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耶稣却回答说:「经上记着说:『人活着,不是单靠食物,乃是靠神口里所出的一切话。』」
— 马太福音 4:4

耶稣说:「叫人活着的乃是灵,肉体是无益的。我对你们所说的话就是灵,就是生命。」
— 约翰福音 6:63

神的道是活泼的,是有功效的,比一切两刃的剑更快,甚至魂与灵,骨节与骨髓,都能刺入、剖开,连心中的思念和主意都能辨明。
— 希伯来书 4:12

作为一个耶稣的跟随者,我们应该每天阅读圣经。一个好的标准就是每周阅读圣经至少 25 至 30 章。每天用 S.O.A.P.S. 的读经方法去记录,能帮助您更加明白,实践使命和与人分享。

S.O.A.P.S. 香皂读经法:
经文 SCRIPTURE: 写下今天让您特别有意义的一句或几句经文。
观察 OBSERVATION: 用您自己的话重写这几句经文或经文的重点。
实践 APPLICATION: 思想您会如何在自己的生活中实践这些命令。
祷告 PRAYER: 写下您对神的祷告 — 您所学到的并您所定立的行动。
分享 SHARING: 问神希望您会与谁分享 — 您所学到的或您所实践的。

耶稣说:「所以,你们祷告要这样说:『我们在天上的父:愿人都尊祢的名为圣。愿祢的国降临;愿祢的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上。我们日用的饮食,今日赐给我们。免我们的债,如同我们免了人的债。不叫我们遇见试探;救我们脱离凶恶。因为国度、权柄、荣耀,全是祢的,直到永远。阿们!』」
— 马太福音 6:9-13

祷告轮是一个简单的工具去操锻练祷告。您可以自己拿来使用,也可以与其他门徒一起使用。这个祷告轮以十二个简单的步骤 — 每个單位为五分钟 — 透过圣经教导的十二种方式去帮助您如何祷告。当结束时,您便会祷告了一个小时。

赞美: 赞美神去开始您的祷告。赞美神现在在您脑海中浮现的事情。赞美神过去一周在您生命中所做的一件特别事情。赞美神对您家人的慈爱。
等候: 花一些时间等候神。保持静默并让神帮助您进行自我省察。
认罪: 求圣灵告诉您那些在您生命中可能神所不喜悦的事情。求神指出您错误的态度,以及您尚未认罪的具体行为。现在向神认罪使您可以得赦免。
读经: 花一些时间阅读诗篇,先知书和新约中祷告的经文。
恳求: 为自己向神恳求。
代求: 为他人向神代求。
祷读: 用所读的经文来祷告。许多祷文或诗篇都很适合用于这个方法。
感恩: 为您生命中的事情感恩,为您的家人感恩和为您的教会感恩。
敬拜: 唱一首赞美/敬拜的诗歌或唱另一首圣诗/灵歌去敬拜神。
默想: 默想并求神对您说话。准备笔和纸去写下神给您的说话。
聆听: 花一些时间将您所读的,您所祷告的和您所唱的联系在一起思想并聆听看神如何互相连贯地对您说话。
赞美: 赞美神您与祂共度的时间和祂给您的说话。称赞神荣美的属性。

信主前
[两分钟]

  • 您的生命在相信耶稣之前是如何的。

经历主
[两分钟]

  • 您如何遇见耶稣或您为何选择跟随耶稣。

信主后
[两分钟]

  • 您的生命在相信耶稣之后有何改变。

耶稣上船的时候,那从前被鬼附着的人恳求和耶稣同在。耶稣不许,却对他说:「你回家去,到你的亲属那里,将主为你所做的是何等大的事,是怎样怜悯你,都告诉他们。」那人就走了,在低加波利传扬耶稣为他做了何等大的事,众人就都希奇。
— 马可福音 5:18-20

耶稣对他们说:「你们就是这些事的见证。」
— 路加福音 24:48

作为耶稣的跟随者,我们是「见证」耶稣改变我们生命的「见证人」。「我的故事」— 您与神之间的故事就是您的见证。每一个人都会有一个故事。分享您的见证是一个练习的机会。您的见证具不一定要很长或分享很多细节才能触动人。事实上,将您的故事保持在六分钟左右可以剩下时间去发问问题和作更深入的对话。如果您担心从何开始 — 保持简单。神是可以用您的故事去改变人,但请切记 — 您就是要讲出来的人。

耶稣对他们说:「但圣灵降临在你们身上,你们就必得着能力,并要在耶路撒冷、犹太全地,和撒玛利亚,直到地极,作我的见证。」
— 使徒行传 1:8

耶稣非常相信祂的跟随者并祂信任他们宣讲祂的故事。然后祂就差派他们到世界各地去传。现在此刻,祂正差派我们出去。没有一个所谓最好的方式来传「神的故事」— 福音,因为最好的方式将视乎于您与谁分享。每个门徒都应该学会以一种忠于神话语的方式去传神的故事并去触动分享的对象。

弟兄们,我如今把先前所传给你们的福音告诉你们知道;这福音你们也领受了,又靠着站立得住,并且你们若不是徒然相信,能以持守我所传给你们的,就必因这福音得救。我当日所领受又传给你们的:第一,就是基督照圣经所说,为我们的罪死了,而且埋葬了;又照圣经所说,第三天复活了,并且显给矶法看,然后显给十二使徒看;后来一时显给五百多弟兄看,其中一大半到如今还在,却也有已经睡了的。以后显给雅各看,再显给众使徒看,末了也显给我看;我如同未到产期而生的人一般。
— 歌林多前书 15:1-8

三圈 布道法:

神的设计: 在我们周遭都我们可以看到美丽的设计,设计的目的和设计的证据。圣经告诉我们起初神创造的世界原本就是完美的 — 世上一切和每个人都和睦相处。神创造每一个人都有一个目的 — 就是要敬拜祂并与祂同行。

神看着一切所造的都甚好。有晚上,有早晨,是第六日。
— 创世记 1:31
诸天述说神的荣耀;穹苍传扬他的手段。
— 诗篇 19:1

: 当我们无视神和在我们生命中神原本的设计时,就不能活出真正的生命。我们的自我中心坚持用自己的方式去生活。圣经称之为罪。我们都犯了罪并歪曲了神原本的设计。我们犯罪的后果就是与神分隔 — 在今生和永恒中。

因为世人都犯了罪,亏缺了神的荣耀
— 罗马书 3:23
因为罪的工价乃是死
— 罗马书 6:23a

破碎: 罪会导致一切都破碎。我们从我们周遭中和我们自己的生命中也可以看到。当我们意识到不能活出生命的意义时,我们就开始四处寻找出路。我们都会走向许多的方向,尝试不同的事物,用自己方法去解决问题。破碎会导致人去意识到需要更大的东西。

他们将神的真实变为虚谎,去敬拜事奉受造之物,不敬奉那造物的主
— 罗马书 1:25a
有一条路,人以为正,至终成为死亡之路。
— 箴言 14:12

福音: 这一刻我们需要一个挽救的方法 — 有个好消息。因为神的爱,神并没有把我们留在我们的破碎之中。耶稣,神道成肉身,在我们中间并按照神的设计去活出真正的生命。耶稣来是为了拯救我们 — 为我们成就了我们不能为自己成就的事。祂在十字架上担当了我们的罪和羞辱,代替我们付了罪的工价而死。不但如此,耶稣从死里复活 — 为我们预备了拯救并与神和好的唯一道路。

神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们
— 约翰福音 3:16a
又涂抹了在律例上所写攻击我们,有碍于我们的字据,把他撤去,钉在十字架上。
— 歌罗西书 2:14

悔改 & 相信: 只是听到这个好消息是不足够的。我们必须承认我们是破碎有罪的并且不再信靠自己。我们没有能力可以自己逃离这破碎。我们需要被拯救。我们必须要求神赦免我们 — 从罪转向神并且只有信靠耶稣。这就是悔改和相信的意思。相信 — 我们透过耶稣接受新的生命并神将我们的生命转向新的方向。

「你们当悔改,信福音!」
— 马可福音 1:15b
你们得救是本乎恩,也因着信;这并不是出于自己,乃是神所赐的;也不是出于行为,免得有人自夸。
— 以弗所书 2:8-9
你若口里认耶稣为主,心里信神叫他从死里复活,就必得救。
— 罗马书 10:9

和好 & 追求: 当神恢复与我们和好的关系时,我们开始会发现在这个破碎世界中的意义和目的。现在就可以在我们生命中的所有层面上竭力追求神的设计。即使我们跌倒,我们也明白神拯救的道路 — 这就是同一个耶稣的好消息。神的灵使我们能够追求祂的设计并应许我们在今生和永生中祂常与我们同在。

因为你们立志行事都是神在你们心里运行,为要成就他的美意。
— 腓立比书 2:13
我们原是他的工作,在基督耶稣里造成的,为要叫我们行善,就是神所预备叫我们行的。
— 以弗所书 2:10

我应该做什么: 既然您已经听到这个好消息,神希望您回应祂。您现在就可以凭信心祷告接受基督。祷告是与神对话。将您的心与神的心直接倾谈。现在就可以作出以下的祷告让基督赦免您并且按照祂的应许进入您的生命之中。

主耶稣,我需要祢。我的生命是破碎的并且我承认这是因为我的罪。我相信基督来到世界,受死埋葬,死里复活,从罪中拯救我。请赦免我所犯的一切罪。我从自我中心的生活方式转向信靠祢。我知道耶稣是万有之主并且我会跟随祢。奉耶稣的名祷告。阿门。

你若口里认耶稣为主,心里信神叫他从死里复活,就必得救。
— 罗马书 10:9
因为凡求告主名的,就必得救。
— 罗马书 10:13

下一步是什么: 当我们开始新的旅程时,圣经告诉我们如何追求神。祂已经有一个健康关系的设计。
读经 — 圣经是所神默示的话让您知道如何追求祂。
祷告 — 神希望您与祂对话倾谈您的一切重要事物。
教会 — 教会是神的家去帮助您学习天天与祂同行。
分享 — 既然您已经历过这个好消息,分享给他人。

但记这些事要叫你们信耶稣是基督,是神的儿子,并且叫你们信了他,就可以因他的名得生命。
— 约翰福音 20:31
「你们要先求他的国和他的义,这些东西都要加给你们了。」
— 马太福音 6:33
你们既然接受了主基督耶稣,就当遵他而行
— 歌罗西书 2:6

三圈: 生命对话指南
福音桥: 分享您的信仰

耶稣顺着加利利的海边走,看见西门和西门的兄弟安得烈在海里撒网;他们本是打鱼的。耶稣对他们说:来跟从我,我要叫你们得人如得鱼一样。他们就立刻舍了网,跟从了他。耶稣稍往前走,又见西庇太的儿子雅各和雅各的兄弟约翰在船上补网。耶稣随即招呼他们,他们就把父亲西庇太和雇工人留在船上,跟从耶稣去了。
— 马可福音 1:16-20

百人名单是一个简单的工具去帮助您对您的人际关系尽您的责任。

神已经给了我们各人的人际网络 “去使人作门徒”。这些人是我们的家人,朋友,邻居,同事和同学 — 我们相识多年或刚刚认识的人。好好管理神已经安排在我们生命中的人是建立门徒的第一步。而从简单的一步开始就是编写名单。

百人名单

例. 名字 ☐信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☑ 不清楚
 
1. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚
2. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚
3. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚
4. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚
5. ☐ 信徒 ☐ 非信徒 ☐ 不清楚

编写名单 — 写下需要听到福音的一百个人(家人,朋友,邻居,同事和同学)的名字。每周为五个人祷告并邀请他们于寻求神的过程中踏出下一步。百人名单上的人应该是那些您懂得如何联络的人,并且是那些您仍然与他们保持联系或长期联系的人。

面对非信徒或不清楚背景的人,可以分享「我的故事」/「神的故事」或 邀请他们参加一个守望小组或三分三组。如果您发现他们已经是基督徒或他们刚成为基督徒,可以挑战他们开始一个三分三组并提出愿意栽培他们。

面对信徒,可以挑战他们开始一个三分三组并提出愿意栽培他们。同时亦鼓励他们开始一个守望小组。让他们也填写百人名单并跟进名单上的人。

劝你,第一要为万人恳求,祷告,代求,祝谢;为君王和一切在位的,也该如此,使我们可以敬虔,端正,平安无事的度日这是好的,在神我们救主面前可蒙悦纳。他愿意万人得救,明白真道。
— 提摩太前书2:1-4

步行祷告是一种简单的方式去遵守神命令要为人祷告。这就会像听起来一样 — 一路步行一路向神祷告。我们睁开双眼看看我们周遭的需要并以谦卑俯伏伏的心求神介入,而不是闭上眼睛低头祷告。您可以两三个人一组祷告,您也可以自己步行祷告。如果您是一组的去,尝试让每个人都开口大声地祷告 — 与神对话关于每个人。所看到的以及在心中神感动的需要如果您是自己去,当独处时尝试心中默默地祷告,当您为路上遇到的人而祷告时尝试开口大声地祷告。

步行祷告时,知道为什么而祷告的方式:
观察: 您看到了什么?
查考: 您知道了什么?
启示: 圣灵可能会在您心中作出感动或在脑海中启示异象。
经文: 圣灵可能会在脑海中让您记起某些经文。

步行祷告时,可以寻找的祷告地方:
政府: 法院大楼,委员会大楼或执法机关。
商业: 金融区或购物区。
教育: 学校,行政大楼,职业培训中心,社区学院或大学。
通讯: 广播电台,电视台,传播媒介或报纸出版商。
属灵: 教堂,清真寺或寺庙。

步行祷告时,为遇到的人而祷告的方式 — B.L.E.S.S. 祝福祷告:
身体 BODY: 健康 — 保守,力量,医治
事业 LABOR: 工作 — 财务,保障,指引
情感 EMOTIONAL: 情绪 — 喜乐,和平,安慰
人际 SOCIAL: 关系 — 忍耐,恩慈,爱心
属灵 SPIRITUAL: 救恩 — 信心,盼望,恩典

步行祷告时,可以集中的祷告主题:
• 有关基督: 宣告耶稣是神和人中间的一位中保并且是所有人的救赎。宣称耶稣为这社区和您所看见的生命之主。
• 有关领导者: 为一切在位的人而祷告 — 为教师,警察,行政人员和家长而祷告。
• 有关和平: 为神子民的敬虔和圣洁而哭求,以致有实质和平的增加。为建立新教会而祷告。
• 有关真理: 公开宣告神只有一位是铁一般的事实。为人的心眼不再被撒旦所蒙蔽而祷告,以致他们能够明白真理。
• 有关福音: 为神的心愿意万人得救而赞美他。求天国将今年指定为一个“合适的时间”重新赐给简单的力量去见证基督。为特定的人而提名祷告。
• 有关神的祝福: 为所有人代祷而献上感恩。为神所当得的因的的良善赐给您经过的每个家而献上感恩。求神带来持久的属灵醒觉。
• 有关教会: 求在人际关系中得到医治,并在神的子民中间没有愤怒或分歧。求神使他的子民不论男女都以生命闪亮和圣洁生活作为敬拜。求我们的敬拜以圣徒在社区中行善的力量作为装饰。

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
[三分之一的时段]

  • 关怀
    • 高:您有什么感恩可以分享?
    • 低:您有什么挣扎可以分享?
  • 问责
    分享您实践行动的经历:
    遵守 • 教导 • 分享
  • 使命
    大诫命:太 22:37-40
    大使命:太 28:18-20 • 徒 1:8
问责

仰望
[三分之一的时段]

  • 祷告
    与神简要地祷告並求神教导您。
  • 读经
    阅读这段经文并用您自己的话敍述。
  • 讨论
    • 这段经文如何对您说话?
    • 这段经文如何难以明白?
    • 这段经文如何教导关于「人」?
    • 这段经文如何教导关于「神」?
知识

前望
[三分之一的时段]

  • 行动
    • 遵守:您会如何遵守这段经文?
    • 教导:您会与谁教导这段经文?
    • 分享:您会与谁分享
    「我的故事」或「神的故事」?
  • 练习
    练习您所定立的行动。
  • 祷告
    为每个人互相祷告。
服从

简单的流程 • 圣经是教材 • 圣灵是教师 • 服从是首要 • 倍增的果效

一个简约的聚会模式 — 三分三组 — 将聚会时间分为三个时段,让我们可以实践遵守耶稣所吩咐的命令。

圣经都是神所默示的,于教训督责使人归正教导人学义都是有益的,叫属神的人得以完全,预备行各样的善事。
— 提摩太后书 3:16-17

希望系列 — 适合慕道者。
1. 犯罪者的希望 — 路加福音 18:9-14
2. 穷乏者的希望 — 路加福音 12:13-34
3. 离家者的希望 — 路加福音 15:11-32
4. 迷失者的希望 — 路加福音 19:1-10
5. 哀恸者的希望 — 约翰福音 11:1-44
6. 寻求者的希望 — 约翰福音 3:1-21

约翰福音中的神迹 — 适合慕道者。
1. 变水为酒 — 约翰福音 2:1-12
2. 大臣之子 — 约翰福音 4:46-54
3. 瘫子行走 — 约翰福音 5:1-17
4. 五饼二鱼 — 约翰福音 6:1-14
5. 海面上走 — 约翰福音 6:15-25
6. 瞎子看见 — 约翰福音 9:1-41
7. 死人复活 — 约翰福音 11:1-46

起步系列 — 适合已经是基督徒但没有参加过这类聚会的人。
1. 我的故事 — 马可福音 5:1-20
2. 神的故事 — 歌林多前书 15:1-8, 罗马书 3:23, 6:23
3. 跟从得鱼 — 马可福音 1:16-20
4. 信而受洗 — 罗马书 6:3-4, 使徒行传 8:26-40
5. 圣经话语 — 提摩太后书 3:14-16
6. 与神对话 — 马太福音 6:9-13
7. 艰难时刻 — 使徒行传 5:17-42, 马太福音 5:43-44
8. 成为教会 — 使徒行传 2:42-47, 歌林多前书 11:23-34

探索系列 — 适合需要圣经背景和熟悉圣经的组别。

探索上帝 — 上帝是谁并祂是怎样的。
1. 神创造世界 — 创世记 1
2. 神创造人类 — 创世记 2
3. 人违背命令 — 创世记 3
4. 挪亚和洪水 — 创世记 6:5-8:14
5. 神与挪亚立约 — 创世记 8:15-9:17
6. 神对亚伯拉罕说话 — 创世记 12:1-7, 15:1-6
7. 大卫被膏立为王 — 撒母耳记上 16:1-13, 撒母耳记下 7:1-28
8. 大卫王和拔示巴 — 撒母耳记下 11:1-27
9. 拿单的故事 — 撒母耳记下 12:1-25
10. 神应许拯救 — 以赛亚书 53

探索耶稣 — 耶稣是谁并祂来是为什么。
1. 耶稣的降生 — 马太福音 1:18-25
2. 耶稣的洗礼 — 马太福音 3:7-9, 13-15
3. 耶稣赶污鬼 — 马可福音 5:1-20
4. 好牧人耶稣 — 约翰福音 10:1-30
5. 耶稣医瞎子 — 路加福音 18:31-42
6. 耶稣和撒该 — 路加福音 19:1-9
7. 耶稣召马太 — 马太福音 9:9-13
8. 耶稣是道路 — 约翰福音 14:1-15
9. 圣灵的降临 — 约翰福音 16:5-15
10. 最后的晚餐 — 路加福音 22:14-20
11. 被捕和受审 — 路加福音 22:47-53, 23:13-24
12. 耶稣被处死 — 路加福音 23:33-56
13. 耶稣祂活着 — 路加福音 24:1-7,36-47, 使徒行传 1:1-11
14. 相信和实践 — 腓立比书 3:3-9

刚强系列 — 适合初信者或需要专注于建立门徒的组别。

耶稣说 — 学习遵守耶稣的基本命令。继续与名单上的人分享耶稣。
1.1 学习与遵守 — 约翰福音 14:15-21
1.2 悔改 • 相信 • 跟从 — 马可福音 1:14-17, 以弗所书 2:1-10
1.3 信而受洗 — 马太福音 28:19, 使徒行传 8:26-38
1.4 爱神爱人 — 路加福音 10:25-37

耶稣又说 — 学习遵守耶稣的基本命令。继续与名单上的人分享耶稣。
2.1 与神对话 — 马太福音 6:9-13
2.2 记念耶稣 — 路加福音 22:14-20, 歌林多前书 11:23-32
2.3 彼此分享 — 使徒行传 4:32-37
2.4 薪火相传 — 马太福音 28:18-20

效法我正如我效法一样 — 建立门徒。将您所学到的传递给别人。教导别人也传递给人。
3.1 寻找门徒 — 提摩太后书 1:1-14
3.2 薪火相传 — 提摩太后书 2:1-4,14-16
3.3 教导别人也教导人 — 提摩太后书 3:1-17
3.4 艰难时刻 — 提摩太后书 4:1-22

倍增三分三组 — 聚集您的门徒到新组中。
4.1 开始计划 — 路加福音 10:1-11
4.2 都在一处 — 使徒行传 2:14-47
4.3 和平之子 — 马可福音 5:1-20, 6:53-56
4.4 谁是成熟 — 马太福音 13:1-9,18-23

带领 — 学习如何带领三分三组。
5.1 示范 (要像这样带领) — 约翰福音 13:1-17
5.2 示范 (不要像这样带领) — 约翰三书 5-14
5.3 协助 — 马可福音 4:35-41
5.4 旁观 — 路加福音 10:1-11,17,20
5.5 抽离 — 马太福音 25:14-30

去:本地 — 学习如何接触您的社区。
6.1 去:本地社区 — 使徒行传 1:1-8
6.2 赒济穷人 • 广传福音 — 路加福音 7:11-23
6.3 去差遣的地方 — 使徒行传 10:9-48
6.4 去按计划而行 — 使徒行传 13:1-3,32-33,38-39, 14:21-23,26-27

去:世界 — 学习如何接触直到地极。
7.1 去:世界各地 — 使徒行传 1:1-8, 马太福音 28:19-20
7.2 去差遣的地方 — 使徒行传 8:26-38
7.3 神爱每个族群 — 约翰福音 4:4-30,39-41
7.4 去按计划而行 — 使徒行传 13:1-3,32-33,38-39, 14:21-23,26-27

基本重温 — 学习聚会时该做什么。
8.1 耶稣居首 — 腓立比书 2:1-11
8.2 与神对话 — 马太福音 6:9-13
8.3 彼此相交 — 希伯来书 10:23-25
8.4 圣经话语 — 提摩太后书 3:10-17

作出委身 — 学习刚强壮胆并继续跟随耶稣。
9.1 不肯顺服 — 约拿书 1
9.2 作出委身 — 约拿书 2
9.3 遵守顺服 — 约拿书 3
9.4 遵守到底 — 约拿书 4
9.5 非用即失 — 马太福音 25:14-30

每个门徒都是一个建立门徒者 • 每个家都是一个培训中心 • 每个简约教会都是一个宣教机构

大诫命:
耶稣对他说:「『你要尽心、尽性、尽意爱主─你的神』。这是诫命中的第一,且是最大的。其次也相仿,就是『要爱人如己。』这两条诫命是律法和先知一切道理的总纲。」
— 马太福音 22:37-40

大使命:
耶稣进前来,对他们说:「天上地下所有的权柄都赐给我了。所以,你们要去,使万民作我的门徒,奉父、子、圣灵的名给他们施洗。凡我所吩咐你们的,都教训他们遵守,我就常与你们同在,直到世界的末了。」
— 马太福音 28:18-20

于是领受他话的人就受了洗。那一天,门徒约添了三千人,都恒心遵守使徒的教训彼此交接擘饼祈祷。众人都惧怕;使徒又行了许多奇事神迹。信的人都在一处,凡物公用;并且卖了田产,家业,照各人所需用的分给各人。他们天天同心合意恒切的在殿里,且在家中擘饼,存着欢喜、诚实的心用饭,赞美神,得众民的喜爱。主将得救的人天天加给他们。
— 使徒行传 2:41-47

教会元素: 作为一个教会我们做什么?
敬拜读经祷告相交传福音奉献施洗主餐领袖

如果您的组已经作出委身成为一个教会,将虚线的圆圈画成实线。如果您有定期实践做以上的元素,将该元素的图案画在圆圈之内。如果您没有做该元素或您让组以外的人来协助,将该元素的图案画在圆圈之外。

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.

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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 34,000 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.

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.

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

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
[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
[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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