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Summary: Discipleship is the process of transformation

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A Work In Progress

Matthew 28:19 – 20; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

June 10, 2007

Matthew 28:19-20

“Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

“Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.”

Why Do We Need Discipleship

 Inspiration

 Motivation

 Education

 Participation

 Activation

Inspiration – “The Idea”

 A picture of what could be

 Source of internal motivation

 Instills a desire for change

 A clearly defined end result

 Our inspiration is to become Christ-like.

Motivation – “The Encouragement”

 Keeps us going –

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18, Philippians 4:13

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day.”

Philippians 4:13

“Christ gives me the strength to face anything.”

Motivation – “The Encouragment”

 Keeps us going–

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18, Philippians 4:13

 Keeps the goal in front of us – Hebrews 12:2

Hebrews 12:2

“We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete…”

Motivation – “The Encouragment”

 Keeps us going –

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18, Philippians 4:13

 Keeps the goal in front of us – Hebrews 12:2

 Holds us accountable – Proverbs 27:17

Proverbs 27:17

“Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other.”

Education – “The Tools”

 Teaches the process –

2 Timothy 3:16

2 Timothy 3:16

“Everything in the scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.”

Education – “The Tools”

 Teaches the process – 2 Timothy 3:16

 Lays a foundation – Ephesians 2:20;

1 Timothy 6:3

Ephesians 2:20

“You are like a building with the apostles and prophets as the foundation and with Christ as the most important stone.”

1 Timothy 6:3 (NLT)

“…but these are the sound, wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they are the foundation for a godly life. “

Education – “The Tools”

 Teaches the process –

2 Timothy 3:16

 Lays a foundation – Ephesians 2:20;

1 Timothy 6:3

 Expands your horizons –

1 Corinthians 12:28

1 Corinthians 12:28

“First, God chose some people to be apostles and prophets and teachers for the church. But He also chose some to work miracles or heal the sick or help others or be leaders or speak different kinds of languages.”

Participation – “On The Job Training”

 Learning through interaction – Joel 3:10

 Put knowledge into practice

Joel 3:10 (NLT)

“Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors.”

Participation – “On The Job Training”

 Learning through interaction – Joel 3:10

 Put knowledge into practice

 Learning through observation – Titus 2:3-4, 7

 Mentoring

 Coaching

Titus 2:3-4, 7

“Tell the older women to behave as those who love the Lord should… They must teach what is proper, so the younger women will be loving wives and mothers…Always set a good example for others…”

Participation – “On The Job Training”

 Learning through interaction – Joel 3:10

 Put knowledge into practice

 Learning through observation –

Titus 2:3-4, 7

 Mentoring

 Coaching

 Encouragement from others – Deuteronomy 3:28; Isaiah 35:3; Hebrews 10:24-25

Deuteronomy 3:28

“But commission Joshua and encourage him, for he will lead the people across the Jordan.”

Isaiah 35:3 (NLT)

“With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.”

Hebrews 10:24-25

“We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is near.”

Activation – “Empowered”

 Independent worker – Matthew 28:38

Matthew 28:38

“Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in.”

Activation – “Empowered”

 Independent worker – Matthew 28:38

 Transformed for ministry – Acts 6:6-7

Acts 6:6-7

“...Then the apostles prayed and placed their hands on the men to show that they had been chosen to do this work. God’s message spread, and many more people in Jerusalem became followers.”

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