Disciples Make Disciples

Context: The following is a discipleship lesson focusing on a core value of being an authentic disciple of Jesus. These build on the foundation laid in our resources for Exploring Christianity and Mentoring a New Christian. You can see the Table of Contents for this lesson series here

Big Idea: Part of our discipleship to Jesus is helping others grow in their discipleship.

Part 1: Discovery

Read and reflect on these Scriptures:

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 145.1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

New Testament Reading: 2 Timothy 2.1-2 2 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 28.18-20 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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 all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Questions For Discussion: 

1. What are these passages saying in your own words? 
2. How do we see the beauty and majesty of Jesus in these passages?
3. What does this passage teach us about life?

Part 2: Nurture

Now that we have discovered truth about Jesus with our minds, we want to nurture these truths in our hearts. 

Questions For Discussion:

1. Making disciples was the primary strategy Jesus chose to spread the message of the Gospel. How does that shape our discipleship to him? 

2. Who is someone in your life that has lived this theme (Disciples Make Disciples) out? How did it impact you or others? 

3. What has this looked like in your life? 

4. What might it look like to experience more of this value in your life? What fruit would this bear in your life and in our world? 

Part 3: Apply

As we have seen from the Word that disciples make disciples and now that we have nurtured this truth in our hearts so that we not only see it, but savor it, what are practices we can incorporate in our lives in order for this to be a growing part of our lives? 

Before we look at the practices, remember:

1. Remember that spiritual practices are not the answer for a disciple, but they lead an authentic disciple to The Answer Himself.

2. Embracing a life of spiritual practices doesn't keep us from the spontaneous leadership of the Spirit, they actually sensitize and make us aware in a greater way in our day to day lives and the situations we encounter.

3. Also, a common mistake disciples make in being intentional in embracing spiritual practices is taking on too much at once, getting discouraged and quitting. As you look at these practices be in prayer about what step the Holy Spirit is calling you to take and become consistent with.

Practice:

1. Ask: God who has he put in your life that he is calling your life to disciple/mentor? 

2. Listen: To the teaching series on making disciples from Pastor Robert Herber found on our mentoring page (link here)

3. Invest: Talk with the person taking you through these lessons to help you discern where you could invest in discipling someone else

For Discussion:

1. How have these practices been a part of your discipleship to Jesus? 

2. After taking some time to pray, how do you sense the Holy Spirit leading you to respond in regards to what we have talked about today?