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DISCIPLESHIP AS A LIFESTYLE. SESSION ONE:. “A REVIEW OF THE BASICS”. AIM. To review the five building blocks of discipleship To clearly define what discipleship truly is. REVIEW OF THE BASICS. THE MANDATE --

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session one

SESSIONONE:

“A REVIEW OF THE BASICS”

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AIM...
  • To review the five building blocks of discipleship
  • To clearly define what discipleship truly is
review of the basics
REVIEW OF THE BASICS

THE MANDATE --

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28: 19 - 20

This is “THE GREAT COMMISSION”

what is the mission
WHAT IS THE MISSION?

To get people saved

and then teach them how to live the Christian life!

the mission
THE MISSION

… a mission EVERY CHRISTIANis to be INVOLVED in.

… a mission based on the invitation of Jesus:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

the problem
THE PROBLEM

The problem is the nature of mankind…

We are SINFUL.

the building blocks of discipleship
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DISCIPLESHIP

The Christ-like life if developed through practicing five basic “inner” disciplines...

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THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DISCIPLESHIP

1) Reading, memorizing and studying SCRIPTURE.

scripture
SCRIPTURE

There is no minimizing the importance of Scripture in a disciple’s life!

Scripture:

  • teaches us
  • rebukes, or admonishes us
  • corrects us
  • equips us for every good work
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THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DISCIPLESHIP
  • Developing vital communication with God through PRAYER.
why pray
WHY PRAY?

A. Example of Jesus

B. Antidote to Temptations

C. Communication with God

A - ADORATION

C - CONFESSION

T - THANKSGIVING

S - SUPPLICATION

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THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DISCIPLESHIP

3) Giving the HOLY SPIRIT freedom to conform our lives into the “spiritual nature”. Also, to find, develop and use our spiritual gifts.

the holy spirit
THE HOLY SPIRIT...
  • is the Spirit of Truth
  • is a Teacher
  • functions as a Witness
  • is an Advocate
  • speaks for God
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THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DISCIPLESHIP

4) Seeking to live a truly HOLY LIFE, not conformed to the world, but transformed in heart and mind.

holiness
HOLINESS

“Holiness is growing into the likeness of Christ, resulting from the ministry of Christ in our minds, motives, decisions, deeds, words, characters and conduct.”

Commissioner Edward Read

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THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DISCIPLESHIP

5) Looking on the world, on individuals, with the COMPASSION Jesus had.

compassion
COMPASSION

If Jesus was here to move us to compassion for hurting people, who would he move us towards in our communities…

“the least of these”?

so how s it going
SO, HOW’S IT GOING?
  • What disciplines are currently being developed in your life?
  • Where have your struggles been?
  • Have you had the time you want or need to practice these inner disciplines?
  • What things distract you?
add on christianity
“ADD ON” CHRISTIANITY

We add a little Christianity/spirituality…

  • to our personality
  • to our job
  • to our family activities
add on christianity1
“ADD ON” CHRISTIANITY

When we run into difficulties and problems, we think…

  • if I just pray more...
  • if I go to Church more...
  • if I read my Bible more...
earthy spirituality
“EARTHY SPIRITUALITY”

Let’s learn from a local favorite…

RICE!

earthy spirituality1
“EARTHY SPIRITUALITY”

This is the secret to a balanced Christian life:

WORK IT A BIT AT A TIME!

discipleship
DISCIPLESHIP

A DOOR to be opened and a PATH to be followed.

session two

SESSION TWO:

“DEALING WITH TEMPTATION”

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AIM...
  • To learn some practical ways of identifying and dealing with temptation
temptation
TEMPTATION

While God’s Holy Spirit teaches and encourages us to BECOME more and more like Christ…

While we practice the disciplines of a Christ-like life and are being filled with the FULLNESSofGOD...

temptation1
TEMPTATION

WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL AND ALERT!

temptation2
TEMPTATION

Let’s read out loud together:

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, stand firm in your faith.

temptation3
TEMPTATION

“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

1 Peter 5: 8 - 10

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WWJD?

Let’s look at Luke 4, Jesus’ temptation.

Group 1: verses 3 - 4

Group 2: verses 5 - 8

Group 3: verses 9 - 12

  • Define the temptation/appeal
  • Discover the antidote/His response

YOU HAVE 5 MINTUES!

wwjd temptation 1
WWJD? Temptation #1
  • Hunger -- 40 days without food
  • “lust of the flesh”
  • symbolic of our “appetites”
  • “If you don’t take care, who will?”
  • TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
  • Scripture quoted Deuteronomy 8:3
  • Israel in desert for 40 years -- manna provided by God
  • TRUST GOD WITH NEEDS!
wwjd temptation 2
WWJD? Temptation #2
  • Power, prestige, ambition
  • “lust of the eyes”
  • symbolic of our need to look and feel successful
  • “The end justifies the means!”
  • BE SUCCESSFUL!
  • Scripture quoted Deuteronomy 6:13
  • Fear the Lord our God and serve Him only
  • TRUST GOD WITH SUCCESS!
wwjd temptation 3
WWJD? Temptation #3
  • Use divine powers inappropriately
  • “pride of life”
  • symbolic of our need for attention, spectacular things
  • “Seek popularity!”
  • SEEK THE SPOTLIGHT!
  • Scripture quoted Deuteronomy 6:16
  • God provided -- don’t keep testing His trust/provision
  • TRUST GOD FOR ANY HONOR COMING TO YOU!
when tempted
WHEN TEMPTED

“Jesus had been affirmed by God and Baptism by a dove. Jesus was clear on His mission of redemption. The question was one of strategy -- how and what would Jesus do? This is the whole focus of the temptation -- the HOW of life.”

Bruce Larson

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WHEN TEMPTED

Satan’s basic STRATEGY is to make us believe that God isNOT trustworthy.

Satan’s basic LIE is that we CANNOT trust God.

Therefore, our basic SIN, our yielding to temptation, is to:

MISTRUST GOD.

when tempted2
WHEN TEMPTED

Get into 4 new groups.

Individually, take time to study

God’s Word and answer

the questions 1 through 4.

(Stop when you come

to the Unison Reading.)

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WHEN TEMPTED

1) The antidote to temptation, and important tool in dealing with temptation is…

SCRIPTURE

  • reveals the trustworthiness of God
  • keeps us trustworthy and faithful Psalm 119:11
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WHEN TEMPTED

2) Other things we can do to keep temptation from leading to sin…

  • Matthew 26:41PRAYER -- VIGILANCE IN WATCHING
  • Colossians 3:2 SET YOUR MIND ON GODLY THINGS
  • James 4:7 SUBMIT TO GOD --RESIST THE DEVIL
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WHEN TEMPTED

3) According to Hebrews 4:15, what areas was Jesus tempted in?

ALL AREAS, JUST AS WE ARE

4) What does this verse in Hebrews tell us about Jesus?

HE IS OUR HIGH PRIEST

when tempted6
WHEN TEMPTED

We have learned:

  • everyone faces temptation
  • temptation does NOT have to lead to sin!
temptation4
TEMPTATION

Let’s read this again out loud:

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, stand firm in your faith.

temptation5
TEMPTATION

“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

1 Peter 5: 8 - 10

the challenge
THE CHALLENGE

The challenge is…

TO STAND FIRM

HOW DO WE DO THIS?

In your 4 groups, study the passage assigned and answer the questions. You will share with the larger group in 10 minutes.

challenge group 1
CHALLENGE -- Group #1
  • Parable of the Talents
  • each person to faithfully use and cultivate what was entrusted to them
  • those who cultivated it -- “faithful”
  • those who did nothing, abused or hid
  • good guys go to heaven, bad to hell
  • faithfulness, standing firm, hanging in
challenge group 2
CHALLENGE -- Group #2
  • Christians are “servants” of Jesus
  • Christians are entrusted with God’s stuff: mission, goals, plans
  • If we are taking care of God’s business here on earth, we had better be faithful… consistent… stand firm
challenge group 3
CHALLENGE -- Group #3
  • All saints -- and all Christians are saints! -- should love God
  • God “preserves” faithful saints
  • God brings down the prideful
challenge group 4
CHALLENGE -- Group #4
  • The end of this world, the final judgment sending people to their destiny
  • Many will fall away -- love grows cold
  • Many will stand firm and hang on!
  • The second group of Christians, the faithful, will spend eternity in heaven
the challenge1
THE CHALLENGE

Scripture is full of challenges to REMAIN FAITHFUL

and to

STAND FIRM.

*** We do today what we want because we can’t really comprehend a forever tomorrow.

the challenge2
THE CHALLENGE

Live keeping one eye on JESUSinHEAVEN and one eye on JESUShereonEARTH.

*** Life on earth has a continuation into eternity. What we do here and now WILL affect where we spend it.

session three

SESSION THREE:

“OUTER DISCIPLINES”

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AIM...
  • To see that the basics of discipleship, the “inner” disciplines, naturally lead to the blossoming of the “outer” disciplines.
  • To discover these “outer” disciplines that should be evidenced in a disciple’s life.
the tree of spiritual growth
THE TREE OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

OUTER DISCIPLINES

  • Spirit-filled living
  • Compassion
  • Prayer

INNER DISCIPLINES

  • Bible reading
  • Seeking a Holy Life
stewardship defined
STEWARDSHIP - defined

Stewardship…

  • is what we do with what God has given to us and entrusted to our care.
  • involves a reality;knowing what we have.
  • involves responsibility; the wise use of what we have.
stewardship
STEWARDSHIP

“Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand.” 1 Chronicles 29:14b

“Jesus said, ‘Everything You have given me comes from You,’ and ‘All I have is Yours, and all You have is mine.’”

John 17:7b, 10

3 a s of stewardship
3 A’s of STEWARDSHIP

ALL...

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

James 1:17

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3 A’s of STEWARDSHIP

ADMINISTER...

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

1Corinthians 4:2

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3 A’s of STEWARDSHIP

ACCOUNTABLE...

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

2Corinthians 5:10

parable of the talents
PARABLE of the TALENTS

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.

To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

parable of the talents1
PARABLE of the TALENTS

“The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.

So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.

But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

parable of the talents2
PARABLE of the TALENTS

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

The man who had received

the five talents brought the

other five. ‘Master’, he said,

‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’

parable of the talents3
PARABLE of the TALENTS

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master’, he said, ‘you

entrusted me with two

talents; see, I have

gained two more.’

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PARABLE of the TALENTS

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master’, he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man,

parable of the talents5
PARABLE of the TALENTS

“harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.

So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest

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PARABLE of the TALENTS

“where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed.

Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.

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PARABLE of the TALENTS

“For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

And throw the worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” Matthew 25: 14 - 30

3 basic areas of stewardship
3 BASIC AREAS of STEWARDSHIP

TIME...

24 hours…

1440 minutes…

86,400 seconds!

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?

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TIME

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

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TIME

“a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

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TIME

“a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 - 8

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TIME

“Be very careful, then, how you live -- not as unwise but as wise,

making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Ephesians 5: 15 - 17

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TIME

There is a time for everything…

Everything has it’s moment…

So use time wisely,

be disciplined about time,

be wise about time.

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TIME

How do we use time unwisely?

How do we squander time?

How do we abuse the idea that there is a time for everything?

time personal inventory
TIME - Personal Inventory

Where do I need to adjust my usage of time?

What do I need to change to become a better steward of my/God’s time?

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TIME

“You turn men back to dust, saying, ‘Return to dust, O sons of men.’ For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night… The length of our days is seventy years -- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,

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TIME

“for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:3, 4, 10, 12

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TIME

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only one you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let others spend it for you. Lost time is never found again.”

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3 BASIC AREAS of STEWARDSHIP

TALENT...

Thenatural abilities we have inherited are our first birth talent.

Thespiritual gifts we receive after our salvation are our second birth talent.

natural talents vs spiritual gifts
NATURAL TALENTS vs. SPIRITUAL GIFTS

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE???

talents vs gifts
TALENTS vs. GIFTS

SOURCE:

  • from God
  • through parents
  • from God
  • independent of parents
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TALENTS vs. GIFTS

POSSESSED:

  • from birth
  • from conversion
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TALENTS vs. GIFTS

PURPOSE:

  • to benefit mankind on the natural level
  • to benefit mankind on the spiritual level
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TALENTS vs. GIFTS

PROCESS:

  • must be recognized, developed, exercised
  • must be recognized, developed, exercised
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TALENTS vs. GIFTS

FUNCTION:

  • ought to be dedicated by believers to God for His glory and us
  • given to be used to God’s glory
talent
TALENT

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Colossians 3:23

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TALENT

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

talent2
TALENT

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 Peter 4: 10 - 11

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TALENT

How are we to be good stewards of our talents and spiritual gifts?

  • Use whatever you have for others
  • Through your talents and gifts, God’s grace will be seen and felt
  • Do what you can and try NOT to give in to the desire to be someone else
talent personal inventory
TALENT - Personal Inventory

How am I using my talents &

gifts for God and others?

What are some new ways I can use my talents & gifts for God and others?

worship
WORSHIP

A Faithful Steward:

USES THE GIFT AND

WORSHIPS THE GIVER

An Unfaithful Steward:

WORSHIPS THE GIFT AND

USES THE GIVER

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3 BASIC AREAS of STEWARDSHIP

TREASURE...

… means our money, but also all our material possessions.

12 of the 38 parables told by Jesus were about money!

treasure
TREASURE

How can we be good stewards of our treasure?

MONEY…

POSSESSIONS…

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TREASURE

EXCERPTS FROM THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT -- Matthew 6…

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

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TREASURE

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

treasure3
TREASURE

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

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TREASURE

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Look at the birds of the air, your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,

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TREASURE

“will he not much more clothe you? So do not worry about what you shall eat or drink or wear. The pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

attitude examples
ATTITUDE EXAMPLES

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35

  • THERE IS MORE BLESSING IN GIVING THAN IN RECEIVING
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ATTITUDE EXAMPLES

“As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.

He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.

‘I tell you the truth,’ he said, ’this poor widow has put in more than all the others.

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ATTITUDE EXAMPLES

“’All these people have their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’” Luke 21: 1 - 4

SHE DIDN’T GIVE A BARE MINIMUM, SHE GAVE LARGELY

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ATTITUDE EXAMPLES

“And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.

Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”

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ATTITUDE EXAMPLES

“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.”

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ATTITUDE EXAMPLES

“And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.

So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.”

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ATTITUDE EXAMPLES

“But just as you excel in everything -- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us -- see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

2 Corinthians 8: 1 - 7

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ATTITUDE EXAMPLES
  • THEY EXCELLED IN GIVING
  • A POOR PEOPLE WHO STILL GAVE GENEROUSLY, EVEN GIVING MORE THAN THEY OR OTHERS THOUGHT POSSIBLE!
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ATTITUDE EXAMPLES

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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ATTITUDE EXAMPLES

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

2 Corinthians 9: 6 - 8

principles of giving
PRINCIPLES OF GIVING
  • “GIVE A LITTLE, GET A LITTLE”
  • IF YOU ARE GENEROUS, THE GENEROSITY OF GOD AND OTHERS WILL COME TO YOU
  • EVERYONE SHOULD GIVE FROM A CHEERFUL, LOVING HEART, NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE FORCED OR COERCED
to think about
TO THINK ABOUT...

“People show who they are and what they think of their God by what they do with that which has been given to them by their God.”

what about tithing
WHAT ABOUT TITHING?

THE McDONALD’S PLAN:

When you eat at McDonald’s,

you pay McDonald’s.

You don’t eat at McDonald’s and pay at Burger King!

how much should a disciple tithe
HOW MUCH SHOULD A DISCIPLE TITHE?

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops…”

Proverbs 3:9

  • Tithe money should come out before all other needs are dealt with.
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HOW MUCH SHOULD A DISCIPLE TITHE?

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.” Malachi 3:10

  • Bring the whole tithe -- the Old Testament tithe was 10%.
  • The first disciples tithed everything.
steps to giving
STEPS TO GIVING

1) Thoughtfully decide what percentage of your income you will designate to the Lord’s work.

2) Set aside this money first whenever you receive your wages.

3) Discipline yourself to be regular in the practice of giving.

and about missions
AND ABOUT MISSIONS?

The Founder was our example…

he gave up bread pudding during Lent, calling it “self-denial”.

See your handout “Touching People’s Lives Far, Far Away” for ideas on sacrificial giving for missions...

treasure personal inventory
TREASURE - Personal Inventory

What percentage of my income goes to Godly purposes?

Which areas of God’s ministry is He asking me to support as a good steward?

make the most of your time
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME

BE SMART!

S= simple

M= measurable

A= accountable

R = realistic

T= timed

session four

SESSION FOUR:

“MAKE DISCIPLES”

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AIM...
  • To understand the final goal of discipleship, to go and make disciples”
the harvest
THE HARVEST

VIDEO PRESENTATION

(15 minutes)

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THE HARVEST

WHAT IS A HARVEST?

  • The gathering of crops that are mature or ripe
  • The farmer works toward and waits for it with great anticipation
  • There is urgency because of the short amount of time the crops can be gathered before they spoil
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THE HARVEST

WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL HARVEST?

  • Refers to people ready to put their trust in Jesus Christ
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THE HARVEST

HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED IN THE HARVEST?

  • This is the inevitable outcome, or fruit, of your spiritual journey of discipleship
  • When God has your time, talent and treasure, you have opportunities to participate in His harvest
the mission1
THE MISSION

THE GREAT COMMISSION --

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28: 19 - 20

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THE MISSION

Fulfilling the “Great Commission” we lead people to REPENTANCEand OBEDIENCE.

The goal of discipling another is to help them BECOME MORE LIKE JESUS.

And while they are becoming more like Jesus, we also want them toKNOWwho God created THEMto be.

simple curriculum
SIMPLE CURRICULUM

Discipleship says,

“Follow me as I follow Jesus”.

So, the curriculum is simple!

1) TEACHsomeone what I was taught.

2) Teach someone to OBEY as I have and am learning to obey.

successful discipling
SUCCESSFUL DISCIPLING
  • Discipling must be

INTENTIONAL and

VOLUNTARY.

  • Discipling must be

RELATIONAL.

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SUCCESSFUL DISCIPLING

3) Discipling must be OPENand VULNERABLE.

4) Discipling must be RESTORATIVE,RELEASINGandEMPOWERING.

perspectives
PERSPECTIVES

1) The goal of discipling is LOVE, not INFORMATION.

“But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

1 Timothy 1:5

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PERSPECTIVES
  • A discipler views the disciple as UNIQUEandPRICELESS.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

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PERSPECTIVES

3) A discipler is concerned with RIGHTEOUSNESSmuch more than just MORALITY.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

Matthew 5:6

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PERSPECTIVES

4) INVITATIONSalways work better thanCOMMANDS.

“Jesus saw a man, called Matthew, sitting in the tax office; and He said to him, ‘Follow me!’ And he rose, and followed Him.”

Matthew 9:9

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PERSPECTIVES

“The only requirement of following Jesus is saying, ‘Okay’ --

a positive response!”

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A CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT

1) Being WELCOMED“as is” and HONOREDfor their unique individuality.

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A CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT

2) BELIEVINGin them more than they believe in themselves.

TRUSTINGthem more than they trust themselves.

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A CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT

3) LOVEDunconditionally so they don’t need to FEARinstruction as criticism or disapproval.

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A CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT

4) Being given SAFEOPPORTUNITIESto hear of others’ mistakes and to CONFESStheir own faults and failures.

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A CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT

5) Being encouraged intoHOPE. They can succeed against SINand they canGROWin the Lord.

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DISCIPLESHIP

ADOORto be opened and a PATHto be followed.

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DISCIPLESHIP

Discipleship is a process,

not a performance.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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DISCIPLESHIP

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

And over these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

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DISCIPLESHIP

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your heart to God.

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DISCIPLESHIP

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Colossians 3: 12 - 17