Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching the to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Acts 1:8 (ESV) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Matthew 4:19 (ESV) And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
1. Discipling requires ______________.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV) Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Proverbs 15:22 (ESV) Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
2. Discipling requires ____________________.
John 6:5-6 (NIV) When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
2 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV) 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.
3. Discipling requires ________________________.
John 15:5 (NIV) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Luke 9:23 (NIV) Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
4. Discipling requires ___________.
Investing in people is hard. All of us come with complex issues that are unique. All of us are in different stages of maturity. All of us learn at different paces. Put simply, we are messy because of sin.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV) “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lords will is.”
Small Group Discussion:
1 Kings 19:19-21, 2 Kings 2:1-15 (Elisha succeeds Elijah); Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:2