Friday, December 21, 2007


Discipling Bible Studies

Discipleship–The Forgotten Commandment
Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 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,
20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

A. In Matthew 4:19 what did the invitation Jesus gave mean to His first followers?
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

B. Why do we say that every believer has the responsibility to be a disciple, and also make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20)?
C. How do we make disciples?
I. Discipleship Defined
A. Luke 6:12-13 shows us the Lord’s priority on earth. What does this say to us? And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

B. What was Jesus really telling us to do in Matthew 28:19?
C. Matthew 4:19 and Mark 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

What is taught about the method of discipling that Jesus used?

Mark 3:14 what was Jesus giving to His disciples?

He also appointed 12—He also named them apostles—to be with Him, to send them out to preach,

II. Discipleship and the Disciple Maker
A. From John 14:7-9 what role was Jesus playing in the lives of His disciples?

“If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” 8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

1 Corinthians 11:1. Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ.

B. Matthew 28:19-10, why did Jesus give us this command? How will we fulfill it?
C. What young man did Paul invest his life in (Acts 16:1-5)?

Then he went on to Derbe and Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman, but his father was a Greek. 2 The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to go with him, so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, since they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they traveled through the towns, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem for them to observe. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and were increased in number daily.

D. What final words did Paul leave to Timothy, 2 Timothy 2:1-2? You, therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

What Is Discipling?

1 Thessalonians 2:7 instead we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother nurtures her own children. 8 We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 9 For you remember our labor and hardship, brothers. Working night and day so that we would not burden any of you, we preached God’s gospel to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously, and blamelessly we conducted ourselves with you believers. 11 As you know, like a father with his own children, 12 we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

How are the following descriptions of discipling practically experienced?

Discipling is becoming a model for those we influence 1Cor 11:1  Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ.

Discipling is motivated by love.

Discipling has as its foundation the gospel of the grace of God.

Discipling involves encouraging people.

Discipling involves comforting people.

Discipling involves urging people.

Discipling is rewarding

1 Thess 2:19  For who is our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?
20 For you are our glory and joy!

Discipling is a completing of faith

1 Thess 3:8 For now we live, if you stand firm in the Lord. 9 How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience because of you before our God, 10 as we pray earnestly night and day to see you face to face and to complete what is lacking in your faith?

Discipling is undergirded with prayer

1 Thess 3:12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you. 13 May He make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.  Amen.

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