Relational, Intentional, & Reproducible Disciple-Making

Listen to the sermon here.

In week 6 of our series Disciple-Making Mission we looked at Acts 14 together and saw people believing in Jesus, and then later being described as disciples. The text showed us that those sharing the gospel were also making disciples, so we asked: How do we move people from belief in the gospel to becoming mature disciples of Jesus who can reproduce themselves?

We talked about three specific aspects of disciple making. We said that, like Jesus, we should make disciples in a way that is relational, intentional, and reproducible. Seeing Jesus and his disciples model each of these aspects, we considered the following questions:

Am I investing relationally in present and future disciples while modeling on-going obedience to Jesus’ words and ways?
Am I intentionally teaching present and future disciples to learn from Jesus?
Am I, in love, calling present and future disciples to reproduce themselves?

A few of the key tools we talked about are having a Top 5, Invest & Invite, and telling your personal story of how Jesus changed your life and is still changing your life. If you aren’t familiar with these ideas or tools, they are explained in this sermon.

We looked at a simple disciple-making tool from the Navigators called The Wheel. You can read an easy explanation here of how to best utilize the wheel in disciple-making relationships.

We closed with a prayer for our church family in light of the mission God has given us at Remedy:

May we enjoy and extend restored life in Jesus by giving ourselves to the mission of making disciples.

Questions for discussion:

  1. As you read through Acts 14 and listen to the sermon, what do you sense the Lord saying to you? What about to our church?
  2. What things from the passage encourage you? What things challenge you?
  3. How can the wheel be utilized to teach new disciples and evaluate our lives as disciple?
  4. Will we respond to Jesus’ command to make disciples in obedience or disobedience?
  5. If in obedience, will we be motivated by duty or delight?
  6. What do you think God wants you to do in response to all of this?