培訓工具

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
— Matthew 4:4

Jesus said, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.”
— John 6:63

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
— Hebrews 4:12

As a follower of Jesus, we should be reading Scripture daily. A good guideline is to read through a minimum of 25-30 chapters in the Bible each week. Keeping a daily journal daily using the S.O.A.P.S. Bible Reading format will help you understand, obey and share even more.

S.O.A.P.S. Bible Reading:
SCRIPTURE: Write out one or more verses that are particularly meaningful to you, today.
OBSERVATION: Rewrite those verses or key points in your own words to better understand.
APPLICATION: Think about what it means to obey these commands in your own life.
PRAYER: Write out a prayer telling God what you’ve learned and how you plan to obey.
SHARING: Ask God who He wants you to share with about what you’ve learned or applied.

This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'”
— Matthew 6:9-13

Prayer Wheel is a simple tool for practicing prayer. You can use it by yourself, and you can share it with any follower. In just 12 simple steps – 5 minutes each – this Prayer Wheel guides you through twelve ways the Bible teaches us to pray. At the end, you’ll have prayed for an hour.

PRAISE: Start your prayer hour by praising the Lord. Praise Him for things that are on your mind right now. Praise Him for one special thing He has done in your life in the past week. Praise Him for His goodness to your family.
WAIT: Spend time waiting on the Lord. Be silent and let Him pull together reflections for you.
CONFESS: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life that might be displeasing to Him. Ask Him to point out attitudes that are wrong, as well as specific acts for which you have not yet made a prayer of confession. Now confess that to the Lord so that you might be cleansed.
READ THE WORD: Spend time reading in the Psalms, in the prophets, and passages on prayer located in the New Testament.
ASK: Make requests on behalf of yourself.
INTERCESSION: Make requests on behalf of others.
PRAY THE WORD: Pray specific passages. Scriptural prayers as well as a number of psalms lend themselves well to this purpose.
THANK: Give thanks to the Lord for the things in your life, on behalf of your family, and on behalf of your church.
SING: Sing songs of praise or worship or another hymn or spiritual song.
MEDITATE: Ask the Lord to speak to you. Have a pen and paper ready to record impressions He gives you.
LISTEN: Spend time merging the things you have read, things you have prayed and things you have sung and see how the Lord brings them all together to speak to you.
PRAISE: Praise the Lord for the time you have had to spend with Him and the impressions He has given you. Praise Him for His glorious attributes.

BEFORE
[2 minutes]

  • What your life was like before.
  • What your life was like “without” Jesus.

ECOUNTER
[2 minutes]

  • How you encountered with Jesus.
  • Why you chose to follow Jesus.

AFTER
[2 minutes]

  • What your life is like now.
  • What your life is like “with” Jesus.

As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with Him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
— Mark 5:18-20

Jesus told His followers, “You are witnesses of these things.”
— Luke 24:48

As followers of Jesus, we are “witnesses” to “testifying” about the impact Jesus has had on our lives. Your story of your relationship with God is called your Testimony. Everybody has a story. Sharing your Testimony is a chance to practice yours. Your Testimony doesn’t have to be lengthy or share too many details to be impactful. In fact, keeping your story to around 6 minutes will leave time for questions and deeper conversation. If you’re worried about how to get started – keep it simple. God can use your story to change lives, but remember – you’re the one who gets to tell it.

Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
— Acts 1:8

Jesus believed in His followers so much, He trusted them to tell His story. Then He sent them around the world to do it. Now, He’s sending us. There’s no one “best way” to tell God’s story “The Gospel”, because the best way will depend on who you’re sharing with. Every disciple should learn to tell God’s Story in a way that’s true to scripture and connects with the audience they’re sharing with.

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all He appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
— 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

3 CIRCLES Gospel Sharing:

GOD’S DESIGN: We see beauty, purpose and evidence of design around us. The Bible tells us that God originally planned a world that worked perfectly — where everything and everyone fit together in harmony. God made each of us with a purpose — to worship Him and walk with Him.

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.
— Genesis 1:31
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
— Psalm 19:1

SIN: Life doesn’t work when we ignore God and His original design for our lives. We selfishly insist on doing things our own way. The Bible calls this sin. We all sin and distort the original design. The consequence of our sin is separation from God — in this life and for all eternity.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
— Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death
— Romans 6:23a

BROKENNESS: Sin leads to a place of brokenness. We see this all around us and in our own lives as well. When we realize LIFE is not working, we begin to look for a way out. We tend to go in many directions trying different things to figure it out on our own. Brokenness leads to a place of realizing a need for something greater.

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator
— Romans 1:25
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
— Proverbs 14:12

GOSPEL: At this point we need a remedy — some good news. Because of His love, God did not leave us in our brokenness. Jesus, God in human flesh, cam to us and lived perfectly according to God’s design. Jesus came to rescue us — to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He took our sin and shame to the cross, paying the penalty of our sin by His death. Jesus was then raised from the dead — to provide the only way for us to be rescued and restored to a relationship with God.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son
— John 3:16a
Having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
— Colossians 2:14

REPENT & BELIEVE: Simply hearing this Good News is not enough. We must admit our sinful brokenness and stop trusting in ourselves. We don’t have the power to escape this brokenness on our own. We need to be rescued. We must ask God to forgive us — turning from sin to trust only in Jesus. This is what it means to repent and believe. Believing, we receive new life through Jesus and God turns our lives in a new direction.

“Repent and believe the good news!”
— Mark 1:15b
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
— Ephesians 2:8-9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. — Romans 10:9

RECOVER & PURSUE: When God restores our relationship to Him, we begin to discover meaning and purpose in a broken world. Now we can pursue God’s Design in all areas of our lives. Even when we fall, we understand God’s pathway to be restored — this same Good News of Jesus. God’s Spirit empowers us to pursue His Design and assures us of His presence in this life and for all eternity.

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.
— Philippians 2:13
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
— Ephesians 2:10

WHAT SHOULD I DO: Now that you have heard this Good News, God wants you to respond to Him. You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Prayer is talking with God. It is your heart talking to God’s heart. Pray the following prayer right now and Christ will forgive you and come into your life, as He promised.

Lord Jesus, I need You. My life is broken and I recognize it’s because of my sin. I believe Christ came to live, die and was raised from the dead to rescue me from my sin. Please forgive me for all I have done wrong. I turn from my selfish ways and put my trust in You. I know that Jesus is Lord of all, and I will follow You. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
— Romans 10:9
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
— Romans 10:13

WHAT’S NEXT: As we begin our new journey, the Bible teaches us how to pursue God. He has a design for healthy relationships.
WORD — The Bible reveals God’s word showing how to pursue Him.
PRAYER — God wants you to talk to Him about everything that matters to you.
CHURCH — The church is God’s family to help you walk with Him.
SHARE — Now that you have experienced this Good News, tell others.

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
— John 20:31
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
— Matthew 6:33
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him
— Colossians 2:6

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and His brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed Him. When He had gone a little farther, He saw James son of Zebedee and His brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.
— Mark 1:16-20

List of 100 is a simple tool to help you be more responsible for your relationships.

God has already given us the relationships we need to “Go and make disciples.” These are our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates – people we’ve known all our lives or maybe just met. Being good stewards of the people God has already put in our lives is a great first step in multiplying disciples. And it can start with the simple step of making a list.

LIST OF 100

eg. Name ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☑ Unknown
 
1. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown
2. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown
3. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown
4. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown
5. ☐ Believer ☐ Unbeliever ☐ Unknown

Make a List – Write down the names of 100 people that you know (family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates) who need to hear about Jesus. Pray and invite 5 people to take the next step in their spiritual journey every week. The people on your List of 100 should be ones you know how to contact and you have an ongoing or long-term connection with.

For unbelievers or unknown status, share My Story / God’s Story or invite them to be part of a C.H.A.T. group or a 3/3 group. If you find they are a believer or they become a believer then challenge them to start a 3/3 group and offer to coach them.

For believers, challenge them to start a 3/3 group and offer to coach them. Encourage them to start a C.H.A.T. group as well. Have them fill out a List of 100 and follow up with those listed on it.

Petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
— 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Prayer Walk is a simple way to obey God’s command to pray for others. And it’s just what it sounds like — praying to God while walking around. Instead of closing our eyes and bowing our heads, we keep our eyes open to the needs we see around us and bow our hearts to ask humbly for God to intervene. You can prayer walk in small groups of two or three or you can prayer walk by yourself. If you go in a group, try having everyone pray out loud — a conversation with God about what everyone is seeing and the needs that God brings to their hearts. If you go by yourself, try praying silently when alone and out loud when you pray with someone you meet along the way.

WAYS TO KNOW WHAT TO PRAY FOR during prayer walk:
OBSERVATION: What do you see?
RESEARCH: What do you know?
REVELATION: Holy Spirit may nudge your heart or reveal a vision to mind.
SCRIPTURE: Holy Spirit may bring a Scripture to mind.

PLACES TO SEEK OUT during prayer walk:
GOVERNMENT: Courthouses, commission buildings or law enforcement offices.
COMMERCIAL: Financial districts or shopping area.
EDUCATION: Schools, administration buildings, vocational training centers, community colleges or universities.
COMMUNICATION: Radio stations, TV stations, media or newspaper publishers.
SPIRITUAL: church, mosques or temples.

WAYS TO PRAY FOR PEOPLE YOU MEET during prayer walk — B.L.E.S.S. Prayer :
BODY: Health — protection, strength, healing
LABOR: Job — finances, security, guidance
EMOTIONAL: Morale — joy, peace, comfort
SOCIAL: Relationships — patience, kindness, love
SPIRITUAL: Salvation — faith, hope, grace

THEMES YOU CAN FOCUS ON during your prayer walk:
• Concerning CHRIST: Proclaim Him afresh to be the one Mediator and the ransom for all. Name Him Lord of the neighborhood and of the lives you see.
• Concerning LEADERS: Pray for people responsible in any position of authority — for teachers, police, administrators and parents.
• Concerning PEACE: Cry out for the godliness and holiness of God’s people to increase into substantial peace. Pray for new churches to be established.
• Concerning TRUTH: Declare openly the bedrock reality that there is one God. Pray that the eyes of minds would cease to be blinded by Satan so that they could come to a knowledge of the truth.
• Concerning GOSPEL: Praise God for His heart’s desire that all people be saved. Ask that heaven would designate this year as a “proper time” for the testimony of Christ to be given afresh with simple power. Name specific people.
• Concerning BLESSING OF GOD: Thanksgivings are to be made on behalf of all people. Give God the explicit thanks He deserves for the goodness He constantly bestows on the homes you pass by. Ask God to bring forth an enduring spiritual awakening.
• Concerning CHURCH: Ask for healing in relationships, that there be no wrath or dissension among God’s people. Ask that God would make His people, men and women alike, expressive in worship with the substance of radiant, relational holiness. Ask that our worship would be adorned with the confirming power of saints doing good in our communities.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
— Hebrews 10:23-25

Accountability Group is made up of two or three people of the same gender – men with men, women with women – who meet once a week to discuss a set of questions that help reveal areas where things are going right and other areas that need correction. They can even meet by phone if they’re unable to meet face-to-face. Everyone in the group needs to understand that what is shared is confidential.

C.H.A.T. Accountability Group:
CHECK YOUR PROGRESS: We are motivated by sharing struggles in mutual accountability. Start the time together by going over the Accountability Questions with one another (45-60 minutes).
HEAR THE WORD: We grow spiritually as we read Scripture in context and in community. Continue the time by discussing what the Lord has impressed on you from your weekly Scripture reading. Your group should read 25-30 chapters per week. Many people find it helpful to read aloud. If someone doesn’t finish the reading in a given week then the entire group takes the same assignment for the following week.
ACT ON IT: We serve as we apply the truths of Scripture to living in love towards others day by day. Live out what the Lord impressed on you in the reading to apply it to your life and pass the truths on to others (5-10 minutes).
TELL OTHERS: We pray for those who need the Lord and reach out to them as we have opportunity. Close in a time of prayer. Pray for one another. Part of this time should be praying for the lost friends, family, and acquaintances for whom the group has been praying throughout the week (5-10 minutes). We acknowledge God in prayer and through our obedience. In your time of prayer, do not forget to praise and thank the Lord for who He is and what He is doing in and through you as a group and as individuals. Remember too, your obedience (“Act on it”) to the Lord is in itself worship! (5 minutes).

• Pray that we will become like Jesus.
• How have your insights from last week’s reading shaped the way you think and live?
• Who did you pass your insights from last week on to and how was it received?
• How have you seen God at work?
• Have you been a testimony this week to the greatness of Jesus Christ with both your words and actions?
• Have you been exposed to sexually alluring material or allowed your mind to entertain inappropriate sexual thoughts?
• Have you acknowledged God’s ownership in your use of money?
• Have you coveted anything?
• Have you hurt someone’s reputation or feelings by your words?
• Have you been dishonest in word or action or exaggerated?
• Have you given into an addictive (or lazy or undisciplined) behavior?
• Have you been a slave to clothing, friends, work, or possessions?
• Have you failed to forgive someone?
• What worries or anxieties are you facing? Have you complained or grumbled?
• Have you maintained a thankful heart?
• Have you been honoring, understanding and generous in your important relationships?
• What temptations in thought, word, or action have you faced and how did you respond?
• How have you taken opportunities to serve or bless others, especially believers?
• Have you seen specific answers to prayer?
• Did you complete the reading for the week?
• Close with prayer regarding what was shared.

• Pray that we will become like Jesus.
• How are you doing? How is your prayer life?
• Do you have any sin to confess? (Relational, Sexual, Financial, Pride, Integrity, Submission to Authority, etc.)
• Did you obey what God told you last time? Share details.
• Did you pray for the “Unbelievers” on your relationship list this week?
• Did you have the chance to share with any of them? Share details.
• Did you memorize a new verse this week? Quote it.
• Did you read at least 25 chapters in the Bible this week?
• What did God say to you this week from the Word?
• What are you going to specifically do about it?
• Did you meet with your 3/3 group this week? How did it go?
• Did you model or assist someone in starting a new 3/3 group this week? Share details.
• Do you see anything hindering my walk with Christ?
• Did you have the opportunity to share the gospel this week? Share details.
• Practice 1-3 minute testimonies and the gospel right now.
• Who can you invite to the group next week? If the group is four or more, multiply it.
• Close with prayer regarding what was shared.

• Pray that we will become like Jesus.
• How did what you learned from last week’s reading shaped the way you think and live?
• Who did you tell about what you learned last week and what did they say?
• How have you seen God at work?
• How have your actions and words shown others that you love Jesus?
• How have you been respectful to your parents and the adults around you this week?
• How have you loved and encouraged others even when you didn’t feel like it?
• How have you seen God answer your prayers this past week?
• Have you hurt someone’s reputation or feelings by your words?
• Have you been dishonest in word or action or exaggerated?
• In what ways have you been angry or frustrated when you didn’t get something you wanted or didn’t get your way?
• Have you failed to forgive someone?
• In what ways have you taken or wished for something that didn’t belong to you?
• In what ways have you been mean to others?
• In what ways have you not done what you were supposed to do?
• How have you taken opportunities to serve or bless others?
• Have you finished your Bible reading? What did you learn?
• Close with prayer regarding what was shared.

回望
[三分之一的時段]

  • 關懷
    • 高:您有什麼感恩可以分享?
    • 低:您有什麼掙扎可以分享?
  • 問責
    分享您實踐行動的經歷:
    遵守 • 教導 • 分享
  • 使命
    大誡命:太 22:37 • 太 22:39
    大使命:太 28:19 • 徒 1:8
問責
[預備]

仰望
[三分之一的時段]

  • 禱告
    與神簡要地禱告並求神教導您。
  • 讀經
    閱讀這段經文並用自己的話敍述。
  • 討論
    • 這段經文如何對您說話?
    • 這段經文如何難以明白?
    • 這段經文如何教導關於「人」?
    • 這段經文如何教導關於「神」?
知識
[教訓 + 督責]

前望
[三分之一的時段]

  • 行動
    • 遵守:您會如何遵守這段經文?
    • 教導:您會與誰教導這段經文?
    • 分享:您會與誰分享
    「我的故事」或「神的故事」?
  • 練習
    練習您所定立的行動。
  • 禱告
    為每個人互相禱告。
服從
[使人歸正 + 教導人]

簡單的流程 • 聖經是教材 • 聖靈是教師 • 服從是首要 • 倍增的果效

一個簡約的聚會形式 — 3/3 組 — 將聚會時間分為三個時段,讓我們可以實踐遵守耶穌所吩咐的命令。

聖經都是神所默示的,於教訓督責使人歸正教導人學義都是有益的,叫屬神的人得以完全,預備行各樣的善事。
— 提摩太後書 3:16-17

希望系列 — 適合慕道者的组别。
1. 犯罪者的希望 — 路加福音 18:9-14
2. 窮乏者的希望 — 路加福音 12:13-34
3. 離家者的希望 — 路加福音 15:11-32
4. 迷失者的希望 — 路加福音 19:1-10
5. 哀慟者的希望 — 約翰福音 11:1-44
6. 尋求者的希望 — 約翰福音 3:1-21

約翰福音中的神蹟 — 適合慕道者的组别。
1. 變水為酒 — 約翰福音 2:1-12
2. 大臣之子 — 約翰福音 4:46-54
3. 癱子行走 — 約翰福音 5:1-17
4. 五餅二魚 — 約翰福音 6:1-14
5. 海面上走 — 約翰福音 6:15-25
6. 瞎子看見 — 約翰福音 9:1-41
7. 死人復活 — 約翰福音 11:1-46

起步系列 — 適合已經是基督徒但沒有參加過這類聚會的人。
1. 我的故事 — 馬可福音 5:1-20
2. 神的故事 — 歌林多前書 15:1-8, 羅馬書 3:23, 6:23
3. 跟從得魚 — 馬可福音 1:16-20
4. 信而受洗 — 羅馬書 6:3-4, 使徒行傳 8:26-40
5. 默想聖經 — 提摩太後書 3:14-16
6. 與神對話 — 馬太福音 6:9-13
7. 艱難時刻 — 使徒行傳 5:17-42, 馬太福音 5:43-44
8. 成為教會 — 使徒行傳 2:42-47, 歌林多前書 11:23-34

探索系列 — 適合需要聖經背景和熟悉的组别。

探索上帝 — 上帝是誰並祂是怎樣的。
1. 神創造世界 — 創世記 1
2. 神創造人類 — 創世記 2
3. 人違背命令 — 創世記 3
4. 挪亞和洪水 — 創世記 6:5-8:14
5. 神與挪亞立約 — 創世記 8:15-9:17
6. 神對亞伯拉罕說話 — 創世記 12:1-7, 15:1-6
7. 大衛被膏立為王 — 撒母耳記上 16:1-13, 撒母耳記下 7:1-28
8. 大衛王和拔示巴 — 撒母耳記下 11:1-27
9. 拿單的故事 — 撒母耳記下 12:1-25
10. 神應許拯救 — 以賽亞書 53

探索耶穌 — 耶穌是誰並祂來是為什麼。
1. 耶穌的降生 — 馬太福音 1:18-25
2. 耶穌的洗禮 — 馬太福音 3:7-9, 13-15
3. 耶穌趕污鬼 — 馬可福音 5:1-20
4. 好牧人耶穌 — 約翰福音 10:1-30
5. 耶穌醫瞎子 — 路加福音 18:31-42
6. 耶穌和撒該 — 路加福音 19:1-9
7. 耶穌召馬太 — 馬太福音 9:9-13
8. 耶穌是道路 — 約翰福音 14:1-15
9. 聖靈的降臨 — 約翰福音 16:5-15
10. 最後的晚餐 — 路加福音 22:14-20
11. 被捕和受審 — 路加福音 22:47-53, 23:13-24
12. 耶穌被處死 — 路加福音 23:33-56
13. 耶穌祂活著 — 路加福音 24:1-7,36-47, 使徒行傳 1:1-11
14. 相信和實踐 — 腓立比書 3:3-9

剛強系列 — 適合初信者或需要專注於建立門徒的组别。

耶穌說 — 學習遵守耶穌的基本命令。繼續與名單上的人分享耶穌。
1.1 學習 & 遵守 — 約翰福音 14:15-21
1.2 悔改 • 相信 • 跟從 — 馬可福音 1:14-17, 以弗所書 2:1-10
1.3 受洗 — 馬太福音 28:19, 使徒行傳 8:26-38
1.4 愛神 • 愛人 — 路加福音 10:25-37

耶穌又說 — 學習遵守耶穌的基本命令。繼續與名單上的人分享耶穌。
2.1 與神對話 — 馬太福音 6:9-13
2.2 記念耶穌 — 路加福音 22:14-20, 歌林多前書 11:23-32
2.3 彼此分享 — 使徒行傳 4:32-37
2.4 薪火相傳 — 馬太福音 28:18-20

效法我正如我效法一樣 — 建立門徒。將你所學的傳遞給別人。教導別人也傳遞給人。
3.1 尋找門徒 — 提摩太後書 1:1-14
3.2 薪火相傳 — 提摩太後書 2:1-4,14-16
3.3 教導別人教導人 — 提摩太後書 3:1-17
3.4 艱難時刻 — 提摩太後書 4:1-22

Multiply 3/3 Group — Gather your disciples into new groups.
4.1 Get started and make a plan — 路加福音 10:1-11
4.2 Gather together — 使徒行傳 2:14-47
4.3 Person of Peace — 馬可福音 5:1-20, 6:53-56
4.4 Who is ready — 馬太福音 13:1-9,18-23

Lead — Learn how to lead a 3/3 group.
5.1 Model (lead like this) — 約翰福音 13:1-17
5.2 Model (don’t lead like this) — 約翰三書 5-14
5.3 Assist — 馬可福音 4:35-41
5.4 Watch — 路加福音 10:1-11,17,20
5.5 Leave — 馬太福音 25:14-30

Go: Local — Learn how to reach your local community.
6.1 Go: Local — 使徒行傳 1:1-8
6.2 Help the poor. Share the good news — 路加福音 7:11-23
6.3 Go where God sends — 使徒行傳 10:9-48
6.4 Go with a plan — 使徒行傳 13:1-3,32-33,38-39, 4:21-23,26-27

Go: Global — Learn how to reach the ends of the earth.
7.1 Go: Global — 使徒行傳 1:1-8, 馬太福音 28:19-20
7.2 Go where God sends — 使徒行傳 8:26-38
7.3 God loves every people group — 約翰福音 4:4-30,39-41
7.4 Go with a plan — 使徒行傳 13:1-3,32-33,38-39, 14:21-23,26-27

基本重温 — 學習聚會時該做什麼。
8.1 Jesus is First — 腓立比書 2:1-11
8.2 Talk with God — 馬太福音 6:9-13
8.3 Community — 希伯來書 10:23-25
8.4 The Bible — 提摩太後書 3:10-17

委身 — 學習剛強壯膽並繼續跟從耶穌。
9.1 Disobedience — 約拿書 1
9.2 Commit — 約拿書 2
9.3 Obey — 約拿書 3
9.4 Obey all the way — 約拿書 4
9.5 Use it or Lose it — 馬太福音 25:14-30

每個門徒都是一個建立門徒者 • 每個家都是一個培訓中心 • 每個簡約教會都是一個宣教機構

大誡命:
耶穌對他說:「『你要盡心、盡性、盡意愛主─你的神』。這是誡命中的第一,且是最大的。其次也相仿,就是『要愛人如己』。」
— 馬太福音 22:37-39

大使命:
耶穌進前來,對他們說:「天上地下所有的權柄都賜給我了。所以,你們要去,使萬民作我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗。凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守,我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」
— 馬太福音 28:18-20

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
— Acts 2:41-47

As a church what do we do:
WORSHIPWORDPRAYERFELLOWSHIPEVANGELISMGIVINGBAPTISMCOMMUNIONLEADERS

If your group has committed to be a church, make the dotted line circle solid. If you regularly practice each of the following elements then draw a picture of the elements inside your circle. If you do not do the element or you wait for an outsider to come do it, then draw the element outside the circle.

Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
— Matthew 28:19

Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
— Romans 6:3-4

Baptism or “Baptizo” in the original Greek language – means a drenching or submerging – like when you dye a cloth and it soaks in the color and comes out transformed. Baptism is a picture of our new life, soaked in the image of Jesus, transformed in obedience to God. It is a picture of our death to sin, just as Jesus died for our sins; a burial of our old way of life, just as Jesus was buried; a rebirth to a new life in Christ, just as Jesus was resurrected and lives today.

• Find some standing water, deep enough to allow the new disciple to be submerged.

• Let the disciple hold one of your hands with theirs and support their back with the other.

• Ask the following questions to make sure they understand their decision:
[Name of person to be baptized],
“Do you believe that God the Father created the world and created us, that we have all sinned against God and need His salvation?”
“Do you believe that Christ Jesus came into the world, He died on the cross for our sins, He rose again on the third day, He ascended into heaven and will come again?”
“Are you willing to lay aside your old self, die to sin so that you can join Christ in death, in burial and in His resurrection, and to follow Him for the rest of your life?”
“Are you willing to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, to be the church of Christ Jesus, so that you would continue to grow in Christ and to experience God together with the help of our brothers and sisters?”

• If they answer “Yes” to all above, then say:
“I hereby Baptize you in in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

• Help them lower into the water, submerge completely and raise them back up.

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
— John 6:51

The Lord’s Supper or “Holy Communion” is a way to celebrate our intimate connection and ongoing relationship with Jesus.

• When you gather as followers of Jesus, spend time in quiet meditation, silently considering and confessing your sins. When you are ready, have someone read this passage from scripture:
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
— 1 Corinthians 11:23-24

• Pass out bread you have set aside for your group, and eat. Continue the reading:
In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
— 1 Corinthians 11:25

• Share the juice or wine you have set aside for your group, and drink. Finish the reading:
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
— 1 Corinthians 11:26

• Celebrate in prayer or singing. You have shared in The Lord’s Supper. You are His, and He is yours!

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:18-20

Every disciple a disciple-maker.

In the Great Commission, Jesus said, “make disciples of all nations.” He is talking to every disciples because the command is coextensive with the promise. Jesus promises—”I (Christ) am with you always, to the very end of the age.” That promise is given to every believer. If that promise is to every believer then the command is also to every believer—all of His followers.

Every disciple needs to multiply.

If we are living out the Great Commandment then we will be making reproducing disciples because part of the disciple-making process is “teaching them to obey everything I (Christ) have commanded” and the Great Commission itself is one of those commands. Hence, every believer should by definition be involved in making reproducing disciples. It is a short step from this toward starting reproducing spiritual communities (churches) because several of the other commands demand a spiritual community to carry out. Reproducing disciples will result in reproducing churches as a matter of obedience.

Become a disciple worth multiplying.

Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands. … Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. … Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
— John 14:15, 21, 23-24

This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
— 1 John 5:2-4

Obedience is the flip side of love. It’s the expression of love; it’s not some onerous duty that we have; it’s the overflow of our gratitude for all that the Lord has done for us. We can sing all the worship songs ever written and proclaim to all that we love Christ, but these songs and statements are meaningless and hypocritical if we are not obedient to Him in every area of life. Our feelings do not define our love. Our words do not define our love. It is our motives, our actions, our obedience to Christ that defines our love for Christ.

IMMEDIATERADICALCOSTLYOBEDIENCE

Discipleship means following Christ. Every disciple should be in the process of maturing, but the focus is the journey, not the destination. The destination is to be fully conformed to the image of Christ. This will not fully occur until we meet Him in face-to-face in glory. The journey involves us daily growing in our expression of immediate, radical, costly obedience. The journey involves us becoming increasingly faithful and effective in passing on to others what we are learning along the way, not just in head-knowledge, but in life application. The journey involves becoming more practiced at learning more of the character and nature and will of God through learning to interpret and apply Scripture, in prayer, in relating with the Body of Christ, and through persecution and suffering. The journey implies following Christ and influencing and blessing others day-by-day wherever we are along the way.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones. By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
— Hebrews 11:1-40

Jesus said, “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
— Matthew 10:8

Jesus said, “But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
— Luke 12:48

FREELY RECEIVEFREELY GIVE

The spiritual economy differs from the earthly economy in that the spiritual economy is based on giving away what one has. It’s like we are BREATHING IN, from God, receiving from Him and then BREATHING OUT by obeying, internalizing what He has given us, making sure we embrace it. We make it part of who we are, then we exhale to the world around us, sharing what we have received. Whatever we get, we give away. It’s just the opposite of the world — which tries to keep what they get and charge others to give it to them.

So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
— Romans 14:12
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Dual Accountability:
• Accountability to OBEY the Lord.
• Accountability to PASS ON to others what we have received.

This means the most loving thing we can do for one another is to hold one another accountable for obeying what we learn from the Lord and to share it with others. This is not a matter of legalism but of love. This is what we must do if we truly want the best for one another, the greatest spiritual blessing and insight, the deepest intimacy with our Father.

3 Legged Stool — Faithfulness > Maturity:
KNOWLEDGE (IN) • OBEDIENCE (OUT) • SHARING (OUT)

God reveals more of Himself to us when we are faithful in sharing with others what we already know of Him. He gives more insight and revelation to those who are faithful in sharing with others what they already understand. He speaks to us more clearly when we obey what He has already spoken to us.

The Parable of the Talents:
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'”
— Matthew 25:14–30

To equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
— Ephesians 4:12-13

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
— James 1:22-25

3 Legged Stool — Faithfulness > Maturity:
KNOWLEDGEOBEDIENCESHARING

Knowledge is worthless without practice, without applying it to one’s life.

Often we fail to allow for the involvement of new believers, thinking that they need to mature before they become involved in ministry. The first few weeks of a Christian’s spiritual life are potentially the most fruitful. One reason for the way we treat new believers and expect so little of them is related to our view of maturity. We often mistake knowledge for maturity. This is related to our view of discipleship as a body of knowledge to be transferred rather than patterns and processes to be passed on. If people are not allowed to apply what they have learned, they will not grow in maturity. A relatively new believer can in reality be more mature than a much older believer if he is practicing a high percentage of what he has learned. Perhaps a better measure of maturity would take into account not only the level of knowledge but also the ratio between knowledge and practical living out of that knowledge.

We often spend time on maturity instead of faithfulness. But faithfulness results in maturity because He invests more in those that are faithful in what He gave them like the Parable of Talents. Path to maturing is being faithful by obeying what the lord has shown us and sharing with others.

“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”
— Luke 6:47-48

Every new disciple must be equipped to be spiritually self-feeding in at least these aspects: scripture, prayer, body life, share, and persecution & suffering. These are some of the primary ways God grows us to maturity. Self-feeding refers to items that must be evident in our lives if we are to become disciples worth reproducing. We should be producers, not merely consumers, of spiritual truth.

WORD: In terms of being able to interpret and apply Scripture, this can most easily be done by teaching a series of questions that can be applied in any Scripture study. Generally, this will include questions of observation, interpretation and application. There are a number of sets of questions that can be used in this way, depending on the age or education level and the level of spiritual sophistication of the believers. The point is that after reading or hearing a passage of Scripture, every believer should be able to tell what it says, what it means, and the implications it has for his/her life. Clearly someone’s ability to do this and the depth at which they do it will increase over time, but the point is to establish a pattern for how they view and respond to Scripture.

PRAYER: Prayer is another key tool God uses to grow us into the likeness of Christ. Through prayer we speak to the Lord, hear from His heart and mind, minister to both believers and unbelievers, and more. Prayer is a teaching tool. It is an evangelism tool. In fact, praying for unbelievers in their presence can be one of the most powerful evangelistic tools that exists. It is often under-utilized. The best way to teach prayer to a new believer is by example reinforced by studying what the Bible says about prayer.

CHURCH: Church serves not only as a spiritual community, but also as the Body of Christ. The Bible expresses how we as members of the Body of Christ have differing gifts and abilities that are to function together in a coordinated fashion in order to build up the Body and bring it to maturity. Thus, for both individual and corporate growth and maturity, we must understand how this works and participate in it. This idea is supplemented by numerous “one another” passages in the New Testament. More than fifty times we are told in Scripture to do something for one another in the Body. We need each other in order to grow.

SHARE: Sharing helps us know it even better, as it goes from head to heart and hands. The spiritual economy differs from the earthly economy in that the spiritual economy is based on giving away what one has. God reveals more of Himself to us when we are faithful in sharing with others what we already know of Him. He gives more insight and revelation to those who are faithful in sharing with others what they already understand. He speaks to us more clearly when we obey what He has already spoken to us.

HARD TIMES: Persecution and suffering are also venues for our spiritual growth and development. The Bible tells us that all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. We know that we have an enemy who will also oppose us in many ways as we follow the Lord. New believers need to understand how God works to perfect our character, prove our faith, equip us for ministry, and provide a testimony for him through persecution and suffering. Being aware of this before it happens can help fend off discouragement and help us to be intentional about taking advantage of these opportunities rather than wasting them or responding to them inappropriately.

THE VOICE OF FLESH
The voice of flesh is a voice that is expressed in the deep down desires of the heart. With maturity comes an ordered awareness of these desires and the ability to fulfill them. You are designed by God to desire to be fruitful, to change the world for the better, and to love and serve the Lord Jesus with all that you are by loving and serving His creation. Be assured that because it was He who put those desires in your heart, it is He who will allow you to fulfill them. Sometimes, however, our deepest desires are in conflict. The sinfulness of our fallen nature can clamor loudly. Sometimes our voice is in conflict with the voice of God. We are always in need of deeper conversion.
THE VOICE OF WORLD
The voice of world is a voice that is under the dominion of the devil, and thus could be considered an extension of his voice. It calls us to put our trust in the things of this world: prestige, money, fame, relationships, importance. It is the voice we hear in advertising, on TV shows, and in much of the music on the radio. The “noise” mentioned before is part of the voice of world. This voice tempts us to forget about our salvation and God’s call in our life. The alluring things that appeal to the flesh often drown out the voice of God and His love.
THE VOICE OF DEVIL
The voice of devil is a voice that is always trying to lead us away from Jesus and to keep us enslaved to him. His voice always tells us to doubt God’s goodness and not to trust in Him. It is the voice that says, “I know more than He does.” It is the voice that tells us to say “no” to Jesus. The most obvious example of the voice of devil is the temptation to sin. If the devil cannot get us to fall into sin, he then will try to get us to choose something that, while good in itself, is not the good that Jesus wants for us. In other words, the voice of devil can try to make us choose a less perfect life than that which God has prepared for us.
THE VOICE OF GOD
The voice of God is a voice that is communicating His constant and unfailing love to us. We hear His voice through the scripture and Holy Spirit urging us to do that which is good, to trust in Him and to sacrifice out of love. Discouragement and confusion are never the voice of Jesus, which expresses courage and truth as he calls us to a deeper conversion in the face of sin. His voice is never deceptive and He will give you the graces to accomplish whatever He calls you to do. When we are tempted to think that Jesus is calling us to a life that we do not want or cannot accomplish, it is not His voice that we are hearing, but that of another.

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”
— Matthew 16:17

“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
— John 8:47

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
— Hebrews 5:14

In the process of discernment we should become aware of four voices and need to learn to distinguish them from one another. Being attuned to the voice of God will make the other voices easier to separate. It is not always easy to tell these voices apart from one another, therefore discernment requires time, patience and perseverance in the face of struggle.

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and His brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed Him. When He had gone a little farther, He saw James son of Zebedee and His brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.
— Mark 1:16-20

We need to equip every disciple to view the world through two sets of lenses.

Two Focal Lenses:
• 1st Lens: ONGOING RELATIONSHIPS—people with whom we interact on a regular basis—family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates.
• 2nd Lens: WORLD BEYOND—people with whom we don’t interact on a regular basis—every tribe, tongue, people and nation.

Every time when we contact with someone, if they are pointed away from Him, help them to turn towards Christ. But if they are pointed toward Christ, help them to increase their faithfulness, increase their passion for Christ, increase the magnitude of their love for Him. This is a good guide how we can be relating to any person that’s in our network of relationships and beyond.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
— Hebrews 12:1-2

BOUNDED SET: This type of set is static — it’s all about boundary. Christians are those who affirm right beliefs and practice right behaviors; and those who don’t aren’t . The attractional church is a bounded set. That is, it is a set of people clearly marked off from those who do not belong to it. Churches thus mark themselves in a variety of ways. Have a church membership roll is an obvious one. This mechanism determines who’s ‘in’ and who’s ‘out’.

CENTERED SET: This type of set is dynamic — it’s all about movement in a particular direction. Christians are those moving toward Jesus, rather than away from Him. The missional-incarnational church is a centered set. This means that rather than drawing a border to determine who belongs and who doesn’t, a centered set is defined by it’s core values, and people are not seen as ‘in’ or ‘out’, but as closer or further away from the center. In that sense, there is no ‘in’ or ‘out’ because there is no ‘circle’. Though some people are close to the center and others far from it, everyone is potentially part of the community in it’s broadest sense.

Put our focus less on whether someone is inside or outside of faith in Jesus; and more on whether someone is moving toward or away from Jesus. On where someone’s arrow is pointing, as it were. Approaching faith in Jesus this way opens us up to the prospect of profound connection with just about anyone.

Person of Peace

LUKE 10:
v4 – does not waste time
v5 – opens his door to you
v6 – receives your blessing and shows interest
v7 – opens his house to you/hospitable
v7 – offers to sustain you in some way

MATTHEW 10:
v13 – he is worthy
v13 – has influence in his home
v14 – receives you
v14 – hears your words

The Sent One

LUKE 10:
v2 – prays for laborers
v3 – goes with danger all around
v4 – leaves behind bags
v5 – gives greeting
v6 – if favorable response, give blessing
v7 – fellowship with them
v9 – ask God for healing where needed
v9 – minister to them
v9 – proclaim the words of the Kingdom
v10 – if no response, announce protest, then leave

MATTHEW 10:
v5-6 – goes where God sends
v11 – inquire / search / identify
v11 – spend time with the candidate
v12 – give greeting
v13 – gives blessing
v14 – proclaim words of the Kingdom
v14 – if you are not received then leave

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go. 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. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.'”
— Luke 10:1-11

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”
— Matthew 10:5-14

SUMMARY:
1. Pray for laborers.
2. Go where God sends you.
3. Enter a place or area proclaiming the Kingdom.
4. Do not waste time.
5. Inquire with discernment.
6. Visit the Person of Peace candidate & engage him and family if possible.
7. Give greetings & ask spiritual interest questions.
8. If there is a favorable response, give blessing & ask evangelistic questions.
9. Spend time with the candidate and their family.
10. Fellowship with them and discern. Proclaim Kingdom Words and the Gospel.
11. Minister to them.
12. Always be bold and truthful.
13. If there is no response, announce protest, and then leave.

FILTERS FOR THE PERSON OF PEACE:
1. Welcoming.
2. Hungry for Spiritual Things.
3. Opens their family / group / community to spiritual things.

PRACTICAL FILTERS:
1. They are open when you make spiritual statements.
2. They respond with spiritual statements.
3. They ask questions of you (not just tell you their opinion but want to know yours).
4. They respond to your invitation to open their “oikos” (Greek word for “household”) to directly learn from God’s Word.

Jesus said this is how you should pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
— Matthew 6:10

You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; You encourage them, and You listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
— Psalm 10:17-18

“He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.”
— Proverbs 3:34

Every disciple needs to be equipped to have eyes to see where the Kingdom isn’t. We are naturally wired to look at ‘what is’ and our eyes are drawn to “what is” but not to “what isn’t”. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer — “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, we are acknowledging that there is a gap between “what is” and “what God’s intent”. As citizens of the Kingdom, our job is to be concerned with closing that gap.

God has favorites — the last, the least, and the lost. The Bible repeatedly teaches about how people treat widows, orphans, and aliens. God is highlighting the need to care for those who need the most care. We need to be concerned for where the gospel is least accessible.

Who are the people who need the good news of the Kingdom more than anyone else? Where are those people?

God loves the humble and gives grace to them. This concern for the last, the least, and the lost is to develop awareness of where the Kingdom is growing and where it is not. We need to look for opportunities to enter new places and new people groups to meet the greatest needs so that God’s Will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
— John 13:15

Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
— 1 Corinthians 11:1

When a mother duck leads her ducklings, they go single file, with each duckling following the one in front of them. To lead a duckling you don’t have to be a mature duck, just one step ahead. Only Jesus is a mother duck. The rest of us are merely ducklings. From the moment we begin to follow Jesus we are also to be “leading” others. From that moment we are at least “ahead” of non-Christians spiritually so there is always someone we can lead. This effectively reduces the duration of a spiritual generation to almost nothing. We can begin to reproduce spiritually from the moment of our rebirth.

Discipleship means following Christ. Every disciple should be in the process of maturing, but the focus is the journey, not the destination. The destination is to be fully conformed to the image of Christ. This will not fully occur until we meet Him in face-to-face in glory. The journey involves us daily growing in our expression of immediate, radical, costly obedience. The journey involves us becoming increasingly faithful and effective in passing on to others what we are learning along the way, not just in head-knowledge, but in life application. The journey involves becoming more practiced at learning more of the character and nature and will of God through learning to interpret and apply scripture, in prayer, in relating with the body of Christ, and through persecution and suffering. The journey implies following Christ and influencing and blessing others day-by-day wherever we are along the way.

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
— 2 Timothy 2:2

Training Cycle helps disciples go from one to many and turns a mission into a movement. As believers increase in their competence in these areas, it is important to help them understand the phases of the training cycle so they know when and how to transition from modeling, to assisting, to watching, to leaving as they initiate work with new believers or new churches. This is a natural process by which they can help others grow into maturity as well, both individually and corporately.

M.A.W.L Training Cycle:

When a child sees someone riding a bicycle, that is the MODEL phase.
MODEL: Modeling is simply providing an example of a practice or tool. It is the briefest part of the training cycle. It usually only needs to be done once. It is simply creating an awareness that a practice or a tool exists and giving a general idea of what it looks like. Modeling repeatedly is not an effective way to equip someone. They need to be allowed to try the skill themselves.

When a parent is holding onto the bicycle while a child is learning to keep his balance, that is the ASSIST phase.
ASSIST: Assisting is allowing the disciple to practice the skill. This takes longer than the modeling phase. It requires “hand-holding” on the part of the coach. The coach needs to be directive and take an active role in coaching the disciple. This phase does not last until the disciple is fully competent, but merely until they understand the basics of the skill. If this phase is continued too long, then the disciple will develop a dependence on the coach and never advance to full competence. The end of the assist phase should be marked by the disciple starting to model for others.

When a parent is observing a child ride a bicycle and ensuring they have adequate skills & knowledge to ride unsupervised, this is the WATCH phase.
WATCH: Watching is the longest phase. It involves more indirect contact with the disciple. It seeks to develop full competence in all facets of a skill. It may be ten times or more as long as the first two phases combined. As the disciple progresses in skill, the contact with the coach may become less regular and more ad hoc. In this phase the disciple gradually takes more responsibility and initiative in the performance of the skill. Typically in disciple making the mark of the end of this phase is when the disciple has passed on the skill successfully to the fourth generation through those whom he or she is coaching.

When a parent releases a child to ride their bicycle completely unsupervised, that is the LEAVE phase.
LEAVE: Leaving is a sort of graduation when the disciple becomes a peer of the coach. Periodic contact and peer coaching may continue to take place if the disciple and coach are in the same network.

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
— Acts 13:1-3

Paul’s pattern in planting churches was an average of six months or less per church network in the Model and Assist stages, and then he would spend years even decades in the Watch stage, and then eventually he would leave and tell them he would not return and charge them to be obedient to what he trained them to do.

Every disciple should be involved in two churches:
HOME CHURCH: Your primary spiritual community.
NEW CHURCH: Group that you are personally investing in the Training Cycle.

Things to consider:
• Best practice is to start new churches. We go to them before asking them to come to us.
• Don’t underestimate Jesus to be with two or three gathered. Two people meeting for coffee could essentially be a “church meeting.”
• Attend two simple churches in your area for a season while modeling and assisting a new simple church’s formation in person.
• Embrace creative ways of communing — text messages or video chat.

The Parable of the Growing Seed:
Jesus said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
— Mark 4:26-29

Four Fields Diagnostic Diagram:
EMPTY FIELD: Entry Plan — Where or with whom (what people groups) are you planning to extend the Kingdom?
SEEDING FIELD: Gospel Plan — Where or with whom are you sharing the good news of the Kingdom? How are you doing that?
GROWING FIELD: Discipleship Plan — How are you equipping people and growing them spiritually, individually and in their natural networks?
HARVESTING FIELD: Church Formation Plan — How are new spiritual families (simple churches) being formed?
MULTIPLYING: With whom, how and when are you filtering for faithful people, equipping and holding them accountable for reproduction?

The process of multiplying disciples and simple churches is non-sequential.

The mental pattern which can have tremendous impact upon the way one works or thinks about church planting is whether one thinks of the process as a series of sequential segments or as a whole. Many people consider the process of church planting as a series of sequential steps. You arrange for prayer support and begin praying yourself. You do evangelism. After people are converted, then discipleship begins. Once discipleship begins or initial discipleship is completed, some people even put in a proving period, which is definitely not biblical. But at the end of either the discipleship or the proving period the converts are baptized. Then there is a step by which the church is actually planted. After the church is planted, you begin to develop leaders.

It is far more helpful to realize that what is done from the very first contact with an unbeliever has implications and effects on discipleship, church planting, leadership development, and ongoing approaches toward spiritual matters. For instance, if the approach taken during evangelism and discipleship is a one-way monologue from a knower to a person who is ignorant, it is not participative or interactive. It implies that one person is a giver and the other person is a receiver. Then the result will be people who do not view themselves as capable of leadership. It will also affect the nature of church life. Such patterns established early on can be difficult to break down later. You can inadvertently set up many barriers and roadblocks to growth and development, either in individual disciples or in churches, by the approaches you may take in the evangelism and discipleship process or the timing of leadership development. You can be developing leadership from the moment you begin interacting with an unbeliever who is going to be converted. You can be affecting the nature of the church which will be planted by whether you approach things from an individual basis or a group basis. There are many applications to this principle.

We are pursuing simultaneous rather than sequential church planting qualities: One process. Vision casting, pre-evangelism, evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership development, and gospel movement cultivation can all happen at the same time during the same process if we focus our energy and time on putting into practice the disciple making best practices. All of the seven fields can happen at the same time when birthed and bathed in prayer. Discipleship multiplication DNA is built into the pre-evangelism process, so that you’re viewing everyone as a potential trainer of trainers. The resources are in the harvest field! Let’s not forget that the laborers we are praying for are most likely already in the harvest fields waiting to be told the gospel and trained to be trainers.

Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
— Mark 16:15-16

In the West — Time is money; in the Kingdom of God — Time is souls.

The Lord does not delight in the death of any man, but desires for all to come to repentance and for all to willingly love and worship Him. But the fact is that more than one non-Christian per second passes into a Christ-less eternity.

• Right where you are, begin snapping your fingers every second. Keep going.

This pace does not slow down when we are sleeping, when we are at our respective jobs, in the classrooms, or while we are on vacation. One soul. Every second. Dying. And living forever in torment apart from Jesus Christ. More than one person dies every second apart from Christ, and God is robbed of his glory. That’s the pace of multiplication. That’s the reason why a disciple making multiplication strategy is so essential. Every disciple needs a place to learn, a place to lead, and the passion and urgency to help complete the Great Commission.

Pace matters. Urgency matters.

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast:
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
— Matthew 13:31-33

Imagine we try to get 10 people and each starts a church of 100 people every year — which is already impossible to do. That is 1,000 people a year. In ten years, that would be 10,000 people. In thirty four years, that would be 340,000 people — which is still less than the Bay Area population 7,000,000.

If we started with just one Christian and that person made one disciple and then the following year they each went out to make one disciple and continued that pattern. That the whole world would have access to the gospel in just thirty four years! Each line is a year, and the number is the number of disciples in the scenario we described.

1
2
4
8
16
32
64
128
256
512
1,024
2,048
4,096
8,192
16,384
32,768
65,536
131,072
262,144
524,288
1,048,576
2,097,152
4,194,304
8,388,608
16,777,216
33,554,432
67,108,864
134,217,728
268,435,456
536,870,912
1,073,741,824
2,147,483,648
4,294,967,296
8,589,934,592

8,589,934,592 is greater than the world’s population 7,700,000,000 (2019). That is the power of exponential growth. God’s plan for discipleship in His kingdom is not by addition, but by multiplication — new disciples make more disciples. The multiplication of disciples will result in exponential growth of God’s Kingdom.

Elephants
Only fertile four times a year
Only one baby per pregnancy
22-month gestation period
Sexual maturity: 18 years
Maximum growth potential in 3 years: from 2 to 3
Rabbits
Almost continually fertile
Average of seven babies per pregnancy
1-month gestation period
Sexual maturity: 4 months
Maximum growth potential in 3 years: from 2 to 476 million

A Church Planting Movement by definition requires rapid multiplication. Rapid multiplication can be illustrated by rabbits; slow multiplication can be illustrated by elephants.

Reproduction Rate

10 Years 60 Months 18 Months 12 Months 6 Months 4 Months
Churches 4 64 1,024 1 Million 1 Billion

The point of this illustration is to show that reproduction rate matters. It matters in churches too. If you have a reproduction rate of five years, which is sixty months, over a period of ten years you will end up with only four churches. However, if you could knock this down to a twelve month reproduction rate for a period of ten years, starting with one church, in ten years you would have one thousand twenty-four churches. If you could knock the rate down to a four-month reproduction rate and maintain that for a period of ten years, you would have one billion churches.

As in rabbits, so with churches. Very high rates of reproduction cannot be sustained over a long period of time because of the decreasing number of lost people who are accessible and many other factors. However, high reproduction rates can be maintained for a period of time. A reproduction rate of under nine months was maintained in the endvisioning case study for five years; and, since they started with three churches, they ended up with five hundred fifty churches after only five years. So fairly high reproduction rates can be maintained for a period of time.

We need to build into the DNA of every local church around the world the DNA of disciple making multiplication strategy. If we will follow the disciple making multiplication principles by putting them into practice, we can reach the whole world in one generation, around ten years.

Octopus
Multiple legs to reach out in different directions
Ability to regrow lost leg but old leg is lost
Complex and specialized
Central nervous system with brain
Delicate and very sensitive to its environment
Starfish
Multiple legs to reach out in different directions
Ability to regrow lost leg and old leg will grow into a new body
Simple and non-specialized
Decentralized nervous system with no brain
Not picky to its environment

Simple church gatherings are very different from a regular small group or a cell group. Simple church is not just a Bible study—a supplement to a Sunday service—nor is it centered on a set teaching. Simple church is a real church that empowers all its members to take responsibility, support one another and share life together.

The primary difference between cell church and simple church network is in regard to structure. A cell church is hierarchical in structure, and teaching and authority flow from the top down. A simple church network is a network of autonomous simple churches which voluntarily cooperate together and submit to one another in mutual accountability. There are advantages and disadvantages to each form. The difference may perhaps best be illustrated by the difference between starfish and octopus.

Starfish represent simple churches. If you cut off the leg of a starfish, you get two starfish, and nothing is lost. With an octopus, if you cut off the leg, you get a new leg, and the old leg is lost. With a cell church the leadership level that develops in each cell is not nearly as mature as that which develops in an autonomous simple church because the cell group depend upon the hierarchy to provide regular teaching and structure and authority instead of learning to feed on scripture for themselves. So if, because of persecution or severed relationships or some other problem, the cell group breaks off from a cell church, it will typically die.

Similarly, with a starfish, if the head is destroyed, you get as many starfish as there are pieces of starfish. But, with an octopus, if the head is destroyed, the octopus is dead. In the cell church, if the senior leadership of this church is imprisoned or dies or falls into sin or some other problem, typically the church is seriously damaged or even killed. Whereas there is no problem like that with simple churches, because each unit is not reliant on the organization but is self-sufficient for feeding and growth.

Starfish are simple and non-specialized, whereas octopi are complex and specialized. This is true of cell churches and simple churches. A cell church that is complex and specialized can provide a myriad of services and opportunities which can never be offered by the simple churches because the simple churches are simple and non-specialized. They simply meet the simple, basic, straightforward needs, not the highly specialized needs. The authoritative structure in the cell church enables it to act with greater coordination than is possible with a simple church network.

One other advantage of starfish is that you can’t eliminate them even if you try. You can try chemicals or biological warfare against them, but they are very tough to eliminate. Whereas, octopi are an endangered species in areas where they come under environmental stress. This points out a fact that is true about cell churches. They are appropriate for only certain settings. They tend to be appropriate for urban settings but not rural settings and for authoritative societies but not consultative societies. Simple churches can thrive in both urban and rural settings in consultative and authoritative societies. They are much more versatile and adaptable than cell churches pattern.

GenMapper is an app for mapping generations of simple churches.

CHURCH CIRCLES MAPFOUR FIELDS MAPCHURCH ASSESSMENT

Coaching Checklist is a powerful tool you can use to quickly assess your own strengths and vulnerabilities when it comes to making disciples who multiply. It’s also a powerful tool you can use to help others – and others can use to help you. Use the following steps to take this quick self-assessment.

STEP 1: Read through the Disciple Training Tools in the far left column of the Checklist.
STEP 2: Mark each one of the Training Tools, using the following method.

Disciple's Instructions:

  • UNAWARE
    • You’re unfamiliar or don’t understand the Tool.
    • Coach has not modeled the Tool to me.
  • UNSKILLED
    • You’re somewhat familiar but still not sure about the Tool.
    • Coach is assisting me to model the Tool to my disciples.
  • COMPETENT
    • You understand and can train the basics on the Tool.
    • Coach is watching me to assist my disciples to model the Tool.
  • SKILLED
    • You feel confident and can effectively train the Tool.
    • Coach can leave me to watch my disciples to assist theirs.

Coach's Roles:

  • MODEL
    • Model and make sure of understanding.
    • Coach gives direction and information.
  • ASSIST
    • Assist them until they have the basics.
    • Coach gives direction and support.
  • WATCH
    • Watch out for consistent competence.
    • Coach gives support and encouragement.
  • LEAVE
    • Leave them and find others to develop.
    • Coach receives updates.
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