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By Jeff Christopherson
questions occur when talking about making disciples such as: What is our part
in making disciples? How intentional? Do we simply preach, organize small
groups or classes and leave the results totally to God? Or do we use guilt,
manipulation and confrontation to make sure people do what we think is needed?
gives us a picture of how we work together with God to accomplish His mission.
assigned Apollo and Paul completely different roles in the process of making
disciples. Apollos’ role as a discipler was different than Paul’s, yet equally
important. Apollos had built quite a following. This is how that Luke
introduced him in Acts:
A Jew named Apollos, a native Alexandrian, an
eloquent man who was powerful in the use of the Scriptures, arrived in Ephesus. (Acts 18:24 HCSB)
a “presence” that God used to capture and challenge people on their spiritual
a missionary, apostle and God-ordained entrepreneur for the gospel. Digging a
hole in the soil, placing the seed in the ground and covering up the hole is a
part of the process that Paul mastered. Apollos came along and nurtured the
plant—another intentional and indispensable role in the process.
explained how a discipleship process worked:
What then is Apollos? And what is
Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the
Lord has given. I planted, Apollos watered, but God
gave the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters
is anything, but only God who gives the growth. Now the one planting and
the one watering are one in purpose, and each will receive his own reward
according to his own labor. For we are God’s
coworkers. You are God’s field, God’s building. (I Corinthians 3:5-9 HCSB)
makes the plant grow. God uses our intentionality as a platform to do what only
He can do.
everybody doesn’t stand in the batter’s box in the same place, some stand on
the left or right side, others switch at will. Many baseball players are a long
way from first base.
disciplemaking is your destination, one path will not help them all. Everyone
is starting from a different red dot. The ultimate destination is Jesus Christ—
but obstacles and next steps are unique depending on the person.
“speed” and multi-tasking required from a new church planter is staggering.
Planters understandably struggle to set priorities and remain focused. For your
mission to succeed you needed a predetermined plan, a clear path, and intentional
important question to answer in a discipleship process is this; “What kind of
disciple should we be making?”
every new church has their own strategic rate, new church planters should
determine their discipleship process early. Everything in your new church
should support the process. Here are four simple questions to help you begin
Discipleship begins with the first conversation
you have with a lost person. Your process should be so simple that they can
understand and own it. A common mistake of new church planters is that
they subconsciously view that disciples are made to support the church domain.
But Sunday morning disciples are, at best, only making baby steps to becoming
what God wants them to be. Discipleship processes are church supported and
designed to be practiced in the personal world of each disciple Monday through
is adapted from the North American Mission Board’s Send Network vice president Jeff Christopherson’s book Kingdom First.
your next missional opportunity by visiting the Send
excerpts from Kingdom First on the Send Network blog.
Date Created: 2/11/2016 12:25:17 PM
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