Personal Disciple Making Plan
Personal Disciple-Making Plan
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Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men. Mk 1:17
And Jesus said to everyone, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23
As we follow Christ, He transforms our mind, our desires, our will, our relationships and our ultimate reason for living. Every disciple of Jesus exists to make disciples of Jesus, here and among the nations. We are all born to reproduce the life of Christ in others. So how are you going to reproduce this year?
The purpose in asking this question is to spur you on to consider how the life of Christ in you might by multiplied through you in the world. Our prayer is for every follower of Christ in our church to have an intentional plan for following Jesus and fishing for men. (And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men. Mark 1:17)
No Christ follower is intended to be sidelined as a spectator in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Every one of us have been invited by God to the front line of the supreme mission of all history. We all have been created, called, saved, and empowered to multiply disciples of Jesus until the grace of God is enjoyed and the glory of God is exalted among every people group in the planet.
Prayerfully considering the following questions will guide you to become more intentional in joining Christ's mission. After a brief overview of the questions, space is provided to help you plan how to follow Jesus in each of these ways. This Personal Disciple-Making Plan will serve you on the journey to becoming a disciple of Jesus that multiplies.
The life of the disciple is the life of a learner. We constantly attune our ears to the words of our Master. As He teaches us through His Word, He transforms us in the world. Consider a plan for reading, memorizing and learning God's Word. We don't pursue Truth for information but for transformation. We want our belief in God's Word to produce obedience to God's Word.
There is a dangerous tendency for discipline to become a mechanical and monotonous duty. Our aim is to know and love God. The more we commune with Him in His Word the more we will delight in His glory. It is impossible to separate true faith in Christ from true love for Christ, so we intentionally worship, pray, fast, and give to fuel our affection for God.
God's will for our lives is to spreads His gospel, grace, and glory through us to the world. Every unbeliever that God has graciously put around you is a sinner eternally in need of a Savior. You were once that person until someone sought you out to share the gospel with you. You were once a mission field now you are a missionary. God has created, saved, empower, and commissioned you to share the gospel.
The Bible is radically counter-cultural to American individualism and consumerism. Jesus calls us to commit to the local church and to share our lives with other followers of Christ in mutual accountability and under biblical leadership. To follow Christ is to love His church. It is impossible to be a disciple that multiplies without a deepening connection with your faith family.
The clear commission of Christ for all of us is to make disciples not just generally, but of all nations. Regardless where we live, we should ask, "How is my life going impact every nation, tribe, tongue and people in the world? As we follow Christ He will increase our burden for people who have not yet heard the gospel. And He will show us how we can leverage our time, energy, and resources to see the gospel spread to all peoples.
Jesus spent His life investing in a small group of disciples. His strategy for reaching all peoples was clear: make disciple-makers among a few people. All of us have been given the same task. No Christian is excused from the command to make disciples. Excusing or ignoring this command keeps us from experiencing the depth of power, love, and joy that Christ has for us.
How will I read God's Word?
You might plan to read a chapter a day, or use an intentional Bible reading plan that covers all of Scripture in a year. Several members at out church use a reading plan that is available in the foyer or on the website at: mycrosswalk.org/Bible_Reading_and_Journaling/. There you will also find an explanation of journaling which is a process that helps you prayerfully interact with God as you read His Word and seek to apply it to your life.
How will I memorize God's Word?
As you read, look for verses, paragraphs, or even chapters that impact you. Commit these to memory. Maybe you can start by memorizing a verse a week and then eventually take on more. A weekly memory verse that connects to the theme of each sermon is available at mycrosswalk.org/Weekly_Memory_Verse.
How will I learn God's Word from others?
God call us to learn together not just individually. We all need teachers who faithfully lead us in God's Word as well as brothers and sisters to encourage us with what they are learning. Consider committing to the A.B.I.D.E. (A Biblical Integration of Discipleship and Evangelism) training throughout the year (See more info on this in the back of this planning guide.)
How will I worship?
Consider how you can worship in every facet of your daily life. Consider how you can worship together during the week with your faith family. Finally, plan to gather weekly with the whole church for our Sunday service to express you love for God in corporate worship.
How will I pray?
Set aside a time and place to be with God every day. Following Jesus example in this way will substantially grow your life as a disciple. Consider journaling through the Bible reading plan you chose to guide this time of prayer.
How will I fast?
Fasting is letting go of the visible (food, T.V, Internet) in order to grasp the invisible. When we intentionally choose to prioritize communion with God in prayer and His Word our hunger for Him grows. Consider starting with a meal a week. Once a month the church will participate corporately in a day of prayer and fasting.
How will I give?
Jesus said, "Where your treasure is there your heart will be also. (Mt. 6:21) One powerful way to fuel affection for God is to give your resources in obedience to Him. Giving intentionally, generously, sacrificially, and cheerfully increases our love capacity by overcoming our selfish desires for the things of this world.
Take some time to write down the names of several unbelievers that God has placed in your life. Pray specifically for God to draw them to salvation by the power of the Spirit and to use you to share the gospel with them.
Consider how in the context of where you live, work, and fellowship that you can begin to speak intentionally about God's character, man's sin, Christ's provision, and our need to respond.
Plan out specific ways to love and serve the people you have identified. Always be looking for opportunities to show and tell them about Jesus.
Consider your level of commitment to our faith family. Identify where you can serve in deeper ways this year.
Consider what you could do to build up your brothers and sisters. Identify specific ways you can express Christ's love to others within the church. If you haven't done so already, consider joining a weekly small group where you can live out deeper community with a few members of your faith family.
How will I pray for the nations?
Pray for God's Kingdom to come and His will to be done across the earth. These websites will help you pray for specific nations, for people of specific religions, and for people groups that do not have access to the gospel. (operationworld.org; joshuaproject.net; prayercast.com.)
How will I give to the nations?
Plan to sacrifice for the sake of the nations. Sacrifice the "wants of your budget to give to the needs of the world and to spread the gospel to all people groups.
How will I go to the nations?
Consider the ways you might spend your life, lead your family, or leverage your work to take the gospel to the nations. Consider giving at least 2% (one week) of your time to serve in a cross-cultural setting this year.
How will I bring them in?
Consider two, three or four people God has put in your sphere of inlfuence whom you can disciple for Christ. Invite those few people to spend consisitent intentional time with you this year for the express purpose of growing in Christ together.
How will I teach them to obey?
Think through how you can teach these people to follow Jesus in obedience. These discipleship-making plan woud be a good way to start. Another great tool would be the "Multiply material at multiplymovement.com/material
How will I model obedience?
They people you disciple must see and hear your passion for Christ through your life. Making disciples is saying, "Follow me as I follow Christ. Identify ways to serve them and model Christ's love.
(A Biblical Integration of Discipleship and Evangelsim)
We tend to think of "Evangelism as sharing Christ with those who don't believe and "Discipleship as the process of growing closer to Christ after we believe. In reality, Christ followers can't grow without perpeutal evangelism. Every step closer to Christ comes from understanding what He has already done for us. Our growth in love and service to God will be in direct relationship to our awareness of who we are in Him and who He is in us. Knowing our identity will then compel us to live out the implications of the gospel in every area of our life.
We want to offer a rotation of 8 core courses that will help you understand God's grand plan of salvation and your part in sharing this story with the world. These classes aren't about acquiring more information but are intended to equip you for transformational obeidence. You will be trained and given the tools to be who you are¦a disciple who multiplies!
The Gospel Story
Following God's work through the grand storyline of the Bible
Being a Disciple
Understanding core principles for growth in your walk with Christ
Share the Word
Be equipped to share the Word across the street and around the world
Show the Word
Be equipped to show the Word through caring for your faith family
Teach the Word
Learn how to study, understand, apply, and teach God's Word
Serve the World
Tools to practically bless the community around you in Jesus' name
Starting and Leading Small Groups
The purpose, foundation, and practical aspects of small group discipleship
Multiply the Church
Explore the part you could play in planting a new church
Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men. Mk 1:17