What Do You Do Now?
We have just finished a sermon series on discipleship — Following Jesus. Together.
In Jesus’ day, a disciple was understood to be a student apprentice who was devoted to following the teaching and lifestyle of a spiritual teacher. We can help each other grow as disciples who make disciples by learning from Jesus and his first-century approach to disciple-making. We should understand that disciple-making happens in relationships, and we are all to be disciple-makers in our church and in our local community. We cooperate with the Holy Spirit in disciple-making relationships for inflow, overflow, and repeat. Mutual community is the delivery conduit for disciple-making in all stages of the process. We need to help unbelieving people and believers learn to follow Jesus. God’s method for disciple-making has always been and always will be relationships. We are to follow Jesus and be sent into this community as disciple-makers.
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve — designating them apostles — that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons (Mark 3:13-15, 13).
Here are some questions we should ask as we move forward:
- How are you doing as a disciple?
- How are you practicing the Kavanah principles of a disciple — studying Scripture to know God, prayerfulness, loving extravagantly, and living a life of worship — with others?
- What does disciple-making mean for you?
- Currently what encouragement do you need as you live as a D3 (follow, fish, repeat) disciple of Jesus?
- Whom will you encourage, equip and mentor with Kavanah? How will you help them maintain Kavanah inflow and overflow relationships in mutual community?
- How can we multiply and support a reproducible movement of Jesus-like disciple-making, together?
- List one or two people you are currently helping to follow Jesus.
by Ron Kirkeeng, Pastor of Middle School Ministries