18“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
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The Personal Disciple-Making
In the context of the church, our discipling ministries focus on moving people towards maturity in Christ in various group sizes – from the large church gatherings, to smaller more intimate groups.
As a person progresses from Engage to Establish to Equip to Export, their level of commitment self-discipline and self-sacrifice increases.
As a person participates in smaller and smaller group sizes, the level of accountability, vulnerability & commitment increases.
The focus of Personal-Disciple Making is on the personal group layer of the discipleship paradigm. In this layer a Disciple-Maker leads two or three people in a context of significant accountability, vulnerability & commitment towards growing maturity in Christ.
As a disciple-maker, when considering how to lead the people you are discipling, it is helpful to ask yourself these two questions:
Formation to the image of Christ happens through continuous attention to the Great Commandment
“Jesus answered, “The most important is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
In light of the Great Commandment, in order to move people further on the pathway, disciple-makers need to be continuously leading them towards:
Maturing disciples need to grow in loving God and loving others in all the domains of life. This involves engaging our Heads, Heart and Hands across all the relationships in our life, namely the way we relate to God, Our Household, God’s Household, Our World, and the World in general.
The Personal Disciple-Making
Personal Disciple-making is the work of the Holy Spirit through the Word in the context of a life-on-life process, whereby a follower of Christ invests themselves in a few hungry individuals who have been engaged with the gospel, the purpose being to establish them in the faith, and equip them to export a third generation of disciples
The 5 Principles are:
If you are interested in becoming a personal disciple-maker, we would love to journey with you and help to equip you. For this purpose, we are running coaching cohorts, where people with experience in personal disciple-making will help to mentor you as you disciple others. If you are interested in joining one of these cohorts, please complete this form.
If you have been in church for any length of time, you would have heard the challenge to ‘make disciples’ or to be a disciple-maker in your everyday life. But what does this mean exactly? In 1 John 2:6 it says, “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” To be a disciple-maker means living like Jesus and doing what He did. If you want to have a better understanding of what it means to ‘make disciples’ the way Jesus did, then spend some time working through ‘The Disciple-making Story.’
As we study the gospels, we will see that Jesus had a very intentional model for making disciples.
He started by calling people to ‘Come and See’ who He was. In this way, He was calling people to come in a bit closer to see the type of man He was.
He then challenged people to ‘Repent and Believe.’ Jesus was showing that it was not just enough to know who He was, but that there needed to be an active decision to believe in Him.
Jesus then challenged those who would ‘repent and believe’ to ‘Follow Him.’ By calling people to follow Him, Jesus was asking people to learn what it means to live more closely and more obediently to Him. During this stage in a follower’s journey with Jesus, He would spend time instilling His character and priorities in them – showing them what was most important to Him.
He would then issue the next challenge of ‘Follow Me and Fish for Men.’ Here Jesus was asking His followers to join Him in the work of ministering to others and making other disciples. During this stage, Jesus would give His followers more responsibility and ministry opportunities.
Finally, Jesus would challenge His followers to ‘Go and Bear Much Fruit.’ In this stage, Jesus was releasing His followers to minister to others in the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit, and to teach others to do that same.
The Disciple-making Story spends 20-days doing a chronological overview of Jesus’ disciple-making ministry while helping you apply this to your everyday life. It shows us how He went about raising up disciples who would make disciples, and helps us understand how we too can do this in our context today.
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