Discipleship Tool

Every disciple a disciple-maker • Every home a training center • Every simple church a missions organization

SIMPLE CHURCH is a spiritual family who love God, love others and make disciples who multiply — with Jesus at the center as King.

GREAT COMMANDMENT:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
— Matthew 22:37-40

GREAT COMMISSION:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
— John 13:15

Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
— 1 Corinthians 11:1

DUCKLING DISCIPLESHIP

When a mother duck leads her ducklings, they go single file, with each duckling following the one in front of them. To lead a duckling you don’t have to be a mature duck, just one step ahead. Only Jesus is a mother duck. The rest of us are merely ducklings. From the moment we begin to follow Jesus we are also to be “leading” others. From that moment we are at least “ahead” of non-Christians spiritually so there is always someone we can lead. This effectively reduces the duration of a spiritual generation to almost nothing. We can begin to reproduce spiritually from the moment of our rebirth.

Discipleship means following Christ. Every disciple should be in the process of maturing, but the focus is the journey, not the destination. The destination is to be fully conformed to the image of Christ. This will not fully occur until we meet Him in face-to-face in glory. The journey involves us daily growing in our expression of immediate, radical, costly obedience. The journey involves us becoming increasingly faithful and effective in passing on to others what we are learning along the way, not just in head-knowledge, but in life application. The journey involves becoming more practiced at learning more of the character and nature and will of God through learning to interpret and apply scripture, in prayer, in relating with the body of Christ, and through persecution and suffering. The journey implies following Christ and influencing and blessing others day-by-day wherever we are along the way.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:18-20

EVERY DISCIPLE A DISCIPLE-MAKER

In the Great Commission, Jesus said, “make disciples of all nations.” He is talking to every disciples because the command is coextensive with the promise. Jesus promises — “I (Christ) am with you always, to the very end of the age.” That promise is given to every believer. If that promise is to every believer then the command is also to every believer — all of His followers.

Every disciple needs to multiply.

If we are living out the Great Commandment then we will be making reproducing disciples because part of the disciple-making process is “teaching them to obey everything I (Christ) have commanded” and the Great Commission itself is one of those commands. Hence, every believer should by definition be involved in making reproducing disciples. It is a short step from this toward starting reproducing spiritual communities (churches) because several of the other commands demand a spiritual community to carry out. Reproducing disciples will result in reproducing churches as a matter of obedience.

Become a disciple worth multiplying.

UNHEALTHY
[UNFAITHFUL]
HEALTHY
[FAITHFUL > MATURITY]

Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
— Luke 6:46-49

To equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
— Ephesians 4:12-13

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
— James 1:22-25

3 LEGGED STOOL — FAITHFULNESS > MATURITY:
KNOWLEDGEOBEDIENCESHARING

Knowledge is worthless without practice, without applying it to one’s life.

Often we fail to allow for the involvement of new believers, thinking that they need to mature before they become involved in ministry. The first few weeks of a Christian’s spiritual life are potentially the most fruitful. One reason for the way we treat new believers and expect so little of them is related to our view of maturity. We often mistake knowledge for maturity. This is related to our view of discipleship as a body of knowledge to be transferred rather than patterns and processes to be passed on. If people are not allowed to apply what they have learned, they will not grow in maturity. A relatively new believer can in reality be more mature than a much older believer if he is practicing a high percentage of what he has learned. Perhaps a better measure of maturity would take into account not only the level of knowledge but also the ratio between knowledge and practical living out of that knowledge.

We often spend time on maturity instead of faithfulness. But faithfulness results in maturity because He invests more in those that are faithful in what He gave them like the Parable of Talents. Path to maturing is being faithful by obeying what the lord has shown us and sharing with others.

Jesus said, “But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
— Luke 12:48

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
— James 1:22-25

Spiritual breathing is HEARING and OBEYING God … all day, every day. It’s like we are breathing IN, from God, receiving from Him and then breathing OUT by obeying, internalizing what He has given us, making sure we embrace it. We make it part of who we are, then we exhale to the world around us, sharing what we have received. Whatever we get, we give away. It’s just the opposite of the world — which tries to keep what they get and charge others to give it to them.

BREATHE IN:
In the Kingdom, we breathe IN when we HEAR from God through:
• HIS WORD — the Bible.
• PRAYER — our conversations with Him.
• HIS BODY — the church, other followers of Jesus.
• HIS WORKS — the events, experiences and sometimes even the persecutions and sufferings He allows His children to go through.

BREATHE OUT:
In the Kingdom we breathe OUT when we ACT on what we hear from God. We breathe OUT when we OBEY. Sometimes breathing OUT to OBEY means changing our thoughts, our words or our actions to bring them into alignment with Jesus and His will. Sometimes breathing OUT to OBEY means sharing what Jesus has shared with us — giving away what He gave us — so that others can be blessed just as God is blessing us.

The good news for every follower of Jesus is that when we breathe IN and HEAR from God and when we breathe OUT and OBEY what we hear and SHARE with others what we’ve heard — God will speak even more clearly.

3 LEGGED STOOL:
KNOWLEDGE (IN) • OBEDIENCE (OUT) • SHARING (OUT)

For a follower of Jesus – this breathing IN and breathing OUT is critical. It’s our very life.

Jesus said, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
— Matthew 10:8

Jesus himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
— Acts 20:35b

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
— Luke 16:10

FREELY RECEIVEFREELY GIVE

God shows us in His Kingdom economy we’re rewarded not by what we get — but by what we give away. When we are faithful to OBEY and SHARE what the Lord has shared with us, then He promises to share even more.

This is the path to deeper insights, greater intimacy and living the abundant life God created us to live. This is the way we can walk in the good works God has already planned for us to do.

In the economy of the Kingdom, we profit by what we give away. When we are faithful to obey and pass on what the Lord communicates to us, He will communicate with us more clearly and fully. This is the path to deeper insights, greater intimacy with God, and living the abundant life He intends for us. This is the way we can walk in those good works that God has planned beforehand for us to do.

DUAL ACCOUNTABILITY:
• Accountability to OBEY and PASS ON to others what the Lord reveals to us.
• Accountability to DO and TEACH it.
• Accountability to PRACTICE and SHARE it.

This means the most loving thing we can do for one another within the Body of Christ (the church) is to practice dual accountability.

3 LEGGED STOOL:
KNOWLEDGE (IN) • OBEDIENCE (OUT) • SHARING (OUT)

Living by the Kingdom economy is a major part of being a disciple. We are BLESSED to be a BLESSING. We are FOLLOWERS and LEADERS. We are LEARNERS and TEACHERS. This is how we can best steward God’s leadership. This process should begin as soon as we enter the Kingdom. We must not wait until we are “mature” to begin to minister in this way. Instead, we become mature by ministering in this way. We breathe IN and HEAR from God. We breathe OUT and OBEY what we hear and SHARE with others.

Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands. … Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. … Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
— John 14:15, 21, 23-24

This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
— 1 John 5:2-4

LOVE MEANS OBEDIENCE

Obedience is the flip side of love. It’s the expression of love; it’s not some onerous duty that we have; it’s the overflow of our gratitude for all that the Lord has done for us. We can sing all the worship songs ever written and proclaim to all that we love Christ, but these songs and statements are meaningless and hypocritical if we are not obedient to Him in every area of life. Our feelings do not define our love. Our words do not define our love. It is our motives, our actions, our obedience to Christ that defines our love for Christ.

IMMEDIATERADICALCOSTLYOBEDIENCE

Discipleship means following Christ. Every disciple should be in the process of maturing, but the focus is the journey, not the destination. The destination is to be fully conformed to the image of Christ. This will not fully occur until we meet Him in face-to-face in glory. The journey involves us daily growing in our expression of immediate, radical, costly obedience. The journey involves us becoming increasingly faithful and effective in passing on to others what we are learning along the way, not just in head-knowledge, but in life application. The journey involves becoming more practiced at learning more of the character and nature and will of God through learning to interpret and apply Scripture, in prayer, in relating with the Body of Christ, and through persecution and suffering. The journey implies following Christ and influencing and blessing others day-by-day wherever we are along the way.

Every new disciple must be equipped to be spiritually self-feeding in at least these aspects: scripture, prayer, body life, share, and persecution & suffering. These are some of the primary ways God grows us to maturity. Self-feeding refers to items that must be evident in our lives if we are to become disciples worth reproducing. We should be producers, not merely consumers, of spiritual truth.

WORD: In terms of being able to interpret and apply Scripture, this can most easily be done by teaching a series of questions that can be applied in any Scripture study. Generally, this will include questions of observation, interpretation and application. There are a number of sets of questions that can be used in this way, depending on the age or education level and the level of spiritual sophistication of the believers. The point is that after reading or hearing a passage of Scripture, every believer should be able to tell what it says, what it means, and the implications it has for his/her life. Clearly someone’s ability to do this and the depth at which they do it will increase over time, but the point is to establish a pattern for how they view and respond to Scripture.

PRAYER: Prayer is another key tool God uses to grow us into the likeness of Christ. Through prayer we speak to the Lord, hear from His heart and mind, minister to both believers and unbelievers, and more. Prayer is a teaching tool. It is an evangelism tool. In fact, praying for unbelievers in their presence can be one of the most powerful evangelistic tools that exists. It is often under-utilized. The best way to teach prayer to a new believer is by example reinforced by studying what the Bible says about prayer.

CHURCH: Church serves not only as a spiritual community, but also as the Body of Christ. The Bible expresses how we as members of the Body of Christ have differing gifts and abilities that are to function together in a coordinated fashion in order to build up the Body and bring it to maturity. Thus, for both individual and corporate growth and maturity, we must understand how this works and participate in it. This idea is supplemented by numerous “one another” passages in the New Testament. More than fifty times we are told in Scripture to do something for one another in the Body. We need each other in order to grow.

SHARE: Sharing helps us know it even better, as it goes from head to heart and hands. The spiritual economy differs from the earthly economy in that the spiritual economy is based on giving away what one has. God reveals more of Himself to us when we are faithful in sharing with others what we already know of Him. He gives more insight and revelation to those who are faithful in sharing with others what they already understand. He speaks to us more clearly when we obey what He has already spoken to us.

HARD TIMES: Persecution and suffering are also venues for our spiritual growth and development. The Bible tells us that all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. We know that we have an enemy who will also oppose us in many ways as we follow the Lord. New believers need to understand how God works to perfect our character, prove our faith, equip us for ministry, and provide a testimony for him through persecution and suffering. Being aware of this before it happens can help fend off discouragement and help us to be intentional about taking advantage of these opportunities rather than wasting them or responding to them inappropriately.

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. … Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever. … The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.”
— John 6:51, 53-58, 63

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
— Matthew 4:4

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
— Hebrews 4:12

As a follower of Jesus, we should be reading Scripture daily.

S.O.A.P.S. Bible Reading is a simple format help you understand, obey and share even more. A good guideline is to read through a minimum of 25-30 chapters in the Bible each week. Keeping a daily journal daily using the S.O.A.P.S.

SCRIPTURE: Write out one or more verses that are particularly meaningful to you, today.
OBSERVATION: Rewrite those verses or key points in your own words to better understand.
APPLICATION: Think about what it means to obey these commands in your own life.
PRAYER: Write out a prayer telling God what you’ve learned and how you plan to obey.
SHARING: Ask God who He wants you to share with about what you’ve learned or applied.

Jesus said, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.'”
— Matthew 6:9-13

PRAYER HAND is a simple guide through Jesus’ prayer using your hand to learn how to talk with God.

• Palm = RELATIONSHIP: As the palm is the foundation for our fingers and thumb, time alone with God is the foundation for our personal relationship with him. (v9a)
• Thumb = WORSHIP: Our thumb reminds us that we must worship God before we ask for anything. (v9b)
• First Finger = SURRENDER: Next we surrender our lives, plans, family, finances, work, future, everything. (v10)
• Middle Finger = ASK: Then we ask God to meet our needs. (v11)
• Fourth Finger = FORGIVE: Now we ask God to forgive our sins, and we must forgive others. (v12)
• Little Finger = PROTECT: Then we ask protection. (v13a)
• Thumb (Again) = WORSHIP: And we end just as we began — we worship Almighty God — (v13b)

PRAYER WHEEL is a simple tool for practicing prayer. You can use it by yourself, and you can share it with any follower. In just 12 simple steps — 5 minutes each — this Prayer Wheel guides you through twelve ways the Bible teaches us to pray. At the end, you’ll have prayed for an hour.

PRAISE: Start your prayer hour by praising the Lord. Praise Him for things that are on your mind right now. Praise Him for one special thing He has done in your life in the past week. Praise Him for His goodness to your family.
WAIT: Spend time waiting on the Lord. Be silent and let Him pull together reflections for you.
CONFESS: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life that might be displeasing to Him. Ask Him to point out attitudes that are wrong, as well as specific acts for which you have not yet made a prayer of confession. Now confess that to the Lord so that you might be cleansed.
READ THE WORD: Spend time reading in the Psalms, in the prophets, and passages on prayer located in the New Testament.
PETITION: Make requests on behalf of yourself.
INTERCESSION: Make requests on behalf of others.
PRAY THE WORD: Pray specific passages. Scriptural prayers as well as a number of psalms lend themselves well to this purpose.
THANK: Give thanks to the Lord for the things in your life, on behalf of your family, and on behalf of your church.
SING: Sing songs of praise or worship or another hymn or spiritual song.
MEDITATE: Ask the Lord to speak to you. Have a pen and paper ready to record impressions He gives you.
LISTEN: Spend time merging the things you have read, things you have prayed and things you have sung and see how the Lord brings them all together to speak to you.
PRAISE: Praise the Lord for the time you have had to spend with Him and the impressions He has given you. Praise Him for His glorious attributes.

So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
— Romans 14:12

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
— Hebrews 10:23-25

C.H.A.T. Accountability Group is made up of two or three people of the same gender – men with men, women with women – who meet once a week to discuss a set of questions that help reveal areas where things are going right and other areas that need correction. They can even meet by phone if they’re unable to meet face-to-face. Everyone in the group needs to understand that what is shared is confidential.

CHECK YOUR PROGRESS: We are motivated by sharing struggles in mutual accountability. Start the time together by going over the Accountability Questions with one another (45-60 minutes).
HEAR THE WORD: We grow spiritually as we read Scripture in context and in community. Continue the time by discussing what the Lord has impressed on you from your weekly Scripture reading. Your group should read 25-30 chapters per week. Many people find it helpful to read aloud. If someone doesn’t finish the reading in a given week then the entire group takes the same assignment for the following week.
ACT ON IT: We serve as we apply the truths of Scripture to living in love towards others day by day. Live out what the Lord impressed on you in the reading to apply it to your life and pass the truths on to others (5-10 minutes).
TELL OTHERS: We pray for those who need the Lord and reach out to them as we have opportunity. Close in a time of prayer. Pray for one another. Part of this time should be praying for the lost friends, family, and acquaintances for whom the group has been praying throughout the week (5-10 minutes). We acknowledge God in prayer and through our obedience. In your time of prayer, do not forget to praise and thank the Lord for who He is and what He is doing in and through you as a group and as individuals. Remember too, your obedience (“Act on it”) to the Lord is in itself worship! (5 minutes).

1. How have your insights from last week’s reading shaped the way you think and live?
2. Who did you pass your insights from last week on to and how was it received?
3. How have you seen God at work?
4. Have you been a testimony this week to the greatness of Jesus Christ with both your words and actions?
5. Have you been exposed to sexually alluring material or allowed your mind to entertain inappropriate sexual thoughts?
6. Have you acknowledged God’s ownership in your use of money?
7. Have you coveted anything?
8. Have you hurt someone’s reputation or feelings by your words?
9. Have you been dishonest in word or action or exaggerated?
10. Have you given into an addictive (or lazy or undisciplined) behavior?
11. Have you been a slave to clothing, friends, work, or possessions?
12. Have you failed to forgive someone?
13. What worries or anxieties are you facing?
14. Have you complained or grumbled?
15. Have you maintained a thankful heart?
16. Have you been honoring, understanding and generous in your important relationships?
17. What temptations in thought, word, or action have you faced and how did you respond?
18. How have you taken opportunities to serve or bless others, especially believers?
19. Have you seen specific answers to prayer?
20. Did you complete the reading for the week?
21. Close with prayer regarding what was shared.

1. Pray that we will become like Jesus.
2. How are you doing? How is your prayer life?
3. Do you have any sin to confess? (Relational, Sexual, Financial, Pride, Integrity, Submission to Authority, etc.)
4. Did you obey what God told you last time? Share details.
5. Did you pray for the “Unbelievers” on your relationship list this week? Did you have the chance to share with any of them? Share details.
6. Did you memorize a new verse this week? Quote it.
7. Did you read at least 25 chapters in the Bible this week?
8. What did God say to you this week from the Word?
9. What are you going to specifically do about it?
10. Did you meet with your 3/3 group this week? How did it go?
11. Did you model or assist someone in starting a new 3/3 group this week? Share details.
12. Do you see anything hindering my walk with Christ?
13. Did you have the opportunity to share the gospel this week? Share details.
14. Practice 1-3 minute testimonies and the gospel right now.
15. Who can you invite to the group next week? If the group is four or more, multiply it.
16. Close with prayer regarding what was shared.

BEFORE CHRIST
[2 minutes]

  • What your life was like before Christ.

ENCOUNTER CHRIST
[2 minutes]

  • How you encountered Christ or
    Why you chose to follow Christ.

AFTER CHRIST
[2 minutes]

  • What your life is like after Christ.

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with Him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
— Mark 5:18-20

Jesus told His followers, “You are witnesses of these things.”
— Luke 24:48

As followers of Jesus, we are “witnesses” to “testifying” about the impact Jesus has had on our lives.

MY STORY — your story of your relationship with God is called your Testimony. Everybody has a story. Sharing your Testimony is a chance to practice yours. Your Testimony doesn’t have to be lengthy or share too many details to be impactful. In fact, keeping your story to around 6 minutes will leave time for questions and deeper conversation. If you’re worried about how to get started — keep it simple. God can use your story to change lives, but remember — you’re the one who gets to tell it.

Jesus said to them: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
— Acts 1:8

Jesus believed in His followers so much, He trusted them to tell His story. Then He sent them around the world to do it. Now, He’s sending us. There’s no one best way to tell “God’s story” — The Gospel, because the best way will depend on who you’re sharing with. Every disciple should learn to tell God’s Story in a way that’s true to scripture and connects with the audience they’re sharing with.

GOD’S STORY
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all He appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
— 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

3 CIRCLES Gospel Sharing

GOD’S DESIGN: We see beauty, purpose and evidence of design around us. The Bible tells us that God originally planned a world that worked perfectly — where everything and everyone fit together in harmony. God made each of us with a purpose — to worship Him and walk with Him.

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.
— Genesis 1:31
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
— Psalm 19:1

SIN: Life doesn’t work when we ignore God and His original design for our lives. We selfishly insist on doing things our own way. The Bible calls this sin. We all sin and distort the original design. The consequence of our sin is separation from God — in this life and for all eternity.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
— Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death
— Romans 6:23a

BROKENNESS: Sin leads to a place of brokenness. We see this all around us and in our own lives as well. When we realize LIFE is not working, we begin to look for a way out. We tend to go in many directions trying different things to figure it out on our own. Brokenness leads to a place of realizing a need for something greater.

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator
— Romans 1:25a
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
— Proverbs 14:12

GOSPEL: At this point we need a remedy — some good news. Because of His love, God did not leave us in our brokenness. Jesus, God in human flesh, came to us and lived perfectly according to God’s design. Jesus came to rescue us — to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He took our sin and shame to the cross, paying the penalty of our sin by His death. Jesus was then raised from the dead — to provide the only way for us to be rescued and restored to a relationship with God.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son
— John 3:16a
Having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
— Colossians 2:14

REPENT & BELIEVE: Simply hearing this Good News is not enough. We must admit our sinful brokenness and stop trusting in ourselves. We don’t have the power to escape this brokenness on our own. We need to be rescued. We must ask God to forgive us — turning from sin to trust only in Jesus. This is what it means to repent and believe. Believing — we receive new life through Jesus and God turns our lives in a new direction.

“Repent and believe the good news!”
— Mark 1:15b
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
— Ephesians 2:8-9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
— Romans 10:9

RECOVER & PURSUE: When God restores our relationship to Him, we begin to discover meaning and purpose in a broken world. Now we can pursue God’s Design in all areas of our lives. Even when we fall, we understand God’s pathway to be restored — this same Good News of Jesus. God’s Spirit empowers us to pursue His Design and assures us of His presence in this life and for all eternity.

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.
— Philippians 2:13
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
— Ephesians 2:10

WHAT SHOULD I DO: Now that you have heard this Good News, God wants you to respond to Him. You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Prayer is talking with God. It is your heart talking to God’s heart. Pray the following prayer right now and Christ will forgive you and come into your life, as He promised.

Lord Jesus, I need You. My life is broken and I recognize it’s because of my sin. I believe Christ came to live, die and was raised from the dead to rescue me from my sin. Please forgive me for all I have done wrong. I turn from my selfish ways and put my trust in You. I know that Jesus is Lord of all, and I will follow You. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
— Romans 10:9
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
— Romans 10:13

WHAT’S NEXT: As we begin our new journey, the Bible teaches us how to pursue God. He has a design for healthy relationships.
WORD — The Bible reveals God’s word showing how to pursue Him.
PRAYER — God wants you to talk to Him about everything that matters to you.
CHURCH — The church is God’s family to help you walk with Him.
SHARE — Now that you have experienced this Good News, tell others.

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
— John 20:31
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
— Matthew 6:33
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him
— Colossians 2:6

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For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in His flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
— Ephesians 2:14-18

We need to equip every disciple to view the world through two sets of lenses.

TWO FOCAL LENSES:
• 1st Lens: ONGOING RELATIONSHIPS (LIST OF 100) — people with whom we interact on a regular basis — family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates.
• 2nd Lens: WORLD BEYOND (PERSON OF PEACE) — people with whom we don’t interact on a regular basis — every tribe, tongue, people and nation.

Every time when we contact with someone, if they are pointed away from Him, help them to turn towards Christ. But if they are pointed toward Christ, help them to increase their faithfulness, increase their passion for Christ, increase the magnitude of their love for Him. This is a good guide how we can be relating to any person that’s in our network of relationships and beyond.

LIST

eg. Name ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever Unknown
 
1. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown
2. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown
3. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown
4. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown
5. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown

Jesus said, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message”
— John 17:20

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and His brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed Him. When He had gone a little farther, He saw James son of Zebedee and His brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.
— Mark 1:16-20

LIST OF 100 is a simple tool to help you be more responsible for your relationships. God has already given us the relationships we need to “Go and make disciples.” These are our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates — people we’ve known all our lives or maybe just met. Being good stewards of the people God has already put in our lives is a great first step in multiplying disciples. And it can start with the simple step of making a list.

Make a List — write down the names of 100 people that you know (family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates) who need to hear about Jesus. Pray and invite 5 people to take the next step in their spiritual journey every week. The people on your List of 100 should be ones you know how to contact and you have an ongoing or long-term connection with.

For unbelievers or unknown status, share ‘My Story’ / ‘God’s Story’ or invite them to be part of a C.H.A.T. group or a 3/3 group. If you find they are a believer or they become a believer then challenge them to start a 3/3 group and offer to coach them.

For believers, challenge them to start a 3/3 group and offer to coach them. Encourage them to start a C.H.A.T. group as well. Have them fill out a List of 100 and follow up with those listed on it.

PERSON OF PEACE

Luke 10:
v4 – does not waste time
v5 – opens his door to you
v6 – receives your blessing and shows interest
v7 – opens his house to you / hospitable
v7 – offers to sustain you in some way

Matthew 10:
v13 – he is worthy
v13 – has influence in his home
v14 – receives you
v14 – hears your words

THE SENT ONE

Luke 10:
v2 – prays for laborers
v3 – goes with danger all around
v4 – leaves behind bags
v5 – gives greeting
v6 – if favorable response, give blessing
v7 – fellowship with them
v9 – ask God for healing where needed
v9 – minister to them
v9 – proclaim the words of the Kingdom
v10 – if no response, announce protest, then leave

Matthew 10:
v5-6 – goes where God sends
v11 – inquire / search / identify
v11 – spend time with the candidate
v12 – gives greeting
v13 – gives blessing
v14 – proclaim words of the Kingdom
v14 – if you are not received then leave

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.”
— Luke 10:1-11

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
— Matthew 10:5-14

SUMMARY:
1. Pray for laborers.
2. Go where God sends you.
3. Enter a place or area proclaiming the Kingdom.
4. Do not waste time.
5. Inquire with discernment.
6. Visit the Person of Peace candidate & engage him and family if possible.
7. Give greetings & ask spiritual interest questions.
8. If there is a favorable response, give blessing & ask evangelistic questions.
9. Spend time with the candidate and their family.
10. Fellowship with them and discern. Proclaim Kingdom Words and the Gospel.
11. Minister to them.
12. Always be bold and truthful.
13. If there is no response, announce protest, and then leave.

FILTERS FOR THE PERSON OF PEACE:
1. Welcoming.
2. Hungry for Spiritual Things.
3. Opens their family / group / community to spiritual things.

PRACTICAL FILTERS:
1. They are open when you make spiritual statements.
2. They respond with spiritual statements.
3. They ask questions of you (not just tell you their opinion but want to know yours).
4. They respond to your invitation to open their “oikos” (Greek word for “household”) to directly learn from God’s Word.

Petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
— 1 Timothy 2:1-4

PRAYER WALK is a simple way to obey God’s command to pray for others. And it’s just what it sounds like — praying to God while walking around. Instead of closing our eyes and bowing our heads, we keep our eyes open to the needs we see around us and bow our hearts to ask humbly for God to intervene. You can prayer walk in small groups of two or three or you can prayer walk by yourself. If you go in a group, try having everyone pray out loud — a conversation with God about what everyone is seeing and the needs that God brings to their hearts. If you go by yourself, try praying silently when alone and out loud when you pray with someone you meet along the way.

WAYS TO KNOW WHAT TO PRAY FOR during prayer walk:
OBSERVATION: What do you see?
RESEARCH: What do you know?
REVELATION: Holy Spirit may nudge your heart or reveal a vision to mind.
SCRIPTURE: Holy Spirit may bring a Scripture to mind.

PLACES TO SEEK OUT during prayer walk:
GOVERNMENT: Courthouses, commission buildings or law enforcement offices.
Pray for the area’s protection, for justice and for godly wisdom for its leaders.
COMMERCIAL: Financial districts or shopping area. Pray for righteous investments and good stewardship of resources.
Pray for economic justice and opportunity and for generous and godly givers who put people before profits.
EDUCATION: Schools, administration buildings, vocational training centers, community colleges or universities.
Pray for righteous educators to teach God’s truth and protect the minds of their students. Pray that God would intervene in every effort to promote lies or confusion. Pray that these places would send out wise citizens who have a heart to serve and lead.
COMMUNICATION: Radio stations, TV stations, media or newspaper publishers.
Pray for God’s Story and the testimony of His followers to be spread throughout the city and around the world. Pray that His message is delivered through His medium to His multitudes and that God’s people everywhere will see God’s work.
SPIRITUAL: church, mosques or temples.
Pray that every spiritual seeker would find peace and comfort in Jesus and not be distracted or confused by any false religion.

WAYS TO PRAY FOR PEOPLE YOU MEET during prayer walk — B.L.E.S.S. Prayer:
BODY: Health — protection, strength, healing.
LABOR: Job — finances, security, guidance.
EMOTIONAL: Morale — joy, peace, comfort.
SOCIAL: Relationships — patience, kindness, love.
SPIRITUAL: Salvation — faith, hope, grace.

THEMES YOU CAN FOCUS ON during your prayer walk:
• Concerning CHRIST: Proclaim Him afresh to be the one Mediator and the ransom for all. Name Him Lord of the neighborhood and of the lives you see.
• Concerning LEADERS: Pray for people responsible in any position of authority — for teachers, police, administrators and parents.
• Concerning PEACE: Cry out for the godliness and holiness of God’s people to increase into substantial peace. Pray for new churches to be established.
• Concerning TRUTH: Declare openly the bedrock reality that there is one God. Pray that the eyes of minds would cease to be blinded by Satan so that they could come to a knowledge of the truth.
• Concerning GOSPEL: Praise God for His heart’s desire that all people be saved. Ask that heaven would designate this year as a “proper time” for the testimony of Christ to be given afresh with simple power. Name specific people.
• Concerning BLESSING OF GOD: Thanksgivings are to be made on behalf of all people. Give God the explicit thanks He deserves for the goodness He constantly bestows on the homes you pass by. Ask God to bring forth an enduring spiritual awakening.
• Concerning CHURCH: Ask for healing in relationships, that there be no wrath or dissension among God’s people. Ask that God would make His people, men and women alike, expressive in worship with the substance of radiant, relational holiness. Ask that our worship would be adorned with the confirming power of saints doing good in our communities.

When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” At that, Paul left the Council. Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed.
— Acts 17:32-34

If we get out into the harvest and share the gospel abundantly, some will reject the message, some will be curious to learn more and some will repent and believe — Jesus said that the harvest was plentiful after all.

STOPLIGHT — a helpful way to think about the four responses is to think about a stop light with its red, yellow and green lights. As you begin to share the gospel regularly with friends, family and strangers, there are several predictable responses you will receive to your efforts. While it is helpful to understand the four main responses to a gospel presentation, what is more helpful is to know how we can respond to those responses.

SEEKING PERSON OF PEACE



GUIDELINES
• Two by two.
• Pray for workers.
• Do not take anything.
• Give greetings and blessing of peace.
• Eat and drink whatever they provide.
• Do not move from house to house.
• Pray for healing.
• Proclaim the words.


BLESSING
Knock on neighbor’s door and offer a blessing of peace prayer.

QUESTIONS:
NEIGHBOR — Hey there, we are here to get to know our neighbors today by blessing and praying for people. How can I pray for you today?

RED LIGHT:
• That’s awesome that you are doing so good and don’t need any of God’s help.
• Do you know anyone nearby who needs prayer?

YELLOW LIGHT:
MIRACLE — If God could do a miracle on you or your life today, what would that be?
PEACE — Is there one thing that God could bring more peace to you, your life, your family or your house?
HEALING — Is there anything that you need healing from God?

GREEN LIGHT:
Ask a few specific questions about their prayer requests and pray for them immediately.


THEIR STORY
Ask the person you are talking with to share about their spiritual journey.

QUESTIONS:
• Tell me are you far or near to God? Why do you feel that way?
• Tell me your spiritual background?
• Tell me your Jesus’ story? How did you get saved?
• Is there a moment in time you started your relationship with Jesus?


MY STORY
Share ‘My Story’ shaped your testimony around their experience.

QUESTIONS:
• Would you like to experience the same love / joy / peace of Jesus?


GOD'S STORY
Share ‘God’s Story’ in a way that connects with their world-view, values and priorities.

QUESTIONS:
• How about I show you anyway?
• Do you have a pen and paper that I can draw a simple diagram?
• Would it be okay if I draw this in your home?
• Would you like to accept Jesus today?


FOLLOW-UP
Ask for the next step and setup follow up meeting to share ‘Story of Hope’.

QUESTIONS:
• When can we come back and share more to you?
• Would you like us to come back and share more to learn about Jesus?
• Would you like to be trained and do the Great Commission to make disciples?

FOUR RESPONSES to the gospel:
RED LIGHT is when the person you are trying to connect with simply says no. They may say it with a door closed in your face. They may yell at you. Most often they politely let you know that they aren’t interested in where the conversation is going. Of the hundreds of doors I have knocked on to offer prayer and look for opportunities to share the gospel, I have never been yelled at, never been beaten up and, as of yet, I’ve never been stabbed. Most red lights have been pretty gentle. They have been red, but they have been civil.
YELLOW LIGHT is when you begin to share with someone who is interested. Something you’ve said or done has struck a chord. They recognize some need they have but they just aren’t sure or they’re just not ready to jump into giving Jesus lordship over their lives. They often welcome prayer and are encouraged by scripture and if you ask, they’ll be more than willing to have you stop back by again. They haven’t said yes to Jesus, but they haven’t said no either.
GREEN LIGHT is when God leads you to someone who He has prepared to hear the gospel. In John 6:44, Jesus tells his disciples that no one comes to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. This person has been drawn by God to Jesus and when you share the gospel with them, they say yes.
CHRISTIAN is the final person you’ll run into as you share the gospel. They are already a Christian and are trusting in Jesus for their salvation.

FOUR WAYS we can respond:
RED LIGHT: So the person you are talking with makes it known that they really aren’t interested in hearing about the good news of Jesus. They shut the conversation down. They close the door. Move on. Say a prayer of blessing as you leave, and move on. The God prepared person is out there and so we keep moving, keep proclaiming, keep offering prayers, keep searching for the person who God is calling to Jesus. If this is a person from your relational network (family, friend, neighbor or co-worker), then you begin to pray every day for them and you wait for the Holy Spirit to move. As much as you might want to “shake the dust from your shoes”, God has placed you in their lives for a reason and your only response can be patient, persevering love and prayer.
YELLOW LIGHT: Most of the people you interact with will most likely exhibit yellow light responses. They won’t say no. They have some interest – perhaps in the message, perhaps just in you. And so if you’ve ministered to someone in prayer and in sharing the gospel, ask if you can stop back by their house in a week to visit some more. You may ask them if they would be willing to get their friends and family together to discover what the Bible has to say about living a life of purpose, peace and joy. I rarely ask anyone to come to church. Most won’t. But many are open to studying the Bible in their own homes. Start a discovery Bible study using a series of stories that leads them from Creation to Christ or perhaps helps them discover Jesus in the scriptures. Most of our new far from God friends have not rejected Jesus. They’ve rejected an idea they have created in their minds about what a Christian is. Most of us would reject that idea too! By taking them to the stories of Jesus we allow them to discover Jesus for themselves. Discovery Bible Study allows you to do this and is a great way to respond to our yellow light friends.
GREEN LIGHT: Sometimes we’ll begin sharing and discover that the person is immediately ready to put their faith in Jesus. It’s as if they’ve been waiting for someone to share with them! If you have the privilege and joy to be used by God to help someone step into a new life in Christ your job is to immediately begin to train them to be a disciple of Jesus. First train them how to share with their friends and family. Then set a regular time to begin to walk with them through a short term discipleship plan. If they are ready and you have freedom, baptize them immediately like we see in scripture. It is your job to help them become a disciple who has the tools to grow into maturity and to help others do the same.
CHRISTIAN: When you find yourself sharing with someone who is a Christian, take them to Matthew 28:18-20 to cast vision for disciple making and then invite them into the harvest. First train them how to share with their friends and family. Then set a regular time to begin to walk with them through a short term discipleship plan so that they will be able to walk those they lead to faith through the same plan.

LOOK BACK
[1/3 of the time]

  • CARE
    High: What are you thankful for?
    Low: What are you struggling with?
  • CHECK-UP
    Share the experience of your action:
    — Obey • Train • Share
  • VISION
    Great Commandment:
    — Matthew 22:37-40
    Great Commission:
    — Matthew 28:18-20 • Acts 1:8
ACCOUNTABILITY

LOOK UP
[1/3 of the time]

  • PRAY
    Pray briefly and ask God to teach you.
  • READ
    Read this passage and paraphrase.
  • DISCUSS
    Like: What did you like about this passage?
    Difficult: What did you find difficult about this passage?
    People: What does this passage teach about people?
    God: What does this passage teach about God?
KNOWLEDGE

LOOK FORWARD
[1/3 of the time]

  • ACTION
    Obey: How will you obey this passage?
    Train: Who will you train with this passage?
    Share: With whom will you share
    — ‘My Story’ or ‘God’s Story’ ?
  • PRACTICE
    Practice your committed action.
  • PRAY
    Pray for everyone individually.
OBEDIENCE

The process is simple • The curriculum is the Bible • The teacher is the Holy Spirit • The priority is obedience • The result is multiplication

A simple meeting format — 3/3 GROUP — divides the time together into three parts so that we can practice obeying what Jesus has commanded.

Jesus said, “where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
— Matthew 18:20

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17

LOOK BACK: ACCOUNTABILITY — EQUIPPING
LOOK UP: KNOWLEDGE — TEACHING & REBUKING
LOOK FORWARD: OBEDIENCE — CORRECTING & TRAINING

HOPE SERIES — For seekers.
1. Hope for the Sinner — Luke 18:9-14
2. Hope for the Poor — Luke 12:13-34
3. Hope for the Runaway — Luke 15:11-32
4. Hope for the Lost — Luke 19:1-10
5. Hope for the Grieving — John 11:1-44
6. Hope for the Seeker — John 3:1-21

SIGNS SERIES — For seekers.
1. Turning of water into wine — John 2:1-12
2. Healing of the royal official’s son — John 4:46-54
3. Healing of the paralytic — John 5:1-17
4. Feeding of the five thousand — John 6:1-14
5. Walking on water — John 6:15-25
6. Healing of the man born blind — John 9:1-41
7. Raising Lazarus from the dead — John 11:1-46

START SERIES — For new believers or people who are already Christians but have not been in this type of group before.
1. Tell ‘My Story’ — Mark 5:1-20
2. Tell ‘God’s Story’ — 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Romans 3:23, 6:23
3. Follow and Fish — Mark 1:16-20
4. Baptism — Romans 6:3-4, Acts 8:26-40
5. The Bible — 2 Timothy 3:14-16
6. Talk with God — Matthew 6:9-13
7. Hard Times — Acts 5:17-42, Matthew 5:43-44
8. Become a Church — Acts 2:42-47, 1 Corinthians 11:23-34

COMMAND SERIES — For new believers or groups that need discipling focus.

JESUS SAYS — Learn to obey the basic commands of Jesus. Keep sharing Jesus with people on your list.
1. Learn & Do — John 14:15-21
2. Repent • Believe • Follow — Mark 1:14-17, Ephesians 2:1-10
3. Be Baptized — Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:26-38
4. Love God • Love People — Luke 10:25-37

JESUS ALSO SAYS — Learn to obey the basic commands of Jesus. Keep sharing Jesus with people on your list.
1. Talk with God — Matthew 6:9-13
2. Remember Jesus — Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
3. Give — Acts 4:32-37
4. Pass it on — Matthew 28:18-20

STRENGTHEN SERIES — For new believers or groups that need discipling focus.

FOLLOW AS I FOLLOW — Make disciples. Pass on to others what you have learned. Teach them to pass it on too.
1. Find a Disciple — 2 Timothy 1:1-14
2. Pass it on — 2 Timothy 2:1-4,14-16
3. Teach them to teach others — 2 Timothy 3:1-17
4. Hard Times — 2 Timothy 4:1-22

MULTIPLY 3/3 GROUP — Gather your disciples into new groups.
1. Get started and Make a plan — Luke 10:1-11
2. Gather together — Acts 2:14-47
3. Person of Peace — Mark 5:1-20, 6:53-56
4. Who is ready — Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

LEAD — Learn how to lead a 3/3 group.
1. Model (lead like this) — John 13:1-17
2. Model (don’t lead like this) — 3 John 5-14
3. Assist — Mark 4:35-41
4. Watch — Luke 10:1-11,17,20
5. Leave — Matthew 25:14-30

REMEMBER THE BASICS — Learn what to do when you meet.
1. Jesus is First — Philippians 2:1-11
2. Talk with God — Matthew 6:9-13
3. Community — Hebrews 10:23-25
4. The Bible — 2 Timothy 3:10-17

COMMIT — Learn to stay strong and keep following Jesus.
1. Disobedience — Jonah 1
2. Commit — Jonah 2
3. Obey — Jonah 3
4. Obey all the way — Jonah 4
5. Use it or Lose it — Matthew 25:14-30

GO SERIES — For groups that need discipling focus.

GO: LOCAL — Learn how to reach your local community.
1. Go: Local — Acts 1:1-8
2. Help the poor • Share the good news — Luke 7:11-23
3. Go where God sends — Acts 10:9-48
4. Go with a plan — Acts 13:1-3,32-33,38-39, 14:21-23,26-27

GO: GLOBAL — Learn how to reach the ends of the earth.
1. Go: Global — Acts 1:1-8, Matthew 28:19-20
2. Go where God sends — Acts 8:26-38
3. God loves every people group — John 4:4-30,39-41
4. Go with a plan — Acts 13:1-3,32-33,38-39, 14:21-23,26-27

DISCOVER SERIES — For groups that need Bible background & familiarity.

DISCOVER GOD — Who is God and What He is like.
1. Creation — Genesis 1
2. Creation of People — Genesis 2
3. Disobedience of People — Genesis 3
4. Noah and the Flood — Genesis 6:5-8:14
5. God’s Promise with Noah — Genesis 8:15-9:17
6. God Speaks to Abraham — Genesis 12:1-7, 15:1-6
7. David becomes King of Abraham’s Descendants — 1 Samuel 16:1-13, 2 Samuel 7:1-28
8. King David and Bathsheba — 2 Samuel 11:1-27
9. Nathan’s Story — 2 Samuel 12:1-25
10. God Promises Savior will come — Isaiah 53

DISCOVER JESUS — Who is Jesus and Why He came.
1. Savior born — Matthew 1:18-25
2. Jesus’ Baptism — Matthew 3:7-9,13-15
3. Crazy Man Healed — Mark 5:1-20
4. Jesus never Loses Sheep — John 10:1-30
5. Jesus Heals the Blind — Luke 18:31-42
6. Jesus and Zaccheus — Luke 19:1-9
7. Jesus and Matthew — Matthew 9:9-13
8. Jesus is the Only Way — John 14:1-15
9. Holy Spirit Coming — John 16:5-15
10. Last Dinner — Luke 22:14-20
11. Arrest and Trial — Luke 22:47-53, 23:13-24
12. Execution — Luke 23:33-56
13. Jesus is Alive — Luke 24:1-7, Luke 36-47, Acts 1:1-11
14. Believing and Doing — Philippians 3:3-9

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
— Mark 12:41-44

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
— 2 Corinthians 8:2

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
— Malachi 3:10

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Jesus said, “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.”
— Matthew 28:19

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
— Romans 6:3-4

BAPTISM or βαπτίζω (Baptizó) in the original Greek language — means a drenching or submerging — like when you dye a cloth and it soaks in the color and comes out transformed. Baptism is a picture of our new life, soaked in the image of Jesus, transformed in obedience to God. It is a picture of our death to sin — just as Jesus died for our sins; a burial of our old way of life — just as Jesus was buried; a rebirth to a new life in Christ — just as Jesus was resurrected and lives today.

• Find some standing water, deep enough to allow the new disciple to be submerged.

• Let the disciple hold one of your hands with theirs and support their back with the other.

• Ask the following questions to make sure they understand their decision:

• [Name of person to be baptized]
• “Do you believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as your personal Savior?”
• “Are you willing to obey and follow Jesus for the rest of your life as your King, even in suffering, persecution and death?”

• If they answer “Yes” or “I do” to all above, then say:

• “Because you’ve professed your faith in the Lord Jesus, I hereby baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

• Help them lower into the water, submerge completely and raise them back up.

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
— John 6:51

HOLY COMMUNION or The Lord’s Supper is a way to celebrate our intimate connection and ongoing relationship with Jesus.

• When you gather as followers of Jesus, spend time in quiet meditation, silently considering and confessing your sins. When you are ready, have someone read this passage from scripture:
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
— 1 Corinthians 11:23-24

• Pass out bread you have set aside for your group, and eat. Continue the reading:
In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
— 1 Corinthians 11:25

• Share the juice or wine you have set aside for your group, and drink. Finish the reading:
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
— 1 Corinthians 11:26

• Celebrate in prayer or singing. You have shared in The Lord’s Supper. You are His, and He is yours!

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
— Acts 2:41-47

ELEMENTS OF A CHURCH: As a church what do we do?
WORSHIP (v47) — John 4:19-26, Matthew 4:10
WORD (v42) — Matthew 4:4, John 6:63, Hebrews 4:12
PRAYER (v42) — Matthew 6:5-15
FELLOWSHIP (v42,44,46) — 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:23-25
EVANGELISM (v41) — Romans 10:14-17, Luke 24:48
GIVING (v45) — Mark 12:41-44, Acts 4:32-37
BAPTISM (v41) — Acts 8:26-40, Romans 6:3-4, Matthew 28:19
COMMUNION (v42,46) — Luke 22:7-20, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
LEADERS (v42) — Acts 6:1-7, Acts 14:23

If your group has committed to be a church, make the dotted line circle solid. If you regularly practice each of the above elements then draw a picture of the elements inside your circle. If you do not do the element or you wait for an outsider to come do it, then draw the element outside the circle.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
— Acts 13:1-3

Paul’s pattern in planting churches was an average of six months or less per church network in the Model and Assist stages, and then he would spend years even decades in the Watch stage, and then eventually he would leave and tell them he would not return and charge them to be obedient to what he trained them to do.

PART OF TWO CHURCHES — Every disciple should be involved in two churches:
HOME CHURCH: Your primary spiritual community.
NEW CHURCH: Group that you are personally investing in the Training Cycle.

Things to consider:
• Best practice is to start new churches. We go to them before asking them to come to us.
• Don’t underestimate Jesus to be with two or three gathered. Two people meeting for coffee could essentially be a “church meeting.”
• Attend two simple churches in your area for a season while modeling and assisting a new simple church’s formation in person.
• Embrace creative ways of communing — text messages or video chat.

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
— 2 Timothy 2:2

TRAINING CYCLE helps disciples go from one to many and turns a mission into a movement.

As believers increase in their competence in these areas, it is important to help them understand the phases of the training cycle so they know when and how to transition from modeling, to assisting, to watching, to leaving as they initiate work with new believers or new churches. This is a natural process by which they can help others grow into maturity as well, both individually and corporately.

M.A.W.L Training Cycle:

MODEL — when a child sees someone riding a bicycle, that is the MODEL phase:
Modeling is simply providing an example of a practice or tool. It is the briefest part of the training cycle. It usually only needs to be done once. It is simply creating an awareness that a practice or a tool exists and giving a general idea of what it looks like. Modeling repeatedly is not an effective way to equip someone. They need to be allowed to try the skill themselves.

ASSIST — when a parent is holding onto the bicycle while a child is learning to keep his balance, that is the ASSIST phase:
Assisting is allowing the disciple to practice the skill. This takes longer than the modeling phase. It requires “hand-holding” on the part of the coach. The coach needs to be directive and take an active role in coaching the disciple. This phase does not last until the disciple is fully competent, but merely until they understand the basics of the skill. If this phase is continued too long, then the disciple will develop a dependence on the coach and never advance to full competence. The end of the assist phase should be marked by the disciple starting to model for others.

WATCH — when a parent is observing a child ride a bicycle and ensuring they have adequate skills & knowledge to ride unsupervised, this is the WATCH phase:
Watching is the longest phase. It involves more indirect contact with the disciple. It seeks to develop full competence in all facets of a skill. It may be ten times or more as long as the first two phases combined. As the disciple progresses in skill, the contact with the coach may become less regular and more ad hoc. In this phase the disciple gradually takes more responsibility and initiative in the performance of the skill. Typically in disciple making the mark of the end of this phase is when the disciple has passed on the skill successfully to the fourth generation through those whom he or she is coaching.

LEAVE — when a parent releases a child to ride their bicycle completely unsupervised, that is the LEAVE phase:
Leaving is a sort of graduation when the disciple becomes a peer of the coach. Periodic contact and peer coaching may continue to take place if the disciple and coach are in the same network.

Jesus said this is how you should pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
— Matthew 6:10

You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; You encourage them, and You listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
— Psalm 10:17-18

“He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.”
— Proverbs 3:34

EYES TO SEE WHERE THE KINGDOM ISN’T

Every disciple needs to be equipped to have eyes to see where the Kingdom isn’t. We are naturally wired to look at ‘what is’ and our eyes are drawn to “what is” but not to “what isn’t”. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer — “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, we are acknowledging that there is a gap between “what is” and “what God’s intent”. As citizens of the Kingdom, our job is to be concerned with closing that gap.

God has favorites — THE LAST, THE LEAST, and THE LOST. The Bible repeatedly teaches about how people treat widows, orphans, and aliens. God is highlighting the need to care for those who need the most care. We need to be concerned for where the gospel is least accessible.

Who are the people who need the good news of the Kingdom more than anyone else? Where are those people?

God loves the humble and gives grace to them. This concern for the last, the least, and the lost is to develop awareness of where the Kingdom is growing and where it is not. We need to look for opportunities to enter new places and new people groups to meet the greatest needs so that God’s Will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

The process of multiplying disciples and simple churches is NON-SEQUENTIAL.

The mental pattern which can have tremendous impact upon the way one works or thinks about church planting is whether one thinks of the process as a series of sequential segments or as a whole. Many people consider the process of church planting as a series of sequential steps. You arrange for prayer support and begin praying yourself. You do evangelism. After people are converted, then discipleship begins. Once discipleship begins or initial discipleship is completed, some people even put in a proving period, which is definitely not biblical. But at the end of either the discipleship or the proving period the converts are baptized. Then there is a step by which the church is actually planted. After the church is planted, you begin to develop leaders.

It is far more helpful to realize that what is done from the very first contact with an unbeliever has implications and effects on discipleship, church planting, leadership development, and ongoing approaches toward spiritual matters. For instance, if the approach taken during evangelism and discipleship is a one-way monologue from a knower to a person who is ignorant, it is not participative or interactive. It implies that one person is a giver and the other person is a receiver. Then the result will be people who do not view themselves as capable of leadership. It will also affect the nature of church life. Such patterns established early on can be difficult to break down later. You can inadvertently set up many barriers and roadblocks to growth and development, either in individual disciples or in churches, by the approaches you may take in the evangelism and discipleship process or the timing of leadership development. You can be developing leadership from the moment you begin interacting with an unbeliever who is going to be converted. You can be affecting the nature of the church which will be planted by whether you approach things from an individual basis or a group basis. There are many applications to this principle.

We are pursuing simultaneous rather than sequential church planting qualities: One process. Vision casting, pre-evangelism, evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership development, and gospel movement cultivation can all happen at the same time during the same process if we focus our energy and time on putting into practice the disciple making best practices. All of the seven fields can happen at the same time when birthed and bathed in prayer. Discipleship multiplication DNA is built into the pre-evangelism process, so that you’re viewing everyone as a potential trainer of trainers. The resources are in the harvest field! Let’s not forget that the laborers we are praying for are most likely already in the harvest fields waiting to be told the gospel and trained to be trainers.

BOUNDED SET
CENTERED SET

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
— Hebrews 12:1-2

BOUNDED SET: This type of set is static — it’s all about BOUNDARY. Christians are those who affirm right beliefs and practice right behaviors; and those who don’t aren’t . The attractional church is a bounded set. That is, it is a set of people clearly marked off from those who do not belong to it. Churches thus mark themselves in a variety of ways. Have a church membership roll is an obvious one. This mechanism determines who’s ‘in’ and who’s ‘out’.

CENTERED SET: This type of set is dynamic — it’s all about MOVEMENT in a particular direction. Christians are those moving toward Jesus, rather than away from Him. The missional-incarnational church is a centered set. This means that rather than drawing a border to determine who belongs and who doesn’t, a centered set is defined by it’s core values, and people are not seen as ‘in’ or ‘out’, but as closer or further away from the center. In that sense, there is no ‘in’ or ‘out’ because there is no ‘circle’. Though some people are close to the center and others far from it, everyone is potentially part of the community in it’s broadest sense.

Put our focus less on whether someone is inside or outside of faith in Jesus; and more on whether someone is moving toward or away from Jesus. On where someone’s arrow is pointing, as it were. Approaching faith in Jesus this way opens us up to the prospect of profound connection with just about anyone.

Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
— Mark 16:15-16

In the West — Time is money; in the Kingdom of God — Time is souls.

The Lord does not delight in the death of any man, but desires for all to come to repentance and for all to willingly love and worship Him. But the fact is that more than one non-Christian per second passes into a Christ-less eternity.

[Right where you are, begin snapping your fingers every second. Keep going.]

This pace does not slow down when we are sleeping, when we are at our respective jobs, in the classrooms, or while we are on vacation. One soul. Every second. Dying. And living forever in torment apart from Jesus Christ. More than one person dies every second apart from Christ, and God is robbed of his glory. That’s the pace of multiplication. That’s the reason why a disciple making multiplication strategy is so essential. Every disciple needs a place to learn, a place to lead, and the passion and urgency to help complete the Great Commission.

PACE matters. URGENCY matters.

ELEPHANTS
Only fertile four times a year
Only one baby per pregnancy
22-month gestation period
Sexual maturity: 18 years
Maximum growth potential in 3 years: from 2 to 3
RABBITS
Almost continually fertile
Average of seven babies per pregnancy
1-month gestation period
Sexual maturity: 4 months
Maximum growth potential in 3 years: from 2 to 476 million

A Church Planting Movement by definition requires rapid multiplication. Rapid multiplication can be illustrated by rabbits; slow multiplication can be illustrated by elephants.

Reproduction Rate

10 Years 60 Months 18 Months 12 Months 6 Months 4 Months
Churches 4 64 1,024 1 Million 1 Billion

The point of this illustration is to show that reproduction rate matters. It matters in churches too. If you have a reproduction rate of five years, which is sixty months, over a period of ten years you will end up with only four churches. However, if you could knock this down to a twelve month reproduction rate for a period of ten years, starting with one church, in ten years you would have one thousand twenty-four churches. If you could knock the rate down to a four-month reproduction rate and maintain that for a period of ten years, you would have one billion churches.

As in rabbits, so with churches. Very high rates of reproduction cannot be sustained over a long period of time because of the decreasing number of lost people who are accessible and many other factors. However, high reproduction rates can be maintained for a period of time. A reproduction rate of under nine months was maintained in the endvisioning case study for five years; and, since they started with three churches, they ended up with five hundred fifty churches after only five years. So fairly high reproduction rates can be maintained for a period of time.

We need to build into the DNA of every local church around the world the DNA of disciple making multiplication strategy. If we will follow the disciple making multiplication principles by putting them into practice, we can reach the whole world in one generation, around ten years.

MODERN DISCIPLESHIP STRATEGY
JESUS' DISCIPLESHIP STRATEGY

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, He called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom He also designated apostles.
— Luke 6:12-13

Today — we see lead pastors/ministers who are part of a church service movement that emphasizes Sunday or weekend gatherings. These gatherings do not create the outcome (at the end of the funnel) of disciple making movements. Jesus-style disciple making model — we see Jesus created a disciple making movement that, over time, witnessed many disciples who went out and made disciples.

Jesus had thousands of followers. — Matthew 5:1-2,John 6:1-2
He had dozens of disciples. — Luke 10:1
He picked twelve to train more deeply and send out. — Matthew 10:1, Mark 6:7, Luke 9:1-2
And He had three that were with him even more often. — Matthew 17:1, Mark 5:37, 14:33, Luke 8:51

OCTOPUS
Multiple legs to reach out in different directions
Ability to regrow lost leg but old leg is lost
Complex and specialized
Central nervous system with brain
Delicate and very sensitive to its environment
STARFISH
Multiple legs to reach out in different directions
Ability to regrow lost leg and old leg will grow into a new body
Simple and non-specialized
Decentralized nervous system with no brain
Not picky to its environment

Simple church gatherings are very different from a regular small group or a cell group. Simple church is not just a Bible study—a supplement to a Sunday service—nor is it centered on a set teaching. Simple church is a real church that empowers all its members to take responsibility, support one another and share life together.

The primary difference between cell church and simple church network is in regard to structure. A cell church is hierarchical in structure, and teaching and authority flow from the top down. A simple church network is a network of autonomous simple churches which voluntarily cooperate together and submit to one another in mutual accountability. There are advantages and disadvantages to each form. The difference may perhaps best be illustrated by the difference between starfish and octopus.

Starfish represent simple churches. If you cut off the leg of a starfish, you get two starfish, and nothing is lost. With an octopus, if you cut off the leg, you get a new leg, and the old leg is lost. With a cell church the leadership level that develops in each cell is not nearly as mature as that which develops in an autonomous simple church because the cell group depend upon the hierarchy to provide regular teaching and structure and authority instead of learning to feed on scripture for themselves. So if, because of persecution or severed relationships or some other problem, the cell group breaks off from a cell church, it will typically die.

Similarly, with a starfish, if the head is destroyed, you get as many starfish as there are pieces of starfish. But, with an octopus, if the head is destroyed, the octopus is dead. In the cell church, if the senior leadership of this church is imprisoned or dies or falls into sin or some other problem, typically the church is seriously damaged or even killed. Whereas there is no problem like that with simple churches, because each unit is not reliant on the organization but is self-sufficient for feeding and growth.

Starfish are simple and non-specialized, whereas octopi are complex and specialized. This is true of cell churches and simple churches. A cell church that is complex and specialized can provide a myriad of services and opportunities which can never be offered by the simple churches because the simple churches are simple and non-specialized. They simply meet the simple, basic, straightforward needs, not the highly specialized needs. The authoritative structure in the cell church enables it to act with greater coordination than is possible with a simple church network.

One other advantage of starfish is that you can’t eliminate them even if you try. You can try chemicals or biological warfare against them, but they are very tough to eliminate. Whereas, octopi are an endangered species in areas where they come under environmental stress. This points out a fact that is true about cell churches. They are appropriate for only certain settings. They tend to be appropriate for urban settings but not rural settings and for authoritative societies but not consultative societies. Simple churches can thrive in both urban and rural settings in consultative and authoritative societies. They are much more versatile and adaptable than cell churches pattern.

ADDITION

1,000
2,000
3,000
4,000
5,000
6,000
7,000
8,000
9,000
10,000
11,000
12,000
13,000
14,000
15,000
16,000
17,000
18,000
19,000
20,000
21,000
22,000
23,000
24,000
25,000
26,000
27,000
28,000
29,000
30,000
31,000
32,000
33,000
34,000

MULTIPLICATION

1
2
4
8
16
32
64
128
256
512
1,024
2,048
4,096
8,192
16,384
32,768
65,536
131,072
262,144
524,288
1,048,576
2,097,152
4,194,304
8,388,608
16,777,216
33,554,432
67,108,864
134,217,728
268,435,456
536,870,912
1,073,741,824
2,147,483,648
4,294,967,296
8,589,934,592

Imagine we try to get 10 people and each starts a church of 100 people every year — which is already impossible to do. That is 1,000 people a year. In ten years, that would be 10,000 people. In thirty four years, that would be 34,000 people — which is still less than the Bay Area population 7,000,000.

If we started with just one Christian and that person made one disciple and then the following year they each went out to make one disciple and continued that pattern. That the whole world would have access to the gospel in just thirty four years! Each line is a year, and the number is the number of disciples in the scenario we described.

8,589,934,592 is greater than the world’s population 7,700,000,000 (2019). That is the power ofEXPONENTIAL growth. God’s plan for discipleship in His kingdom is not by addition, but by multiplication — new disciples make more disciples. The multiplication of disciples will result in exponential growth of God’s Kingdom.

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast:
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
— Matthew 13:31-33

Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.
— Romans 10:1

PRAYER FOR THE LOST

List two or three individuals who need the Lord’s salvation. Write down the names of all those identified on the card so that all of you pray for each of the lost souls weekly. Keep this card in your Bible as a bookmark for your daily reading so that each time you open your Bible you are reminded to pray for these people.

1. Bring ________ to recognize and understand his/her emptiness and purposelessness in life. Bring ________ to the end of himself/herself so that ________ will turn to You.
2. Cause ________ to hunger and thirst for more in life.
3. Bring ________ to understand the truth of his/her condition without Christ and to understand what Christ has done for his/her salvation.
4. Bring conviction of sin. Allow the consequences of his/her sin to cause ________ to desire a different life. Let ________ become fed up with his/her life as it is.
5. Jesus, reveal the Father to ________.
6. Father, exalt Jesus in ________ eyes.
7. Father, draw ________ to Yourself and Your Son Jesus.
8. Guide and create circumstances that create a need, then show Your love through meeting needs through me or others of Your people.
9. Bring godly people into his/her life that will influence ________ for Christ.
10. Prepare circumstances in his/her relationships where a Christian (me if You choose) will have the opportunity to forgive ________ and thus reveal something of Your mercy.
11. Open ________ ears to hear Your call.
12. Allow ________ to see the unity and love of Your people in a way that ________ is convinced that Jesus must be sent from You. Convince ________ that Jesus is indeed the Savior of the world.
13. Protect ________ life to receive the planting of Your Word.
14. Protect ________ from Satan’s attempts to blind ________ and steal away the Word that has been sown.
15. Reduce the cares of the world around ________ that could choke the seed planted.
16. Raise up intercessors in behalf of ________. Guide my praying for ________.
17. Reveal to me the time and the way for me to share a witness about You and tell ________ about the good news of salvation.
18. Bring ________ under the hearing and influence of Your Word through teaching or preaching. Create in ________ and openness to listen.
19. Create opportunities for ________ to hear a witness for Christ from several different trusted sources. Use the timing and diversity of these witnesses to convince ________ that You are the Author behind them all.
20. Cause ________ to recognize his need for a Savior.
21. Lord, do whatever it takes to cause ________ to seek after You. Break the hardness of his/her heart toward You.

1. Lord, I pray that You draw ________ to Yourself. — John 6:44
2. I pray that ________ hear and believe the Word of God for what it really is. — 1 Thessalonians 2:13
3. I pray that ________ seek to know You. — Acts 17:27
4. I ask you, Lord, to prevent Satan from blinding ________ to the truth. — 2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Timothy 2:25-26
5. Holy Spirit, I ask You to convict ________ of his/her sin and need for Christ’s redemption. — John 16:7-14
6. I ask that You send someone who will share the gospel with ________. — Matthew 9:37-38
7. I also ask that You give me or ________ the opportunity, the courage and the right words to share with ________. — Colossians 4:3-6
8. Lord, I pray that ________ turn from his/her sin and follow Christ. — Acts 17:30-31, 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
9. Lord, I pray that ________ would put all of his/her trust in Christ. — John 1:12, 5:24
10. Lord, I pray that ________ confess Christ as Lord, take root and grow in faith and bear fruit for Your glory. — Romans 10:9-10, Colossians 2:6-7, Luke 8:15

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
— Proverbs 27:17

IRON ON IRON — Peer Mentoring

PURPOSE: Learning from other practitioners while addressing barriers and clarifying action steps that address barriers.
RULES: Be humble. Be patient. Be kind. Be serious. Attack the plan, not the person.
FOCUS: Do this with the lostness of your community in mind. Focus only on the barriers, not your opinions.
SCHEDULE: 60 minutes

1. REPORT (30 min):
[Assign a Facilitator and a Time Keeper to keep things on track]
PRAY
ABIDING (2 min):
Are you personally abiding in Jesus regularly?
CONFLICT (2 min):
Is there any unforgiveness in your heart or unresolved conflict on your team?
VISION (2 min):
What is the local vision you are laboring towards?
CONTEXT (2 min):
Describe your context (city, people groups, etc).
TOOLS (2 min):
Briefly share what tools you are using in each field of 4 Fields.
TIME (2 min):
Briefly share your weekly ministry rhythm/schedule of how you’re investing your time to advance the Kingdom (pray, share, disciple, church, coach).
TRAIN # (2 min):
Estimated number trained by your team/network (if applicable).
SHARE # (2 min):
Estimated daily sustained gospel shares in your city.
UPDATE # (4 min):
Share the update/story of what God is doing using generational map focusing on your most fruitful streams.
BARRIERS (10 min):
Share the barriers/obstacles you are facing on the path to multiplication of healthy, sustained disciples and churches (focus on your most fruitful streams or use Four Fields diagram to diagnose).

2. REVIEW (30 min):
[Facilitator reviews the barriers to focus solutions on. Other Participants give encouragement and suggestions]
ENCOURAGEMENT (5 min):
Give encouragement to the person who is sharing.
QUESTIONS (5 min):
Ask clarifying questions about what has been shared.
SOLUTIONS (10 min):
Discuss solutions that address barriers (scripture, stories, suggestions).
TAKEAWAYS (5 min):
Share 1-2 key takeaways/things that you think will help you moving forward.
ACTIONS (5 min):
Share your action items for the next 30 days and your accountability plan.
PRAY:
Pray over the actions.

1. REPORT (30 min):
[Assign a Facilitator and a Time Keeper to keep things on track]
PRAY
RELATIONSHIPS (10 min):
How is your time reading and praying?
Is there any conflict with a believer that you need to resolve?
STATUS (10 min):
What is happening in your work that is exciting to you?
What successes do you feel like you are seeing?
BARRIERS (10 min):
What barriers are you facing in your field?
What barriers are preventing further multiplication of disciples and churches?

2. REVIEW (30 min):
[Facilitator reviews the barriers to focus solutions on. Other Participants give encouragement and suggestions]
ENCOURAGEMENT (5 min):
Give encouragement to the person who is sharing.
QUESTIONS (5 min):
Ask clarifying questions about what has been shared.
SOLUTIONS (10 min):
Discuss solutions that address barriers (scripture, stories, suggestions).
TAKEAWAYS (5 min):
Share 1-2 key takeaways/things that you think will help you moving forward.
ACTIONS (5 min):
Share your action items for the next 30 days and your accountability plan.
PRAY:
Pray over the actions.



WHY
Why should I share the gospel?
— John 3:16
— Matthew 22:37-39
— Matthew 28:18-20

• Are you willing to give Jesus all authority in your life?
• Are you willing to go tell others about Jesus?
• Are you willing to make disciples?
• Are you will to go to all nations?
• Are you willing to baptize others?
• Are you willing to teach others to obey the commands of Christ?
• Do you believe that Jesus is with you?


WHO
Who should I share the gospel with?
• Make a List of 20 people in your relational network (family, friends, co-workers/classmates, neighbors, acquittance, …etc.).


WHAT
What should I share with others?
My Story
God’s Story


WHEN
When should I share the gospel?
Pray: Set a time to pray for the people on your list.
Share: Set a time to share the gospel on your list.
Train: Set a time to train a fellow believer.

4 • 1 • 1 Gospel Conversation Training is a simple way to train others to share the gospel. This can be a training for existing believers or a training use to help start brand new disciples of Jesus to start sharing their faith right away. 411 — Four Questions on One Paper in One Hour.

The Parable of the Growing Seed:
Jesus said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
— Mark 4:26-29

FOUR FIELDS Diagnostic Diagram:
EMPTY FIELD: Entry Plan — Where or with whom (what people groups) are you planning to extend the Kingdom?
SEEDING FIELD: Gospel Plan — Where or with whom are you sharing the good news of the Kingdom? How are you doing that?
GROWING FIELD: Discipleship Plan — How are you equipping people and growing them spiritually, individually and in their natural networks?
HARVESTING FIELD: Church Formation Plan — How are new spiritual families (simple churches) being formed?
MULTIPLYING: With whom, how and when are you filtering for faithful people, equipping and holding them accountable for reproduction?

GenMapper is an app for mapping generations of simple churches.

CHURCH CIRCLES MAPFOUR FIELDS MAPCHURCH ASSESSMENT

DISCIPLE
[Instructions]

  • UNAWARE
    • You’re unfamiliar or don’t understand the Tool.
    • Coach has not modeled the Tool to me.
  • UNSKILLED
    • You’re somewhat familiar but still not sure about the Tool.
    • Coach is assisting me to model the Tool to my disciples.
  • COMPETENT
    • You understand and can train the basics on the Tool.
    • Coach is watching me to assist my disciples to model the Tool.
  • SKILLED
    • You feel confident and can effectively train the Tool.
    • Coach can leave me to watch my disciples to assist theirs.

COACH
[Roles]

  • MODEL
    • Model and make sure of understanding.
    • Coach gives direction and information.
  • ASSIST
    • Assist them until they have the basics.
    • Coach gives direction and support.
  • WATCH
    • Watch out for consistent competence.
    • Coach gives support and encouragement.
  • LEAVE
    • Leave them and find others to develop.
    • Coach receives updates.

COACHING CHECKLIST is a powerful tool you can use to quickly assess your own strengths and vulnerabilities when it comes to making disciples who multiply. It’s also a powerful tool you can use to help others – and others can use to help you. Use the following steps to take this quick self-assessment.

STEP 1: Read through the Disciple Training Tools in the far left column of the Checklist.

STEP 2: Mark each one of the Training Tools, using the following method:
• If you’re unfamiliar or don’t understand the Tool — check the BLACK column.
• If you’re somewhat familiar but still not sure about the Tool — check the RED column.
• If you understand and can train the basics on the Tool — check the YELLOW column.
• If you feel confident and can effectively train the Tool — check the GREEN column.

COACHING CHECKLIST
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