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大诫命
耶稣对他说:「『你要尽心、尽性、尽意爱主─你的神』。这是诫命中的第一,且是最大的。其次也相仿,就是『要爱人如己。』这两条诫命是律法和先知一切道理的总纲。」
— 马太福音 22:37-40

大使命
耶稣进前来,对他们说:「天上地下所有的权柄都赐给我了。所以,你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗。凡我所吩咐你们的,都教训他们遵守,我就常与你们同在,直到世界的末了。」
— 马太福音 28:18-20

耶稣说:「我是从天上降下来生命的粮;人若吃这粮,就必永远活着。我所要赐的粮就是我的肉,为世人之生命所赐的。⋯ 我实实在在的告诉你们,你们若不吃人子的肉,不喝人子的血,就没有生命在你们里面。吃我肉、喝我血的人就有永生,在末日我要叫他复活。我的肉真是可吃的,我的血真是可喝的。吃我肉、喝我血的人常在我里面,我也常在他里面。永活的父怎样差我来,我又因父活着;照样,吃我肉的人也要因我活着。这就是从天上降下来的粮。吃这粮的人就永远活着,不像你们的祖宗吃过吗哪还是死了。 ⋯ 叫人活着的乃是灵,肉体是无益的。我对你们所说的话就是灵,就是生命。」
— 约翰福音 6:51, 53-58, 63

耶稣却回答说:「经上记着说:『人活着,不是单靠食物,乃是靠神口里所出的一切话。』」
— 马太福音 4:4

神的道是活泼的,是有功效的,比一切两刃的剑更快,甚至魂与灵,骨节与骨髓,都能刺入、剖开,连心中的思念和主意都能辨明。
— 希伯来书 4:12

作为耶稣的跟随者,我们应该要每天读圣经。

S.O.A.P.S. 香皂读经法」是个简单的读经指引,能帮助我们更加了解、有能力遵守并分享神的命令。每星期读至少 25-30 章的圣经,并且每天用 S.O.A.P.S. 写读经日记。

阅读圣经 SCRIPTURE:阅读时把特别让你感到有意义的经节抄一两节下来。
观察思考 OBSERVATION:再用你自己的话重新写下这些经节的意思或重点,会帮助自己更了解经文。
生活应用 APPLICATION:思考一下在你的生活里遵守这些命令是什么意思?
祷告祈求 PRAYER:把祷告写下来告诉神从祂的话语里学到什么,以及你打算要怎么遵守你所学到的事?
分享心得 SHARING:想想你可以跟谁分享你所学到的事或该怎样应用?

耶稣说:「所以,你们祷告要这样说:『我们在天上的父:愿人都尊祢的名为圣。愿祢的国降临;愿祢的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上。我们日用的饮食,今日赐给我们。免我们的债,如同我们免了人的债。不叫我们遇见试探;救我们脱离凶恶。因为国度、权柄、荣耀,全是祢的,直到永远。阿们!』」
— 马太福音 6:9-13

祷告手」是一个简单的祷告指引,从耶稣的祷告用手来学习如何向神说话。

• 手掌 = 与神的关系:手掌是整个手指头的中心,单独与神相处的时间,是我们与祂之间建立个人关系的基础。 (v9a)
• 大拇指 = 敬拜:大拇指提醒我们,在向神有任何祈求之前,必须要先来敬拜祂。 (v9b)
• 食指 = 降服:接着我们降服于神,把我们的生命、计划、家庭、财务、工作、未来、一切的事都交托给神。 (v10)
• 中指 = 祈求:之后求神供应我们的需用。 (v11)
• 无名指 = 饶恕:现在求神饶恕我们的罪,我们也要饶恕别人。 (v12)
• 小指头 = 保护:然后求神保护我们。 (v13a)
• 大拇指 (再一次) = 敬拜:结束时要跟开始时一样 — 我们再来敬拜全能的神 — (v13b)

祷告轮」是一个简单的工具去操练祷告。可以自己操练,也可以跟任何一位主的门徒分享使用。像时钟,只要顺着 12 个简单的步骤,每个步骤花 5 分钟。绕着「祷告循环圈」走一遍,可以学到圣经教导的十二个祷告方式,祷告结束时,正好是一个钟头。

赞美:以赞美神来开始你的祷告时间,脑海里面想到什么赞美神的说话就用来赞美祂。想想在上个星期神在你生命中所做的哪件事应当赞美祂;或者赞美祂向你家人所赐的厚恩。
等候:花点时间安静下来等候神,沉淀一下思绪。
认罪:求圣灵光照,看看在生活上有没有任何不讨神喜悦的事,不正确的态度,也求他指出你还有什么未承认的罪,就向神认罪,得神赦免洁净。
读经:花点时间阅读圣经中的诗篇、先知书,以及新约里面有关祷告的经文。
恳求:为自己向神恳求。
代求:为他人向神代求。
祷读:以祷告的心来读神的话语,并用神的话语来做回应祷告。如圣经中的祷文,特别在诗篇里有许多祷告,都非常适合。
感恩:为自己生活上、家人、教会事工所蒙的恩向神献上感谢。
唱诗:唱一首诗歌或圣诗去敬拜赞美神。
默想:静默祷告,求神对你说话,准备好纸笔,把祂所给的感受写下来。
聆听:再花点时间整理所读到的、祷告过的、唱出来的,看神如何融合这一切对你说话。
赞美:为有这段与祂亲近共处的美好时光赞美神,也为神自己值得敬拜的属性赞美祂。

这样看来,我们各人必要将自己的事在神面前说明。
— 罗马书 14:12

所以,你们该彼此劝慰,互相建立,正如你们素常所行的。
— 帖撒罗尼迦前书 5:11

也要坚守我们所承认的指望,不至摇动,因为那应许我们的是信实的。又要彼此相顾,激发爱心,勉励行善。你们不可停止聚会,好像那些停止惯了的人,倒要彼此劝勉,既知道那日子临近,就更当如此。
— 希伯来书 10:23-25

C.H.A.T. 守望互勉小组」是由两到三位同性别的成员组成的,男女分开。小组每星期聚会一次,用问题讨论的方式,彼此帮补找出哪些方面做得好,哪些方面需要调整。如果他们无法面对面聚会,也可使用电话或视讯来进行。每位「守望互勉小组」的组员都要切记,小组里所有的分享,一定要保密,不可外传。

检查进度 CHECK YOUR PROGRESS:我们透过互相分享挣扎彼此守望互相勉励。开始时逐一讨论「守望互勉问题」(45-60 分钟)。
聆听话语 HEAR THE WORD:我们透过阅读上下文并和其他人一起阅读圣经帮助你在属灵上逐渐成长。讨论主透过每星期经文给你留下的印象。你的小组应该每星期阅读 25-30 章。有许多人发现大声朗读是非常有帮助的。如果有人在指定的一个星期内没有完成应读的,整个小组在下个星期继续完成相同的功课。
实践行动 ACT ON IT:每天我们透过去爱人实践应用圣经的真理。活出主在阅读经文时给你留下的印象,实践应用于你的生活中,并将真理分享给其他人(5-10 分钟)。
告诉他人 TELL OTHERS:我们为那些需要神的人祷告,并在有机会时与他们接触。结束时祷告:互相为彼此祷告。部分时间应该为整个星期小组一直祷告的对象祷告(如:未得救的朋友、家人和相识的人)(5-10 分钟)。我们透过祷告和顺服来承认神。在你祷告的时候,不要忘记赞美和感谢主祂的属性,祂透过你在你的小组和你的身上所作的。要记住,你对主的顺服(「实践行动」)本身就是一种敬拜!(5 分钟)。

1. 谈谈上个星期的读经心得,如何影响了你的思考及生活方式?
2. 你跟人分享过这些心得吗?对方有什么反应?
3. 你看到神的作为了吗?
4. 在上个星期内,你的言行举止是否为耶稣基督的大能做出好见证?
5. 你是否翻阅过任何色情刊物(含网路),或者放任你的思绪沉浸于不当的性思想上?
6. 你在金钱的使用上,有没有认定神才是那位拥有者?
7. 你是否贪恋任何东西?
8. 你是否在言语上破坏了别人的名誉,或者伤到别人?
9. 你是否有言语不实,行为浮夸的表现?
10. 你是否放任生活作息(如:懒惰、没节制)?
11. 你是否在一些事上成瘾(如:成为衣服、朋友、工作或钱财的奴隶)?
12. 你是否无法原谅别人?
13. 你在担心什么,或者对什么感到焦虑?
14. 你是否经常埋怨或发牢骚?
15. 你是否常有感恩的心?
16. 你是否在家人朋友之间的人际关系中,敬重、理解、并且善待他人?
17. 你正在面对什么思想、言语或者行为上的诱惑吗?怎么对应?
18. 你是否把握机会服事或祝福他人?特别是主内的弟兄姐妹?
19. 你是否看到神在你祷告上的回应?
20. 你是否读完上个星期应读的经文?
21. 结束时一起为上面所分享的事项祷告。

1. 祷告求神使我们学习像耶稣。
2. 你最近好不好?你的祷告生活过得如何?
3. 你有什么方面需要向神认罪的吗?(如:人际来往、男女关系、用钱花费、骄傲自恃、做人处事、顺服权柄等)
4. 上次神提醒你的事是否遵行了?请具体分享。
5. 在上个星期内,你是否为你「百人名单」上未信主的亲友祷告?是否曾有机会跟他们分享?请具体分享。
6. 在上个星期内,新学的圣经经文背了吗?请背出来。
7. 在上个星期内,你至少读圣经 25 章吗?
8. 从这些圣经章节里,神对你说了什么?
9. 你对这些阅读心得,确实做出什么回应?
10. 在上个星期内,你是否参加了三分三组聚会?情况如何?
11. 在上个星期内,你是否给人做过示范或辅助别人开始一个新的三分三组?请分享过程。
12. 问组员,他们在你身上是否看到任何阻扰跟随基督的行事表现?
13. 在上个星期内,你是否有机会分享福音?请分享过程。
14. 练习用 1-3 分钟简述福音重点。
15. 下个星期你可以邀请谁来参加小组聚会?如果小组有四个或超过四个人,就扩充为第二个小组。
16. 结束时一起为上面所分享的事项祷告。

信主前
[两分钟]

  • 你的生命在相信耶稣之前是如何的。

经历主
[两分钟]

  • 你如何经历耶稣或你为何选择跟随耶稣。

信主后
[两分钟]

  • 你的生命在相信耶稣之后有何改变。

耶稣上船的时候,那从前被鬼附着的人恳求和耶稣同在。耶稣不许,却对他说:「你回家去,到你的亲属那里,将主为你所做的是何等大的事,是怎样怜悯你,都告诉他们。」那人就走了,在低加波利传扬耶稣为他做了何等大的事,众人就都希奇。
— 马可福音 5:18-20

耶稣对他们说:「你们就是这些事的见证。」
— 路加福音 24:48

作为耶稣的跟随者,也是耶稣的见证人,要向别人见证耶稣如何改变了我们的生命。

我的故事」— 每一个人怎样认识神,跟神之间的关系如何,这些故事就是你的见证。而每一个人都有自己的故事。分享你的见证就是最好的练习机会。要使你们的见证有力,不用很长,也不用讲太多细节;因为把你们的见证限制在 6 分钟左右,会让对方有时间问问题,也有更深入交谈的机会。如果担心不知怎么开始,那就保持越简单越好 — 就只简单陈述你为什么要来跟从耶稣!神会使用你我的生命故事来改变他人生命;只是要记得 — 你就是那个讲自己的故事最适合的人。

耶稣对他们说:「但圣灵降临在你们身上,你们就必得着能力,并要在耶路撒冷、犹太全地,和撒玛利亚,直到地极,作我的见证。」
— 使徒行传 1:8

耶稣非常相信祂的跟随者并祂信任他们宣讲祂的故事。然后祂就差派他们到世界各地去传。现在此刻,祂正差派我们出去。没有一个所谓最好的方式来传「神的故事」— 福音,因为最好的方式将视乎于你与谁分享。每个门徒都应该学会以一种忠于神话语的方式去传神的故事并去触动分享的对象。

神的故事
弟兄们,我如今把先前所传给你们的福音告诉你们知道;这福音你们也领受了,又靠着站立得住,并且你们若不是徒然相信,能以持守我所传给你们的,就必因这福音得救。我当日所领受又传给你们的:第一,就是基督照圣经所说,为我们的罪死了,而且埋葬了;又照圣经所说,第三天复活了,并且显给矶法看,然后显给十二使徒看;后来一时显给五百多弟兄看,其中一大半到如今还在,却也有已经睡了的。以后显给雅各看,再显给众使徒看,末了也显给我看;我如同未到产期而生的人一般。
— 歌林多前书 15:1-8

三圈 布道法

神的设计:在我们周遭都我们可以看到美丽的设计,设计的目的和设计的证据。圣经告诉我们起初神创造的世界原本就是完美的 — 世上一切和每个人都和睦相处。神创造每一个人都有一个目的 — 就是要敬拜祂并与祂同行。

神看着一切所造的都甚好。有晚上,有早晨,是第六日。
— 创世记 1:31
诸天述说神的荣耀;穹苍传扬他的手段。
— 诗篇 19:1

:当我们无视神和在我们生命中神原本的设计时,就不能活出真正的生命。我们的自我中心坚持用自己的方式去生活。圣经称之为罪。我们都犯了罪并歪曲了神原本的设计。我们犯罪的后果就是与神分隔 — 在今生和永恒中。

因为世人都犯了罪,亏缺了神的荣耀
— 罗马书 3:23
因为罪的工价乃是死
— 罗马书 6:23a

破碎:罪会导致一切都破碎。我们从我们周遭中和我们自己的生命中也可以看到。当我们意识到不能活出生命的意义时,我们就开始四处寻找出路。我们都会走向许多的方向,尝试不同的事物,用自己方法去解决问题。破碎会导致人去意识到需要更大的东西。

他们将神的真实变为虚谎,去敬拜事奉受造之物,不敬奉那造物的主
— 罗马书 1:25a
有一条路,人以为正,至终成为死亡之路。
— 箴言 14:12

福音:这一刻我们需要一个挽救的方法 — 有个好消息。因为神的爱,神并没有把我们留在我们的破碎之中。耶稣,神道成肉身,在我们中间并按照神的设计去活出真正的生命。耶稣来是为了拯救我们 — 为我们成就了我们不能为自己成就的事。祂在十字架上担当了我们的罪和羞辱,代替我们付了罪的工价而死。不但如此,耶稣从死里复活 — 为我们预备了拯救并与神和好的唯一道路。

神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们
— 约翰福音 3:16a
又涂抹了在律例上所写攻击我们,有碍于我们的字据,把他撤去,钉在十字架上。
— 歌罗西书 2:14

悔改 & 相信:只是听到这个好消息是不足够的。我们必须承认我们是破碎有罪的并且不再信靠自己。我们没有能力可以自己逃离这破碎。我们需要被拯救。我们必须要求神赦免我们 — 从罪转向神并且只有信靠耶稣。这就是悔改和相信的意思。相信 — 我们透过耶稣接受新的生命并神将我们的生命转向新的方向。

「你们当悔改,信福音!」
— 马可福音 1:15b
你们得救是本乎恩,也因着信;这并不是出于自己,乃是神所赐的;也不是出于行为,免得有人自夸。
— 以弗所书 2:8-9
你若口里认耶稣为主,心里信神叫他从死里复活,就必得救。
— 罗马书 10:9

和好 & 追求:当神恢复与我们和好的关系时,我们开始会发现在这个破碎世界中的意义和目的。现在就可以在我们生命中的所有层面上竭力追求神的设计。即使我们跌倒,我们也明白神拯救的道路 — 这就是同一个耶稣的好消息。神的灵使我们能够追求祂的设计并应许我们在今生和永生中祂常与我们同在。

因为你们立志行事都是神在你们心里运行,为要成就他的美意。
— 腓立比书 2:13
我们原是他的工作,在基督耶稣里造成的,为要叫我们行善,就是神所预备叫我们行的。
— 以弗所书 2:10

我应该做什么:既然你已经听到这个好消息,神希望你回应祂。你现在就可以凭信心祷告接受基督。祷告是与神对话。将你的心与神的心直接倾谈。现在就可以作出以下的祷告让基督赦免你并且按照祂的应许进入你的生命之中。

主耶稣,我需要祢。我的生命是破碎的并且我承认这是因为我的罪。我相信基督来到世界,受死埋葬,死里复活,从罪中拯救我。请赦免我所犯的一切罪。我从自我中心的生活方式转向信靠祢。我知道耶稣是万有之主并且我会跟随祢。奉耶稣的名祷告。阿门。

你若口里认耶稣为主,心里信神叫他从死里复活,就必得救。
— 罗马书 10:9
因为「凡求告主名的,就必得救。」
— 罗马书 10:13

下一步是什么:当我们开始新的旅程时,圣经告诉我们如何追求神。祂已经有一个健康关系的设计。
读经 — 圣经是所神默示的话让你知道如何追求祂。
祷告 — 神希望你与祂对话倾谈你的一切重要事物。
教会 — 教会是神的家去帮助你学习天天与祂同行。
分享 — 既然你已经历过这个好消息,分享给他人。

但记这些事要叫你们信耶稣是基督,是神的儿子,并且叫你们信了他,就可以因他的名得生命。
— 约翰福音 20:31
「你们要先求他的国和他的义,这些东西都要加给你们了。」
— 马太福音 6:33
你们既然接受了主基督耶稣,就当遵他而行
— 歌罗西书 2:6

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关注名单

例. 名字 ☐信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☑ 不清楚
 
1. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚
2. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚
3. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚
4. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚
5. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚

耶稣说:「我不但为这些人祈求,也为那些因他们的话信我的人祈求 」
— 约翰福音 17:20

耶稣顺着加利利的海边走,看见西门和西门的兄弟安得烈在海里撒网;他们本是打鱼的。耶稣对他们说:「来跟从我,我要叫你们得人如得鱼一样。」他们就立刻舍了网,跟从了他。耶稣稍往前走,又见西庇太的儿子雅各和雅各的兄弟约翰在船上补网。耶稣随即招呼他们,他们就把父亲西庇太和雇工人留在船上,跟从耶稣去了。
— 马可福音 1:16-20

百人名单」是一个简单的工具用来协助你在自己的人际关系上多尽责任。神已经为我们在生命中安排了一些跟我们有关系的人,让我们可以做到「去,使人做主的门徒」,这些人就是我们的家人、朋友、邻居、同事以及同学,也就是那些我们熟识的人,还有我们刚认识的人。用心关注这些人,就是使门徒倍增最好的开始, 让我们从建立名单做起,展开这简单的第一步。

编写名单 — 写下需要听到福音的一百个人(家人,朋友,邻居,同事和同学)的名字。每个星期为五个人祷告,并邀请他们于寻求神的过程中踏出下一步。在「百人名单」上的人,必须是你们能够联系,而且你们之间仍然有来往,或者很熟识的人。

面对非信徒或不清楚背景的人,可以分享「我的故事」/「神的故事」或 邀请他们参加一个守望互勉小组或三分三组。如果你发现他们已经是基督徒或他们刚成为基督徒,可以挑战他们开始一个三分三组并提出愿意栽培他们。

面对信徒,可以挑战他们开始一个三分三组并提出愿意栽培他们。同时亦鼓励他们开始一个守望互勉小组。让他们也填写自己的「百人名单」并关注名单上的人。

劝你,第一要为万人恳求,祷告,代求,祝谢;为君王和一切在位的,也该如此,使我们可以敬虔,端正,平安无事的度日这是好的,在神我们救主面前可蒙悦纳。他愿意万人得救,明白真道。
— 提摩太前书2:1-4

步行祷告
是一种简单的祷告方式,学习顺服神要我们为他人祷告的命令。按字面就知道 — 是「一面走路,一面祷告」的意思。不是指平常我们闭上眼睛、低头祷告,而是要张开眼睛来看我们身边的需要,然后受感动谦卑地求神来做工,改变情况。可以两三个人为一小组,来做行走祷告;也可以各自分开来,边走边祷告。如果是以小组进行,可以每个人试着开口大声祷告,就像跟神对话,把所见所闻所感受的告诉祂。如果是各自分开走,就边看边默祷,偶然在路上遇到合适的人,也可以邀请他一起祷告。

步行祷告时,知道如何祷告的方法:
观察:你看到什么?
考察:你了解多少?
感动:圣灵可能会感动你或把一个想法带进你的心思意念。
经文:圣灵可能会把一节经文放在你的心里。

步行祷告时,寻找可以祷告的地方:
政府机关:法院、立法机构、执法机构。
祷告求神保守这些机构,政府首长有由神而来的智慧行使公义。
商务贸易:金融中心、购物中心。
祷告求神让他们有合神心意的投资,以及良好的资源管理祷告,为经济正义与机会祷告,并求神祝福那些把人放在利益之前、恩待别人的人。
教育单位:学校、行政机构、职业训练中心、社区大学、大学院校。
祷告求神让合神心意的师长教的合乎神的真理,同时保护学生的心思意念不被谎言歪理迷惑。也求神让这些地方教育出有智慧的公民,谦恭又能干。
传播媒体:广播电台、电视台、报社。
祷告求神的救恩及信徒的见证,能在各城市以及全世界广传,福音讯息也经由属神的媒体传送给世上万民,各地都因此看到神手所做的工。
属灵场所:教堂、清真寺、庙宇。
祷告求神让每一位寻求精神慰藉的人,都能在耶稣里找到平安与安慰,而不是受迷惑被假宗教误导。

步行祷告时,为遇到的人祷告的方法 —「B.L.E.S.S. 祝福祷告法」:
身体方面 BODY:健康状况 — 保守、力量、医治。
事业方面 LABOR:工作状况 — 财务、保障、指引。
情感方面 EMOTIONAL:情绪状况 — 喜乐、和平、安慰。
社交方面 SOCIAL:人际关系 — 忍耐、恩慈、爱心。
属灵方面 SPIRITUAL:救恩需要 — 信心、盼望、恩典。

步行祷告时,专注可以祷告的主题:
• 关于基督:宣告耶稣是神和人中间的一位中保并且是所有人的救赎。宣称耶稣为这社区和你所看见的生命之主。
• 关于领导者:为一切在位的人而祷告 — 为教师,警察,行政人员和家长而祷告。
• 关于和平:为神子民的敬虔和圣洁而哭求,以致有实质和平的增加。为建立新教会而祷告。
• 关于真理:公开宣告神只有一位是铁一般的事实。为人的心眼不再被撒但所蒙蔽而祷告,以致他们能够明白真理。
• 关于福音:为神的心愿意万人得救而赞美祂。求天国将今年指定为一个 “合适的时间” 重新赐给简单的力量去见证基督。为特定的人而提名祷告。
• 关于神的祝福:为所有人代祷而献上感恩。为神所当得的因祂的良善赐给你经过的每个家而献上感恩。求神带来持久的属灵醒觉。
• 关于教会: 求在人际关系中得到医治,并在神的子民中间没有愤怒或分歧。求神使祂的子民不论男女都以生命闪亮和圣洁生活作为敬拜。求我们的敬拜以圣徒在社区中行善的力量作为装饰。

回望
[三分之一的时段]

  • 关怀
    :你有什么感恩可以分享?
    :你有什么挣扎可以分享?
  • 问责
    分享你实践行动的经历:
    — 遵守 • 教导 • 分享
  • 使命
    大诫命 — 太 22:37-40
    大使命 — 太 28:18-20 • 徒 1:8
问责

仰望
[三分之一的时段]

  • 祷告
    与神简要地祷告并求神教导你。
  • 读经
    阅读这段经文并用你自己的话敍述。
  • 讨论
    喜欢:这段经文你喜欢哪一节?
    难明:这段经文如何难以明白?
    :这段经文如何教导关于「人」?
    :这段经文如何教导关于「神」?
知识

前望
[三分之一的时段]

  • 行动
    遵守:你会如何遵守这段经文?
    教导:你会与谁教导这段经文?
    分享:你会与谁分享
    — 「我的故事」或「神的故事」?
  • 练习
    练习你所定立的行动。
  • 祷告
    互相为对方祷告代求。
服从

簡單的流程 • 聖經是教材 • 聖靈是教師 • 服從是首要 • 倍增的果效

一个简约的聚会模式 —「三分三组」— 将聚会时间分为三个时段,让我们可以实践遵守耶稣所吩咐的命令。

耶稣说:「因为无论在那里,有两三个人奉我的名聚会,那里就有我在他们中间。」
— 马太福音 3:16-17

圣经都是神所默示的,于教训督责使人归正教导人学义都是有益的,叫属神的人得以完全,预备行各样的善事。
— 提摩太后书 3:16-17

回望问责 — 预备行
仰望知识 — 教训 & 督责
前望服从 — 使人归正 & 教导人

希望系列 — 适合慕道朋友。
1. 犯罪者的希望 — 路加福音 18:9-14
2. 穷乏者的希望 — 路加福音 12:13-34
3. 离家者的希望 — 路加福音 15:11-32
4. 失丧者的希望 — 路加福音 19:1-10
5. 哀恸者的希望 — 约翰福音 11:1-44
6. 寻道者的希望 — 约翰福音 3:1-21

神迹系列 — 适合慕道朋友。
1. 变水为酒 — 约翰福音 2:1-12
2. 大臣之子 — 约翰福音 4:46-54
3. 瘫子行走 — 约翰福音 5:1-17
4. 五饼二鱼 — 约翰福音 6:1-14
5. 海面上走 — 约翰福音 6:15-25
6. 瞎子看见 — 约翰福音 9:1-41
7. 死人复活 — 约翰福音 11:1-46

起步系列 — 适合初信者或从未参与过类似小组聚会的基督徒。
1. 我的故事 — 马可福音 5:1-20
2. 神的故事 — 歌林多前书 15:1-8, 罗马书 3:23, 6:23
3. 得人如鱼 — 马可福音 1:16-20
4. 信而受洗 — 罗马书 6:3-4, 使徒行传 8:26-40
5. 圣经话语 — 提摩太后书 3:14-16
6. 向神祷告 — 马太福音 6:9-13
7. 面对困难 — 使徒行传 5:17-42, 马太福音 5:43-44
8. 成为教会 — 使徒行传 2:42-47, 歌林多前书 11:23-34

主命系列 — 适合初信者或需要专注门徒训练的组别。

主耶稣说 — 学习遵守耶稣的基本命令。持续向「百人名单」上的人分享耶稣。
1. 知而即行 — 约翰福音 14:15-21
2. 悔改 • 相信 • 跟随 — 马可福音 1:14-17, 以弗所书 2:1-10
3. 信而受洗 — 马太福音 28:19, 使徒行传 8:26-38
4. 爱神爱人 — 路加福音 10:25-37

主耶稣又说 — 学习遵守耶稣的基本命令。持续向「百人名单」上的人分享耶稣。
1. 与神对话 — 马太福音 6:9-13
2. 记念耶稣 — 路加福音 22:14-20, 歌林多前书 11:23-32
3. 彼此分享 — 使徒行传 4:32-37
4. 薪火相传 — 马太福音 28:18-20

刚强系列 — 适合初信者或需要专注门徒训练的组别。

传承使命 — 建立门徒。把所学的传给别人。再教导这些人也要继续传下去。
1. 寻找门徒 — 提摩太后书 1:1-14
2. 薪火相传 — 提摩太后书 2:1-4,14-16
3. 树立榜样 — 提摩太后书 3:1-17
4. 面对困难 — 提摩太后书 4:1-22

倍增小组 — 让所带领的门徒成立新的小组。
1. 开始计划 — 路加福音 10:1-11
2. 同心合意 — 使徒行传 2:14-47
3. 和平之子 — 马可福音 5:1-20, 6:53-56
4. 撒种收割 — 马太福音 13:1-9,18-23

带领小组 — 学习如何带领三分三组。
1. 示范 (要这样带领) — 约翰福音 13:1-17
2. 示范 (别这样带领) — 约翰三书 5-14
3. 辅助 — 马可福音 4:35-41
4. 守护 — 路加福音 10:1-11,17,20
5. 放手 — 马太福音 25:14-30

根基重温 — 学习门徒聚会最重要的是什么?
1. 耶稣居首 — 腓立比书 2:1-11
2. 与神对话 — 马太福音 6:9-13
3. 彼此相交 — 希伯来书 10:23-25
4. 圣经话语 — 提摩太后书 3:10-17

立志跟随 — 学习刚强壮胆并持续到底跟随耶稣。
1. 不肯遵守 — 约拿书 1
2. 立志委身 — 约拿书 2
3. 遵守顺服 — 约拿书 3
4. 遵守到底 — 约拿书 4
5. 非用即失 — 马太福音 25:14-30

要去系列 — 适合需要专注门徒训练的组别。

你们要去:本地 — 学习如何传福音到本地社区。
1. 你们要去:本地社区 — 使徒行传 1:1-8
2. 赒济穷人 • 广传福音 — 路加福音 7:11-23
3. 去奉差遣之处 — 使徒行传 10:9-48
4. 有计划地而行 — 使徒行传 13:1-3,32-33,38-39, 14:21-23,26-27

你们要去:世界 — 学习如何传福音到地极。
1. 你们要去:世界各地 — 使徒行传 1:1-8, 马太福音 28:19-20
2. 去奉差遣之处 — 使徒行传 8:26-38
3. 神爱所有族群 — 约翰福音 4:4-30,39-41
4. 有计划地而行 — 使徒行传 13:1-3,32-33,38-39, 14:21-23,26-27

探索系列 — 适合需要知道圣经背景和熟悉圣经的组别。

探索上帝 — 认识上帝是谁?祂是怎样的神?
1. 神创造天地 — 创世记 1
2. 神创造人类 — 创世记 2
3. 人不顺服神 — 创世记 3
4. 挪亚与洪水 — 创世记 6:5-8:14
5. 神应许挪亚 — 创世记 8:15-9:17
6. 神对亚伯拉罕说话 — 创世记 12:1-7, 15:1-6
7. 大卫被膏立为王 — 撒母耳记上 16:1-13, 撒母耳记下 7:1-28
8. 大卫王与拔示巴 — 撒母耳记下 11:1-27
9. 拿单的故事 — 撒母耳记下 12:1-25
10. 神应许拯救 — 以赛亚书 53

探索耶稣 — 认识耶稣是谁?祂为什么来到世上?
1. 耶稣的降生 — 马太福音 1:18-25
2. 耶稣的受洗 — 马太福音 3:7-9, 13-15
3. 耶稣赶污鬼 — 马可福音 5:1-20
4. 好牧人耶稣 — 约翰福音 10:1-30
5. 耶稣医瞎子 — 路加福音 18:31-42
6. 耶稣与撒该 — 路加福音 19:1-9
7. 耶稣召马太 — 马太福音 9:9-13
8. 唯一的道路 — 约翰福音 14:1-15
9. 圣灵的降临 — 约翰福音 16:5-15
10. 最后的晚餐 — 路加福音 22:14-20
11. 被捕与受审 — 路加福音 22:47-53, 23:13-24
12. 钉死十架上 — 路加福音 23:33-56
13. 从死里复活 — 路加福音 24:1-7,36-47, 使徒行传 1:1-11
14. 相信与实践 — 腓立比书 3:3-9

耶稣说:「所以,你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗。」
— 马太福音 28:19

岂不知我们这受洗归入基督耶稣的人是受洗归入他的死么?所以,我们借着洗礼归入死,和他一同埋葬,原是叫我们一举一动有新生的样式,像基督借着父的荣耀从死里复活一样。
— 罗马书 6:3-4

洗礼」或说「浸礼」,原文是 βαπτίζω — 意思是完全湿透或者是沉在水面下 — 像在染布一样,把布浸在水里,拿出来后颜色完全转变。所以洗礼象征我们原来的生命,沉浸在耶稣的样式里,转变成顺服神的生命。是我们对罪而死— 正如耶稣已经为我们的罪而死; 是把我们旧生命埋葬了— 正如耶稣被埋葬; 是我们在基督里重生了新生命— 正如耶稣从死里复活现在仍然活着。

• 找一个有水的地方,能让新信主的门徒全身浸在水里,不论是池塘、河流、湖边或者是海滩,也可以使用浴缸或其他的盛水方式。

• 让受洗的门徒双手抓住你一只手臂,再用你另一只手扶在他们的背后。

• 问以下的问题,确定他们了解并对当下所做的决定有把握:

[受洗者的名字]
• 「你是否相信耶稣基督,并且接受祂成为你的救主?」
• 「你是否愿意顺服耶稣,并且一生跟随祂为你的王?」

• 如果他们对以上的问题都回答:「是的」「我相信 / 我愿意」,就接着说:

• 「你既然宣告相信并接受主耶稣,现在我奉圣父、圣子、圣灵的名为你施洗。」

• 帮助他下到水里面,全身浸到水里,再把他拉上来。

我是从天上降下来生命的粮;人若吃这粮,就必永远活着。我所要赐的粮就是我的肉,为世人之生命所赐的。
— 约翰福音 6:51

圣餐」或者「主的晚餐」,是要来庆祝我们与耶稣之间亲密持久的连结关系。

• 大家以耶稣的跟随者身分聚集在一起,花点时间静默,思想、认罪。请读以下经文:
我当日传给你们的,原是从主领受的,就是主耶稣被卖的那一夜,拿起饼来,祝谢了,就擘开,说:「这是我的身体,为你们舍的,你们应当如此行,为的是记念我。」
— 歌林多前书 11:23-24

• 把预备好的圣餐饼传下去,然后各自默祷领用。接着再读:
饭后,也照样拿起杯来,说:「这杯是用我的血所立的新约,你们每逢喝的时候,要如此行,为的是记念我。」
— 歌林多前书 11:25

• 再把预备好的葡萄汁或葡萄酒传下去,然后各自默祷饮用。最后读以下经文作结束:
你们每逢吃这饼,喝这杯,是表明主的死,直等到他来。
— 歌林多前书 11:26

• 如此大家一起擘饼饮杯守这圣餐,以祷告或唱诗来欢庆!你们已经一起守了圣餐,你们属祂,祂也属你们!

于是领受他话的人就受了洗。那一天,门徒约添了三千人,都恒心遵守使徒的教训彼此交接擘饼祈祷。众人都惧怕;使徒又行了许多奇事神迹。信的人都在一处,凡物公用;并且卖了田产,家业,照各人所需用的分给各人。他们天天同心合意恒切的在殿里,且在家中擘饼,存着欢喜、诚实的心用饭,赞美神,得众民的喜爱。主将得救的人天天加给他们。
— 使徒行传 2:41-47

教会元素: 作为一个教会我们做什么?

敬拜 (v47) — 约翰福音 4:19-26, 马太福音 4:10
读经 (v42) — 马太福音 4:4, 约翰福音 6:63, 希伯来书 4:12
祷告 (v42) — 马太福音 6:5-15
相交 (v42,44,46) — 帖撒罗尼迦前书 5:11, 希伯来书 10:23-25
传福音 (v41) — 罗马书 10:14-17, 路加福音 24:48
奉献 (v45) — 马可福音 12:41-44, 使徒行传 4:32-37
施洗 (v41) — 使徒行传 8:26-40, 罗马书 6:3-4, 马太福音 28:19
主餐 (v42,46) — 路加福音 22:7-20, 歌林多前书 11:17-34
领袖 (v42) — 使徒行传 6:1-7, 使徒行传 14:23

如果你们小组委身承诺成为一个教会,就把圆圈的虚线画成实线。而且你们常常操练以上的元素,就把那些元素画进圆圈里;若是还没做到,或者还得等外面的人来带你们,那就把那些元素画在圆圈外面。

你在许多见证人面前听见我所教训的,也要交托那忠心能教导别人的人
— 提摩太后书 2:2

门训循环」门徒帮助从一个走到多个,把任务带到循环不息。

随着信徒在各方面上越来越熟练,帮助他们了解门训循环的各个阶段是非常重要的,让他们知道当开始建立新信徒或新教会时,何时及如何过渡,从示范,到辅助,到守护,到放手。这是一个自然的过程,他们也可以帮助其他人在个人及整个教会上成长迈向成熟。

M.A.W.L 门训循环:

示范 MODEL — 就像小孩子学骑自行车需要人骑给他看,这就是「示范」阶段:
示范就是简单做一个榜样,让人知道怎么做、怎么跟着操练使用那个工具。通常示范阶段是培训循环里面需时最短的部分;只需要做一次就够了,目的只是要让人知道有这些方法可使用,并大概了解操作方式。重复示范并无法有效地帮助人学会,他们需要自己亲自去尝试、练习才刚学到技能。

辅助 ASSIST — 就像家长在旁边扶着车子帮小孩子保持平衡学骑自行车,这就是「辅助」阶段:
辅助是让学习者练习他们的技能,所需的时间比示范阶段要长。辅导者在这阶段要提供一些扶助,而且主动指导学习者。这个阶段,不需要做到使学习者完全掌握技能诀窍,只要帮他们理解技能的基本概念;因为如果这个阶段持续得太久,学习者反而会依赖辅导者,很难进步到运用自如的程度。在辅助阶段最后要达到的目标是,学习者要能够开始自己做给旁人看。

守护 WATCH — 就像家长在一旁观察孩子学骑自行车,就是要看着他可以真正掌握技能诀窍,直到他们可以自行上路、平稳前进,这就是「守护」阶段:
守护是需时最久的阶段,辅导者面对面帮学习者的机会减少,力求学习者自行发展各方面的能力,直到能够上手胜任的程度。所以花的时间很可能是示范期跟辅助期加起来的十倍之久。等到学习者技能越来越纯熟,他和辅导者碰面的次数,就会慢慢不固定,只要根据情况机动安排就行了。到了这个阶段,学习者在技能的运用,几乎可以挑起更多的责任,甚而热心主动去做。用在门徒训练上,评量是不是达到这阶段的尾声,就是看学习者否很主动又准确地把技能传递给他自己参与带领辅导的下一代,甚至再下一代的小组成员。

放手 LEAVE — 就像家长完全放手让孩子自己骑车上路,自由自在,不再继续督导,这就是「放手」阶段:
放手就好像是毕业一样,学习者也成为辅导者去教别人,亦师亦友同行并进。而如果辅导者与学习者恰好都在同一个区域联络网里面,还可以继续有定时的联系,共同参与同侪切磋的聚会。

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

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

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

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

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

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

DUCKLING DISCIPLESHIP

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

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

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:18-20

EVERY DISCIPLE A DISCIPLE-MAKER

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

Every disciple needs to multiply.

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

Become a disciple worth multiplying.

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

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

LOVE MEANS OBEDIENCE

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

IMMEDIATERADICALCOSTLYOBEDIENCE

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

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones. By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
— Hebrews 11:1-40

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

FREELY RECEIVEFREELY GIVE

The spiritual economy differs from the earthly economy in that the spiritual economy is based on giving away what one has. It’s like we are BREATHING IN, from God, receiving from Him and then BREATHING OUT by obeying, internalizing what He has given us, making sure we embrace it. We make it part of who we are, then we exhale to the world around us, sharing what we have received. Whatever we get, we give away. It’s just the opposite of the world — which tries to keep what they get and charge others to give it to them.

DUAL ACCOUNTABILITY:
• Accountability to OBEY the Lord.
• Accountability to PASS ON to others what we have received.

This means the most loving thing we can do for one another is to hold one another accountable for obeying what we learn from the Lord and to share it with others. This is not a matter of legalism but of love. This is what we must do if we truly want the best for one another, the greatest spiritual blessing and insight, the deepest intimacy with our Father.

3 LEGGED STOOL — FAITHFULNESS > MATURITY:
KNOWLEDGE (IN) • OBEDIENCE (OUT) • SHARING (OUT)

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 Parable of the Talents:
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'”
— Matthew 25:14–30

UNHEALTHY
[UNFAITHFUL]
HEALTHY
FAITHFUL > MATURITY]

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

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

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

3 LEGGED STOOL — FAITHFULNESS > MATURITY:
KNOWLEDGEOBEDIENCESHARING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TWO FOCAL LENSES:
• 1ST LENS: ONGOING RELATIONSHIPS (List of 100) — people with whom we interact on a regular basis — family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates.
• 2ND LENS: WORLD BEYOND (Person of Peace) — people with whom we don’t interact on a regular basis — every tribe, tongue, people and nation.

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

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 all of you pray for each of the lost souls weekly. Keep this card in your Bible as a bookmark for your daily reading so that each time you open your Bible you are reminded to pray for these people.

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

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

Person of Peace

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

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

The Sent One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEEKING PERSON OF PEACE



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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

IRON ON IRON

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

1. REPORT (30 min):
[Assign a Facilitator and a Time Keeper to keep things on track]
PRAY
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.

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

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



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

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


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


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


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

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.

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

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

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

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

EYES TO SEE WHERE THE KINGDOM ISN’T

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PACE matters. URGENCY matters.

ADDITION

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

MULTIPLICATION

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

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

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

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

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

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.
He had dozens of disciples.
He picked twelve to train more deeply and send out.
And He had three that were with him even more often.

BOUNDED SET
CENTERED SET

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reproduction Rate

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

GenMapper is an app for mapping generations of simple churches.

CHURCH CIRCLES MAPFOUR FIELDS MAPCHURCH ASSESSMENT

DISCIPLE
[INSTRUCTIONS]

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

COACH
[ROLES]

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

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

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

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

COACHING CHECKLIST

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