Disciplemaking - Lesson 2

Disciplemaking Course Outline

In this second lesson on Disciplemaking, Handley shares his personal journey with discipleship and talks about the course's structure, which covers topics such as what it means to be a disciple, the great commandment, becoming a disciple, being a disciple, multiplication, and fruitfulness. The course will include assignments, including the creation of a personal discipleship plan. The instructors aim to help students understand what it means to follow Christ, how to walk with Him, and how to become and be a disciple, ultimately multiplying disciples themselves.
Taught by a Team
Taught by a Team
Lesson 2
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Disciplemaking Course Outline

I. Introduction

A. Personal journey of disciple-making and discipleship

B. Importance of personal stories and journeys of discipleship

C. Overview of the course

II. What is a Disciple?

A. Definition of a disciple

B. Scriptural basis for discipleship

C. Characteristics of a disciple

D. Models of discipleship

III. The Great Commandment

A. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind

B. The role of abiding in Christ

C. Loving Christ and walking with God as a disciple

IV. The Great Commission

A. Making disciples of all nations

B. Understanding the mission and purpose of God

C. Strategies for making disciples

V. Discipling Others

A. Understanding and responding to the needs of others

B. Models of disciple-making

C. Challenges and opportunities in disciple-making

VI. Conclusion

A. Summary of the course

B. Reflection on personal growth and next steps

  • Mary Jo Wilson and Joe Handley introduce themselves and express their excitement about the upcoming discipleship course, which aims to enhance participants' relationship with God and their work in the world, and encourage them to bring transformative change to their church and ministry.
  • Joe Handley outlines the elements that they will be covered in the Disciplemaking course: what is a disciple, the great commandment, becoming a disciple, being a disciple, fruitfulness, and multiplying disciples.
  • The lesson discusses the approach to discipleship, which is focused on the four gospels and building obedient disciples through the seven obedience; it emphasizes a holistic approach to following Jesus and the informed imagination, and the course will focus on the gospels of John, Matthew, Luke, and Mark.
  • Mary Jo Wilson emphasizes the importance of understanding the role of suffering and persecution in discipleship, as it is a recurring theme in the Gospels and is also a part of the early church experience, and discusses how enduring such hardships can be a formative experience for Christians.
  • The lesson discusses the importance of abiding in Christ as the key to joy in life, bearing fruit in one's life, and becoming a disciple of Jesus through a deep and communal relationship with Him.
  • Discipleship is not a program but a relationship. Abiding in Christ is the key to joy in life and bearing much fruit and is achieved through having a deep communal walk with Jesus and allowing Him to prune us to make us stronger.
  • Mary Jo Wilson discusses the importance of a posture of repentance and dependence on the Holy Spirit in the discipleship process, and highlights the work of the Holy Spirit in convicting of sin, guiding in decision making, and forming believers into Christ.
  • The instructors and students discuss their thoughts and experiences on what it means to be a disciple, including the importance of maintaining a growing relationship with God, the internal aspects of discipleship, abiding in God, the role of inviting God into everyday life, and the significance of pruning.
  • This session discusses the importance of becoming a disciple of Jesus and our identity in Christ, illustrated through the example of churches in Japan becoming centers for relief goods after the 2011 disasters and being seen as representatives of Christ by the community.
  • By taking this lesson, you will gain knowledge and insight into the relationship between the Sermon on the Mount and the Kingdom of God, including the importance of Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and how they relate to the mission of the church and the call to discipleship.
  • The lesson discusses the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, where Jesus describes the Kingdom of God and how his followers are to live as salt and light in the world, raising the bar on the interpretation of the Old Testament law and calling for inner righteousness, forgiveness, and love for enemies.
  • This lesson reviews the importance of becoming like Jesus and displaying his characteristics, such as humility and generosity, to become authentic Christ-centered people in our communities, and emphasizes the need for communal support to grow in our faith.
  • In this group discussion about discipleship and the Sermon on the Mount, the students and instructors reflect on the Beatitudes and how they challenge and contrast with the values of the world, and discuss how Jesus lifted up marginalized people and called all his followers to be salt and light in the world.
  • In this lesson Mary Jo Wilson and Joe Handley discuss transitioning from becoming a disciple to being a disciple who makes disciples, with a focus on the overflow of abiding in Christ into the lives of others.
  • Mary Jo Wilson discusses the importance of spiritual conversations and how to approach them in our daily lives through the example of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4.
  • Joe Handley discusses the idea of being a disciple of Jesus and how to share one's story and witness through different tools, including prayer, social media, and engaging with others through layering of interactions.
  • The class discusses the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, highlighting how Jesus approached the woman with humility and respect, treating her like a real person and engaging in a conversation with her, despite social and cultural barriers. They also discuss how Jesus challenged his disciples to adopt a Kingdom way that breaks down barriers and recognizes the value and dignity of all people.
  • This session focuses on the importance of reproducibility and sustainability in disciple-making, drawing on examples from the book of Acts and personal anecdotes.
  • Joe Handley discusses the importance of a reproducible culture of discipleship in the Kingdom of God, drawing on the idea of the mustard seed and how small actions can have a big impact, and provides examples of how this can be implemented in different contexts such as micro churches.
  • This lesson provides information on small groups in discipleship, including their definition, anatomy, purpose, characteristics, steps for starting one, the role of the leader, the discipleship process in small groups, and their importance in discipleship in general.
  • Instructors Joe Handley and Mary Jo Wilson discuss with students their visions of the Kingdom of God, with one sharing their goal of sharing their story to help others understand the word of God, while another likens the planting of seeds to the growth of faith, stressing the importance of patience and trust in the process of nurturing them.
  • Joe Handley and Mary Jo Wilson discuss the importance of creating a practical plan for discipleship and ministry, encouraging listeners to reflect on what they've learned, and write a strategic personal plan for following through on their learning.
  • This lesson teaches how to pull together the different sections of a discipleship plan using the model of vision, intent and means, and suggests including a vision, introduction, conclusion and rule of life, while encouraging reflection and sharing with others.
  • Joe Handley discusses the importance of creating a "rule of life" as part of a personal discipleship plan, which helps to balance and organize different areas of life, including spiritual, social, intellectual, and physical aspects.
  • Joe Handley and Mary Jo Wilson close their discipleship course by expressing gratitude for the opportunity to learn and grow together, and offer a prayer of blessing for their students to continue on their lifelong journey as faithful followers of Jesus.

In this class, you will explore the foundations, methods, and models of disciplemaking, drawing from biblical principles, historical perspectives, and theological insights. You will examine the disciplemaking approaches of Jesus and Paul, as well as modern examples and strategies. Additionally, you will learn how to develop a personal disciplemaking plan through the assessment of spiritual gifts and identification of ministry opportunities. Finally, you will delve into disciplemaking in the local church and beyond, including church-based strategies, cross-cultural disciplemaking, and equipping and multiplying disciplemakers.

Joe Handley, PhD
Disciplemaking Course Outline
Lesson Transcript

Joe Handley [00:00:01] Well, hello again. We're excited to be a part of this class together. Mary Jo and I are really thrilled. This is our, I think, our second time teaching Mary Jo. So it's going to be pretty fun to do this again, except this time is a whole new course talking about discipleship. And what I want to do now is kind of walk you through the elements of the class. What are we going to be doing together over the next few days before I jump into that? So I want to talk a little bit about my own personal journey in disciple making and discipleship. You know, I grew up in a Christian home, so a lot of my discipleship comes from a family context, and that local church that I was a part of originally my father and my mother and my aunts and uncles, they all invested in me. And it is in that investment where I learned the original kind of stirrings of a life with Jesus. In that context, I was exposed to not only just my local church, but the fellowship of my friends. I happened to go to a public house, a public elementary school, and then a private Christian junior high and high school. And in that context, my discipleship started to grow. So not only did I have kind of the Sunday school version of Discipleship, but I started to grow a little bit more in depth through my junior high and high school years, ended up going to a school called Asia Pacific University. And there my eyes were opened to a whole new vantage points of what it means to be a disciple, particularly the outward dimensions. So those early days was very internal in many ways, except for some coaching and teaching by my father, perhaps. But as I leaned into the college years, I started participating in a life of mission. And it is in that that I started to experience more depth with Jesus and really walking with Him in a journey of mission. And that's led to a lifelong set of relationships. I've had many different mentors who have walked and journeyed with me. Some of them don't even know their mentors, people that have walked beside me, alongside me, above me, below me, kind of like Paul, Timothy and Barnabas. I've had those Paul's in my life that have been older and spoken into me. I've had those Barnabas type friends in my life that we kind of journey together. And then I've had Timothy's that I've invested my life in. And so a lot of this course is going to birth out of our own stories. And I think your journey of discipleship is going to be instrumental as you go forward. So what is this course going to be all about? What are we going to cover? Let me just give you a quick outline of what we're going to be walking through. We're going to start with the A section on what is a disciple. What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? How do we journey with him in this journey of Christlike faith? How do we walk with Jesus? So that first section, this whole first venture we're in together, is outlining what does it mean to be a disciple? What does that look like from Scripture in life? So that's section one. Section two, we're going to talk about the great command. Love the Lord, your God with all your heart, soul and mind. And so we're going to unpack what does that mean as a disciple to really abide in Christ and love Christ and walk with God. And then the second part of the command. How do you journey with others? Love your neighbor as yourself. And so that'll be the second section we walk through together. So the third part of what we're going to do in this course is talking about becoming a disciple, not just the idea of the great command. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and not just the second aspect of that, a love your neighbor as yourself, but how do you actually become a Christ follower? How do you move into this as a disciple making lifestyle? What is that all about? How do you become a follower of Jesus? That'll be our third section. And then in our fourth section, we'll move from becoming a disciple to actually being a disciple. How do you go from becoming one to walking in the journey day by day, year by year, being a follower of Jesus, That is where that section will go, You know, moving from becoming to actually being a disciple. The next element is going from being a disciple. So you've become one. You're being one. That next part of fruitfulness. As you abide in Christ, you will bear much fruit. And so we're going to talk about multiplication. Multiplying disciples. How do you reproduce yourself? Part of disciple making isn't just for me to grow, but it's for me to pass on that which I have learned. As I mentioned earlier in my own journey, there are people who invested in me that got me to this place in my life and journey, and so multiplying disciples. And then we'll do a final wrap up together. And that kind of covers our first, you know, kind of overview of everything we're going to be doing. We have a few assignments for you that we want you to launch into as we start this class. And before you do anything, we want you to attempt to do these things. And so what are some of those things we want you to do? First off, overall, we're going to be having you write a personal plan for your life, a discipleship plan. So you're going to map out for yourself at the end of the class, actually. What is your personal plan to growing as a disciple in addition to that? Well, how will you then influence others? So you're a part of a community, you're a part of a congregation or a church, You're a part of your work fellowship life. So how do you go from not just your own plan for your own life and being a disciple, but how do you pass that on within the community and context with which you live? Because a big part of discipleship, as Mary Jo highlighted in our introduction, is the context in which we serve. The two of us had served in Asia for many years, together in ministry, and we've learned that disciple making is not just about our own personal walk, but it's in our about our walk with others. And so we want to talk about that context of disciple making in your church, in your workplace, in your home, etc.. Part of the journey we're going to emphasize this week is something we learned from Dallas Willard, They call it he calls it vim, which is vision, intent and means. What does that mean? You're thinking, what in the world are they talking about? For us, this idea that Dallas has passed along is very instrumental to actually seeing change in your life, having a vision for where you want to go, What is my purpose? What is my end goal? Where am I? Where am I heading as a disciple? That is the vision part of him. The second part is having an intention. So it's not just about where am I going out there, but how do I intend to get there? Having being very thoughtful about step one, Step two, Step three, what is my plan and do I intend to do it? It's really about intention is about motivation. How do I go from an idea, a vision, and a plan for my life to really being motivated to implement that plan? And then finally, the means that the really how to is that final part is getting the going from the gumption, the idea and the vision to the motivation of why I need to do this finally to that means of implementation in your life. And so a part of writing out those plans at the end of the whole course is so that you can implement this going forward. Vision, intent and means what do we want you to do before you start the course? We want you to write a few paragraphs on your expectations. What do you hope to accomplish the next few days together? What are you intending to come out of this with? Write down some questions for yourself. What? What hopes do you have for what this course will have for you? And then what hopes do you have for regarding discipleship? Overall, What do you hope to learn? What are your expectations? And by defining your own expectations, I think you'll get a lot more out of this course. It's really a part of that vision, intent and means. As you map out your expectations, you'll get a better sense of your vision, you'll get a better sense of your motivation, and you may even begin to think about how am I, what are my means of implementing this? So we're really thrilled to be on this journey together. I think you're going to enjoy the process which will unfold over the course of the next few days.