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Discipleship Strategies 5th Lesson
Healthy Discipleship Group
• Close family atmosphere • Life application of Bible principles • Individual care • Opportunities to share personal testimonies • Encouragement and edification • Unlimited opportunities for meaningful service • Relational evangelism • Intensive care and discipling of new converts • Spiritual growth • Leadership development
Key Development Principles
• Focus training to influence character and conduct • Adapt your style and methods of equipping to the student’s
characteristics, circumstances & needs • Master the basics before attempting to develop advanced skills • Encourage students more frequently during early training • Train until students have successfully mastered the skill and can
function independently • Focus more intensely on those most committed • Motivate with meaningful relationship, recognition, & reward • Realize that training is most effective when it includes both
teaching and practice • Affirm the student’s value independent of their performance
Build an Apprenticeship Strategy
• Analyze • Assign • Coach • Evaluate • Praise • Promote
Build an Apprenticeship Strategy
• Analyze - determine gifts, abilities, interests, passion, personality, commitment, energy, & time availability
• Assign - give specific task assignments that are challenging, but attainable. Design the level of difficulty around the team members skills and experience. Think through the progression of tasks you assign to ensure that the level of challenge steadily and consistently increases.
• Coach - Provide vision, adequate resources & consistent support for your team members to stand on as they seek to achieve each task.
• Evaluate - schedule regular reviews iin which to evaluate experiences, summarize results, and discern areas of improvement
• Praise - acknowledge your team members unique contributions, affirm their intrinsic value to the team, & celebrate all victories
• Promote - create and provide continuing opportunites for personal and professional growth, renewal, and challenge
Knowledge vs Character
List top 10 things someone would need to know to be a mature disciple
List top 10 traits that should be a part of a mature disciples life
Knowledge / Skills
LAW AND GRACE – Knows how to confess sin and claim grace – Able to set goals under grace, and able to shake off failure and
carry on. – Knows, articulates, and depends on God’s part in ministry. – Has developed reasonable ethical priorities, in the sense that
he/she knows what constitutes serious sin versus minor sin. – The disciple is focused on the main issues in sanctification
rather than "straining out the gnat and swallowing the camel." – Understands the true role of the law. Understands the true role
of discipline. Consistently grateful to God.
SANCTIFICATION – Knows about identity in Christ and correct relationship of
indicatives and imperatives. – Knows how to worship God in all ways, and with excitement. – Understands the process of sanctification verses quick fixes. – Knows and practices the means of growth as a lifestyle. – Able to withstand suffering with an attitude of faith. – Obeys God much of the time. – Victory over discrediting sin. – Loyal to God over materialistic goals. – Eternal values system. – Convinced that self-giving love is the key to fulfillment.
BIBLIOLOGY/HERMENEUTICS – Able to articulate and defend biblical authority, inspiration, and
canon. – Knows and can use grammatical historical hermeneutics. – Knows how to do inductive study. – Knows how to use Bible study tools. – Familiar with typical lines of attack on hermeneutics. – Knows how to harmonize and resolve most problem passages. – Understands salvation history.
THEOLOGY PROPER – Knows how God’s attributes apply to personal trust, ministry,
and prayer. – Able to articulate and defend the Trinity. – Understands how God’s image is reflected in humans. – Able to correct common misconceptions about God and the
SATANOLOGY – Knows who Satan is and understands the angelic realm. – Discerning about aberrant teaching on demonology. – Knows how to recognize, bind, and fight demonic attacks in
self and others. – Understands the world system and the proper response to it.
APOLOGETICS/WITNESSING – Able to share own testimony. – Able to witness and actively witnesses. – Knows about the decision continuum and other principles of
evangelism. – Has brought people who received Christ. – Conversant with the main world views opposing Christ in their
culture and have at least some defenses for each. – Understands and effectively refutes common misconceptions
about Christianity. – Understands and participates in world evangelism.
ECCLESIOLOGY/MINISTRY/BODY LIFE – Active in body life at all needed levels. – Knows and embraces the importance of ministry. – Understands what the church is can can distinguish it from the
Old Testament covenant. – Understands spiritual gifts, church offices, church discipline,
and church finance. – Has established a personal ministry within, and perhaps
outside, the home church. – Is a consistent giver, and belongs to the FST. – Seeks or has an opportunity to practice personal discipleship.
RELATIONSHIPS – Understands biblical love and is able to maintain lasting
friendships. – Able to handle and resolve interpersonal conflict. – Practices sexual self-control. – Has adjusted to marriage and fulfills role as spouse and
parent. – Has developed relationship-related character qualities
(patience, kindness, initiative, honesty, etc.), so that he/she is known as a loving person both inside and outside the church.
PNEUMATOLOGY/CHRISTOLOGY – Knows the ministries of the Spirit and regularly depends on the
power of the Spirit for living and ministry. – Knows the difference between the role of the H.S. in the OT &
NT. – Ready to answer aberrant teaching on the Holy Spirit. – Looks for where the Spirit is leading and responds accordingly. – Knows scriptures and can articulate the uniqueness of Christ,
His dual natures, His deity, His work, and His return.
Qualities / Character
Discipleship Qualities: Teachability
• Disciples of Jesus Christ must be readily teachable, even to the point of obeying seemingly absurd commands that violate natural inclinations and cold logic.
Discipleship Qualities: Flexibility
• Citizenship in the kingdom of God must be seen as an entirely new and unique life calling, not as something to be added to the old life.
Discipleship Qualities: Humility
• Disciples of Jesus accept and live by an economic, social, and moral value system that is contrary to the world's and to natural human inclinations.
Discipleship Qualities: Compassion
• In kingdom living, disciples of Jesus Christ respond to hostility and rejection by treating their enemies as well as they want to be treated themselves.
Discipleship Qualities: Integrity
• Rather than focusing on the failures and inadequacies of others, disciples of Christ periodically engage in healthy self-evaluation to assess their own spiritual status.
Discipleship Qualities: Selflessness
• Disciples must put the cause of the kingdom in priority over their own happiness, convenience, comfort, and even their own existence.
Discipleship Qualities: Intensity
• Discipleship demands singleness of purpose, which will be demonstrated by a sense of extreme urgency for advancing God's kingdom.
Discipleship Qualities: Courage
• Because the mission of the kingdom of God is accomplished by demonstration and proclamation of the gospel, when courageous disciples further that mission, they are the kingdom.
Discipleship Qualities: Dependency
• People of the kingdom place their full confidence in the goodness and power of God, continually depending on him for provisions, forgiveness, guidance, and spiritual strength.
Discipleship Qualities: Transparency
• Because disciples believe that the kingdom of God is the realm where truth prevails, they strive to have honest and open relationships.
Discipleship Qualities: Contentment
• Sabbath and Jubilee principles, with their economic, social, and theological implications, must govern a disciple's everyday lifestyle.