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Please join me in making disciples:
F is for following.
F is for fishing … learning how to fish.
F is for fellowship … gathering people together to love one another.
I … is for Interesting. What do people find interesting?
I … is for Ideas. The best ideas from directly from Jesus. The letters in red.
I … is for Instructions. Our task is to obey the instructions, the commands of Jesus, and teach them to others.

THE FOUR CORNERED ROOM – A Simple Discipleship System, Part 1 – DM101 Module 2
Child Developmental Level
I = Interest Corner Readings

WESLEY COVENANT PRAYER
I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

STAGE 2: LEARN FROM ME (What are you INTERESTED in?)

Reading #1. Mat 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
As safety, security and belonging needs are met, curiosity emerges. Research shows that only 17% of church attenders participate in Sunday School, bible study or any learning event outside of worship.

Reflection Question: What does it mean to you to take the yoke of Jesus upon you?

Reading #2. What is the sure and certain sign that one is truly a disciple? John 8:31-32: Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Reflection Question: What does it mean to you to “continue in my word”? How do you do this?

Reading #3. What are we to teach disciples?
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Reflection Question: Who is teaching you to observe all that Jesus commanded?

***The key issue for this corner is that new disciples continue to read the words of Jesus. The goal is not to teach the Bible but that people read it, seek to understand it and apply it to their lives (Matthew 28:20). In this corner people who belong learn what to believe and to obey.

 

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Bible Reading
Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

Members of Jump Groups set a goal to read 28+ chapters of the Bible each week, an average of 4 per day. (At first this simple goal will seem impossible to achieve.) Most groups choose a book of the Bible and attempt to read it at this pace. The goal is to read these chapters every week – some weeks you might read less, but read the same chapters over and over again. Groups of 2-4 persons stay with the same book of the Bible until everyone has completed the reading. In one week with this plan you can read Matthew once (28 chapters) or Colossians 7 times (4 chapters).

This method of reading the same section of Scripture over and over has several advantages. First, you can read it like a newspaper – read over it all, but you don’t need to concentrate on every word. Second, by reading the same chapters over and over you will eventually memorize them without any significant effort. Third, your familiarity over multiple readings will result in sudden insights as God opens up deeper meanings and connects the various ideas together. Fourth, you are building a good habit of reading God’s word regularly.

Some people don’t enjoy reading, so even one chapter a day is a challenge for them. Yet even one chapter read daily until it is familiar can make a tremendous difference in our spiritual life. Don’t worry about it . . . just do it!

And as your pastor, I am always available to partners to answer questions about a Bible passage and its meaning. Just ask – but you’ll be surprised how much you learn in several weeks of reading.

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FOURFOLD VISION: Where Jesus is Lord… is the line.
The shape of the church … ascending grace, descending grace.
The shape of the church … right handed and left handed. Ambidextrous.

I is for Interest. What are you interested in? What would you like to learn.

Developmental differences. A baby needs to be loved and know that they are loved. They need to receive love and learn how to respond to it. As a child feels loved, a child feels safe. As safe becomes normal, children feel secure.

And an amazing thing happens when children begin to feel secure: they become curious. They want to explore. They watch everything, they crawl, they put things in their mouth to taste them. And they begin to communicate; first with expressions and feelings, from laughing and smiling to crying. And then with words.

And what comes next after words? Questions. Thousands and thousands of questions.

Is your church full of people asking questions? Where is the curiosity?

What are you curious about? What are your questions?

Where two or three are gathered, Jesus is there. Are you curious? What are your questions? Do you have three hundred questions a day for Jesus? If you sleep eight hours, that is almost one question every 19 minutes. Are you a baby or a child?

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A study last year showed that mums are asked more questions an hour than a teacher or a doctor.

The research found that four-year old girls were the most curious, asking 390 questions a day.

Averaging a question every one minute 56 seconds…

With this in mind, I set out to find some of the most awesome, amazing, delicious questions that a child had ever asked:

1. Evie – aged seven after a drug-awareness program at school: “Mum, how do you smoke a pot? Do you stick your head in it? What are they breathing in? Won’t the steam burn you if the stove is on?”

2. In the bathtub on Christmas Eve two brothers. As Master six talks about God. Master four: “Mum, is God a kid at Jasper’s school?”

3. Seven-year-old: “Are there more leaves in the world or blades of grass?”

Mum: “Er, blades of grass.”

Seven-year-old: “What about trees? Are there more trees than buildings?”

Mum: “Er, trees.”

Seven-year-old: “Are there more bricks in the world or bird feathers?”

Mum: “Hey, tell me about that castle you built in Minecraft.”

4. Daughter: “Mum, why’s your tummy big?”

Mum: “That’s because I’m expecting a baby.”

Daughter: “Where’s the baby?”

Mum: “Inside my tummy!”

Daughter: (Looking totally shocked) “OMG you ate the baby?”

5. Four-year-old: “Hey dad, when are you gonna die?”

Dad: “I don’t know, hopefully not for a long time.”

Four-year-old: “Oh…well when you and mum die I want new parents.”

Dad: “You what?”

Four-year-old: “I love you guys, but I need parents. I’m not old enough to use the stove.”

6. “I teach swimming lessons. My favourite question has been: ‘When do we learn how to breathe underwater?’.”

7. In the middle of dinner, with no context: “What did it feel like on your last day of being a child?”

8. While on a flight a little girl turned and said, “If the Care Bears live up here, then where does Jesus live?”

9. While cookies are baking, and my 3-year-old niece asks, “Are the cookies loading?” SIGNS OF THE TIMES

10. “What is the name of the space between the bits that stick out on a comb?”

11. “Since your eyes are blue, does that mean you see everything in blue?”

12. “Mum has Daddy ever seen your bagina?”

13. “In the olden days was everything black and white?”

14. “How do I know that I’m real and not just a dream of someone else?”

What’s the greatest question you’ve ever been asked by a child?

https://www.mamamia.com.au/14-questions-kids-ask/

Mothers asked nearly 300 questions a day, study finds
British mothers are called on by their children to answer more questions per hour than David Cameron does during Prime Minister’s Questions, averaging 23 to Cameron’s 22.
British mothers are called on by their children to answer more questions per hour than David Cameron does during Prime Minister’s Question’s, averaging 23 to Cameron’s 22.
The study discovered girls aged four are the most curious, asking an incredible 390 questions per day  
By Telegraph staff and agencies11:38AM GMT 28 Mar 2013
Research shows mothers are the most quizzed people in the UK, and on subjects far and wide.
They are asked more questions every hour than a primary school teacher – 19 – as well as doctors and nurses, 18.
And the study discovered girls aged four are the most curious, asking an incredible 390 questions per day – averaging a question every 1 minute 56 seconds of their waking day.
The report by online retailer Littlewoods.com looked at a typical day at home with the kids for a British mum and when they have to field the most queries.
From breakfast at 7.19am to tea time at 7.59pm, the average mum faces a testing 12.5 hour day of questioning – working out at one question every two minutes 36 seconds.
 It is during meal times when most questions are asked, young children rattling off 11.
This is closely followed by a routine trip to the shops, prompting 10, and the reading of a bed-time story, which typically results in nine.
Interestingly, a huge 82 per cent of infants apparently go to their mum first rather than their dad if they have a query.
A quarter of children, 24 per cent, said they go to their mother first if they have a question because their dad will just say ‘ask your mum’.
The sorts of questions mums tend to get asked varies greatly, but the most difficult include ‘why is water wet?’ and ‘what are shadows made of?’.
Other, more awkward, queries include ‘why do we have to go to school?’ and ‘why are you so old?’.
In all, a mother’s knowledge is in such demand they get asked around 105,120 questions a year by their children.
The research found the amount of questions asked by children differs with age and gender, four year old girls being the most inquisitive.
At the other end of the spectrum, nine-year-old boys are more content with their knowledge, asking 144 questions per day – one every five minutes 12 seconds.
And though the number of questions kids ask falls with age, they increase in difficulty – so much so 82 per cent of mums admit they can’t answer them.
Nine out of ten mothers even concede they have resorted to secretly using Google to solve their infant’s problem.
The survey involved 1,000 mothers with children aged between two and ten.
Full time mother Emma Edwards, 41, from Southampton, Hants, has two sons, aged three and five.
She said: “From the moment my boys wake up they seem to ask questions non-stop.
“Some of the questions they ask are really bizarre and I wonder what’s going on in their heads, like ‘what happens if a dog and a cat are sick on a zebra?’.
“At times it can be tiring trying to answer their constant queries but it is often fun and all part of their growing up and learning about the world they live in.”
Gary Kibble, of Littlewoods.com, said: “This research proves the nation’s mums are bombarded with questions from their children on a daily basis.
“While mums may struggle to answer some of their children’s questions and have to consult the Internet, it shows how inquisitive young children are and how they are constantly wondering about the things around them.
“The fact mothers are asked even more questions than David Cameron just goes to show they have one of the toughest jobs in the country.”
The five toughest questions mothers get asked:
1) Why is water wet? (35 per cent)
2) Where does the sky end? (34 per cent)
3) What are shadows made of? (33 per cent)
4) Why is the sky blue? (20 per cent)
5) How do fish breathe under water? (18 per cent)


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9959026/Mothers-asked-nearly-300-questions-a-day-study-finds.html

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Easter. Baptism. Rise to walk in newness of life. Romans 6.
Emmaus – learning how to listen to Jesus in hard times.
Jesus speaks with the language of scripture.

Luke 24:13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cle’opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning 23 and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, 29 but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, 34 who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

The point: Jesus answers questions with scripture.

John 14:23 Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

John 14:24 He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

John 14:25 “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you.

John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 15:26 But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me;

The point: the Holy Spirit answers questions with scripture, words from the mouth of Jesus.

Contrast the four systematic problems with of evangelism. My experience of grace. Ascending, Descending, justifying.

Chair time period add reading the scripture. What scripture has to do with fishing. Crossing the line to obey Jesus.

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1 03-Apr-2022 4.1 APRIL … Where Jesus is Lord… is the line. Repent.
2 The shape of the church … ascending grace, descending grace.
3 The shape of the church … right handed and left handed. Ambidextrous. (Also leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.)
4 I is for Interest.
5 Easter. Baptism. Rise to walk in newness of life. Romans 6.
6 Emmaus – learning how to listen to Jesus in hard times.
7 Jesus speaks to us with the language of scripture. The Comforter reminds us.
8 4.2 JUMP Groups reveal … four tables. Discipleship pathway also known as the equipping track. Four tasks, four stages.
9 Prayer to become a Christian … centering prayer covers each table.
10 4.3 Covey: “A change in perception changes everything.” Let scripture influence your perception.

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