December

DECEMBER

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.
S … is for sanctifying. Go through the rite of passage, Going on to perfection.
S … is for serving. Job, Volunteer, and Neighborhood.
S … is for submitting to the setting. What is needed here?
H … is for Harvest Laborer. People are ready; do you see them?
H … is for Hello.  Using the prayer tool to build a network of influence inside and outside of the congregation.
H … is for Helper. Be a Paraclete – come alongside, mentor, help people to grow to the next stage.

Who’s in your back seat?

***The key issue for this corner is to realize the important of equipping the laity to finish the Great Commission by raising their new disciples up to become disciple makers and fulfill Matthew 28:20 as well. Disciple makers acting as partner-mentors help growing Christians move around the four cornered room until they, too, can make and raise their own disciples. Sheep make sheep; only sheep can help lambs to grow up to be sheep.

Idea from one of the groups: Make prayer chains from strips of paper for prayer tool neighbors.

Paraclete tasks … let the Holy Spirit help you with your disciples.

04-Dec-2022 12.1 DECEMBER
Who’s in your back seat?
Bringing the new disciple around the four cornered room.
Monitoring the transitions. Keeping in touch with the prayer tool.

11-Dec-2022 Homework- Week 1
18-Dec-2022 Homework- Week 2
25-Dec-2022 Homework- Week 3

01-Jan-2023 A NEW YEAR

 

 

Small Churches Grow by Making Disciples Who Make Disciples

Jesus and John Wesley also practiced a salvation process of intentional disciple-making, with carefully structured activity by their followers that enhanced the work of God in stages of prevenient grace, justifying grace and sanctifying grace. Each step of the maturational cycle is necessary to develop disciples who make disciples who make disciples; in creation, only the mature fruit can reproduce. Relational disciple-making as taught by Jesus produces generation after generation of disciples making disciples (2 Timothy 2:2). This follows the creation pattern; as children grow up, diverse gifts lead them into diverse careers, but they also naturally form committed partnerships to bear and raise children to maturity. This cyclical process of disciple-making is delineated in the New Testament and summarized in the Great Commission. It is clearly demonstrated in rapidly growing third world cell churches that have developed an environmental system which supports multiple generations of disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

I have participated in numerous behavioral interviews using the Logan/Ridley process to evaluate Illinois Great Rivers Conference clergy as potential church planters. Cf. Charles Ridley & Robert E. Logan, Training for Selection Interviewing (St. Charles, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, 1998). It was exceedingly rare for this highly evangelistically gifted minority to identify a disciple they had converted who later made a disciple of his or her own.

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