Luke Five - Following Jesus to deep waters

Making disciples of all nations.

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E09 – Ken Willis – Dealing with grief

Do you say the top thing you should not to say to people who are grieving?

As we grow in Christ, we have to learn to minister to others.  One of the areas we minister in is to people who are grieving.  I invited Ken Willis onto our show today to talk about his experiences and what he has learned from 20+ years of dealing with people who are in various forms and stages of grieving.

Daniel McNaughton – Growing disciple making in a church (part 2)

In this episode, Daniel talks about some of the things he did when he planted a church that resulted in people coming to faith almost every week, and then the burden that put on him to disciple them. Out of that burden, grew a plan for helping grow disciple makers in their church.  He’ll also share about dealing with conflict in the discipling relationship, where to start if no one ever discipled you, and much more.

Resources:

Follow: Learning to Follow Jesus

Spiritual Coaching Toolkit: A Guide for Helping Others Follow Jesus

http://www.learningtofollow.net

7 Questions to ask someone you are discipling

One of the big things people who are new to discipling ask is, “What do I DO/SAY when I meet with someone to disciple them?”

Ultimately, it can be a lot of different things and you should spend more time with them then just when you are specifically meeting to disciple.  However, it is really useful to go in armed with good questions.  The reason we emphasize questions instead of statements is that we are wanting to see what is going on inside their lives so we can provide the correct thing to help them grow.

Think about when you went to see your doctor the last time.  The doctor didn’t just walk in and say, “Take one z-pack and you’ll feel fine.”

No, what he/she did was start by asking questions. They were diagnosing you so they could provide the right treatment.

When we ask questions we are diagnosing the person we are discipling.  We are trying to see what is going on inside him/her so that we can provide the thing he/she needs to grow. Often this might be a Bible passage, or an obedience item, encouragement, or just more time together.

I think in the ideal discipleship time you would spend some time asking them questions, praying, and looking at the scripture together.

Here are 7 questions I got from a man who did a lot of cross-cultural disciple making overseas.

7 Questions:

  1. How have you been lately?
  2. How is your family?
  3. Have you had any difficulties lately?
  4. How has God been working in your life?
  5. How is your relationship with the Father?
  6. What is God teaching you through His Word?
  7. How is your prayer life?

Then you might ask other specific questions based on what you know is going on with the disciple.  As you can see these 7 basic questions cover almost everything in a disciple’s life.

Once you have asked the questions spend some time praying together.  Remember we can’t do anything without God (John 15:5b). Then you might go through a Bible passage or other curriculum together. (In my opinion, just going through a curriculum without other life questions is less likely to grow someone into a disciple and a disciple maker.)

Are there other questions you like to ask?

Daniel McNaughton – Learning from Jesus how to make disciples

Favorite quotes from the episode:
“If I did this would I look like one of the disciples that followed Jesus and was willing to give their lives and reach the entire world for Christ.”

“Then you have Matthew, who has those parties. He invites Jesus because he knows Jesus will be great at a party with lost people.”

“Jesus talked less than I expected and ask more questions.”

Dr. Daniel McNaughton is serving as professor of practical ministries and Old Testament in Southeastern University’s Barnett College of Ministry & Theology in 2016.

Before going to SEU, he served in executive pastor roles at Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill, PA (2015–2016) and Allison Park Church in Pittsburgh, PA (2011–2012). He also serves as a consultant and coach for Learning to Follow Ministries (2009–present), helping leaders throughout the Northeast Region develop healthy, empowering, and multiplying churches.

He was the founder and lead pastor of Spring Valley Community Church in Royersford, Pennsylvania, where he served for 6 years (2005–2011). He is the author of the book “Learning to Follow Jesus,” which is currently being used in over 100 churches in the U.S. and internationally. The book helps people grow in seven essential attributes of the follower of Jesus while under the care and encouragement of a spiritual coach. He served for two years as the lead trainer for church planters with the Church Multiplication Network of the Assemblies of God (2010–2011). Before that he served as a Bible and Church Ministries professor at University of Valley Forge for over a decade (1995–2007)

E06-Heathen Golf Pro to Discipler of All Nations (part 2)

In Episode 5 we heard the story of how God took a heathen golf pro living his own life and turned him into a full time minister who was focused on taking the good news of Jesus to people who had never heard.  In Episode 06 we will see his work doesn’t stop with someone making a decision for Jesus.  His job is to raise up people who will take on the role of discipling and pastoring their own tribes, peoples, and nations. 

Resources mentioned:
Perspectives.org
Peoplegroups.info
NoPlaceLeft.net
NoPlaceLeftOKC.com
WhatsApp group – App they are sharing prayer requests and needs on. Should be available on Android and iPhone.

 

 

E05 – Heathen Golf Pro to Discipler of All Nations (part 1)

He was a heathen golf pro living his own life when God began his journey to faith through a pretty girl.  Listen to the story of how God led and guided him through different men investing in his life until ultimately he began to disciple others.  Then as he grew God expanded his call, or focused his call, to discipling all nations.

As you listen, pay attention to how many people God used to influence him.  Also, note how God prepared a small group (almost like a family) for he and his friends to grow and be nurtured in.

E04 – Finding people to disciple

How do you find people to disciple?  Have you ever looked around and thought, “I’d like to disciple someone, but I don’t know who and I don’t know if they would want me to disciple them.”

How did Jesus find His disciples?  Ok, we aren’t Jesus, but what can we learn from Him and the way He found people?  The answer is a lot.  Tune in now.

E03 – 80% of discipleship is Love -Dan Pearce

“80% of discipleship is love. ” -Dan Pearce

Have you ever wondered how to get you and your church to begin making disciples better?  Dan talks about some of the challenges and misconceptions about disciple making from his 30+ years of ministry. He shares his views on disciple making and some of the ways he intentionally invests in people. Learn some practical ways to start growing as a disciple maker today.

E02 – Sometimes you have to experience it

Have you ever tried to explain something to someone only to shake your head and say, “I guess you had to be there?”  Disciple making can be like that sometimes. With all the baggage that comes with the words “discipleship” or “disciple making” often people do not really know what you are talking about.  It’s hard to know what it is unless you’ve experienced it. In this episode Dave and James look back on their experiences (good and bad, or maybe better and best) both in receiving discipleship from someone and also in their attempts to begin discipling someone else.  Listen in and see how it compares to your experiences.

E01 – Our Stories – The Deep Water Podcast

We (Dave and James) share the journey God took, or is taking us on, to understand more of what Jesus meant when He said, “make disciples of all nations.”

We will share ups and downs along the way. We hope that as we share our stories of how God is leading us into better disciple making it will help you in your own story of how you learned to make disciples the way Jesus did (does).

Each episode will have an element of learning to be a better disciple ourselves and then learning how to make disciples better.  Hop in and come along with us on the ride.

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