Mature disciples consistently expand their relationship with God. They do this by growing deeper in the basics. This illustration summarizes the basics for all men in God’s kingdom.
Jesus Is Lord – The power to live as a disciple comes from having Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He lives in us by His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit impacts our mind, will, and emotions as He glorifies the Son, convicts of sin, and reveals God’s will.
Prayer – Prayer is central to a man’s personal worship, the atmosphere surrounding effective Bible study, and the power behind witnessing. Through prayer men can communicate directly with God by expressing adoration, confession, thanksgiving, intercession, and making petitions.
Faith – Faith is the attitude whereby a man abandons all reliance on his own efforts to obtain salvation. It becomes an attitude of trust in Christ.5 Faith is based upon the certain Word of God. Believing God and His Word gives men an experience of hope, joy, peace, answered prayer, and the fulfillment of God’s Word.
Fellowship – Christ-centered fellowship facilitates a brotherhood of mutual encouragement, reproof, rebuke, correction, and stimulation to love and good deeds. It provides a medium for growth in giving time, talents, and treasure.
Stewardship – Stewardship involves managing someone else’s property. Christian stewardship involves faithfulness of men as they speak, live, serve, give, and minister to people. Men are responsible to act appropriately with everything God has given to them.
The Word – Just as a body lives by intake of physical food, the spiritual life requires regular intake of God’s Word. Men can receive the Word through hearing, reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating in the Bible.
Warfare – A battle rages over the hearts and minds of men. The world and Satan muster everything they can to stop men from growing in their relationships with God. With an increase of growth comes a greater awareness of conflict; however, through Christ we are more than conquerors.
Witnessing –Witnessing involves affirming and proclaiming the gospel to those within a sphere of influence. Fishing for men involves cultivating relationships, sowing God’s Word, and reaping a harvest. All of God’s men are called to evangelize and witness to those in their sphere of influence.
Gifts – There are three major lists of gifts: ministry, motivational, and manifestations of the Spirit. Men grow in their use of spiritual gifts as they mature in the true knowledge of Christ. Discovering spiritual gifts, learning ministry skills, and growing in knowledge enable men to be more productive for God’s kingdom.
Obedience – Obedience is putting into practice what you know as truth based on understanding God’s Word or communication based on sensing God’s Spirit.
Godly men demonstrate a commitment to grow in the basics and continually seek ways to apply the basics to everyday life. The key to growing deeper in the basics is living a Spirit filled life with Jesus Christ as Lord over all you do. With Christ in control, life has meaning and purpose.
Appendix B: God’s Plan for All Men
This handout is intended to be a basic outline for presenting the gospel. It is not exhaustive. All learners should be encouraged to expand their presentation skills as God directs them. To download a tri-fold copy of this old of this presentation go to http://www.kingdomwarrior.net/MMTools/default.html
God’s Plan for All Men
God created man to have a relationship with him, to serve Him and worship Him.
He wants each of us to be His friend and to live a full and meaningful life.
“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female” (Gen 1:27)
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. (Psalm 19:1-2)
God’s Plan for All men is adapted from the Bridge to Life track.6
Man’s Problem with God
But there is a problem. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Draw the canyon.
Who does that include? As men, we either ignore or disobey God. This causes us to be separated from God.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 says, “God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Unless something is done to change a man’s situation, he is destined to spend eternity without God’s forgiveness.
God’s Remedy for Man’s Problem
God provides a solution to man’s problem. Draw the cross.
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the un-righteous, to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus Christ is the only answer to the problem of men separated from God. He paid the penalty and bridged the gap between sinful man and God the Father.
Man’s Response to God
Jesus came to the earth, lived a sinless life, and died so men can receive forgiveness and eternal life. Three days later He arose from the dead and no sits at the right hand of God the Father. As Lord, He offers the gift of eternal life to all who truly repent and believe in Him.
John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who received him to those who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God”
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over form death to life.” (John 5:24).
Romans 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Draw line down the middle of the cross. State that believing means trust and commitment – a turning from our sinfulness, turning to Christ, and living in obedience to Him and His Word. Then ask “Which side of the illustration are you on?”
If the person points to God ask them how they know. If they point to man’s side, ask them if they would like to pray and receive Jesus as Lord of their life. If he is ready, lead him in the following prayer “Lord, Jesus come into my life and be my Savior and Lord. Please forgive my sins.” He will forgive your sins and change your life for eternity.
Don’t pressure them. The idea behind the illustration is to point out the truth of Christ and the good news of sins forgiveness. Men may need time to digest the content.
Appendix C: Men’s Discipleship Ministry Profile
Use this tool to evaluate what training your ministry should deliver to help men become mature reproducing disciples who know how to labor in the harvest fields of men’s souls.
He gives evidence of possessing new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
His attitude toward Jesus Christ is now favorable
His attitude toward sin is unfavorable
He hungers for the Word of God
He has turned from idols to serving God (1 Thessalonians 1:9)
Standards for a Mature Disciple
He puts Christ first in the major areas of his life (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 1:18)
He takes steps to separate himself from sin (Romans 12:1-2)
He continues in the Word through such means as Bible study, Scripture memory, and listening to sermons (John 8:31)
He regularly applies God’s Word to his life (James 1:22-25)
He maintains a consistent devotional life (Mark 1:35)
He routinely prays for himself and others (Colossians 4:2-4)
He meets with other disciples on a regular basis (Psalm 122:1; Hebrews 10:24-25)
He shares in God’s work through consistent giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
He properly relates to people at home and at work (Ephesians 5:22-6:9)
He provides sustenance for his wife and family (1 Timothy 5:8)
He labors at work to the glory of God (Colossians 3:22-25)
He demonstrates Christ’s love to other members of the body (John 13:34-35)
He serves others (Mark 10:45)
He openly identifies with Jesus Christ where he lives, works, and plays (Matthew 5:16)
He presents the gospel with increasing effectiveness (1 Peter 3:15; Romans 1:16)
Standards for a Disciple Maker
He evidences growth in the virtues of a mature disciple (1 Peter 3:18)
He shows a growing compassion for the lost (Matthew 9:36-38)
He demonstrates his ability to proclaim the gospel through cultivating relationships, sowing God’s Word, and reaping the harvest (Romans 1:16; Mark 4:1-20; John 4:34-38)
He is being used by God to establish converts and immature believers as mature disciples (Colossians 1:27-29; Matthew 28:18-20)
He maintains a strong focus on the basics: the Lordship of Christ, the word, prayer, faith, fellowship, witnessing, stewardship, spiritual gifts, spiritual warfare, and obedience
Adapted from The Lost Art of Disciple Making.7
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