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Subject – The Christian Church: Clueless – Go Make Disciples – Stories from the mission fields of our lives – Navigator’s Kingdom Impact in the Workplace: Coming Alongside Co-Workers – DISCIPLESHIP AT WORK:
ROB AND HIS SMALL GROUP – Part 9 of 12
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Sunday, 14th of July 2019
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Nuggets of Wisdom
“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth. God does nothing but in answer to prayer.”
“There is a vast difference between being a Christian and being a disciple. The difference is commitment.
Motivation and discipline will not ultimately occur through listening to sermons, sitting in a class, participating in a fellowship group, attending a study group in the workplace or being a member of a small group, but rather in the context of highly accountable, relationally transparent, truth-centered, small discipleship units.
Disciples cannot be mass produced.
We cannot drop people into a program and see disciples emerge at the end of the production line. It takes time to make disciples. It takes individual personal attention. The effectiveness of one’s ministry is to be measured by how well it flourishes after one’s departure.
Discipling is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. This includes equipping the disciple to teach others as well.Every believer or inquirer must be given the opportunity to be invited into a relationship of intimate trust that provides the opportunity to explore and apply God’s Word within a setting of relational motivation, and finally, make a sober commitment to a covenant of accountability.”
- Greg Ogden, Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time
“What a remarkable thing it is to recall that Jesus literally turned the world upside down with fishermen, a tax collector and a terrorist (religious zealot).”
― Greg Ogden, Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time
“I always had a philosophy which I got from my father. He used to say, ‘Listen. God gave to you the gift to play football. This is your gift from God. If you take care of your health, if you are in good shape all the time, with your gift from God no one will stop you, but you must be prepared.” Pele
“Because God gave you your makeup and superintended every moment of your past, including all the hardship, pain, and struggles, He wants to use your words in a unique manner. No one else can speak through your vocal cords, and, equally important, no one else has your story.” Charles R. Swindoll
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Mother Teresa
“For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.” – Martin Luther
“We have slowly but surely eased out the Holy Spirit from our gatherings and eased in satan and his agents to propagate the ministry of stealing, killing and destruction. How else can we explain the moral decadence from within the four walls of our churches? – It is time to rekindle the fire and smoke out the dark agents in our midst. The ministry of deliverance and supernatural healings need to return to our cozy meeting rooms. We cannot be sitting on the same chairs for 30 years, doing the same things and not being propelled to positive actions within our communities – That is the dead sea syndrome. The Holy Spirit is ready and willing to return and fire us up for the work of ministry to reach the world for Christ. Are we ready? You can carry out an assessment via this link today to get started on the journey of making disciples within your mission field. Check it out! https://www.otakada.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/MCD-Assessment-spring-2019-Eng.doc – Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – otakada.org 1 John 3:7-8
Key verses for Today:
Matthew 28:18-20 Amplified Bible (AMP)
18 Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”
2 Timothy 2:2-7 The Message (MSG)
Doing Your Best for God
2 1-7 So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me—the whole congregation saying Amen!—to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others. When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. A soldier on duty doesn’t get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. It’s the diligent farmer who gets the produce. Think it over. God will make it all plain.
1 John 3:7-8 The Message (MSG)
7-8 So, my dear children, don’t let anyone divert you from the truth. It’s the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah. Those who make a practice of sin are straight from the Devil, the pioneer in the practice of sin. The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the Devil’s ways.
Dear brethren, welcome to the ninth series on the Christian church – Go make disciples. Today, we exploring true stories from the mission field – Your life, my life and everything and everyone around us are our mission fields. Don’t ever settle to the mindset that when you are out of your immediate environment, then mission field happens. Mission field is right in your home, your immediate environment, your work place, your trip to places you have been and seen, our struggle and victories through lives up and downs and how we are able to keep our heads above water, through it all by His grace. Mission field is essentially borderless… Today, we bring you good news from the Navigators’s Church Ministry’s Disciple making efforts from Rob’s story of disciple making in the workplace …Read on
Navigator’s Kingdom Impact in the Workplace: Coming Alongside Co-Workers – DISCIPLESHIP AT WORK:
ROB AND HIS SMALL GROUP.
Rob* asked God how He might use a man like him to put into practice what he’d been learning from a Bible study on discipleship called The Ways of the Alongsider, which we were processing with a church leadership team. Rob wanted to make a Kingdom difference in his world. The Lord focused his attention on the military environment where he worked.
Really? How? What would it look like?
“Leadership training,” that’s the initiative Rob told me he had on his heart to launch during off hours. “I’ll take them through a series of discipleship exercises.” Rob explained that it would be leadership training in the area of spiritual development. Rob ran the idea by the Colonel and received a thumbs-up.
Sure enough, a handful of men and women expressed interest in the study, which went wonderfully the first couple sessions. Yet sure enough, there was pushback.
“Isn’t this really a Bible study in disguise?”
Once again, Rob prayed. And the answer came: “Take it to the Colonel.” As he did, before he could even speak, the Colonel stated: “By the way, I ran that study by the chaplain, and he’s sanctioned it. You’re good to go.” Now, after months of small group meetings, Rob updated his church leadership team on the group and asked for continued prayers: “We’re still having our small group in the off-duty hours at work, and it’s going well! Recently we had five new people join us—two of whom have been heavy on my heart. God is so good and so faithful.
“I was flooded with engaging conversation after our last meeting,” Rob added, “and I am so grateful for the opportunity. Glory to God!”
Navigator Church Ministries (NCM) partners with church leaders and volunteers to develop generations of disciples in everyday life—where they live, work, and play. The Ways of the Alongsider is one of the key resources used to help churches grow intentional disciplemaking cultures.
Alongsiders: LIFE-ON-LIFE DISCIPLESHIP
Alongsiders are committed to making disciples one conversation and one relationship at a time.
JESUS WAS AN ALONGSIDER
Jesus intentionally ministered life-on-life with a select few. When the Lord invited His disciples to “be with him” (Mark 3:14), it meant joining the Lord in His life. Together, they went to social events and on walking expeditions. They enjoyed faith conversations, and shared in the joys and sorrows of ministry.
PAUL AS AN ALONGSIDER
The apostle Paul practiced a relational approach to ministry. Even though he often launched a church and moved on, he demonstrated a relational approach to ministry. From his example in the Thessalonian church, what can you observe about his relational approach?
Read these sections of 1 Thessalonians:
- 1 Thessalonians 2:7
- 1 Thessalonians 2:8
- 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
- What do you think it meant for Paul to be like a mother or a father to this new group of believers?
- Describe Paul’s intentionality in growing the faith of these new believers.
YOU AS AN ALONGSIDER
- Who has God placed you alongside in your work, home, or play aspects of life? Is there someone in your spheres of relationship that you can come alongside and disciple?
An overview of how an alongsider structures discipleship.
The New Testament’s portrait of a disciple becomes the target you aim for in making disciples.
R: The R stands for relationships. A relationship with God and a relationship with those whom we disciple provide the appropriate context for the disciplemaking process.
2D: There is always an open Bible between an alongsider and the person he or she is discipling. Around this open Bible, discovery and discussion (2D) take place.
3A: Discipleship includes application, accountability, and affirmation. Alongsiders are on an application journey. Accountable relationships encourage follow-through. Affirmation encourages people to keep going.
BY DEAN RIDINGS
You can click this link to receive an assessment to help you better position yourself to a discipleship journey https://www.otakada.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/MCD-Assessment-spring-2019-Eng.doc
Conclusion and prayer.
In our Christian race, the call to discipleship or disciple making is the core of the matter. Everything else rises and falls to the level of our commitment to discipleship or disciple making. That is the last command to us by Christ Jesus and we must of necessity make it of utmost priority. The way to be committed to disciple making is to make one.!
God has placed us where we are for a reason, for a purpose and for a time such as this. Are we ready to partner with Him to reach souls for Him or are we ready to focus on me, myself and I? May He find us faithful and commitment to the work of discipleship as we work with resources ( human and material) the Lord has placed alongside us.
Thank you Lord for helping us by Your grace to make disciples as you have commanded. Help us to be willing as You provide the needed grace and opportunities for discipleship in Jesus name, amen
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