This series of blogs is designed to complement two sermon series: The More You’ve Never Seen Before and The Bucket Project. The purpose of these “discipleship” blogs is to give you the information you need about being discipled and being a discipler. Since these blogs are intended to be a resource, they’re a modified version of my teaching notes on this subject throughout the years.


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Last week, we looked at the first half of the Top 10 responsibilities of a discipler. Welcome back for the second half!

6. Disciplers give the joy of their relationship to their disciples.

“But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.” (John 17:13)

  • Disciplers have to have joy in order to give joy.

7. Disciplers use the Word of God to sanctify their disciples.

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

  • The secret of discipleship is found in the ability of the discipler to help his or her disciple spend meaningful time in the Word of God on a daily basis.

8. Disciplers equip and send disciples into the world to do ministry.

“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18)

  • God develops a man’s character to match his assignment in life.

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2)

  • Discipleship is a ministry of reproduction and multiplication.
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9. Disciplers must pursue personal holiness.

For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.” (John 17:19)

  • It is impossible to model something you don’t have.
    • Your personal walk with God is your most important asset.
    • Your personal walk with God must be attractive to your protégé.

10. Disciplers pursue unity and results of unity.

“I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:23)

  • What are the results of you being perfected in unity?
    • The world may know that the Father sent the Son.
    • The world may know that the Father loved them.
    • The world may know that the Father loved them even as He loved the Son.
  • Do you see the enormous importance and benefits of discipling/mentoring?
    • Evangelism and discipleship are two sides of the same coin; they complement and constantly fuel one another.
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Conclusion

Discipleship enables your disciples to love with the love of the Father.

“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:25-26)

Bonus Material

Top Ten Discussion Questions

1. How could discipleship accelerate your growth?

2. In what area of your life could a discipler help you the most?

  • Spiritual: Worship > Connect > Serve > Give
  • Family: Husband/Wife, Father/Mother
  • Professional: What are your strengths/skills?

3. In what area of life could you be most helpful as a disciple?

  • Spiritual: Worship>Connect>Serve>Give
  • Family: Husband/Wife, Father/Mother
  • Professional: What are your strengths/skills?

4. What area of your spiritual life could benefit the most from having a discipler?

  • Attitude: Lord, Change My Attitude by James MacDonald
  • Spiritual Discipline: Priority Time/Partnership
  • Self Leadership: Priorities/Work Ethic/Time Management
  • Leadership: Character/Competency/Culture/Chemistry/Capacity

5. What scares you the most about being discipled?

6. What scares you the most about being a discipler?

7. How can you overcome that fear?

8. Can you name three people who God may have put in your life to disciple you?

9. Can you name three people who God may have put in your life for you to disciple?

10. Who in your circle of influence has the greatest potential?

What are my next steps today?

Come back next week for our final installment in this series on Discipleship

 

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