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DISCIPLES Making DISCIPLES

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations...Teach them to do everything I have commanded you." (Matt. 28:19)

A disciple (Heb. תַלְמִיד talmid) in Jesus' day was someone who had been chosen by a rabbi and made a life-long total committment to:

  • leave behind all else to follow this rabbi with the ultimate goal of becoming like him, doing all the things that he does;
  • continually learn from their rabbi, memorise what he said and take upon themsleves their rabbi's yoke (interpretation of scripture) and traditions;
  • immitate how their rabbi lived in every way;
  • raise up other disciples.

Jesus is our rabbi and He has chosen and called each one of us to become like Him. Have we responded to Christ by making such a total, lfe-long committment to Him and so become His disciple?

Only a disciple of Jesus can disciple others in following Jesus. Our persuit is not just to know about Jesus but to know Him so intimatly that our lives reflect His: "...it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" (Gal. 2:20b).

To become a disciple of Jesus is not just to accept the truth of what He said but also to re-build our lives on this truth; to imitate how Jesus lived on the earth; and to open up our hearts to His scrutiny and transformation of our thoughts, motives, and attitudes. None of this is possible without the work of the cross in our lives, by which we die to this world, sin and self, and are born again into a new life in the Spirit of God.

Talmidim (disciples) would wrestle together with the scripture to comprehend how God's word was instructing them to live in each area of their lives. They lived together in community with their rabbi who observed every aspect of their daily lives and was continually asking "why did you do that?" This questioning was to develop discernment in the talmidim of how the scripture applied to that aspect of their behaviour.

Likewise, our being a disciple is greatly enhanced by living in community with one another, having our lives open to Christ to question and speak to us through one another. As the writer to Hebrews instructed: "encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness" (Heb. 3:13).

To effectivly make disciples we need to both live as a disciple and invest in others to train them to live likewise. Jesus set us the example of training a group of disciples together. This training includes digging into the scriptures and practicing living them out in our daily lives.

As you invite others into this exciting life of being a disciple of Jesus the most important text you can have for your study is the Bible (preforably in your mother tongue). You can access online Bibles here.

Many also find scripture-based materials helpful for their discipleship group. Let the Holy Spirit guide you into which to use at what times as He alone knows where each person's heart is at and what is most needed to help your group all become more Christ-like and bring more people to Christ. All of the wonderful materials linked in the column on the right (School for Disciples, Discover Jesus & One with Christ) are freely available to help you and your disciples become more like Jesus and make more disciples.

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School for Disciples owes its existence to the Lord who directed in 2014 that this ministry for Him be set up. He then made the connection in Africa where the work was launched in February 2015. At that time there were 130 members in 11 cells in 6 African countries. Today after 18 months the Lord has expanded this work into 15 countries including Pakistan, India, Myanmar and China. Today they have over 4,000 members with over 800 new believers coming to Christ in the first year. And the work is constantly expanding.

School for Disciples is designed to obey five of the Lord’s instructions; proclaim the gospel, make disciples, equip the saints for service, teach all that Jesus commanded, and work for unity among  believers.

The Multiplication Model
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The work of School for Disciples always begins with the recruitment of cells of up to twelve members who study the eight week course, Living by Faith and the Spirit. At the conclusion of that course each member re-teaches a segment of the course to his fellow members and so become equipped to teach the saints. Re-teaching takes another eight weeks.

During that period each cell holds an open session to which non believers are invited. In those meetings they hear testimonies and are invited to discuss the faith and to put their trust in Jesus. During those four months each member begins to recruit his or her own cell. At the conclusion of the two eight week segments each member will continue the programme by teaching the course he has just studied and re-taught in the cell he or she has recruited. At the end of the four month segment each cell graduates and becomes a house church.

House churches are committed to four activities; two sessions per month where they continue to study how to be a disciple, one session a month where they share their lives and pray for each other, and one session where non believers are invited to hear testimonies and be invited to believe. During that period each house church also recruits further cells and provides them with teachers from their own number. This is called the multiplication model which is now in operation in several nations.

Find out more at:School for Disciples

 

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Discipling the Body of Christ

BiblesBibles
~ today we are blessed to have the scriptures freely available online in many languages.  To choose a Bible to read or listen to click here.

Growing up in 1st century Israel, all of Jesus' initial disciples would have memorised the scriptures by the age of 13. Memorisation was their answer to the lack of copies available due to the cost of parchment and maticulous work required in writing out each word perfectly.  As we don’t know what tomorrow holds it is recommended that you also learn and memorise as much of the scriptures as you can – God’s Word can help us remain secure in Christ through the darkest of times.

School for Disciples
School for Disciples focuses on discipling people to disciple others.
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Discover Jesus
The Discover Jesus Course is a way to connect and learn about Jesus together.
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 One with ChristThe One with Christ Bible Study series focuses on experiencing the reality of love and intimacy with God.
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