person and you said the exact right thing to help them. You are a good encourager.” As people see that the kinds of things they do that are useful to the Kingdom are recognized, they may choose to step out and do more of the same.
Pastor Don suggested praying Ephesians 1:15-23 for a person to get them to become disciples. He said to insert a person’s name (or many names) in the appropriate spot in the prayer. I am going to give an example using the name “Joe” to show you what he meant.
Ephesians 1:15-23 Therefore I also, after I heard of Joe’s faith in the Lord Jesus and Joe’s love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for Joe, making mention of Joe in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to Joe the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of Joe’s understanding being enlightened; that Joe may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
This is calling those things which be not as though they were. If we would take the time to pray this prayer for someone for thirty days, this will have an impact. Pastor Don prayed this for all his family members and Cynthia’s (Pastor Don’s wife) family members who were not saved and now he can assert that all in his family are saved.
Praying for others makes a difference in our evangelism and the calling forth of disciples. God will not do anything on earth unless someone prays for it. The devil tries to prevent us from calling on God’s name. God sends forth angels when we ask Him. Unbelievers change.
We want to pray people into the Kingdom and then disciple them. Sometimes it takes five invitations before someone finally accepts. Once you invite a person you are establishing yourself as a leader, the only way you mess up is if you are shaky in your walk of righteousness. People observe what you do and see if it matches up to what you say.
DISCIPLES IN TRAINING – pp 4 Discipleship manual – “This may be a new believer or an old pew Christian that has realized he has been on the bench long enough. Disciples in training hunger to find their place and function in the Body of Christ. The ministry of Jesus is becoming a reality to them. … There is new interest in the Word of God and a desire to be around the brethren. The word ‘servant’ takes on a friendly meaning … stacking chairs, handing out Bibles, parking cars, giving a testimony on a Saturday night, all sound like good ideas. The disciple in training is eager to be molded and available to find out how to put out nets and catch fish (converts) or at least help someone else do it.”
Pastor Don says that he will see if the person will follow through on suggestions. Memorize a Bible verse Pastor Don suggests they memorize. Some people have been attending church thirty years and have not become a disciple in training.
We can check ourselves to see if our prayer success has grown from 20% to 40% or higher. Or does the believer give up early. People can believe for a hopeless cause forever if it is from the emotions. Spiritual success depends on energy to get success. We have become complacent and level out, then sit on the pew and not step out in faith.
Peter failed hard – Jesus once told Peter, “Get thee behind me satan.” Peter also denied Jesus three times. But Peter had a desire to succeed and he kept pursuing Jesus. Peter ran away. John stayed near Jesus even during the crucifixion.
A disciple in training is an eternal condition. We don’t know everything. Have a great hunger for the Word.
TRUE DISCIPLE – A true disciple is a follower of Christ who will multiply. Some will multiply by hundreds, others thousands and some just a few.
If people don’t want to have what you have it means you failed to demonstrate the true love of Jesus. Love is the thing that is missing. Pastor Don said that if people come to him, some need a beat down, and he will tell them the truth, but he will temper that with encouragement.
Jesus didn’t close the door of repentance on anyone who was willing to accept Him as their savior. We have to love.
If someone speaks a word to you that is not said in love, tell them the way you said that to me, I didn’t feel any love. It will make them more angry or it will break their heart and they’ll say, I’m sorry, let me say that another way.
Pastor Don ends his sermons saying in effect, be happy, there is a way out.
Discipleship manual pp 5 “Who would you follow up Mt. Everest – a man that climbed Mt. Everest, or a guy that had a picture of it?”
Who we are and what we do are linked. Knowledge is performance based.
Our ego and flesh prevents us from being a multiplying disciple. Cultural conditioning prevents us from sharing the Word because we fear rejection or embarrassment.
We spent time in the class learning how to give our testimony. Pastor Don suggested preparing a two-minute and a five-minute testimony following a specific format.
First we are to ask a person Can I tell you what happened to me? – That is non-threatening and if the person agrees you can share your testimony. We then give a few sentences of background. I used to be __________. What were the conditions? Because of ______ my life was a mess. My family was falling apart or whatever, whatever. But then – share how God came into your life and how your life has changed since that point.
Most people spend far too long on the negative parts of their past and not enough on what good God has brought into their lives. Because you are sharing what happened to you, people can’t argue.
You then ask them, has anything similar happened to you?
If they respond or ask a question, then you can spend the time ministering. If they don’t respond or ask questions, thank them for listening.
We need to practice our testimonies so we are ready to share them at the drop of a hat.
Also, we can ask God to show us what part of our testimony to share – we may share a business aspect with a professional person and share some child-rearing challenge with a person who is a homemaker. God can prophetically show us the best part of our life to share with a person.
In this small two minute testimony people will know you better than they have with years of casual acquaintance. The Holy Spirit will cause you to speak prophetically to a person who’s asking questions. We need to yield to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
You may think, if a person doesn’t respond, that they weren’t listening. It may just be that you planted a seed and later on, maybe even years later, another person will speak to this non-responder, and the combination of the two testimonies will cause the person to listen. The testimonies may be five or ten years apart.
Someone asked when a child was ready to commit themselves to the Lord. Pastor Don replied the perfect age in a child is seven years old – they are sweet and able to understand, and share with others. But it really doesn’t depend on chronological age – there are some ten year olds that aren’t mature enough to be considered the age of accountability, there are some precocious four and five year olds. We have to trust the Holy Spirit’s guidance. There are even some adults that still haven’t matured.
God knows better than you when a child is ready.
Discipleship manual pp6 “Close personal relationships is the arena of making a disciple.”
It isn’t that you preach to a person, but you develop a relationship. Playing golf on a regular basis is not a discipleship relationship, but you can disciple a person during a golf game.
Pp 6. “Cry together, laugh together, carry burdens together – follow me as I follow Christ. No masks, no fronts, just the real deal. James, John, and Peter did all of this with the Lord and they were his closest disciples.” Jesus didn’t multiply the whole twelve, he taught them, but only James, John, and Peter were the ones He discipled.
Pp6. “when you look into the New Testament, whenever Jesus had something important or something private, when He went away to pray, He would often take Peter, James, and John. When He went to the Mount of Transfiguration, He took Peter, James, and John. When He had His private sessions, where He had to explain something very closely, He took Peter, James, and John. At the Last Supper John was sitting right next to Him, and Peter was on the other side…”
Jesus said, John 15:15-17 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.
When we disciple someone we are not their buddy – we are their teacher. We will be friendly to them, but there is still a respect that must happen. Disciples are servants of God. When Jesus said He was going to Heaven and then He will call you friends. Yes, we sing songs and call God and Jesus our friend, but He is also Sovereign – and we don’t take God or Jesus for granted.
When you are discipling someone, if you don’t define the lines, they will get crossed. A friend is equal to you, a disciple is under you and being trained up. Not until the disciple is qualified, do they get to the next category.
Discipling is a close personal relationship, and if they overstep the bounds you must tell them it is not cool. A true disciple will understand.
The student chooses the teacher. Sometimes people are being discipled that don’t even realize that they are being discipled.
Jesus knew what He was doing. To be effective, we have to know what we are doing. We should be being discipled and also discipling others.
Hope this blesses you.