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Title: Making Disciples For the 21st Century

Making DisciplesFor the 21st Century
  • Dr. G. Earl Knight
  • Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day

The Great Commission Matthew 2818-20
  • All authority (power) has been given to me in
    heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make
    disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
    name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
    Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that
    I have commanded you and lo, I am with you
    always, even to the end of the age.

Who is a Disciple?
  • One who forsakes all to follow Jesus.
  • James Montgomery Boice, Christ call to
    Discipleship, 13.
  • One who is willing to be taught, a learner.
  • Discipleship involves commitment. It
    involves identification with
  • Christ in His shameful death. Discipleship
    involves renunciation of
  • oneself It involves sacrifice for the sake
    of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It involves surrendering ones own will and
ones own rights to his life and acknowledging
that Jesus Christ has the right to be obeyed, the
right to rule. Our Lord said that if a man is
not willing to forsake all that he has, he cannot
be His disciple.
J. Dwight, Design for Discipleship, 18-19
Disciple - Mathetes (Greek)
  • A disciple is one who responds in faith and
    obedience to the gracious call of Jesus. Being a
    disciple is a lifelong process of dying to self
    while allowing Jesus Christ to come alive in us.

Greg Ogden, Discipleship Essentials, 24
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.
Greg Ogden, Discipleship Essential, 17
To be a disciple is to be living in relationship
with the One who is discipling you. In this
relationship one is to be constantly learning
more about the person, while at the same time
living in subjection to Him. The word does not
suggest a rapid conversion to the person, but a
slow process by which one is made into a disciple.
Discipleship is the process by which one is
led to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,
fully committed to a lifelong learning
relationship and growing towards maturity in
Christ. This includes equipping the disciples to
make disciples of others.
The Biblical Picture of Discipleship
Make Disciples Who
Qualifications of a Disciple
  • Surrendered to the Lordship of Christ
  • Love and Concern for people
  • Holiness
  • Open and Transparent
  • Committed Prayer Life

Gods Plan for GrowingA Healthy Congregation
Exodus 1817-23
  • And Moses' father- in- law said unto him, The
    thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt
    surely wear away, both thou, and this people that
    is with thee for this thing is too heavy for
    thee thou art not able to perform it thyself
    alone. Hearken now unto my voice, I will give
    thee counsel, and God shall be with thee Be thou
    for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest
    bring the causes unto God And thou shalt teach
    them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the
    way wherein they must walk, and the work that
    they must do.

Exodus 1821-23
Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people
able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating
covetousness and place such over them, to be
rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds,
rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens And let
them judge the people at all seasons and it
shall be, that every great matter they shall
bring unto thee, but every small matter they
shall judge so shall it be easier for thyself,
and they shall bear the burden with thee. If
thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee
so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all
this people shall also go to their place in
Division for Effectiveness
Small Groups Four Functions
The new believers continued steadfastly in the
Apostles doctrines.
  • Then they that gladly received his word were
    baptized and the same day there were added unto
    them about three thousand souls.

Acts 241
Small Groups Four Functions
In response to Gods creative works and in
goodness towards His people we lift up His name
in praise and thanksgiving. We worship Him
because He is worthy.
Small Groups Four Functions
A small group setting that brings the members
together will result in a closer community within
the body of Christ.
Small Groups Four Functions
A small group must guard against becoming inward.
Without outreach the group becomes stagnated and
insipid. As we reach inward to maintain our own
selves and others within the fold, we must reach
out to bring others within the fold we must
reach out to save others from the pitfalls of sin.
Ellen White on Small Groups
The formation of small companies as a basis of
Christian effort has been presented to me by One
who cannot err.
Testimonies Vol 7, p. 21
  • The Sabbath School should be one of the greatest
    instrumentalities, and most effectual in bringing
    souls to Christ.

Counsels on Sabbath School Work, p. 11
Ellen White on Small Groups
  • The Sabbath School if rightly conducted, is one
    of Gods great instrumentalities to bring souls
    to a knowledge of the truth.

Counsels on Stewardship, p. 115
Christs method alone will give true success in
reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men
as one who desired their good. He showed His
sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and
won their confidence. Then He bade them Follow
Following Christs Method
Welfare Ministry, p. 60
Types of Groups
Sharing/Prayer Group
  • The emphasis in this group setting is on sharing
    experiences of what God has done in their lives
    and praying for a closer walk with God.

Types of Groups
Bible Study Group
  • The main focus of this group is the study of
    Scripture and to seek how to apply the Scriptures
    to their lives. Many of the Bible study groups
    follow the inductive Bible study method in
    understanding and applying the Scriptures.

Types of Groups
Nurture Group
  • This group emphasizes fellowship. There are
    members in our churches that are in need of real
    fellowship, especially newly-baptized ones or
    those who are newly-transferred from other

Types of Groups
Support Group
  • A support group focuses on assisting individuals
    who have particular needs. These individuals
    have felt needs and need to receive healing, love
    and warmth. Examples of these needs are single
    parenting, death, drug abuse, alcohol recovery
    and divorce.

Types of Groups
Home Fellowship Group
  • A group of people who for various circumstances
    meet in a home rather than in a church for
    worship and fellowship. This group may have all
    the trappings of a church service.

Types of Groups
Outreach Group
  • The emphasis of this group is employing the
    members talents or gifts in the building of the
    church spiritually and numerically. This group
    must be students of the Word and diligent
    spoke-persons for Jesus Christ.

The Empowered Disciples
The Empowered Disciples
Acts 18
  • But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy
    Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses
    unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and
    in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the

Divine Power Needed
  • When Pentecost came to the Apostolic church,
    three thousand souls were converted in a single
    day, and the assurance has been given us that the
    time is coming when there will be as many
    converted in a day as there were on the day of
    Pentecost, after the disciples had received the
    Holy Spirit.

Review and Herald, June 29, 1905
When we bring our hearts into unity with Christ,
and our lives into harmony with His work, the
Spirit that fell on the disciples on the day of
Pentecost will fall on us.
Testimonies for the Church VIII, p. 246
Lay Involvement is Essential
The work of God in this earth can never be
finished until the men and women comprising our
church membership rally to the work, and unite
their efforts with those of ministers and church
Gospel Workers, p. 352
Preaching is a small part of the work to be done
for the salvation of souls. Gods Spirit
convicts sinners of the truth, and He places them
in the arms of the church. The ministers may do
their part, but they can never perform the work
that the church should do.
Testimonies IV, p. 69
The best help ministers can give the members of
our churches is not sermonizing, but planning
work for them. Give each one something to do for
others. Help all to see that as receivers of the
grace of Christ, they are under obligation to
work for Him. And let all be taught how to work.
Especially should those who are newly come to
the faith be educated to become laborers together
with God.
Lay Involvement is Essential
Testimonies IX, p. 82
The Effectiveness of Personal Evangelism
One of the most effective ways in which light
can be communicated is by private, personal
effort. In the home circle, at your neighbors
fireside, at the bedside of the sick, in a quiet
way you may read the Scriptures and speak a word
for Jesus and the truth. Thus you may sow
precious seed that will spring up and bring forth
Testimonies VI, p. 428-429
Six Keys to Successful Personal Evangelism
  1. Love for people
  2. Coming close to the people
  3. Making the proper approach
  4. Preparation
  5. Presenting the study
  6. Getting the decision

The Oikos Factor
How new disciples are made
OIKOS Immediate and extended family
Mark 519
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto
him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how
great things the Lord hath done for thee, and
hath had compassion on thee.
The Oikos Factor
Acts 1631-34
  • And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
    and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they
    spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all
    that were in his house. And he took them the
    same hour of the night, and washed their stripes
    and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
    And when he had brought them into his house, he
    set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in
    God with all his house.

Why the Oikos?
Natural Network
  • Oikos members are receptive
  • Oikos relationships allows for natural sharing
  • Oikos relationships effectively assimilate new
  • Oikos relationships tend to win entire families
  • Oikos relationships provide new contacts

Why People Join THE CHURCH
  • Family relationships and responsibilities
  • The influence of Christian people
  • A church visit the program, special events
  • A search for community
  • A personal crisis

Eight Quality Characteristics in Natural Church
Empowering Leadership
  • The ministry of the leaders of the church must
    focus on equipping other Christians to serve.

Ephesians 411-12
And he gave some, apostles and some, prophets
and some, evangelists and some, pastors and
teachers For the perfecting of the saints, for
the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the
body of Christ.
Eight Quality Characteristics in Natural Church
Gift Oriented Ministry
When Christians serve in their area of giftedness
they generally function less in their own
strength and more in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Eight Quality Characteristics in Natural Church
Functional Structures
Structures must serve the mission of the church.
Mark 227
And He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for
man, and not man for the Sabbath.
Eight Quality Characteristics in Natural Church
Inspiring Worship Service
  • The worship service of the church must inspire
    the members. It is the Holy Spirit that inspires

1 Timothy 516-19
Eight Quality Characteristics in Natural Church
Passionate Spirituality
The spiritual life of the members must be
characterized by prayer, enthusiasm and boldness.
Romans 1211-12
Not slothful in business fervent in spirit
serving the Lord Rejoicing in hope patient in
tribulation continuing instant in prayer.

Eight Quality Characteristics in Natural Church
Holistic Small Group
The multiplication of small groups is the most
important principle in church growth.
Acts 246-47
  • And they, continuing daily with one accord in
    the temple, and breaking bread from house to
    house, did eat their meat with gladness and
    singleness of heart, Praising God, and having
    favour with all the people. And the Lord added to
    the church daily such as should be saved.

Eight Quality Characteristics in Natural Church
Need Oriented Evangelism
Our evangelistic methods must address the needs
of those we are seeking to reach.
1 Corinthians 920-22
  • And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I
    might gain the Jews to them that are under the
    law, as under the law, that I might gain them
    that are under the law To them that are without
    law, as without law, (being not without law to
    God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might
    gain them that are without law. To the weak
    became I as weak, that I might gain the weak I
    am made all things to all men, that I might by
    all means save some.

Eight Quality Characteristics in Natural Church
Loving Relationship
  • The relationship of the members of the church
    must be characterized by love and affection.

John 1334-35
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love
one another as I have loved you, that ye also
love one another. By this shall all men know
that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to
The Completed Cycle of Disciple-making
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Integration of New Members
  • People should immediately be placed in a small
    caring group. The small group setting is the
    best place to nurture discipleship.
  • People must enter the church with the
    understanding that Christ has called them into
    ministry. They must view their baptism as an
    ordination into ministry and not just a symbol of
    forgiveness for sin.

Integration of New Members
  • People must be led to discover their spiritual
  • People immediately must be led to identify their
    extended family and begin the disciple-making
    process within the networks that have been opened
    by their coming to Christ.
  • People must be taught not to depend upon the
    visitation or sermons from an ordained, salaried
    pastor as the source of their spiritual life.
    They must be taught to develop their own study