Encarnacao Alliance. Grass Roots Trainers Training Discipleship Creating a discipling community? Bryan Johnson. The foundations of the Church are; Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone – Eph. 2v20 The other foundations stones are; Faith – Col. 2v5 Hope – 1 Thess. 1v2,3
Grass Roots Trainers Training
Creating a discipling community?
Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone – Eph. 2v20
The other foundations stones are;
Faith – Col. 2v5
Hope – 1 Thess. 1v2,3
Love – I Cor. 13v13
The ministry of establishing the Church is done through and in the grace of God – Eph 2v8;
God’s grace is not only His unmerited favour
But also His enabling power
And His extravagant forgiving love.The Church is a discipling Community
2. Who is an example of a discipler?
3. Who can disciple others?
4. How many disciples should I disciple at once?
5. What is the attitude of the discipler?
6. How can we measure progress in disciple-making?
7. Why is it important to make disciples?
8. What do we teach disciples?
9. How do we teach disciples?
10. What do disciples do?Questions about discipleship?
“God blessed them and said be fruitful and
multiply, fill the earth, and rule over it.”
Archippus, Artemas, Tychicus, Carpus, Crescens, Titus, Zenas and many others. Several of Paul’s disciples failed as well, they were Hymenaeus, Philetus, Demas etc.
- No, not even the Apostle Paul was not perfect, see Phil. 3:12-14
- Grace is God’s enabling power to do what he has called us to do for Him. See James 4:6. We receive grace and bestow grace.
- Always be a humble learner.
Those who have a learning attitude!
To disciple others you only need to be one step ahead of your disciples
Be a person with the goal to be like Christ, Phil. 3:13-14
Be a F.A.T. person, Faithful, Available, and Teachable. These qualities are those that make a great teacher and disciple-maker.3. Who can disciple others?
“ Therefore encourage one another, build up one another, just as you are also doing. Appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them highlyinlove because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you brethren, admonish theunruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men”.
These qualities are; marriage fidelity, integrity, temperance, prudence, respect, hospitality, teachable, not a drunkard or a fighter, gentle, uncontentious, free from materialism, manages his household well, dignified, not conceited or proud, good reputation, truthful in speech, a clear conscience, faithful servants of Christ, generous, caring for people.
“Teach them to observe all that I commanded” Matthew 28:20
What did Jesus command – search the scriptures
Expected them to obey His commands
Developed faith in their hearts
Taught them the gospel of the kingdom of God
Taught them to pray
Taught them to suffer with grace and humility
Spent time in informal settings telling them stories
Encouraged them to minister at the earliest opportunity
Evaluated their successes and failures, and encouraged them to keep growing strong in the Lord
Prayed all the time for them to be protected from the enemy
Taught the that the power of the Holy Spirit would dramatically change their livesThe discipleship methods of Jesus
a) Diverse, many members with many gifts
b) Many parts making a whole
c) Stronger the more often they met in joy-
d) Responsible to minister to one another
is expressed in small caring groups.
These small groups facilitate friendship, relationship building, community life, loving care for one another and a sense of God’s nearness.
Key elements in this process are;
Intimate sharing of life related events
Each ministering what God has spoken to them
Ministering to one another
Practical care for one anotherCommunity life is most effective in small groups
Too often Christians are program focussed and program our Bible Study groups where the Bible is the focus
People touching God’s presence needs to be the focus of small groups that build a strong loving, caring, joy-filled community life
People attend meetings and observe a program but still do not make friends
Small groups must develop a family atmosphere where people are ministered to and built up in their faith through friendship, and personal ministry.Small groups build community life
Western society has proven the destructive and costly nature of individualism
God has put the solitary in families so they may be strong, caring for one another
The variety of gifts in a community makes possible a variety of ministries
Loving caring communities are attractive to the isolated and uncared for
Human development needs immediate family and a wider extended family for all round health
God bestows His blessing/joy on caring communitiesCommunities are stronger social units than individuals
Every community is strong when it has disciplined leadership of individualism
The qualities of discipleship make for excellent community life
Communities based on Jesus Christ’s example of leadership are strong and cohesive
The urban poor need to develop a strong community life, to break strongholds/vices in their lives, for their communities to function and prosper
The needs of the whole community are more important than the agenda of individualsDiscipleship is the foundation for leadership in caring communities
Trainers must train trainees or disciples in the context of of individualismsmallgroup communities
The training method needs to be a reflection of the goal of the training
It is easier to reproduce things you have experienced
The experience of trainees in a small group community must be such that the trainees will want to, and know how to reproduce it
Quality community life is essential to the training of workers among the urban poor.Encarnacao Trainers need to train and make disciples in this context
1. By using the small interactive groups of 6-15 in the training sessions that;
a) always start with greetings and the sharing the life experiences of the last week by group members
b) include everyone in the sharing time – this develops everyone’s oral communication skills
c) respond to needs shared with prayer and ministry and practical help if possible
d) include a game or fun activity to help build relationship and assist each member to get to know the others in the group
e) use the customary way of creating a relaxed atmosphere of acceptance and friendship
f) accept each persons contribution with warmth and commendation
g) move on to worship after each one is sensing acceptance and warmth in the group
h) deliver the teaching session in an interactive manner allowing opportunity for participants to share their experience of the topic. Adult learning should build on experiences of the participants and not assume that they know nothing of the topic.
i) Don’t preach a sermon. Focus on one topic and the kingdom values that can be integrated into our lifestyle through the grace of God. Get everyone to share their life experience.
j) Utilise the experience of those in the group to share the learning experience. This builds a team style of learning and community life
k) Start to delegate responsibilities for components of the group meeting times to others as soon as you observe their readiness to do so. Encourage this as much as possible and always commend people for their good work. Do not take people for granted.
l) Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself
2. By initiating community based business activities based around a group of 6-25 people that;
a) Develops the creative talents of the group
b) Produces artifacts that are valued by the community
c) Use local materials
d) Creates wealth in the community by providing an above average return for their labour.
e) Involves the group meeting together several times per week so they can start work with prayer and worship and have a meal together, and show caring love to one another and learn to live by kingdom values
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