Summary: Making Disciples; Making a Difference Three Keys to Making Disciples, part 4

Making Disciples; Making a Difference

Three Keys to Making Disciples, part 4

Acts 2:42-47

To have a successful road trip you need a driver, a vehicle to move you, and a map to show you your destination. Unless you have all three you cannot make a rad trip, you will not get anywhere. The same is true with making disciples, we need a driver to lead others, intentional leaders, you need a vehicle, or a relational environment to move us forward in making disciples, and you need a map or a re-product able process that directs us to our destination. So today we want to look at those three keys to making disciples – an intentional leader, a relational environment, and a predictable process. But lets review what we have covered already. We started the series considering what is a win for the church, what is success? Thankfully Jesus defined the win for us – to make disciples who make disciples. Next we look at what is a disciple, we need to kn ow what are we making, right? We said that a disciple is someone who knows and follows Christ; a disciple is being changed by Christ, and a disciple is committed to the mission of Christ. Then last week we looked at the stage of growth for a disciple – the spiritually dead or searching, the spiritual infant, the spiritual child, the spiritual young adult, and the spiritual parent. That brings us to today the three keys to making disciples.

In Acts you see these three keys lived out in the early church. In 2:42-47 you see the apostles are intentional leaders, you see evidence of relational environment as the church met in homes, and the reproductable process (although not as clear) as the church met daily around the apostles teaching, eating, and praying together, and meeting the needs of one another.

Lets's look at the first key, an intentional leader.

1. Key #1 – An Intentional Leader

The intentional leader drives the discipleship process toward the goal of making disciples. Don't let the term leader scare you, all of us are leaders in some relationship, the basic characteristic of a leadership or leading is influence. All of us have influence in some relationship - it may be as a parent, in a job, with yourself, or even with an animal. It is helpful if you have done it before but it is not necessary. Intentional leaders are purposeful in their relationships.

Jesus was an intentional leader:

• Jesus sent out a team that had to trust his instructions (Luk 22:7-13)

• Jesus challenged his disciples to test their faith (John 6:5-6)

• Jesus allowed his disciples to fail to teach them about faith (Mat 14:28-31)

Jesus was the master disciple maker. He was not just a highly relational guy that hung out with the twelve because he loved them. That is true but his life was guided by a large purpose and palm so he was intentional. He moved slowly and chose wisely and he imparted his DNA to the twelve. DNA is important. If you want to better understand how to make disciples, read through the gospels with an eye of seeing Jesus as a disciple maker and you will see him in a new light. Intentional leaders have a plan - to bring disciples to maturity.

Not only do you need and intentional leader, but you also need a relational environment.

2. Key # 2 – A Relational Environment

A driver must have a vehicle to get to their destination and in the disciple making process, the vehicle that moves us to our destination of making disciples is a relational environment. Without a relational environment, it may be informative but not trans formative. In making disciples we are not just looking to transmit information but bring about transformation. Is there a relationship environment in your Life Group. Relational environments are the vehicle God uses to bring real change, transformation not just information. What is a relational environment?

• people are friendly

• people are open and honest

• people care about you beyond the meeting/interaction

• People notice when others are gone

• People protect others in the group

• people provide for others

• people are safe to share with

In order for a Life Group to be highly relational it must be small. That is why we keep groups under about twelve people. When groups get bigger than that, they lose the ability to have a relational environment. No everyone can share and it gets to large for the group to care for each other. Relationships take time as people get to know one another. We have a driver to leads us on our road trip, we have a vehicle to move us but we also need a map or GPS for directions. The map in the disciple making process is a reproducible process.

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