Disciplemaking - Lesson 22


Joe Handley and Mary Jo Wilson discuss the importance of practical application in Disciplemaking. The focus is on writing a strategy paper or ministry plan, which captures what one has learned, what God is saying to them, and how they want to follow through on that. They emphasize that this is not just an academic exercise, but something to be lived out in one's life. Joe also talks about a rule of life to set one's life in order and manage their own discipleship. The purpose of this wrap-up session is to encourage the listener to be intentional in their Disciplemaking journey and reflect on their plan even after years have passed.
Taught by a Team
Taught by a Team
Lesson 22
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I. Introduction

A. Purpose of the course

B. Importance of practical application

II. Nailing Down the Learning

A. Reflection on personal plan

B. Encouragement to be intentional

III. Developing a Ministry Plan

A. Overview of a ministry plan

B. Purpose of a ministry plan

C. Components of a ministry plan

1. Goals and objectives

2. Strategies and tactics

3. Implementation and timeline

IV. Rule of Life

A. Definition and purpose of a rule of life

B. Components of a rule of life

1. Spiritual practices

2. Relationships

3. Work and rest

C. Benefits of a rule of life

V. Wrap-Up

A. Importance of writing a plan

B. Encouragement to reflect on plan

C. Final thoughts

  • 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 and Mary Jo Wilson
Lesson Transcript

Mary Jo Wilson [00:00:00] Well, here we are. We're at the end.

Joe Handley [00:00:03] I know.

Mary Jo Wilson [00:00:03] I mean, it's not the end, but we're finishing this cause. Wrapping up. I can't believe we're here. I appreciate so much I've learned from you, Joe. It's been really fun to hear your stories as well. And as we said from the beginning, this is not meant to be just an academic exercise. This is something that we're really committed to making it practical and having it something that we live out in our life. And so really important piece of this is not just to enjoy the book, put a notebook on a shelf. Is to actually reflect on it. And we trust you've been doing that along the way as you've been doing that little sections to this, your personal plan. And so right now, we're going to go into this final wrap up piece where we can encourage you in that process of nailing that down and being really intentional. And so we're excited about that paper. As you said, we have our Asian leaders do this across Asia, and it's a really important piece. It's not something to go on a shelf, but it's something that really captures what you've been learning, what God is saying to you and how you want to follow through on that.

Joe Handley [00:01:11] So what we're going to be talking about in this final section is this whole idea of writing that strategy paper or a ministry plan or discipleship plan for your life and like you had just mentioned. We have folks write this after a two-year journey with us, and they refer to it a year after three years, after five years after. I have literally met people, Mary Jo, that have reflected on their paper ten and 20 years after writing it. Wow. In that amazing. So year we want you to write this this paper on a plan for your life that we'll be talking about in a few minutes here. In addition to that, I'll be talking about a rule of life, a way to kind of kind of set your life in order so that you can best manage your own discipleship. So it's a part of that overall paper, but those are the things we're going to be doing in this section. And it's just our chance to wrap everything up for you and kind of pull it all together.