Thursday, November 18, 2010

TRAINing Disciples Bonus Discussions

In October I had led my TRAINing Disciples workshop for the Central Illinois Youth Network (hosted by the Peoria Area Youth for Christ).  It was a blast.  They asked me to continue a discussion about disciple-making at their next lunch.  While I was hoping to share the floor with someone else, I am also very excited to do a little more thinking, writing, and facilitating on the topic of "making disciples of Jesus."  So here is a blog format of what I am planning to talk about (today):

Discussion 1:

Discussion 2:    Whom does Jesus call to make disciples? 
The Church?
Your Church Organization?
Your Favorite Para-church Organization?  (I don't have to tell you that COCUSA should be your favorite!)

My Answers
(Keep in mind the real value lies in dialoging these with someone, not just eating answers like a spoon fed baby.)

Discussion 1:   Here is how I would draw a Jesus-like disciple-making strategy.   Here is why:  Hebrews 10:24, I Thessalonians 2:8, I Corinthians 11:1, John 16:13, Ephesians 4:11-12
Our goal is not to make disciples of ourselves.  Our goal is to make disciples of Jesus.  There may be a time when we have to lead a group of people toward Jesus (as Paul says), but I am continually amazed at how quickly mutual disciple-making happens if we let others speak into our lives.  Thank you Holy Spirit!

Discussion 2:
If you're a follower of Jesus, he calls you to make disciples.  (See Matthew 28:19-20)

THE church is all the followers of Jesus, and he calls those followers to make disciples.  (See Acts 11:26)

Hopefully your church organization (____ Bible Church, First Church of ____, First ____ Church, etc.) is filled with followers of Jesus.  Those followers are called to make disciples and the church organization they associate with should help that happen. 

Hopefully your favorite para-church organization is in the business of making disciples as well.

But Jesus didn't call church organizations or para-church organizations to make disciples.  He called you!  Why is that an important distinction?  Two quick reasons.
  • If you work for a ministry and got fired today, what would you do?  Would you still seek to make disciples?  If not, were you more interested in serving Jesus or serving your ministry?
  • If you're not working for a ministry, are you 'off-the-hook' when it comes to making disciples?  I don't think so.  Making disciples is not tied to a certain vocation.
These 'bonus discussions' were a little longer than anticipated.  Hope you hate 'em!

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