Disciplemaking - Lesson 23

Strategy Paper – Putting It All Together

In this lesson "Putting it All Together," the Mary Jo Wilson encourages viewers to consolidate their learning from the previous sections of the Discipleship course into one complete document. The document should be prayerfully written, capturing the individual's personal vision for discipleship, and including an introduction and conclusion that connect to form a complete piece of work. Mary Jo suggests sharing the document with a trusted individual or mentor for feedback and reflection.
Taught by a Team
Taught by a Team
Lesson 23
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Strategy Paper – Putting It All Together

I. Introduction

A. Importance of Putting Discipleship Plan Together

B. Overview of the Process of Writing a Discipleship Plan

II. Writing a Discipleship Plan

A. Starting with the Definition of Disciple

B. Connecting Each Section of the Discipleship Plan

C. Including Vision of the Kingdom of God

D. Writing an Introduction and Conclusion

E. Importance of Prayerful Posture and Listening to the Holy Spirit

III. Sharing and Getting Feedback on the Discipleship Plan

A. Encouragement to Share with Others

B. Seeking Input from Mentors, Pastors, Spouses, and Trusted Individuals

IV. Including a Rule of Life

A. Importance of Having a Rule of Life

B. Reflection and Meaningful Document

V. Conclusion

A. Summary of the Process of Writing a Discipleship Plan

B. Encouragement to Continue Reflecting on the Plan

C. Blessing for the Journey of Discipleship

  • 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.

Mary Jo Wilson
Strategy Paper - Putting it All Together
Lesson Transcript

Well, here we are. It's hard to believe and I want to share with you just some thoughts on the final discipleship plan. And as you can see, we've had you along the way addressing it in each section, capturing what you're learning, using the model of vision, intent and means, and writing that out and building over time for your discipleship plan. So I hope you've been doing that as we've gone along. It's time to pull that all together and put it in one complete document. And it's an important part of this process not to just have concepts and ideas, but you are getting in the ground and you're actually looking at how you want to flush this out in your own life. And very much as you see how as we've described the process, you're very much doing that in the presence of God, in a prayerful posture and listening to the Holy Spirit. And so if you started from the beginning, what is a disciple? That would be how you would start into it. What is it? Disciple And then follow through each section, just put that together, can make the connection to it, flows into one paper, basically encourage you to write an introduction and a conclusion. And as I was always taught, that the introduction and conclusion should dance. And imagine what that means, that there are connections between that interaction and conclusion, and it shows a complete piece of work. So if you can write that out, also, that process helps you in crystallizing in your mind what God is saying and writing, getting that down on paper. And that process also will be part of, I think, furthering that commitment and it'll give you something to reference. And so if you could write that out, include the vision capturing the Kingdom of God, vision that you were seeing in the Scripture, in your reading and your reflections in the short talks that we are providing and in your quiet time alone, your prayer time as you're working that out with God. So get that all down in your in each section and it builds to a conclusion and then you'll have that wrapped up. You have that available. And we encourage you also to share that with someone. And I'm sure you have, as we've been going through this, some people who are speaking into your life who could give you input on that and so encourage you to share it either with a mentor you might share with your pastor, someone that you trust, someone that you'd like to get some feedback. And if you're married with your spouse, certainly I'm sure they may have some suggestions along the way, perhaps, but do share that with others and continue to reflect on that. And Joe will also be talking about the rule of life. And so as a part of this, you also include a rule of life, and that is another way of approaching that discipleship plan. So please take time to do that, reflect on that, make a meaningful document, and may that be a blessing in your life, in your journey of discipleship.