In soccer the new players learn from their
coach; perhaps he used to be the star of the team. In a workshop
you find young apprentices learning the trade from a skilled
master craftsman. Learning from our Master, Jesus, is what
discipleship is all about, and its powerful. He is the
Teacher, and we are his disciples, that is men and women under
his loving discipline and training.
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1. The Amazing Power Of
A pastor from Taiwan travelled to Central
China every two months for two years to secretly train fifteen
men with all that he knew about Jesus and winning souls. These
men in turn each repeated the teaching to twelve other men who
also in their each turn told many more people.
In 1993 they had a month of evangelism
when around 1,500 of these now well-trained workers went out
on foot, on bicycles, on buses and trains all over China to
tell others about Jesus. When they returned and reported, the
pastor from Taiwan counted that more than 100,000 new
believers had been baptised in just one month of putting his
teaching into practice.
Again At What Happened ~
One man taught 15 men, so 15 men sat and learned.
Then the 15 men each taught 12 more men and women, so in
all 195 people now heard and copied the lesson.
Then the 195 men and women went to their homes, far and
wide and each taught between 6 and 12 more people and so in
total about 1,500 people heard and copied down the teaching
heard in step 1.
Thats The Power Of
Discipleship In Action.
Remember that all this took place in homes, under trees,
and in quiet places to avoid the police and persecution. No
expensive buildings, equipment or text books were used. Only
quiet words, copying and prayer just like happened in the
countryside in the first century, after Jesus told people to
go and make disciples.
2. Must A Bible School
Have A Building?
Is going to Bible School for a year or two
the only way to learn Gods ways? But what happens when
thousands come to Jesus, and all want to know more and do
something for the Lord?
Where will they find the money or the
time away from family, work and church? Where will you find
the teachers, the buildings, the beds and the meals. Even
bringing 500 people together for a week means 1,000 bus fares,
500 sleeping mats, 500 toilet places, 500 notebooks and pens
and 10,500 meals and water over the week!
3. Is There Any Other
The rabbis also had fixed schools but Jesus
chose another way altogether. It is simple to organise, not
expensive and there is room for everyone to come.
How Did Jesus Train
Jesus spent much of his time
personally training small groups of 3, 12 and 72. They became
friends. He taught them privately, and they learned more at
public meetings. They were sent to travel and to try
everything they had learned for themselves. When they
returned they told Jesus all about it. Matthew 10.1, Luke 9,1-10;
at the beginning
Discipleship releases Gods word and his Spirit and
that brings out the best and the worst in you. Discipleship
brings earthly loss but great inner, eternal gain. On one
occasion the disciples were rowing across a lake when a storm
hit them. They were in the centre of Gods will but they
still got very wet and frightened! Mat. 8, 23-27.
4. Paul Also Made
When he travelled he took a team with him
and they learned by seeing what Paul did and by doing the same.
Acts 20, 4-5. When Paul was in Ephesus, thats Izmir in
modern Turkey, he found some believers who were so ignorant they
had never even heard of the Holy Spirit. So Paul taught them,
prayed for them, and met them every day for over two years. They
learned at the feet of the older man as apprentices, or disciples.
What Do You Think Happened?
There was effective evangelism because in two years
the whole province heard the word of the Lord.
There were extraordinary miracles,
The fear of God fell on the city.
People burned their magic books.
Gods Word spread and grew in
Those ignorant disciples became the
elders of the churches of Ephesus.
Acts 19, 1-21; 20,17,18
5. Addition Or
Churches usually grow by addition as one or
two more people come and hear the gospel. But in growth by
multiplication, many hear the Bible, respond to Gods love
and then cell church begins where they live.
This can happen in your village by
releasing the power of discipleship. It means remembering or
writing down all that you learn and then organising yourself to
regularly pass it on to a group of friends, who will then go and
tell others. Paul gave his young disciple Timothy three steps:
The things you have heard me
say . .
Entrust them to other reliable
men . .
Who will then go and teach
Choose your disciples. Meet together, maybe
at home to tell them all that you have learned in this lesson and
tell them what they can learn in the future by coming back. Then
organise your friends to also pass on Gods word to others.
2 Timothy 2.2; 2 Kings 7.9
Taken from the
Joshua Project Unreached Peoples List
these people have no church and as yet
no cell, church or mission has committed themselves
to prayer, adoption or church planting among this people.
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