Building a Discipleship Culture, 4
his video is the third in our summer series of 2011 to equip and train our church to be disciple makers. The discussion guide for the video is also posted. We’re grateful for Real Life Ministries and their pastor, Jim Putman’s materials on Real Life Discipleship for the concepts and some of the content of this session.
During this session, we will focus on the first two stages of spiritual growth and maturity:
1. Spiritually Dead (Lost)
We will take about the practical things that we need to do to help move people to the next stage of growth.
- Share your testimony.
- Resources to answer questions.
- Invitation and involvement.
- Basic spiritual disciplines. (bible reading, prayer, witnessing)
- Trust in God.
- Repentance. (turning from obvious sin)
- Growing in Christ
- Your Life in Christ
First of all, one of the greatest tools we have in sharing with those who are lost is our own faith story or testimony. We should be able to do this in less than 5 minutes…. So….. Have the people in your group pair up. Take 15 minutes, and share with three different people (in increments of 5 minutes) your faith story. The facilitator should keep time and say "rotate" or "next person" after 5 minutes is up each time.
Questions for the groups:
For someone who is spiritually dead:
1. What is the hardest thing for you in relating with someone who is lost?
2. What are some things that could encourage you to be more intentional toward people in this stage?
3. Of the 5 things that Jeff shared about ministering to people at this stage, what are two that you could improve in?
3. How can you and your small group (the one you are normally a part of) take steps toward being obedient, faithful and intentional in relating with people in this stage?
4. Would you be willing to begin a lifetime commitment of always praying for the salvation of 3 people? It's simply writing down the names of three people and beginning to pray for them regularly. You may want to expand this list as you grow in faith.
For someone who is a spiritual infant:
1. What are some things that you've noticed about new Christians that encourage you?
2. What are some things you've noticed about new Christians that remind you that they need to grow?
3. In your opinion, what is the first thing a new Christian should be taught? Why?
4. In your opinion, what is the first spiritual discipline a new Christian should begin to practice? Why?
5. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 tells us to "make disciples," and one of the keys to that is "teaching them to obey." Why is it so important that a new Christian learn to obey the Lord? What happens when we do not practice a lifestyle of submission and obedience before the Lord, others and a watching world?
6. What are some things that you can do in your life now to encourage new Christians?
7. What are some things that perhaps you need to learn or begin practicing?