Purpose: The purpose of this final formal session is to share tools that will be helpful in providing continued assistance to your disciple and your family tree.
1. The disciple will understand that his work is not finished.
2. The disciple will understand how he can provide continued assistance to those in his family tree.
3. The disciple will learn something about group dynamics.
4. The disciple will come to understand principles of spiritual leadership.
I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth. Dear friend, you demonstrate faithfulness by whatever you do for the brothers (even though they are strangers).
3 John 4-5
1. Mutual accountability and prayer.
2. Discuss the session material.
3. Discussion questions.
4. Set up plans for continued follow-up, growth and care for your family tree and spiritual genealogy.
We have been meeting for much longer than a year. If things have gone as planned, you are now working with another in discipleship and possibly have a disciple who is beginning with someone as well. We remember that our studies have suggested that we work toward total evangelization through the process of multiplication. It is therefore necessary that we work toward some stated goals for giving continual help and encouragement to those in our spiritual genealogies. Each maturing disciple needs to develop a style of handling his “oikos” with efficiency that there be no failure in this process, and that total evangelization of the area and even the world will take place.
I. Consider your work as just begun. You have actually finished the first stage of a lifelong commitment. What has our Lord saved us and left us in the world to do? Matthew 28:19-20
We are called ____________________, 2 Corinthians 5:20, and this calling never ends until we are with the Lord. This should be my passion and my goal. It is the purpose for which the Father has left me in the world. What do ambassadors do?
Whom do we represent?
What is our message to a lost world ?
II. Develop ways to ensure the perpetuation of your ministry. You can add to the things that we suggest, but whatever you do, and however it is, make a commitment to do those things.
Some examples of this are seen in Scripture in the case of Paul the apostle. See 1 Thessalonians 2:5-10. List the things that were involved in Paul’s care for them that would be crucial in the care of your own genealogy.
Vs. 8 (two things)
Vs. 9, 10
There is much from the life of Paul that we can learn about caring for those we have discipled.
I. We need to “set the pace” in our personal lives. Water never runs higher than its source. This means that I must do what I want my family genealogy to do. It is important that I set an example for them—to keep ahead of them. See Luke 6:40. Someone has said, “We have no choice in having an impact on those around us, but we do have a choice on the kind of impact we provide.”
A. I will continue my Scripture memory work.
B. I will keep the vision of total evangelism in my awareness.
C. I will give time to reading, studying and personal growth.
D. I will continue to “bring forth fruit” and see that it remains, John 15:16.
E. I will remember my commitment to the goals of discipleship.
II. My prayer life is always a resource for growth and fellowship with God.
A. I will pray for people in my spiritual genealogy.
B. I will remember others who are doing this type of evangelism.
C. I will pray for the world.
D. Praying from a list from which I record answers is best.
III. Knowing that my genealogy needs encouragement, I should meet with them periodically and offer encouragement for their continuation in the ministry.
A. Meet in a group. There can be group encouragement for each one. Give each disciple your phone number to call if they need help.
B. As your group grows, you can assume responsibility for five generations. Each discipler should develop groups for his genealogy.
C. Learn something of group dynamics and run your group in such a way that difficulties that emerge can be handled effectively.
D. Meet every six weeks. Let this time be a time of free discussion and problem solving. Have an occasional breakfast meeting.
E. Decide to not be content with someone failing. Work with them. Give your telephone number to others as well as initiating calls for follow-up. Write letters or e-mail. Look for ways to bring encouragement and continuation in the matter of total evangelization.
In summary, don’t let your genealogy have breaks. Encourage your people to witness and win the lost. These become appropriate candidates for discipleship and you can help them “catch the vision.”
The group is for mutual help and encouragement. Group members should listen intently, reflect feelings and ask open-ended questions. Above all, catch the vision. Continue to share the task of reaching your area, your nation, and the world.
“And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32
1. Name some things you have learned in “Lifestyle Discipleship” that have enabled you to experience life-change.
2. By continuing as a discipler, you have developed a way to lay up pleasing service for eternity. Write on the ways this is true.
3. Continuing your life as a discipler who is multiplying service rather than simply serving God through tasks, can bring joy (3 John 4). Write a statement that concerns this aspect of a disciple-making ministry.
4. Looking back over your discipleship ministry, what has been your greatest joy?
5. List two profound things you have learned during this ministry and speak of how they have and/or will change your life.
Summary and Key Concepts
1. Every disciple should be an example for others to imitate. This is not an option. It is a command from Scripture. Every disciple should become an authentic Christ-like individual whose life is worthy of emulation.
2. It is of utmost importance that we walk in the Spirit and become wise. This will make our own walk unique in a way that enables greater usefulness.
3. If we “keep in step with the Spirit” and develop maturity, we will bring forth the “fruit of the Spirit” and those we win as we reproduce ourselves through discipleship.
4. It is right to have a correct concept of who we are...not thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, but thinking realistically...children of God who are uniquely gifted and in the world to carry on the service of the King.