“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20
Today senior pastor Jimmy Seibert and young adult pastor Chase Moore continued our series, Be one. Make one. by breaking down discipleship and sharing a few practical tools.
While tools and processes are helpful, we can’t let our focus shift from our relationship with Jesus. People and relationship are the centerpiece of discipleship. We want to walk out a life of encountering Jesus, and we want to help others do the same.
DISCIPLE MAKING IS LIVED OUT IN LIFEGROUPS.
This morning, we introduced four types of discipleship:
1.Peer Discipleship // These are small groups where we find accountability, encouragement and sharpening. Peer discipleship is found within the structure of Lifegroup.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
2.Mentoring // This is the investment and input of spiritual fathers or mothers into our lives. These relationships form outside the structure of Lifegroup.
“ and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” 2 Timothy 2:2
3.Intensive // The Antioch Discipleship School is a great opportunity for intensive discipleship. These are medium to large groups focused on growth through a seasonal experience and led by a trained teacher or leader.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
4.Evangelistic // The purpose of evangelistic discipleship is to introduce people to Jesus and help them follow Him. We find this by investing in two to three people within our sphere of influence.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Peer and evangelistic discipleship should be a continual part of our lives as followers of Jesus.
FOUR KEYS OF DISCIPLESHIP
- Discipleship is the genius of God // You will never be all Jesus has for you unless you’re investing in someone else. When we give, we end up receiving. It’s the way of the Kingdom. When we invest in others through discipleship, we end up learning more about Jesus.
- Discipleship is relational // People aren’t always looking for the right answer, they’re typically just looking for someone who cares. Building relationships doesn’t need to be difficult. Ask people for their story, and ask God about His heart for them.
- Discipleship is about modeling // Discipleship isn’t about being an expert, it’s about initiating relationships and growing together. We are called to follow Jesus and invite people to come along with us. Don’t ask people to do something you wouldn’t do as well.
- Discipleship is real time // Walking with people in discipleship is about meeting people right where they are. We aren’t calling people to do something, we’re walking thought life together and pointing one another to Jesus in every situation.
PEER DISCIPLESHIP AND MENTORING
We are committed to the presence of Jesus when two to three of us gather. Meeting together in discipleship is not about empathizing with one another, it’s about pointing people toward Jesus.
IN RESPONSE //
1.S.O.S METHOD // One practical method you can apply when reading the Bible together is the SOS method. This is a series of questions that can help you deeper dive into a passage:
- S: What does this passage say about God, and what does it say about me?
- O: What am I being called to obey?
- S: What do I share with those around me?
2.Accountability questions // Go through a list of questions to help one another stay accountable, and to go deeper into what is happening in one another’s lives. It’s one thing to tell one another what we do and don’t do, but it’s another thing to go deeper and talk about the heart behind our decisions.
Discipleship is all about relationships. We need fathers to call us up, brothers and sisters to call us out and friends to walk with.