If we merely get people to attend church but don’t effectively make disciples we are only contributing to greater problem of disillusionment in our society.
So many Christians and Christians leaders aren’t growing spiritually and don’t even know it!
"The greatest tragedy ever, is a sick church in a dying world." -Leonard Ravenhill
We all would love to see a move of God? What I’ve learned as I’ve walked with God is how many times when I’m waiting on God He’s actually waiting on me. Stop waiting for a move of God and become the move of God to your 5’ circle of life!
Ps 105:17 God sent a man before them— Joseph, sold as a slave. NIV
God didn’t send a movement he sent a man. We are the people of God. We are the move of God to our world! Anybody here think you don’t really resemble a move of God in your current state of life? Notice this says God sent Joseph when Israel needed a king but he was still a slave. Jesus conquered our sin but now we must conquer our excuses. Seeds never look like the fruit they become.
It is God’s will for you to use your God-given gifts to make your world a better place right now where you are!
We are OUTRAGEOUSLY LOVING PEOPLE who PASSIONATELY PURSUE the Lord with IRRATIONALLY GIVING lifestyles as we CONSISTENTLY SUBMIT to God’s desires and EFFECTIVELY DISCIPLE others to do the same.
Destiny is very serious about the mission of the church so what is it? The mission of the church is revealed in the mission of Jesus!
Matt 4:19 And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." NAS
Matt 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit. NIV
Clearly the mission of the church is to make disciples who are being enriched by the ways of God. True disciples naturally make disciples being enriched by God’s ways and enriching others in those ways.
Effectively making disciples begins in the home. Effectively discipling begins in the home! For the Jews the ministry center of the family is the home. For Christians the ministry center has become the church. Making disciples begins in the home. Family meals, communion, prayer, Bible reading and overall time together as a family.
The first disciple you must make is you!
The turn the page challenge is a great way to consistently expose yourself to the mind of God. To memorize the Bible is to memorize the mind of God. As you begin to grow it will be very natural for you to become fruitful and to begin multiplying the things God is awakening in your heart. Shepherd‘s don’t give birth to sheep. Sheep give birth to sheep.
Many people tend to feel they aren’t qualified to mentor anybody else. This is understandable but mentoring is easier than you might think. Whatever you are doing to know God more intimately is the rhythm you can most effectively introduce to others. Turning the page is a great plan to help people read through their Bibles. Each day commit to turn a page of Scripture simply writing the date at the top of the page and commemorating any kind of significant date like birthdays, anniversaries, etc along with any notes of things you notice as you read. This produces a wonderful heirloom for your children and your children’s children to one day hold in their hands experiencing an element of your faith.
Attending church consistently and inviting others to do the same is a great way to mentor and encourage others in their faith. Purposing to grow deeper in your faith by inviting somebody to join you in attending a Community Group moves you and others into a deeper sense of pursuing God.
As we entered the New Year I asked everybody to list the names of those in their five-foot circle. These are the people God is entrusting to our care. The idea was a 90 day focus taking the first 30 days to simply pray for those people by name. The next 30 days we are now moving into and the plan for this segment is to serve and bless the people we’ve been praying for very intentionally. The final 30 days is the expression of invitation. This is where we invite people into our lives more intimately as we invite others into your life by inviting them to coffee, to lunch and to church. Easter will be in April this year so hopefully we will be able to introduce many people to Jesus through the process of simply caring for people around us.
We Bring GP2RL Action Point:
Purpose to make a daily difference in the lives of those you are praying for this week.
DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS
1. What was something that stood out to you from Sunday’s message?
2. What are the names of some people who have impacted your life in a good way and what was it they did to make such a difference?
Matt 28:19 Go therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. NIV
Making a difference is making disciples by allowing God’s love in our lives to influence our five-foot circle. You don’t have to be perfect to make a sincere difference.
God’s family is a family of forgiven, dysfunctional people. Our mistakes are frequent and our love is imperfect. But we are still the bride of Christ and even in our imperfection our spiritual well-being is tied to our submission to the church. The New Testament makes it very clear that the Church is supposed to be known for its love. Jesus says our love for one another is the very thing that will attract the world.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you , you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. NIV
3. Think about kids sporting events, working out at the gym, co-workers and other activities as you answer, “What kinds of groups of people have you identified with over the years where you all had a sense of chemistry and friendship? (Explain the nature of the relationship and what made it enjoyable.)
4. In what ways has your church experience been like family to you? (Explain)
Community can be discovered in a variety of ways in our lives and community is very good. Maybe we have allowed our general understanding of relational community to define our church family relationships instead of God’s Word. This love the Bible talks about is far deeper and more meaningful than these other relational expressions. It is more than just a nice cliché to say the Church should be like a family?
5. What things can we do to actively follow Jesus more whole-heartedly? (Examples below)
• Reading your Bible consistently
• Attending AND serving at church
• Being involved in a Community Group
• Giving tithes and offerings
• Intentionally care for the needs of others
6. How can you walk out this week’s action point? How will you purpose to make a daily difference in the lives of those you are praying for this week?