“Share something/someone you ‘follow’.” (example: News channel, blog, twitter personality, parent/family member, etc… besides Jesus. lol)
6/26 “Family Fun Night” - 6:00pm; hotdogs, bounce houses, water games (kids will get wet)
6/26-6/30 VBS - 6:00-8:30pm
7/3 Family Worship - no Next Gen ministries; no adult CG’s; there will be childcare for babies-2 y/o
7/6 No Wednesday PM ministries (kids, students) on campus
7/10 Family Meeting - our semi-annual business meeting 4:00pm
7/16-7/21 Student’s "Student Life” Summer Camp
In Week 3 of “We Are The Church”, we look at one of the main “purposes” of the church - discipleship. Two of Jesus’ last instructions to his disciples are found in Matt 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8. In Matthew, Jesus tells his 11 apostles (disciples) “go … and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…, [and] teaching them”… in Acts we learn how his disciples were enabled to do this, by the coming and empowering of the Holy Spirit. The one specific command in the Great Commission is to “make disciples”. We are to do so while we are going throughout the world & going about our daily activities, by baptizing and teaching others all that Jesus commanded. This is discipleship.
Key Passages: Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, John 8:31, 2 Tim 2:2, 1 Cor 11:1
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Discipleship can occur 1-on-1, in small groups of 3-5, in a family, in Community Groups, in large gatherings, etc.
- What is “your” experience with discipleship? How were/are you best “discipled”?
- How do you see discipleship happening… at The Mount? In your home?
- How would you define discipleship? (see some definitions of discipleship below)
- Being a Christian disciple involves personal growth. What does the bible say this ‘growth’ should look like? How would you characterize or what would you see in the life of a ‘growing’ believer? (putting Jesus first, following Jesus, abiding in Jesus, fruitfulness, love for other believers, evangelism Acts 1:8)
- Read 2 Timothy 2:1-2. What does it say about discipleship? (teach others who can teach others)
- Read 2 Tim 1:13, Phil 4:9, 1 Cor 11:1… what pattern do we see in these passages?
- What next steps do you personally plan to take to “make disciples”?
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for VBS this week - for the teaching of the gospel, for salvations, for steps towards faith.
Disciple, Discipling or Discipleship - Definition:
- “Disciple: a follower of Jesus”
- “Discipling is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples (believers) in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. This includes equipping the disciple to teach others as well.” From “Transforming Discipleship: making disciples a few at a time” by Greg Ogden
- “Disciple-making is an intentional process of evangelizing non-believers, establishing believers in the faith, and equipping leaders.” https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-grow-a-disciple-making-culture-in-your-church
- “A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit.” http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-discipleship.html
David Platt on the church’s role in discipleship:
“When it comes to talking about making disciples, it’s not about individual followers of Jesus, on their own, lone rangers making disciples. It’s about being apart of a body and together making disciples. Those unbelievers need to see evidence of community around Christ. They need to see the love of Christ in action. They need to see the mercy of Christ in action. The church needs to become a picture that, especially for harden hearts of unbelievers, softens their hearts towards the goodness of Christ in the community of faith. We don’t just walk in isolation. We walk in love and service to one another. We’re teaching the Word to each other and the Word is spreading through each other. All of that has to happen in the context of relationships with other people. And so disciple making is intricately tied to commitment to a local church.”
John MacArthur on “What Does It Mean To Make Disciples”:
“In describing the purpose statement of the church, many people point to Christ’s instruction in the Great Commission to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19).
But depending on whom you ask, you might find a wide variety of interpretations regarding what it actually means to “make disciples.” Most churches today understand it as a command to evangelize the world—to lead people to faith and repentance in every corner of the world and spread the gospel as far as possible.
And while there is certainly an evangelistic aspect to Christ’s command, His instructions go beyond just spreading the gospel. The verb translated as “make disciples”—mathēteuō—is beautifully complex, carrying more meaning than simply accumulating converts. It communicates the idea of a learning believer—someone who is growing in his faith and his love for the Lord.
Jesus’ words emphasize not the moment of salvation but the lifetime of sanctification that follows. He made the same point in John 8:31 when He said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.” It’s the difference between a one-time profession of faith and a lifetime of spiritual growth and increasing godliness—between counterfeit and genuine conversion. … As defined by Christ’s command to His disciples, the purpose of the church is to make learning believers—men and women whose lives reflect a deep commitment to and love for the Lord, His Word, and His people.”
“The Great Commission was given to the church as a body made up of many different types of
people from all backgrounds and cultures. When the Holy Spirit was given to the church at Pentecost, His power, presence, and gifts enabled the early church to fulfill the Great Commission in ways never before imagined possible. As the church fulfills its task, the surrounding community feels the radical impact of Christian people. The health and unity of the church as a community must be continually developed if the church is to live up to its biblical mandate to make disciples of Jesus Christ.” - ‘Growing Toward Spiritual Maturity’ By Gary C. Newton