Beginning Discipleship Lesson 1: What Is A True Disciple

(This concludes the follow-up section of their Level-2 training.  Next they should be challenged to start the “Discipleship” training to be able to start their own group and start the multiplication process.  Some of the ones in the group may not choose to continue. Train whomever is willing.)

Continue to conduct small group worship. Be sure to let them lead as much as possible in all aspects of your worship.  Continue to hold them accountable for obedience.  You can expect only what you inspect.

Lesson 1 – What is a True Disciple?

Spiritual Emphasis: Learn the “Disciple’s Cross to know what they need to keep on doing to be a better or more mature disciple.

Lesson – [This lesson is not a story.  It uses the illustration of the cross.  Tell as interestingly as possible.]

A soldier is expected to obey his authority.  The higher the authority giving the order, the more important the command and our obedience.  Read 2 Tim. 2:3-4.  What does the Bible say we are like here in this passage?  (We are like a good soldier.)

In Matt. 28:18-20 we see Jesus has ALL authority.  (Write Matt. 28:18-20 under title “Disciple’s Cross.”) And He gave us a command: to go and make disciples. If we are not doing this, we are not a true disciple.

How do you make disciples?

Look at Luke 9:23.  Here we see 3 commitments or things a person needs to do in order to be a disciple: deny self, take up your cross every day, and follow Jesus. (Write “Deny, Cross, and follow” in list on top right of paper or board.)

(Deny) Let’s draw a circle to represent your life or my life. (Draw circle in middle of paper or board.) To deny yourself, means to put Christ first. (Write “Christ” across the whole inside of circle.)

Now let’s illustrate the second commitment by adding a cross onto the circle.  (Add arms to the circle to make it into a cross.) To “take up your Cross” means we are busy with 4 disciplines that will help us keep Christ in first place in our life.

The first discipline we need is to be always reading and obeying God’s Word, the Bible. (Write Bible or Word on lower arm.) The next is to be always in Prayer. (Write Prayer on upper arm.) These 2 disciplines make up our relationship with God.  He talks to us through his word, and we talk to him in prayer.

The next discipline is Fellowship. (Write Fellowship on right arm.) This is how we relate to other believers in the church.  Hopefully there are not any bad or broken relationships with other Christians because of our sin. If there is, we need to forgive and ask forgiveness.  The last discipline is Witness. (Write Witness on left arm of cross.) This involves our relationship to the rest of the world.  We fellowship with others believers in the church and we witness to the rest of the world.  This makes up our relationship with God, (point up and down) and with other people  (point across the arms side-to-side.)

These are all disciplines, including even the circle at first. (Point to the 4 arms and the circle in the middle.) The last commitment, “Follow,” means we keep on doing these things.  We will not be finished or perfect in a day.  We must continue.  As we continue following Jesus, making Him Lord or putting Him first in our life; reading and obeying his word; praying always; continuing in good fellowship with fellow believers, not letting there remain any bad relationships; and witnessing to the world, to unbelievers. As we do all these things, forcing ourselves, disciplining ourselves to do these things, Christ’s influence grows and expands in our lives. (Draw expanding circles around the middle circle.)

So this is the Disciple’s Cross

Have them practice retelling this lesson to each other in pairs until they can do it very well.

How to Obey:  In order to obey, they can:

  1. Make a commitment to keep Christ first place in their lives.
  2. Start their own personal QuietTime or add Bible study or weekly verse memorization if they already have a regular QT.
  3. Learn how to spend 30 minutes in prayer by praying 5 minutes for 6 different things. (Self, spouse, family, lost, church members, government or nation.
  4. Make sure there are no broken relationships with other Christians.  They need to seek reconciliation and forgiveness.
  5. Make a commitment to witness to at least 1 people this week.

Verse to Memorize:
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”  Luke 9:23

Prayer – Pray for needs in group and ask for God to make them a light in their community through Spirit’s witness and power.

Training for Trainers Covenant: (Expectations for each Training for Trainers Participant)

  • Each session you will have applications/assignments you must obey. If you do not obey the Biblical applications and teach someone else, we will repeat the lesson until you do.
  • You are expected to start your own group as soon as possible but it must be started before the 5th session.
  • You must commit to be in unity with and pray for each person in our group.
  • You are not to miss any sessions; otherwise a makeup session is required. Come on time.
  • We expect everyone will be a trainer of trainers. Training is non – stop. You should not be satisfied with the people you are training as trainers until they have grandchildren disciples themselves.

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This training consists of 3 parts:

  1. Evangelism Lessons for Non-Believers – Lessons to use with non-believers in Bible Studies.
  2. Immediate Follow-Up Lessons – Lessons for Christians on how to grow in Christ.
  3. Beginning Discipleship – Lessons for mature Christians on how to find people with whom to share the Gospel and how to start a church.

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