Session 3: Disciplemaking Environment

Do we have a definition of ‘disciple/discipleship’? (Session 2)

  • Matthew 4:19—Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matt 28—Some doubted and some worshiped

    • Come follow me→ Worship

    • Make you→ new identity (in Christ)

    • Fishers→Obey his teachings, train others

  • Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all have vertical and horizontal implications

    • UP^

      • Father→ (Heavenly) Father

      • Son→ King, Lord

      • Holy Spirit→ New Life

    • Down (still vertical relationship)

      • Father pours out his love

      • Son came down and served, descended

      • HS come to fill and empower

    • Horizontal

      • Father→ poured out on me, now I go out

      • Son→ serve others, go out

      • HS→ go out be a witness to Jesus

    • Worship Up—New Identity In—Obey Out

Discipleship—leading someone to increasingly submit to God/Jesus in all of life

  • How do we shape an environment that helps people know, believe, and do in light of the gospel?

    • Know the truth about God/the gospel

    • Believe: experience ongoing repentance and faith

    • Go and pour out: Act on the Gospel

3 Key Environmental Elements of Disciplemaking

  • Life-on-Life: Life that is visible and accessible.

    • Jesus says come follow me (Mark 3:14). With Him, He might send them out to preach!

    • The disciples weren’t trained once a week, they were trained in the everyday. People need to see what Jesus trained/formed the disciples to be.

    • Our job is to present everyone mature in faith, no longer tossed to and fro—you will look more and more like Jesus in every aspect.

    • EX: Watching each other parent. Watching each other fight in marriage (Conflict, grace, repentance, prayer, reconciliation)

    • We need to see behind the curtain of people’s lives to understand where they are not believing/practicing the gospel

  • Life-in-Community

    • If only one person disciples another, they may end up looking more like that person and less like Jesus.

    • The ‘one-anothers’ of the new testament  cannot be lived out in a 1 on 1 relationship or meeting

    • 1 on 1 is good, but shouldn’t be the model/mode of discipleship

    • for those of you who are older in the faith, you need to make it possible for younger people to talk to you about where you might be wrong (older people, don’t confess so quickly, help younger people learn to draw it out of you)

    • The Holy Spirit is the primary discipler of our group, so anyone of us can be used at any time to build one another up into Christ.

  • Life-on-Mission

    • “come follow me” 3 years on mission is how the disciples learned to be like Jesus.

    • If a medical student had everything from the book memorized but had never operated, would they be a good surgeon? No—you have to practice. Life-on-Mission prepares people (as do Life-on-Life and Life-in-Community) to be launched.

    • This, the mission of the Church, is more important than the job of a surgeon.

    • The mission field is the best place I know to experience and rely on God.

    • Note: Have you ever noticed how going on a mission trip will bring out the need for Jesus?

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

  • Think about your present situation. Do you have a clear definition of disciple and discipleship?

  • As we consider our group life together, is this group’s life pushing people toward Life-on-life, life-in-community, and life-on-mission? If so, how? If not, why not?

  • What would need to change to make it so Life on Life, Life in Community, and Life on Mission are part of everyone growing to fullness in Christ?