Daily walk in the Spirit exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit and the glory of God H. O God help me reveal Your glory in my life today, at my expense & without expecting merit on my part.
|I. Impromptu Discipling||II. Relationship Discipling I|
|Time: 1-2 minutes or longer as opportunity is presented.||Time: Longer, sometimes many years or even decades. Be patient trusting Jesus.|
|At checkout counter, airplane ride, walking, gym, hospital, rehab, etc||Family, friends, neighbors, workplace, sports, etc|
|Spiritual Farming- Be prepared in your heart & with resources to use in 1 or 2 minutes||Spiritual Farming [Matthew 13]|
|Sowing– Every person we see or talk to is either saved or lost, therefore look for opportunities||Sowing– Getting out of our Christian comfort zone & develop relationships with lost people based on mutual interests.|
|Cultivating- Start with a gospel conversation that may lead to a gospel message using a concise personal testimony, “Red Card“, etc. Try to get contact information to provide follow-up. Provide to Administrators.||Cultivating – Talk about and live in light of scriptural truths before lost people. The goal is for the unbeliever to reach a place where they ask “What is the hope within you”? [1 Peter 3:15]|
|Harvesting- Don’t bruise the fruit, someone else may harvest. E Some of these conversations will result in Salvation. Romans 10:9,13||Harvesting– Salvation, the gift of God. We can faithfully cultivate and sow for years, but we must leave the result to Jesus. E Romans 10:9,13|
|Encourage baptism F & G||
Encourage baptism F & G
|Spiritual Parenting. One-on-one through the steps below for the new Disciple- may have to be provided by telephone, Skype, or email or turning over to another Disciple.||Spiritual Parenting. One-on-one through the steps below for the new Disciple.
[Galatians 4:19, Hebrews 5:11-14, 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, 1-20]
|Baby Disciple||Baby Disciple|
|Reproducing Disciple||Reproducing Disciple|
Notes: E- For witnessing help see #1 here; F- For Jesus setting the example click here; G- For training help see #2 here; I- For an approach to discipling with spiritual farming & parenting that is very helpful click here.
Data A shows the church has fallen to alarming depths in the USA. We are now in a situation where only 6% of all Americans and 0.5% ages 18-23 have a biblical world view. [The 0.5% is not a typo]
“Bottom line: the church is not having a very positive effect on the culture, but conversely the culture is having a tremendously detrimental effect on the church. When asked; what is the biggest problem in the church in America today, noted theologian and author, Henry Blackaby said, “It is very simple. We have raised generations of illiterate Christians.” B These illiterate Christians are reproducing themselves.
Most people don’t know the bible today and are not interested– as a result this is often referred to as a post-Christian culture. What are we to do? Just like Paul C all Disciples D have a calling and responsibility to the 3 steps in the discipling process in:
Matthew 28:19-20.. 19 Go therefore and make disciples * of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
* Discipling is a three step process:  make disciples–witnessing that leads people to be new believers in Jesus E,  encouraging them to be baptized F and  teaching them the commands of Jesus G. All with the presence and guidance of Jesus and the help of the Holy Spirit.
Walking in the Spirit consistently and being prepared & ready to take advantage of “Impromptu Discipling” opportunities as they present themselves provides perfect heart preparation for “Relationship Discipling”. Each Disciple should be doing both.
Notes: A- For data click here ; B- From “A Friend Under Fire” by Stephen Trice; C-[Acts 22:15, Matthew 28:18-20]; D- I use the word Disciple in place of Christian; 2nd page H- For helps I use most mornings click here Jesus- Centered, here NT Commandments & here Glory of God;
For the difference one person can make on a nation click here.
We have a way to measure part of “Impromptu Discipling” and provide reports each week. How do we measure follow-up? How do we measure “Relationship Discipling” and daily acts of kindness & care in our SS class community?
Henry Luke 2/14/2018