A DISCIPLE IS
A disciple is an apprentice, someone who learns how to do something from someone else.
A disciple is someone committed to following Jesus and becoming like Him.
Being a disciple is more than merely going to church or being religious.
It is a commitment to being transformed to be like Jesus.
Head. Heart. Hands.
We frame our definition of a disciple around Matthew 4:19.
It makes it easy to reference and memorize:
And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men"
You can easily divide this verse so that it becomes a framework for the three key parts
we find in the rest of the of the New Testament on what it means to be a disciple.
These three parts include:
1. Following Jesus (Head)
2. Being changed by Jesus through the Holy Spirit (Heart)
3. Being committed to the mission of Christ (Hands)
Based on those three parts, our definition of a disciple is:
A disciple is following Jesus,
being changed by Jesus,
and committed to the mission of Jesus.
How do we make disciples? Like Jesus did!
Jesus entered into the lives of a handful of people, spent several years training and mentoring them, then sent them out to make more disciples. Programs, ministries, worship services, sermons, books, etc., can all help. But Jesus’ method was one-on-one, and there is no substitute for this. Disciples can only be hand-crafted. The expression "making disciples" closely reflects the final command of Jesus:
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
These verses provide clarity on disciple-making. Within the Greek text of these verses, there is one imperative command — make disciples — and three participles describing how we do it — go, baptize, and teach.
With this scripture in mind, we define disciple-making this way:
1. Helping people. We have to initiate and be intentional because we are to “go” and “make” disciples.
2. Trust. Disciple-making is about repentance and conversion with the accent on grace
— “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
3. Follow. Disciple-making is about obedience and sanctification (increasing holiness)
— “teaching them to obey everything I commanded you.”
4. Jesus. Jesus is the object and focus in discipleship. He does not leave us on our own trying to accomplish all of this by
ourselves, because He promises to be “with” us for the entire process until the end.
Disciple-making means helping people
trust and follow Jesus.
Discipling Groups (Dgroups) are intimate gatherings focused on helping each other to trust and follow Jesus in very specific and deep ways. Ideally, Dgroups consist of 3-5 people of the same gender. This creates an environment where transparent relationships and deep accountability can thrive.)
DISCIPLING MODEL: A2
Our A2 Discipleship is based on Acts 2 and follows FWP Model.
Gratitude - What happened last week for which you are thankful?
Challenges - What challenges do you see in your life? family? world?
Accountability - How did you obey, share, and meet the needs from last week’s meeting?
W: Word (SOAP Model QT)
Summarize with your words
Who GOD is
P: Prayer (through Lord's Prayer)
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