Discipleship Tool

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

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

WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?

The meaning of the word disciple is a follower. A disciple is a follower of God. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me.” So in God’s kingdom, Jesus is our King. We are His citizens, subjects of His will. His desires, purposes, intentions, priorities and values are the highest and best. His Word is the law.

What is the law of the kingdom? What does Jesus tell His citizens to do?

Jesus taught that God’s commands from the Old Testament, i.e. all the law and the prophets, can be summarized in these two things: LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS.

Jesus also commanded us to make disciples and teach them to obey all that He commanded. Since making disciples includes teaching them all that Jesus commanded, the New Testament can be summarized in this one thing: MAKE DISCIPLES.

Therefore, a DISCIPLE is a follower of Jesus who LOVES GOD, LOVES OTHERS and MAKES DISCIPLES.

WHAT IS A CHURCH?

You may be used to thinking of the church as a building — a place where you go. But God’s Word talks about the church as a gathering — a people you belong to. The word “church” is used in the Bible three different ways:

THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH — the gathering of all the believers who were, who are and who will be.
THE CITY OR REGIONAL CHURCH — the gathering of all the believers in a city or a part of a country.
THE SIMPLE CHURCH — the gathering of believers who meet in a small group like in a building or a home.

SIMPLE CHURCH is a spiritual family who LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS and MAKE DISCIPLES who multiply — with Jesus as their center and their King. When groups of these simple churches connect to do something bigger together, they can form a CITY OR REGIONAL CHURCH. The UNIVERSAL CHURCH is made up of all the simple churches networked together into regions and stretches across history.

Scriptures Where did the church meet?
Acts 2:46 House to house
Acts 5:42 House to house
Acts 8:3 House to house
Acts 10:22 Cornelius’ house
Acts 12:12 Mary’s house
Acts 16:32 Jailer’s house
Acts 16:40 Lydia’s house
Acts 18:7 Titius Justus’s house
Acts 20:20 House to house
Romans 16:5 Priscilla & Aquila’s house
1 Corinthians 16:19 Priscilla & Aquila’s house
Colossians 4:15 Nympha’s house
Philemon 1:2 Philemon’s house

ZÚME VIDEO Matthew 22:34-40 Matthew 28:16-20

Have you ever wondered how the church got started? In the beginning nobody was a professional. Surprised? Good thing God had a plan that didn’t require professionals. GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE. He did it to start the first movement of the church. And He does it today.

The first church sent ordinary people around the world to tell others about Jesus. It sent ordinary people to stand before governors and generals and rulers and kings. It sent ordinary people to heal the sick, feed the hungry, raise the dead, and teach all of God’s commands to everyone in the world.

The first church sent ordinary people to change the world. And they did.

Our dream is to do what Jesus said — to help ordinary people around the world use small tools to make a big impact in God’s kingdom!

Jesus’ final instructions to His followers were simple. He 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’ command was simple — MAKE DISCIPLES.

His instructions on how to do that were simple:
1. Make disciples wherever you’re going.
2. Make disciples by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. Make disciples by teaching them to obey all He commanded.

So what are the steps to make a disciple?
1. We make disciples all the time — wherever we’re going and as we go.
2. When someone decides to follow Jesus — they should be baptized.
3. As they grow — we should teach every disciple how to obey everything that Jesus commanded. Since one of the things He commanded is to make disciples, that means that every disciple who follows Jesus needs to learn how to make disciples too.

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UNHEALTHY
[UNFAITHFUL]
HEALTHY
[FAITHFUL > MATURITY]

Jesus said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. … 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 12:42-43,48

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

Jesus said, “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.”
— Luke 6:47-48

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

3 LEGGED STOOL:
KNOWLEDGEOBEDIENCESHARING

FAITHFULNESS is a much better measure of spiritual MATURITY than KNOWLEDGE and TRAINING. As we multiply disciples, let’s make sure we’re measuring the right things. If we obey and share what we hear with others, we are faithful. If we hear but we refuse to obey and share, we are unfaithful.

There are two ideas that have caused a number of problems in the church, today:
• The first is the idea that someone’s spiritual maturity is connected to how much they know about God’s Word. They act as if “RIGHT BELIEF” — or ORTHODOXY — is a good measure of someone’s faith.
• The second is the idea that someone’s ability to lead requires a “FULL TRAINING” before they begin in ministry. They act as if COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE — is a good measure of someone’s ability to serve.

The problem with the first idea — relying on ORTHODOXY — or “RIGHT BELIEF” is that Satan, himself, knows more scripture than any human.

God’s Word says — You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.

A better measure of someone’s spiritual maturity is ORTHOPRAXY — “RIGHT PRACTICE“. We should be much more concerned with FAITHFULNESS in OBEYING and SHARING than measuring maturity based only on what we know.

The problem with the second idea — that someone must be fully trained before they lead is that no one is ever fully trained. Jesus modeled sending out young leaders who still had many things to learn to do some of the most important work in the Kingdom.

God’s Word says — Jesus called together his twelve apostles and gave them complete power over all demons and diseases. Then he sent them to tell about God’s kingdom and to heal the sick.

These men were sent before Peter shared his belief that Jesus was Savior — something we’d consider a first step of faith. And even after being sent Jesus rebuked Peter multiple times for mistakes and Peter would still later deny Jesus, completely. Other followers argued over who was the greatest and what role each would play in God’s future Kingdom. They all still had a lot to learn but Jesus put them to work sharing what they already knew.

FAITHFULNESS — more than KNOWLEDGE — is something that can start as soon someone begins to follow Jesus. MATURITY is time-dependent, but FAITHFULNESS can be demonstrated at any and every point in a disciple’s life. KNOWLEDGE is worthless without practice, without applying it to one’s life. FAITHFULNESS results in MATURITY because Jesus 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.

ZÚME VIDEO Luke 12:35-48

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.”
— John 14:15-24

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

Somehow the word obedience has come to have a negative connotation. That’s just not true in the Bible.

In the Bible, obedience is the flip-side of love. It’s the expression of love. In other words, it’s not some onerous duty that we have. It’s just the overflow of our gratitude for all that the Lord has done for us, and so is the idea of obedience.

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.

John 14:15-24

I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
— 1 Corinthians 3:2

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
— 1 Peter 2:2-3

SELF-FEEDING refers to items that must be evident in our lives if we are to become disciples worth reproducing. As followers of Jesus, we should be PRODUCERS and not merely CONSUMERS.

In our broken world, people have rejected God’s plan, and many spend their energy living out just part of God’s perfect equation. They learn but they don’t share. They are are filled up but they never pour out. They consume but they don’t produce.

There are five major ways through which God grows us spiritually:

WORD: Every disciple needs to be equipped to learn, interpret and apply Scripture. Over thousands of years and through many different authors, God spoke His word into the hearts of faithful men who captured and shared what they heard. The Scriptures teach us God’s story, His plans, His heart, His ways. If a disciple is not a reader, then he/she needs to be equipped to do this with an oral methodology, perhaps starting with listening to an audio-version of the Bible. The tools listed below complement one another in helping equip disciples in a range of skills needed to be competent in interpreting and applying the Bible. If you haven’t already, check them out!
S.O.A.P.S. Bible Reading • 3/3 Group • Accountability Group

PRAYER: Prayer is critical for our relationship with God. It is through prayer that we both listen to Him and speak to Him. Prayer enables us to know Him more intimately and to understand His heart, His will, and His ways. Prayer helps us minister to others, to teach them, and to witness to them. The tools listed below can help disciples grow in their personal prayer life and in ministering to and with others. They can help us develop a habit of living in an attitude of prayer and to constantly see the world from a spiritual perspective rather than merely the visible physical situation. They can also increase our capacity for prayer.
Prayer Hand • Prayer Wheel • Prayer Walk

CHURCH: God designed His Body so that we need each other. Each of us has particular strengths and particular weaknesses. We are to submit to one another and serve one another. The life of a disciple does not only involve one’s relationship with God, but also one’s relationships with others. Discipleship is not merely individual but also corporate in nature. The tools listed below can help us spur one another on to love and good works in an environment of loving dual accountability to obey and share with others what God tells us.
3/3 Group • Accountability Group • Iron on Iron

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. The tools listed below can help us to share with others.
My Story • God’s Story

HARD TIMES: God uses persecution and suffering for our good in many ways. He uses it to refine our character and develop godly traits in us. He uses it to strengthen and purify our faith. He uses it to equip us for ministry to others who are suffering. He also uses it to glorify Himself through our willingness to sacrifice and risk for His sake. God promises that if we are seeking to live fully for Him in this world, we will be persecuted. If disciples are taught to expect persecution and suffering for the sake of the Kingdom, then they are far less likely to be confused, bitter, angry, resentful, discouraged, or depressed when they face it. We need to prepare disciples from the beginning of their new life to expect suffering and to respond well to it, trusting God as a faithful Creator in doing what is right. Suffering for the Kingdom is preparing us and refining us for our eternal reign with Christ in eternity.
3/3 Group • Accountability Group

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Jesus said, “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.”
— Luke 6:47-48

Jesus said, “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. We breathe in. We breathe out. Life.

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.

ZÚME VIDEO Luke 6:46-49 Luke 12:35-48

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

Ducklings actually illustrate an important principle about disciple making. If you want to see God’s family grow far and grow in faithfulness, then think of disciple-making like ducklings — become a FOLLOWER and a LEADER at exactly the same time.

No matter where you are in the world, it always looks the same. A Mother Duck leads and her ducklings follow — one by one — all in a row. The Mother Duck leads. The little ducks follow. But if you look even closer, you’ll see something else is happening, too.

Each little duckling is actually playing two roles — at exactly the same time:
• Each little duckling is a FOLLOWER, because it’s following the Mother Duck or another duckling that’s walking right in front of it.
• And, at exactly the same time, each little duckling is a LEADER, because it’s leading the duckling (or ducklings) that’s walking right behind it.

So is the duckling a follower or a leader? It’s both.

And that’s why ducks “out for a walk” have everything to do with making disciples. God wants His family to grow far – and so He expects every follower to be a leader, every believer to be a sharer, and every disciple to be a disciple maker — at exactly the same time.

One of the traps we fall into, as disciples and disciple-makers, is the false belief that we have to know everything, or even just a lot of things, before we share anything. But that’s not how discipleship works.

Disciples are like ducklings. To be a leader, they don’t have to know everything. They just have to be one step ahead. God wants His family to grow in faithfulness — and so He expects every leader to be a follower, every sharer to be a believer, and every disciple-maker to be a disciple — at exactly the same time, too.

Another trap we fall into, as disciples and disciple-makers, is the false belief that someone, somewhere knows everything and if we just find and follow them, then we’re set. But that’s not how discipleship works, either.

In God’s Kingdom, there’s only one “Mother Duck” that all of us follow — and that’s JESUS CHRIST.

No missionary. No pastor. No seminary professor. Only Jesus deserves the full measure of our faith. The rest of us are “in process.” There will always be someone closer to Jesus that we can follow. And there will always be someone further away that we can lead. But no matter our position, our eyes — and our hearts — should always be fully fixed on Jesus.

EVERY LEADER A FOLLOWER

In the Bible, Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament and started many of the first churches, didn’t just write — “Follow me.” He wrote, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.” Paul knew what ducklings everywhere know and what every disciple should know, too — every leader in God’s Kingdom has to be a follower — and all of us follow Jesus.

EVERY FOLLOWER A LEADER

In the Bible, Paul also wrote: “What you have heard from me…share with faithful men, who will be able to teach others, too.” Paul knew what ducklings everywhere know and what every disciple should know, too. Every follower in God’s Kingdom has to be a leader — and all of us should lead like Jesus, laying down our lives for others.

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

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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

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.

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

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

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

S.O.A.P.S. BIBLE READING is a simple way to learn and remember an effective Bible study method that any follower of Jesus can use. S.O.A.P.S. stands for:

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.

ZÚME VIDEO Matthew 4:1-11 John 6:51-63

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 that you can use by yourself and share with any follower of Jesus. 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.

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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.

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EVANGELISTIC PRAYER FOR THE LOST

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

List two or three individuals who need the Lord’s salvation. Write down the names of all those identified on the card so that you can 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

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 BOUNDARYINSIDE or OUTSIDE.
• 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 MOVEMENTDIRECTION and MAGNITUDE.
• 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.
• Direction determines if you’re ‘in’ the set. Magnitude determines the passion with which you’re either pursuing Christ or you are pursuing something else.

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.

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.

BEFORE CHRIST
[1 minute]

  • What your life was like before Christ.

ENCOUNTER CHRIST
[1 minute]

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

AFTER CHRIST
[1 minute]

  • 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.

3 BASIC KINDS OF TESTIMONIES
There are endless ways to shape your story, but here are some ways that we’ve seen work well:

A SIMPLE STATEMENT — You can share a simple statement about why you chose to follow Jesus. This works well for a brand new believer.
BEFORE AND AFTER — You can share your “before” and “after” story — what your life was like before you knew Jesus and what your life your life is like now. Simple and powerful.
WITH AND WITHOUT — You can share your “with” and “without” story — what your life is like “with Jesus” and what it would be like “without Him”. This version of your story works well if you came to faith at a young age.

3 PARTS TO SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY
When sharing your story, it’s helpful to think of it as part of a three-part process:

THEIR STORY — Ask the person you are talking with to share about their spiritual journey.
MY STORY — Then share your Testimony shaped around their experience.
GOD’S STORY — Finally share God’s story in a way that connects with their world-view, values and priorities.

Your Testimony doesn’t have to be lengthy or share too many details to be impactful. In fact, keeping your story to around 3-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.

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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

GOD’S STORY
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.

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.

Dear Jesus, I’m sorry and I need You. Please forgive me for all I have done wrong. Please come into my life and begin to lead me. I pray this as sincerely as I know how. 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. (James 4:6-7)
PRAYER: God wants you to talk to Him about everything that matters to you. (1 Peter 2:2)
CHURCH: The church is God’s family to help you walk with Him. (John 13:34-35)
SHARE: Now that you have experienced this Good News, tell others. (Romans 10:14-17)

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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“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
— Genesis 12:2

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 9:8

When someone chooses to follow Jesus, how do you help them move down the right path? Start by vision casting the GREATEST BLESSING that they can experience as a follower of Jesus.

• It is a BLESSING to follow Jesus.
S.O.A.P.S. Bible Reading • Prayer Wheel • Accountability Group
• It is a GREAT BLESSING to lead others to follow Jesus.
My Story • God’s Story • List of 100 • Stoplight • Prayer Walk
• It is a GREATER BLESSING to start a new spiritual family.
3/3 Group • M.A.W.L. Training Cycle • Healthy Church
• It is the GREATEST BLESSING to equip others to start new spiritual families.
Eyes to See • Four Fields • Coaching Checklist • Iron on Iron • Generation Map

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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

God shows us in His KINGDOM ECONOMY we’re rewarded not by what we get — but by what we give away.

FREELY RECEIVEFREELY GIVE

When we are faithful to OBEY and SHARE what the Lord has shared with us, then He promises to share even more. Jesus said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”

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 with others.

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

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

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.

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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
v7-8 — 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, gives blessing
v7 — fellowships with them
v9 — asks God for healing where needed
v9 — ministers to them
v9 — proclaims the words of the Kingdom
v10 — if no response, announces protest, then leaves

Matthew 10:
v5-6 — goes where God sends
v7 — proclaims words of the Kingdom
v8 — asks God for healing where needed
v11 — inquires / searches / identifies
v11 — spends time with the candidate
v12 — gives greeting
v13 — if favorable response, gives blessing
v14 — if no response, announces protest, then leaves

A PERSON OF PEACE can help rapidly reproduce disciple-making even in a place where followers of Jesus are few and far between. When you want to make disciples in a place where not many — or maybe even any — exist, then looking for a Person of Peace might be the most important thing you do.

A PERSON OF PEACE IS:
• Someone who is OPEN to hearing Your Story, God’s Story and the Good News of Jesus.
• Someone who is HOSPITABLE and WELCOMES you into their home or their workplace or to join events with family and friends.
• Someone who KNOWS OTHERS (or is KNOWN BY OTHERS) and who is excited to draw together a small group or even a crowd.
• Someone who is FAITHFUL and SHARES what they learn with others — even after you’re gone.

THREE SIMPLE WAYS TO IDENTIFY A PERSON OF PEACE:
ASK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS from people in the community — “Who’s someone that’s trusted here? Is there someone in this place who thinks of others before themselves?”
OFFER TO PRAY for someone you meet while prayer walking or in your daily rhythms.
INTRODUCE SPIRITUAL IDEAS into every conversation to see if God is working in a person’s life.

No matter how we find them, remember Jesus said a Person of Peace is someone we should be spending most of our disciple-making time with.

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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 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, 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.

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.

FOUR WAYS TO GUIDE YOUR PRAYER:
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.

FIVE AREAS OF INFLUENCE ON WHICH TO FOCUS PRAYER:
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.

SEVEN THEMES ON WHICH TO FOCUS PRAYER:
• 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.

FIVE WAYS TO PRAY FOR PEOPLE YOU MEETB.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.

As you walk and pray, be alert for opportunities and listen for promptings by God’s Spirit to pray for individuals and groups you meet along the way. You can say, “We’re praying for this community, is there anything in particular we can pray for you about?” Or say, “I’m praying for this area. Do you know anything in particular we should pray for?” After listening to their response you can ask about their own needs. If they share, pray for them right away. If the Lord leads, you may pray about other needs as well.

• If the person is not a Christian, your prayer may open the door to a spiritual conversation and an opportunity to share your story and God’s story. You can invite them to be a part of a Bible study or even host one in their home.
• If the person is a Christian you can invite them to join your prayer walk or train them how they can prayer walk and use simple steps like praying for areas of influence or the B.L.E.S.S. Prayer to grow God’s family even more.

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After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
— Revelation 7:9-10

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

EYES TO SEE WHERE THE KINGDOM ISN’T

Every disciple needs to be equipped to see where the Kingdom isn’t. There are places all around us where God’s will is not being done on earth as it is in heaven. There are giant gaps where brokenness, pain, persecution, suffering and even death are a part of normal, everyday life. Those gaps are what we are to work on closing in our labors for the Kingdom while we are on this earth.

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.

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

TWO FOCAL LENSES RELATIONAL STEWARDSHIP

We need to see the gaps between God’s will being done perfectly on earth and the situation that currently exists. This needs to occur in two spheres. Thus, we need to equip every disciple to view the world through two sets of lenses.

1. ONGOING RELATIONSHIPSLIST OF 100:
• People with whom we interact on a regular basis — friends, family, coworkers, classmates, and possibly neighbors.
• This is how the gospel travels the fastest.
• These people are placed in our lives by God, and we need to steward those relationships well with love and patience and persistence.

2. WORLD BEYONDPERSON OF PEACE:
• People outside our ongoing relationships or contacts — every tribe, tongue, people and nation.
• This is how the gospel travels farthest.
• With these people, we need to particularly seek out and invest in those who are faithful. Remember that faithfulness is demonstrated by obedience to what God reveals and by sharing it with others.

Opening our eyes to see where the Kingdom isn’t and reaching out through people we know and people we don’t know, yet, is how disciples multiply and God’s Kingdom grows far and fast.

ZÚME VIDEO Romans 15:14-33 Romans 10:14-17

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

PACE MATTERS because where we all spend our eternity is determined in the short time we call “life”.

God’s Word tells us that God is patient with us — not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to turn around and follow Him. God gives us more time because He knows we only have a short time to do all He’s called us to do and to reach all He’s called us to reach.

To follow Jesus more closely, we have to pursue His people more quickly. We can’t just take our time. We have to increase our pace.

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.

Although the church is larger in size and is a greater proportion of world population than ever before, we are still failing to keep up with the rate of population growth. This means there are more lost people alive today than ever before. This status quo is not acceptable.

This is one reason that making disciples who multiply is so important. The percentage of disciples who actually multiply on a regular basis is extremely important.

Reproduction Rate

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

To illustrate, let’s look at an example of a ten-year period. Let’s say that you start with one disciple who reproduces a new disciple once every 18 months. The new disciples do the same. In ten years, you would have 64 disciples. If instead, that one disciple and the new disciples reproduce every 4 months, then in ten years you would have over a billion disciples.

In other words, over a period of ten years, changing the average reproduction rate from 18 months to 4 months does not mean the result is four-and-a-half times faster. It is over 15 million times faster.

This is possible because of the fact that the first thing a new disciple should do is share with others what he or she is learning. That means they can lead someone else to Christ as soon as they come to faith. This pattern can continue all through the maturation process if the disciples continue in patterns of dual accountability for obeying and sharing what they learn.

PACE OF MULTIPLICATION MATTERS

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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

ADDITION

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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.

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.

Matthew 13:31-33

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

When people think about disciples multiplying, they often think of it as a step-by-step process. Something like:
1. Prayer
2. Preparation
3. Sharing God’s good news
4. Building disciples
5. Building churches
6. Developing leaders
7. Reproduction

When we think this way, kingdom growth seems to be an easy-to-follow, linear and sequential process. One problem is that’s not how it always works. A bigger problem is that’s not how it often works best! If we want to see the kingdom of God grow rapidly we need to expect and even encourage non-sequential growth.

This process of disciple-making is non-sequential. Many people tend to think of it as a linear and sequential process: prayer, pre-evangelism, evangelism, discipleship, church formation, leadership development, and reproduction. That is not necessarily how it works.

Imagine a timeline with five points on it:
• (B) Birth
• (1) The first time someone hears and understands the gospel
• () When someone chooses to follow Christ
• (M) When they begin to multiply [apply what they learn and pass it on to others]
• (D) Death

In this scenario, the length of a spiritual generation is essentially the time from point 1 to point M. If we practice following up new believers with something like the Greatest Blessing approach we looked at previously, we can change this to look more like the following:

In this scenario, the length of a spiritual generation is still the time from point 1 to point M. You will note that the time is significantly reduced. This can make a tremendous difference over multiple generations as that effect is multiplied.

It is possible to have a scenario in which people are practicing multiplication before they commit to Christ. For example, say you find someone who is interested in spiritual matters but is not ready to give their life to Christ. They are, however, open to gathering some of their friends and family to study the Bible. You can show them how to do that and how to train others to do the same. It could be that they have reproducing groups and leaders being equipped before the first person chooses to follow Christ. This means we can disciple people into salvation rather than viewing discipleship as something that can happen only after someone chooses to follow Christ. That might be represented by this timeline:

In this scenario, over time (after several generations) the length of a spiritual generation can begin to approach the time from point 1 to point M. In some situations, where people are unable or unready to hear the gospel immediately, it is still possible to achieve a similar effect through teaching multiplicative patterns as they apply to other issues such as community development. Then, when the opportunity presents itself, the network can be exposed to the gospel. That might look like the following:

In a sense then, the biggest issue in multiplying disciples is quickly discovering who is good soil. Who will be a person who is faithful to apply what they learn and pass it on to others? Such people are worth focusing time, energy, and effort into developing. Those are people with whom you need to establish mentoring relationships. When you are working among people outside your existing network of relationships, it is imperative that you filter for this type of individual. Such people are critical for the extension of the Kingdom into new geographic areas and population segments and relational networks.

ZÚME VIDEO John 4-42

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 28:18-20Acts 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
The first third of the group’s time is spent looking back at what’s happened since they’ve been together.
LOOK UP: KNOWLEDGE — TEACHING & REBUKING
The middle third of the group’s time is spent Looking Up for God’s wisdom and direction through scripture, discussion and prayer.
LOOK FORWARD: OBEDIENCE — CORRECTING & TRAINING
The final third of the group’s time is spent Looking Forward to how they can each apply and obey what they’ve learned.

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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.

Scriptures Who got baptized? Who baptized? When?
Acts 2:37-41
Acts 8:5-13
Acts 8:36-38
Acts 9:10-19
Acts 10:47-48
Acts 16:13-15
Acts 16:27-34
Acts 18:5-9
Acts 19:1-5
Acts 22:14-17
1 Corinthians 1:10-17

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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!

ZÚME VIDEO Luke 22:7-20 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

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 HEALTHY CHURCH: As a church what do we do?
WORSHIP (v47) — John 4:19-26, Ephesians 5:19-20
WORD (v42) — John 6:51-63, Matthew 4:4, Hebrews 4:12
PRAYER (v42) — Matthew 6:5-15
FELLOWSHIP (v42,44,46) — Philippians 2:1-8, Hebrews 10:23-25
EVANGELISM (v41) — Romans 10:14-17, Luke 24:48
GIVING (v45) — 2 Corinthians 9, Mark 12:41-44, Malachi 3:10
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, Hebrews 13:17

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.

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

Every follower of Jesus will be held accountable, so every follower of Jesus should practice accountability with others. Jesus shared many stories of accountability and told us many truths of how we will be held responsible for what we do and say. So accountability groups are a natural expression of brothers and sisters walking together in truth and love.

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).

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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.

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

Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
— Philippians 3:17

TRAINING CYCLE helps disciples go from one to many and turns a mission into a movement. This is used for maturing disciples through four distinct steps of spiritual growth. The steps include: MODEL, ASSIST, WATCH and LEAVE.

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.

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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

The four fields diagnostic chart is a simple tool to be used by a leadership cell to reflect on the status of current efforts and the Kingdom activity around them.

Jesus often pulled the disciples back, away from ministry to quieter places to review how the work was going. This simple tool is to help you and the co-leaders with you to follow this pattern of Jesus and to address all parts of your stewardship.

Use the tool in peer mentoring to review activity, people, and groups by categorizing them into the different fields, and asking each other core questions to surface points of action and next steps.

FOUR FIELDS DIAGNOSTIC DIAGRAM:

1. EMPTY FIELD
• Entry Plan: New Areas or People Groups
• Ask the question: Where or with whom (what people groups) are you planning to extend the Kingdom?
• Find the Lost: Person of Peace • Stoplight • Prayer Walk
• Train the Saved: Greatest Blessing • List of 100 • 411

2. SEEDING FIELD
• Gospel Plan: Gospel Shared and New Baptisms
• Ask the question: Where or with whom are you sharing the good news of the Kingdom? How are you doing that?
My Story • God’s Story

3. GROWING FIELD
• Discipleship Plan: New Groups Formed or People Trained
• Ask the question: How are you equipping people and growing them spiritually, individually and in their natural networks?
S.O.A.P.S. Bible Reading • Prayer Wheel • 3/3 Group • Accountability Group

4. HARVESTING FIELD
• Church Plan: New Churches Formed
• Ask the question: How are new spiritual families (simple churches) being formed?
Healthy Church

5. MULTIPLYING
• Leadership Plan: Leaders Training and Generations Added
• Ask the question: With whom, how and when are you filtering for faithful people, equipping and holding them accountable for reproduction?
M.A.W.L. Training Cycle • Eyes to See • Four Fields • Coaching Checklist • Iron on Iron • Generation Map

Mark 4:1-29

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 9:6-8

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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In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
— 2 Timothy 3:12

PERSECUTION & SUFFERING

Enduring through suffering is one of the principle ingredients of every disciple multiplication movement. It takes spirit led endurance to both start and sustain a movement. The bible promises that in this world we will have troubles and that those that want to live a Godly life will be persecuted.

God intends good to come through the persecution and suffering that we experience for his sake. There are all kinds of benefits listed in Scripture. Peter, Paul, James, the author of Hebrews — all list godly character traits that are gained through suffering or persecution. Peter talks about how God is glorified when we suffer well for his sake. Paul, in 2 Corinthians, talks about how we are equipped for ministry to others who are suffering through what we suffer. We’re told there are benefits for our faith. We’re taught to rely on God alone. Our faith is strengthened, our faith is purified, our faith is proven, our faith is tested, all of these things are benefits from persecution and suffering. Those are God’s intentions for the persecution and suffering. Now the enemy, he also has a purpose for persecution and suffering. His purpose is to silence us. If we are silent, he has no need for persecution and, in fact, if we are silent, we are achieving the enemy’s purposes.

But God has good purposes for us, so how can we prepare people and why should we prepare people. Well … if someone doesn’t know that this is normal and that God works good from it, they can be more prone to be discouraged, or bitter, or angry, or frightened, or hopeless, or depressed whenever they suffer for doing what’s right. They think something’s wrong. But if they know that God intends this for their good for his glory, they’re far less likely to have these negative reactions. In fact, they can seek to maximize these benefits that God is trying to work in and through their lives. So that’s why it’s important.

Now how can we do that? Baptism, it’s a great time for us to highlight the fact that: we are ready to suffer, we are ready to be rejected by people, we are ready to face financial setbacks, and if necessary to die for the Lord. Baptism would be a great time to remind people of that and to even ask them to make a pledge that they’re ready to do this before we baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

One way or another we need to equip and prepare people to suffer for their faith and to do it willingly, gladly, knowing that the cost is nothing in comparison with what God has given us and with what God has promised us. These momentary light afflictions are working for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all compare you know so we need to not look at the the temporary situation but at the eternal realities and glory and reward that await us.

Hebrews 11:1-40

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.

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

Jesus instructed His followers that they should be continuously starting new spiritual families, growing them to be more like Jesus, and helping them learn how to start new spiritual families.

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.

Imagine a simple church of four families. This basic church is who these families do life with – the brothers and sisters who encourage them in love and good works. Now imagine each of the four couples work to start a new spiritual family. They’re not participating in the same way they do with their own small group family, but they are helping to MODEL and ASSIST as a new spiritual family gets started and grows. Out of one simple church four new churches start at the exact same time. This is an example of how fast God can grow His family. This is how the church can increase its pace.

All of these simple churches are just like the cells in a growing body and they connect together and network into a city or regional church. The churches are related. They share the same spiritual DNA. They are all connected out of the same first multiplying family. And now — with some guidance — they come together as a larger body to do even more.

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LEADERSHIP CELLS equip individual believers in a short time to learn reproductive patterns that last a lifetime.

Nomads, students, military personnel, seasonal workers who already follow Jesus work great in a Leadership Cell. Because of their culture, their profession or their season of life — they may have a hard time establishing an ongoing group, but they can absolutely be trained how to start groups in each place they travel.

These special purpose groups help learners become leaders who will then start new groups, train new churches, and begin more leadership cells to grow God’s family.

Leadership Cells also work well when a group of people come to faith at the same time. A family, a network of friends, or even a small village can be trained in a short time to become producers for a lifetime — even without individual follow-ups or spiritual coaching.

Leadership Cells are 3/3 Groups that only meet for a limited and pre-determined length of time. The purpose is to equip a group of people to go out and establish their own groups or establish another leadership cell at the conclusion of the training period.

Rotate leadership in the group throughout every session so that everyone has a chance to lead, pray, or ask questions. Encourage and coach one another in what’s going right, what could be better with a little practice, and what a good next step would be for each member of the group to grow even more.

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THREE MONTH PLAN is designed to help you identify specific action steps post discipleship training.

1. I will share My Story (Testimony) and God’s Story (Gospel) with the following individuals:


2. I will invite the following people to begin an Accountability Group with me:


3. I will challenge the following people to begin their own Accountability Groups and train them how to do it:


4. I will invite the following people to begin a 3/3 Group with me:


5. I will challenge the following people to begin their own 3/3 Groups and train them how to do it:


6. I will invite the following people to participate in a 3/3 Hope or Discover Group:


7. I will invite the following people to participate in Prayer Walking with me:


8. I will Prayer Walk once every (days / weeks / months):


9. I will equip the following people to share their Story and God’s Story and make a List of 100 of the people in their relational network:


10. I will challenge the following people to use the Prayer Wheel tool on a periodic basis:


11. I will use the Prayer Wheel tool once every (days / weeks / months):


12. I will invite the following people to be part of a Leadership Cell that I will lead:


13. I will encourage the following people to go through this discipleship training course:


14. Other commitments:


THREE MONTH PLAN

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DISCIPLE

  • UNAWARE
    • You’re unfamiliar or don’t understand the Tool.
    • [Plan]: Coach decides.
  • UNSKILLED
    • You’re somewhat familiar but still not sure about the Tool.
    • [Plan]: Coach & Disciple discuss, Coach decides.
  • COMPETENT
    • You understand and can train the basics on the Tool.
    • [Plan]: Coach & Disciple discuss, Disciple decides.
  • SKILLED
    • You feel confident and can effectively train the Tool.
    • [Plan]: Disciple decides.

COACH

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

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LEADERSHIP IN NETWORKS allows a growing group of simple churches to work together, grow new leaders and accomplish even more of the good things God has planned for His people.

So what happens to churches as they grow and start new churches that start new churches that start new churches? How do they stay connected? How do they live life together as an extended spiritual family?

When spiritual families (i.e. simple churches) reproduce, networks of related churches soon develop. These networks then function like a city or regional church.

It is at this city or regional level that we see elders and deacons functioning. It is also at this level the leadership gifts, such as apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd (pastor) and teacher come into play. These leadership gifts are primarily equipping gifts to prepare all disciples to be more effective in ministry. These leaders as well as the elders and deacons can serve a large number of spiritual families. We see this pattern in Scripture for example with the deacons in the Jerusalem church or the elders in the Ephesian church.

This sort of structure utilizes the same patterns at the macro level as are evident in the spiritual families at the micro level. The 3/3 pattern is evident in leadership training meetings and peer mentoring sessions. The Four Fields pattern is used for planning, evaluation and coaching at the higher levels. The main adjustment is that applications are in corporate terms rather than individual terms. The goals and activities are taken at the scale represented in the meeting.

Typically the area where the network starts becomes central in leadership terms. As the influence of that network expands, it essentially adds levels below the parent. For example, if a church network starts in Tampa, it will at first function as a city church in Tampa. As its influence spreads across the state of Florida, it may then function as a state church and have streams of daughter churches in various cities and counties. As it continues to grow it will begin to function at a national level and even an international level. There will be various streams of daughter churches in different states and countries around the world. These churches tend to remain connected because of their common DNA and parentage.

If some of the streams split off into their own networks due to convenience, language, or other factors, this is not a problem. If the DNA has been successfully passed on then everything needed to establish a new movement of multiplying disciples is present in every spiritual family or even every member of a spiritual family.

Typically, each church is small, having between 4 and 12 adults, along with their children. They are intergenerational, although teenagers can begin planting churches among their peers if they so desire. This small size makes it possible for the relationships to be more intimate, the accountability to be more effective, and the participation to be fuller.

The default pattern for people who come to Christ or who already follow Christ but are moving to a new area is not for them to join an existing church, but rather to be equipped to start a new spiritual family, which is then joined to the network. In this way, spiritual families can be kept small enough to be very fruitful and effective in disciple-making. Again, the small size makes it possible for the relationships to be more intimate, the accountability to be more effective, and the participation to be fuller.

The willingness of simple churches and individual followers to learn, obey and share God’s Word is the spiritual DNA of a movement. If it is passed on successfully from generation to generation, from church to church and from believer to believer then everything needed to begin a new movement of multiplying disciples is already present in every spiritual family and in every follower of Jesus.

When movements launch movements, that’s when we start to see the “leaven” working through the dough of a city or a state or even a nation. That is how the Kingdom of God comes in such a way that God’s will is being done on earth as it is in heaven.

That is how we can finish the Great Commission by making disciples of all nations.

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

Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
— John 13:34-35

IRON ON IRON PEER MENTORING
Peer Mentoring Groups use leader-to-leader mentoring with individual followers of Jesus, with simple churches, with ministry organizations or even with simple church networks.

The purpose of a Peer Mentoring Group is to provide a simple format for helping followers of Jesus grow through prayer, obedience, application and accountability. In other words — “to love one another.

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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
ROLES: Respondent (one), Facilitator (one), Time Keeper (one), Participants (others)

1. REPORT (30 min):
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):
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.

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

GENERATION MAP is another simple tool to help leaders in a movement understand the growth around them. It helps show fruitful churches, which therefore deserve continued investment and attention.

ELEMENTS OF A GROUP:
Key information about the maturity of a group can be recorded with five simple fields (drawn similar to the four fields pattern).

1. Number of seekers in group
2. Number of baptized believers in group
3. Number in accountability relationships
4. Functioning as a church (Y/N)
5. Number who have started another group

Each church is labeled with a leader’s name, the location, and the date of their formation. Each church also has information related to the five aspects of the Four Fields Diagram. The upper left quadrant indicates how many non-Christians are in the group. (It could consist entirely of seekers and not be a church yet.) The upper right quadrant indicates how many (baptized) believers are in the group. The lower right quadrant indicates how many of the participants are in Accountability Groups. The lower left quadrant indicates whether or not the group is functioning as a church or not. The center portion indicates how many of the participants in the group have been instrumental in starting next-generation churches.

This generation mapping information is helpful on several levels. For one thing, the process of discovering this information helps assure that proper mentoring and coaching is taking place at each level. Secondly, it provides clues as to strengths and weaknesses both of individual spiritual families and in extended networks. Patterns of strengths and weaknesses are often revealed by such an assessment.

CHURCH CIRCLES MAPFOUR FIELDS MAPCHURCH ASSESSMENT



WHY
Why should I share the gospel?
John 3:16
Matthew 22:37-40
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, acquaintance, …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.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
— 1 Peter 3:15

411 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. 411Four Questions on One Paper in One Hour.

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 1:5-14
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 24:1-7,36-47, Acts 1:1-11
14. Believing and Doing — Philippians 3:3-9

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