Jesus calls disciples

Luke 6:12-19 (NKJV)  12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor. 17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, 18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.

Jesus calls disciples to go make disciples

(Luke 24:44-48)  44 Then He said to them,  “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things.

What does it mean to be a disciple?

  1. What is a disciple?
    1. Disciples are followers of a leader
      1. Many disciples followed Jesus
      2. Jesus called his twelve disciples
      3. Cannot be done alone
    2. Must be intentional
      1. You must choose to follow
        1. Jesus called many that were not willing to follow him
        2. Those that stayed were “worth” to be called his disciples
      2. Leader must choose to lead
        1. Must lead by example
        2. Must identify those to be discipled
  2. What are the characteristics of a disciple?
    1. Live according to the Bible
      1. Examples:
        1. Forgive your brothers
        2. Abstain from certain behaviors
        3. Tithe
    2. Good spiritual disciplines
      1. Pray
      2. Bible reading
    3. Follow God’s direction
      1. Means following God when we do not want to
      2. Means following God when it does not make sense to us
    4. Have a Christ-centered existence
      1. Your daily decisions should be centered around Jesus
    5. Disciple others
      1. You cannot do it alone
      2. Jesus commanded us to go into the world and make disciples
  3. How does one disciple others?  –> Must cultivate them
    1. Communicate with God — “Talk to God about people before you talk to people about God”

Colossians 4:2-4   2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

  1.  Always be looking to God
  2. Understand the World

2 Timothy 2:26  And they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

  1.  Must know what we are up against
  2. Listen with Love 

James 1:19 — But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger

Proverbs 18:13 — He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.

How to make disciples?

  1.  Must take an interest in the person  and their story
  2. Listen for
    1. Personal interests (family, work, culture, personal background)
    2. Expression of needs
    3. Previous religious experience
    4. Their view of Christianity
  3. Ask questions
    1. Clarifying questions — trying to understand them more
    2. Inquiring questions — getting past the superficial
  4. Talk and Walk

Colossians 4:6  Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each pesron

  1. Words themselves are important
  2. Tone of voice
  3. Non-verbal 

Colossians 4:5  Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity

Matthew 5:16  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven

  1.  You must live the gospel
  2. You must practice what you preach
  3. Invest in the things you have in common
    1. Home life
    2. Relationships
    3. Work
  4. Value the Person

Luke 15:3-7 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

  1.  Person must be more than a project  to you
  2. Must value you them as you value your family or yourself
  3. Answer their questions

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

Don’t fear the questions.

  1.  Be prepared to answer these questions — reflect on how well you can answer them
    1. Is there really one God?
    2. Why believe in miracles?
    3. How accurate is the Bible?
    4. Why do the innocent suffer?
    5. Is Jesus Christ the only way to God?
    6. Will God judge those who never heard about Christ?
    7. Why are so many Christians hypocrites?
    8. Are good works enough to save you?
    9. Isn’t salvation merely by faith too simple?
    10. What does the Bible mean by believe?
    11. Can anyone be sure of his salvation?
  1. Tell the Truth
    1. Must be theologically sound
    2. Do not water down the gospel because you are afraid you will be rejected
    3. Ask questions
      1. How would you describe your relationship with God?
      2. Where are you in your spiritual journey?
      3. What do you expect from God?
      4. What do you think God expects from you?
      5. When you are standing before the gate of Heaven and God says “why should I let you in”, what will you say?
  2. Expect God’s Harvest

Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Psalm 67:7  Then the land will yield its harvest and God, our God, will bless us

Revelation 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” 

  1. Must be patient
  2. Must be prepared
  3. Must persevere — Discipling others never stops

Why make disciples?

  • Jesus commands us
  • Advances the church
  • Develop leaders to share the burden of church leadership
  • Multiple effect – you cannot reach the world by yourself
  • Christians with a deeper walk can help others go deeper