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The Art Of Disciple Making_Pastor Lanre Ijiwola

THE ART OF DISCIPLE MAKING – PASTOR LANRE IJIWOLA

The joy of discipleship is to see people that are trained by you grow and grow beyond you; they should receive enough feeding to develop and grow appropriately.

For followers: If you are not ready to start from the lowest levels and least dignifying of tasks, you might not get there as a disciple.

Objective of this series of sessions is for a generation to be impacted and raised. It would help people to be discussed and leaders to prioritise.

Matthew 28: 18. At the top of Jesus’s priority, after salvation, was making disciples

  1. What do you understand by Discipleship?
  2. Learning your calling; Establishing the foundation for your purpose;

Consistency in following God step by step.

Discipleship is the process of making someone that commits to a particular cause. The product of the church is disciples.

The same way we have every company out there with a product they are known for, so also it is with the church; our product is discipleship.

The proof of an effective ministry is in discipleship; that is what we will be evaluated by.

This is a season of reset. We need to return to discipleship.

The primary responsibility of every minister is to make disciples

  1. How were you discipled and how have you been discipling?
  2. You will never outgrow the path of discipleship.

Most necessary ingredients of discipleship:

  1. Selection:

Discipleship does not take place in crowds; it is done in small numbers.

Selection is the first step of discipleship is. It can be deliberate or divinely orchestrated.

Have meetings for the crowd but separate a few: 2nd Timothy 2: 2

  1. Association: 

After choosing, embark on Association.

After Jesus selected his disciples, he began to move and be associated with them, thereby exposing the disciples to a living example of himself. You cannot effectively raise disciples when you don’t give them access.

With that Association, you are going deeper.

  1. Impartation: 

Giving part of your life to them. Jesus imparted knowledge to his disciples and sometimes met their needs.

Discipleship cannot have any effect outside the ministry of the spirit.

  1. Consecration:

Pruning of disciples to ascertain those who will follow through.

Weeding and narrowing to ensure they are truly consecrated and committed. They must demonstrate their commitment through separation.

  1. Demonstration:

Show them how to:

live by the word;

walk in faith;

walk in love; and

pray in tongues.

In living it out, you are taking them deeper in the process of discipleship.

Give them the opportunity to see you do the things they are expected to do.

  1. Delegation: 

Assign tasks. In the process of delegation, they start practicing and doing it themselves. You grow by doing and practicing especially when it is supervised. No matter how excellent driven you are, you must trust people to make their own mistakes.

Whenever you are doing anything, have a development mindset. If people are well discipled and understand the vision so much, you will not have much to do and this is because the vision has been birthed in them.

  1. Supervision:

We all need someone that would supervise what we are doing. It is not micromanaging, you supervise and cheer them on.

  1. Reproduction:

The proof of your discipleship is that your disciple begins to do the same for others. That is how the church multiplies.

The potential of a leader is highly dependent on those that are close to the leader.

Tools and content of discipleship:

The primary tool for discipleship is a continuance in the word; His word.

We must not forget the root which is our supernatural identity. You cannot be so strategy filled as to neglect the place of God in your life.

When we come to fellowship in service, our focus is to be gathered around Christ; Jesus is the logos, He is Supreme over everything.

As preachers, we are called to preach Christ. There is a power that is essential for discipleship to take place; it is a communication of an impartation.

The word and the spirit of God are the tools of real lasting discipleship.

Discipleship cuts across several areas; it is beyond control.

The GLOBE Project (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness Project); a study of cross-cultural leadership that spans over 60 countries and cultures, came up with the Power Distance index in determining leadership.

In Africa, the high power distance is prevalent

Whilst in the Western world, it is the low power distance that is dominant.

Attributes of High power Distance: Tendency to worship and be afraid but has ability to honour and take on someone’s task, loyalty

Attributes of Low power distance: Skeptical, independent.

Challenges the leader to be accurate, humble. True discipleship here is not as strong as it used to be.

Summary of this analysis is that in your followers, you will have people who, based on their background,  fall into both categories, thus, as a leader, you have to learn to deal with these two types of people, you should know the style to raise them and the kinds of responsibilities to give them.

If you are consistent with what God has told you to do, you will see and experience growth.

Investment in people is a mobile growth and is a reproducing investment. If we focus on it, the joy we get is the joy of reproduction.

Focus on developing and empowering people.

Discipleship is disciplining people to be the fullness of what God intends them to be. You are supposed to grow and then glow. Growing takes time.

Stages of Discipleship: 

It takes time and if you ask for too much commitment at the beginning, you will discourage them.

  1. Come and see stage:

This is the observation stage and is very easy for followers.

Those who are here must not stay here else they will not be part of the discipleship process.

  1. Come and follow stage:

Jesus had already invited Peter and his brother, used his boat, performed a miracle and then bid them follow. More intense aspect. Associate more, try not to do things alone, expose people.

In the process of discipleship, God will ask for something for you to put down, for you to go to the next level.

  1. Come and die stage: 

This death means laying down convenience to God.

The quality of a work is going to be determined by the effectiveness of a discipleship. Crowd will gather over bread and miracle performing ministries but what brings effectiveness is building around the Word.

As a minister, if your heart’s question is ;How come my people don’t stay?

You need to re-align the ministry to become more discipleship focused.

Whether you are pastoring a small group or large church, realign and build on a model that is based on transformational relationships and not programs.

If you are not strong in discipleship, you will want to keep them engaged on programs or  do something that will excite your followers.

The best way to maintain the excitement is to help people discover what their purpose is; have purpose based programs, then expose them to how they can use that purpose. When people can connect that excitement to their reason for existence, they will keep doing it.

Pastors, don’t be addicted to a style or method. Don’t do things because people love it. God has to be involved in it and must have everything to do with it. We might have received an instruction before but we need to listen to know if there are updated instructions. We have an assignment and a method which is to listen to the Holy Spirit and everything He says

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